December 2018

World Day of Peace message: Good politics serves peace pope says
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “One thing is certain: good politics is at the service of peace,” Pope Francis wrote in his annual message for the World Day of Peace, which is on January 1.
 
“It respects and promotes fundamental human rights, which are at the same time mutual obligations, enabling a bond of trust and gratitude to be forged between present and future generations,” the pope added in the message, which was released on December 18 at a Vatican news...

New hotline gets lukewarm reception
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to news of a new 24-hour hotline for foreign domestic workers operated by the Labour Department starting from December 19, a migrant group said it does not help them much in pursuing their labour concerns since the department’s offices are closed during their one-day-a-week off, when they it need most.
 
The new hotline provides advice to foreign domestic workers on their employment rights as well as responsibilities, and refers any requests...

Migrants worry compact will intensify labour export
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Filipino migrant rights groups expressed concerns that the new United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Migration will intensify the Philippines’ labour export programme with normalised migration. The non-binding accord was signed by 164 countries at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (CGM), held in Marrakech, Morocco from December 10 and 11. 
 
UN News quoted Louise Arbour,...

Migrants worry compact will intensify labour export
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Filipino migrant rights groups expressed concerns that the new United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Migration will intensify the Philippines’ labour export programme with normalised migration. The non-binding accord was signed by 164 countries at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (CGM), held in Marrakech, Morocco from December 10 and 11. 
 
UN News quoted Louise Arbour,...

The forgotten women of Gwangju
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): As the #MeToo movement sweeps the globe, some South Koreans have been inspired to expose the mistreatment of women and girls who, nearly four decades ago, demonstrated against military regime of strongman, Chun Doo-hwan, in the southern city of Gwangju.
 
In what was to become known as the Gwangju Incident of May 1980, students and citizens protested against ongoing military rule. The government sent in troops who opened fire. The death toll has...

New archbishop installed for Hanoi
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

HANOI (UCAN): Fifty-eight-year-old Archbishop Joseph Vu Van Thien, was installed as the sixth archbishop of Hanoi at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on December 18.
 
In attendance at the installation Mass were Archbishop Marek Zalewski, non-resident representative of the Vatican to Vietnam, and Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, under-secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, who was also visiting for official talks with the government.
 
Peter...

Panama opens its doors to young people
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): As World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama draws near, organisers said they are prepared to make young people from around the globe feel right at home.
 
While warm temperatures will greet thousands of young people in Panama, Father Romero Aguilar, WYD general coordinator, said he hopes that the warmth of hospitality also will make them feel welcome.
 
“People are opening their homes to house young people. We were surprised by how the people...

Reminiscing shadows of the passing year
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

An eventful 2018 is fading into history. Events around the world in the past year have encouraged and disturbed us, have given us reasons to cheer as well as moments to grieve.  Here is an attempt to recall some of the major events that we have covered in the past year, that have affected our lives and the life of the Church in Hong Kong, in Asia and the world at large. 
 
The beginning of 2018 brought painful moments for Hong Kong as 19 people...

Death penalty is inhumane and ignores mercy pope says
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that ignores the primacy of mercy in the name of justice, Pope Francis told a delegation from the International Commission against the Death Penalty on December 17. The pope set aside his prepared remarks and spoke off the cuff, the Vatican said.
 
In his prepared text, the pope said his recent revision teaxching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church against capital punishment was an important step in...

Bishops asked to meet abuse survivors before February meeting
(Saturday, 29 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Before travelling to Rome for a major Vatican summit on the clerical sex abuse crisis and child protection on February 21 to 25, each participating bishop should meet with survivors of abuse, said the committee organizing the meeting.
 
“The first step must be acknowledging the truth of what has happened. For this reason, we urge each episcopal conference president to reach out and visit with victim survivors of clergy sex abuse in your respective...