August 2018

Speaking out against India’s divisive politics
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

New Delhi (UCAN): “Some people are trying to divide the country in the name of religion, caste and creed. But we can’t sit here as mute spectators,” Mamta Banerjee, chief of Trinamool (grassroots) Congress party, told a gathering of 1,000 people in New Delhi, India, on July 31.
The assembly was organised on the theme, Love your neighbour, by the Indian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and called on the country’s to stop being divisive and using...

Pope sends funds for Yemeni refugees in South Korea
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

Jeju (UCAN): Pope Francis lent his support to some 500 Yemeni refugees on the southern tourist island of Jeju, South Korea, sending €10,000 ($92,000) from the papal charities though Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, the apostolic nuncio to Korea.
The archbishop visited the Diocese of Cheju (Jeju) from July 28 to 29 to show the pope’s solidarity with the Yemeni refugees. He said that that the diocese’s care and efforts coincide with the wishes of Pope Francis....

Lombok hit by another powerful earthquake
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

JAKARTA (UCAN/CNS): At least 105 people were confirmed dead as at the time of going to press, after a magnitude seven earthquake struck Indonesia’s Lombok Island on August 5 a week after it was struck a magnitude 6.4 quake that killed more than a dozen people (Sunday Examiner, August 5).
More than 200 people were injured in the latest quake, which also jolted the neighbouring tourist island of Bali, damaged thousands of buildings and forced thousands of...

Chile’s bishops cop to failures in handling sexual abuse of minors
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

SANTIAGO (CNS): Bishop Santiago Silva of the Military Diocese of Chile, president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, apologised to abuse survivors for the bishops’ failure to “react in time to the painful sexual abuse and abuse of power and authority” as the conference concluded its 116th Extraordinary Plenary Assembly on August 3 in Punta de Tralca on the Pacific Coast.
He outlined a series of steps that the bishops would undertake, set out in the...

World meeting of families and two papal documents
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

The 500,000 tickets for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families 2018 on Sunday, August 26, in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, in Ireland, were been sold out within hours of their being made available.  
At the conclusion of the 2015 Eighth World Meeting of Families held in Philadephia, the United States of America, Pope Francis chose Dublin to host the Ninth World Meeting of Families from August 21 to 26 with the theme, The Gospel of the Family: Joy for...

Church offers to mediate Zimbabwe election dispute
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

CAPE TOWN (CNS): “We have offered to mediate any election disputes as well as broader concerns,” Father Frederick Chiromba, secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference said on August 6 after six people were killed in violence that followed a disputed presidential election.
Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner on July 30, but opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, disputed the result and said he will challenge it in court.

Federal judge orders Trump to restore DACA
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

WASHINGTON (CNS: On August 3, United States district judge, John Bates, ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme (DACA), which helps young adults brought into the country illegally as minors, saying reasons calling for its demise were not justified.
In September 2017, US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said the administration was ending the programme through executive action claiming it was “an...

Living inside a ‘crevice’ stunts religious growth
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

Peter Lui
A prominent figure within the Catholic Church in China once wrote in one of his books that “seeking to survive within a crevice” is a kind of wisdom for dealing with officially atheist China.
Moreover, amid all the commotion caused by recent rumours of an imminent Sino-Vatican agreement on the appointment of bishops, some figures on the Chinese mainland and overseas who favour such a deal have used the metaphor of living inside an...

Another church demolished in Jinan province
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

Jinan (UCAN): Liangwang Catholic Church was demolished by authorities in Jinan province, China, the second to have suffered from this fate, while a third church is expected to face the wreckers ball soon.
Local Catholics prayed at the site and protested the unreasonable behaviour of authorities.
Shilihe Catholic Church was demolished earlier this year and sources expect Wangcun Catholic Church to soon be reduced to rubble.
All three...

Sharing faith through iconography
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

Hong Kong (SE): Exploring Icons with Hong Kong Students, a book on the art of iconograph by Benedictine Sister Esther (OSB) from the United Kingdom, was recently launched in Hong Kong. 
Iconography is the oldest tradition of Christian sacred art and unlike other approaches to painting, the creation of an icon does not begin in the artist’s imagination. Rather, the iconographer’s first work is to study how the subject at hand has been traditionally...