June 2018

Bishop of Qingdao dead at 94
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

ROME (AsiaNews): Bishop Joseph Li Mingshu of Qingdao, Shandong province, died on June 15 at the age of 94. News of his passing was reported by the diocese, a date for his funeral had yet to be set at the date of going to press.
He is remembered as fearful and obedient to the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, although in 2005, he invited Sister Nirmala Joshi, superior of the Missionaries of Charity, to visit Qingdao to study the possibility of opening a house in the...

CICM pilgrimage to China wraps up
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A delegation from the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Missionhurst or CICM) wrapped up its June 2 to 8 pilgrimage to China last week. The visit aimed to cement ties with Chinese bishops and dioceses in honour of the 150th death anniversary of the congregation’s Belgian founder, Theofiel Verbist.
The group, led by CICM superior general, Father Charles Phukuta, included the superior general of the Congregation of the Brothers of Charity...

United States bishops protest maltreatment of refugee children
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): From Denver to New York City, the Catholic bishops of the United States (US) have joined a chorus of organisations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the administration of the president, Donald Trump, to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the US from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America.
None have been more outspoken, however, than the bishops with dioceses on or near the...

The pope’s men
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

Reforming the Church was the demand when the College of Cardinals elected the new pope in 2013. The reasons for this were obvious. The Catholic Church was facing numerous scandals related to sexual abuse, misappropriation of finances, high-handedness of the Church leadership any many more! 
What awaited Pope Francis was a reception that Jesus had in Nazareth when he reached his hometown after kicking off his public ministry in Capernaum. The religious...

Argentina moves closer to legal abortion
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

MEXICO CITY (CNS): “This decision hurts us as Argentines,” the Argentinian Bishops’ Conference said in a statement expressing with the June 14 approval of an initiative that moves the South American country closer to legalising abortion. 
“But the pain for the abandonment and the exclusion of innocents must be transformed into strength and hope, to continue fighting for the dignity of all human life,” the bishops said.

New draft of document on Roman Curia finalised
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will review the finalised draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, Greg Burke, the Vatican spokesman, said on June 13.
The provisionally titled, Praedicate Evangelium (Preach the Gospel), was reviewed by the international Council of Cardinals and the draft will be “given to the Holy Father for the considerations he deems opportune, useful and necessary,” Burke said explaining that the title is...

Dictatorships usurp media to spread lies pope says
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “All dictatorships, all of them, began like this, by adulterating communication, by putting communications in the hands of people without scruples, of governments without scruples,” Pope Francis said in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on June 18.
Typical standards, norms and laws in regard to communications are first eliminated, the pope said. 
Then an entire media or communication outlet is handed...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

Vietnam’s new cyber law sparks concern
HANOI (AsiaNews): Vietnam’s National Assembly approved a cyber security law on June 12, giving the authorities the power to access sensitive private user data spy on users and exercise greater control over websites and social media like Facebook and Google.
For activists, this means loss of privacy and greater restrictions on freedom of thought. The government insists the new restrictions are...

Protesting the Philippines kowtow foreign policy
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Protesters in Manila marked the country’s 120th Independence Day on June 12 marching against what they described as the Philippine government’s continuing “subservient foreign policy” to both China and the United States of America (US).
Only a week earlier, Chinese Coast Guard personnel drove Filipino fishermen out of their traditional fishing grounds at Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. A video report released by GMA News...

Australian missionary to get visa back
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): The Department of Justice of the Philippines decided on June 18 that 71-year-old Sister Patricia Fox, who had been ordered immigration authorities to leave the country, should get her missionary visa back.
The justice department declared the forfeiture of the nun’s visa by the Immigration Bureau “null and void” because there was no legal basis to declare it forfeit. 
It added that Sister Fox “may continue to...