December 2017

An end brings a new beginning
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

Your eyes are going to look on a king in his beauty:
they will see an immense country
(Isaiah 33:17)
 
 
We are approaching the end of one year and the beginning of another. Time after time, warnings abound, but none more urgent than those that are being announced this season.
 
The dreariness of the world and the seasons of growth and optimism are worn. Life is well on its way and the soul is cast forward,...

Trump abandoned Paris Accord but the United States didn’t
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

The governor of California in the United States of America (US), Jerry Brown, spoke strongly at a gathering sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on November 4, saying that the world needs a good brainwash on its attitude towards climate change.
 
Brown has been a constant critic of the decision of the president, Donald Trump, to call his country back from the 2015 Paris Accord on Climate Change, but he is a long way from being the only one.
 
Nor...

Respect dignity and rights of all pope says
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

Hong Kong (SE): At end of his four-day visit to Myanmar on November 30, Pope Francis had met with the country’s president, Htin Kyaw; state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi; its senior military general and army chief, Min Aung Hlaing; as well as leaders of the Buddhist, Muslim, Baptist and Jewish faiths.
 
To the dismay of some observers and rights advocates, not once while in Myanmar did he publicly use the word, Rohingya.
 
A day later however,...

Bangladesh visit fills pope with joy and hope
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

HOng Kong (SE): When Pope Francis flew Myanmar to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on the afternoon of November 30, he was welcomed by the president, Abdul Hamid, eight local bishops and a number of government leaders. The Dhaka Tribune reported that he was also accorded a 21-gun salute. 
 
After paying tribute to 1971 martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War, he laid a wreath at the portrait of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at the Bangabandhu...

Christian influence on growth of freedom in China
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

BERKLEY (SE): “Since the early 20th century, China has undergone dramatic social changes, including two revolutions, multiple wars, dramatic political turmoil, and rapid economic development in recent decades,” Yang Fenggang, from Purdue University, said in a paper delivered at the Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs in California on October 31.
 
Speaking to the theme of Christianity’s Growth in China and its Contributions to Freedoms...