February 2018

Farewell to friend and mentor of Filipino community
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Victoria Del Rosario Ramos, of the Canossian Daughters of Charity, passed away in Villa Bakhita, Caine Road on February 6 at the age of 68.
In 2017, she fell critically ill and had to leave her pastoral work to be cared for at the Canossian Infirmary of Villa Bakhita. 
 
In the early hours of Tuesday, February 6, Sister Ramos responded to God’s final call and joined the Lord whom she had loved and served all her life.    ...

Church’s legal procedures for abuse cases need changing
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

ROME (CNS): Even though the Catholic Church has all the necessary norms and laws in place to safeguard minors from abuse by clergy, the problem continues to be a lack in understanding or caring about those rules and guidelines and applying them effectively, said one Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, head of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Center for Child Protection.
 
What must change are Church procedures for handling accusations of abuse, he said.
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A week to celebrate love
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

This year, in an unusual occurrence, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day—February 14 and the first day of Chinese New Year falls on the first Friday of Lent on February 16. Catholic youngsters in particular are in a quandary: is it okay to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Ash Wednesday? 
 
Ash Wednesday, along with Good Friday, is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholic adults and the diocesan chancery instructs the...

Church must tackle drug menace
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): “In the name of God, stop the killings! May the justice of God come upon those responsible for the killings! For the good of the country, stop the killings! The toll of ‘murders under investigation’ must stop now”, was the cry for peace from Bishop Socrates Villegas, the archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, urging the Duterte administration for a stop to the killing of drug suspects....

Former managers of Vatican bank ordered to pay damages
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): A Vatican court found Paolo Cipriani, the former director of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR)—better known as the Vatican Bank, and Massimo Tulli, the bank’s former deputy director, liable for mismanagement on February 6, and ordered an injunction for them to pay damages.
 
The amount sought was not specified. However, the Italian news agency ANSA said the damages the bank incurred totalled about 47 million euro (about $449...

The late dawn of a restless dream
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

A faith born in the shadows cast by a single candle in a tightly curtained room of a small farming village in a China emerging from the repression of the Cultural Revolution in the early 1980s, blossomed on February 4 in the chapel of the Columban Seminary in Manila, as Peter knelt before Bishop Honesto Ongtioco to be ordained a deacon, becoming a minister of the word of God that he had imbibed in the clandestine darkness of his home so many years before.
 
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Indian bishops concerned about threats to diversity
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

BANGALORE (CNS): “Intolerance is causing a certain amount of anxiety to us,” Oswald Cardinal Gracias of Mumbai, said at the end of the February 2 to 9 assembly of Indian bishops held in Bangalore.
 
The newly elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), expressed “anguish” over increasing threats to pluralism in the country.
 
“Diversity is one of the strengths of India. It is known world over for...

Pope sends condolences to Taiwan after earthquakes
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

VATICAN  (CNS): Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the people of Taiwan after high-magnitude earthquakes on February 6 and 7 devastated the island nation, killing at least nine people and injuring hundreds more.
In a telegramme sent by the Vatican, the pope offered “the assurance of his prayers for those who have lost their lives and for those who have been injured.” 
 
The message went on to say, “As he encourages the civil...

Indian government admits rise in religious hate crimes
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

NEW DEHLI (UCAN): India’s pro-Hindu government presented detailed data in parliament showing a surge in religion-based violence since it came to power four years ago. The statistics, revealed on February 6, confirm a long-standing allegation by rights groups that the situation is worsening.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which leads the coalition government, has been accused by rights groups and civil society of fanning the flames of intolerance.
In 2017,...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 17 February 2018 )

Apple shifts iCloud services in China to local firm
BEiIJING (SE): Apple will move the operation of its iCloud services in China to its partner company, the government-owned Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry (GBCD) on February 28. 
UCAN reported that the tech giant made the move to comply with new cybersecurity regulations laid out by Beijing. 
 
The Register notes that Chinese government policy demands domestic...