November 2017

Religious leaders blocked from APEC surrounds
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

DA NANG (UCAN): People with an affiliation with unregistered Churches or religious groups were confined to their homes in Da Nang, Vietnam, for the duration of the gathering of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting that took place from November 6 to 11.
Hua Phi, a leader of the Cao Dai indigenous faith, said he was ordered by five security officers on November 4 not to leave his home until the APEC summit hadconcluded.
Hua Phi said the...

A Beijing hand in Mugabe fall?
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

HARARE (AsiaNews): Constantino Chiwenga, the general who orchestrated the coup in Zimbabwe that finally saw the president of 37 years, Robert Mugabe, resign on November 22, was in Beijing for meetings with the Chinese military and the defence minister, Chang Wanquan, just a few days before he made his decisive move on November 15.
Although it was billed as a normal military exchange, an article published in the Global Times on November 16 may suggest otherwise....

Africa is not a media image
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The world spent the days following November 15 with the international media fixated on the silent coup in Zimbabwe, in which the military took control of the government and set in motion a process that quickly saw the man regarded as the great liberationist when he became the first prime minister of the newly independent country in 1980, threatened with impeachment to the cheering of his own political party and huge crowds in the street.
As an old Marist...

Father Cullen recognised
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

KERKRADE (SE): Regular columnist for the Sunday Examiner and longtime advocate for the rights of children, indigenous people and the abused, Father Shay Cullen, was presented with the Martin Buber Plaque Award in recognition of his work at a ceremony in Kerkrade as part of the International Festival of Dialogue in the Netherlands on November 17.
Buber was a Jewish philosopher and strong advocate of peace through dialogue, mutual recognition of human rights and...

Even a nuclear threat is immoral
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): The international co-president of the worldwide Catholic peace organisation, Pax Christi, told Vatican Radio on November 13 that even the threat of using nuclear weapons against any state or people is immoral.
Marie Dennis, from the English branch of Pax Christi, said she hopes that the condemnation of all nuclear weapons by Pope Francis will have some impact on the serious and frightening exchange going on between Washington and Pyongyang.

First Christian state funeral in Pakistan
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

KARACHI (SE): To the background boom of a 19-gun salute, members of the Pakistan army, navy and air force formed an guard of honour for the body of Sister Ruth Pfau, who died on August 10, as it was carried into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi for a state funeral.
The flag of the Vatican City flew at half-mast high above the cathedral, alongside the Pakistani national flag. The requiem Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Joseph Coutts.
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Social media award
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): Argentinean Father Luciano Ariel Felloni, from the urban poor community of Novaliches in Manila, has been recognised as the Social Media Influencer of the Year by the Catholic Social Media Awards for his work in drawing attention to drug-related extrajudicial killings in The Philippines.
Father Felloni said on November 21 that he is able to use social media to explain the contribution the Church can make to the effort against drug use and...

Religion at the National Party Congress
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

Among the 74 special guests invited to join the 2,287 delegates at the Nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China were seven representing the religious sector; the Buddhist, Taoist and Islamic faiths had one each, while the Protestant and Catholic Churches had two each.
The Catholic delegates were Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin, the chairperson of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China; and Bishop Johan Fang Xingyao, the chairperson of...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

Complaints against Qatar shelved
DOHA (AsiaNews): The International Labour Organisation has concluded that the pressure that has been put on Qatar to improve the treatment of migrant workers labouring on the building of facilities for the 2022 World Cup has been successful.
Doha has radically revised its laws covering migrant workers in order to considerably improve their salary and living conditions, and the labour organisation has...

Proud history of valiant women
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Women’s League celebrated its 80th anniversary on November 17 with a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and reception in the Caritas Community Hall.
Just the second spiritual adviser to the League for the past 26 years, Father John Russell SJ said that there is much to be proud of in the 80-year history and spoke of “the valiant women who responded so generously to the needs of their impoverished fellow citizens, who...