October 2017

An undiplomatic diplomat
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

In what can only be described as blunt diplomatic language, Australia’s top ranking diplomat, the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, warned students at the Confucius Institute in Adelaide against what she termed the untoward influence that China wields in the county’s education circles and encouraged respectful engagement without blind condemnation or, most especially, silent withdrawal.
 
“We have...

Free speech comes at a cost
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Threatening letters have been sent to the British-based family of the editor of the Hong Kong Free Press, Tom Grundy, warning that he needs to tread carefully in the political coverage provided by the English-language media outlet.
 
Grundy is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Free Press and a warning letter sent to his family in the United Kingdom on September 29 reads, “In politics, when one does not know one’s enemies clearly...

China’s thought police having busy year
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): Beijing Normal University opened its academic year in September minus an assistant professor of classical Chinese, Shi Jiepeng.
 
National Public Radio USA reported that Shi was told he was fired in late July for expressing views outside the mainstream of society, which still puzzles him.
 
He told the American broadcaster, “Sure, my views are a bit different from the mainstream and from official views. But an open society should...

The enthusiasm of tiny Churches
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The media office at the Holy See has released details of the much talked about visit by Pope Francis to the Union of Myanmar, which is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 2, followed by three days in Bangladesh.
 
Churches in both countries are made up of a tiny minority, with Myanmar only claiming around half a million members and Bangladesh around 400,000. The pope’s visit is being billed as an expression of care and concern for two...

Four vicars general now on job
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong has added two more names to its leadership and administration team, with Father Peter Choy Wai-man and Father Benedict Lam Cho-ming being added to the list of vicars general.
 
They will join Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and veteran vicar general, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, in taking up various responsibilities for different areas of operation.
 
The bishop of Hong Kong, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, said in...

We are all people on the move
(Saturday, 21 October 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the launch of Share the Journey by Caritas Hong Kong, a prayer vigil for migrants and refugees was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on September 27.
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said during the vigil that caring for migrants and refugees is an important expression of our faith and we should not forget that each and every one of us is but a traveller on this earth.
 
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