December 2018

Seoul archdiocese starts YouTube Bible study course
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

SEOUL (UCAN): The communications department of the Archdiocese of Seoul, South Korea, started an Online Bible Channel on November 24 following the pastoral direction of Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung, as more people watch video content through their smartphones.
Father Mattias Hur Young-yup, communications director, will address Custom in the Bible; vice-director, Father Peter Hwang Joong-ho will teach the Book of Exodus; and Father Thomas Lee Do-heang, undersecretary of...

Priests of China’s unofficial Church stand united
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Priests of the unofficial Church in China understand Pope Francis’ good intentions for it to be united with the government-sanctioned Church, but say they are not optimistic, as the country has no true religious freedom.
Father John said that before and after the signing of the provisional Vatican-China agreement on appointing bishops, unofficial priests in his area held several private meetings to discuss the situation.

Bishop and priest freed by Chinese authorities
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, and Father Lu Danhua of Lishui, were freed by authorities in China’s Zhejiang province on November 23 and 22.
Bishop Shao had been taken away by authorities on November 9, while Father Lu had been under detentions since December 29 last year.
Father Lu, who was ordained by Bishop Shao in 2016, is the only priest in sparsely populated Lishui Diocese, which is adjacent to Wenzhou.

Fifty years serving the Church in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate, popularly known as the PIME Sisters, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment their community in Hong Kong on Sunday, December 2 at Ss. Cosmas and Damian Church in Tsuen Wan. 
During his homily, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung called on the over 1,000 strong friends and well-wishers who joined the thanksgiving Mass, to learn from the Blessed Virgin Mary to be open to the plan of God and when...

No one has right to demand a pope’s resignation cardinal says
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “I am personally convinced that Pope Francis is doing everything possible to oppose the phenomenon of abuse against minors and to foster a new spirituality among priests who must act with the heart of Christ and do what is good for all people, above all for children and young people,” Gerhard Cardinal Muller of Germany said in an interview published by the Vatican Insider on November 27.
The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of...

That they might have life
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

On December 10, the world marks the 70th anniversary of United Nations (UN) Human Rights Day. It was on this day, in 1948, when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Pope Francis, in a letter published on November 15, remarked that the anniversary date is an opportunity to celebrate not only the signing of the declaration, but to reflect on the “the development of the vision of human rights in the modern world.”

War fears after Ukraine naval clashes
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

WARSAW (CNS): “Some of our parishioners in Mariupol and Berdyansk are in a state of panic, fearing Russia is massing its forces for an attack,” said Father Grzegorz Semenkov, chancellor of the Church’s eastern Kharkiv-Zaporizhia Diocese in Ukraine. 
Russian forces fired on three Ukrainian navy ships and captured 24 crew members on November 25 in the Kerch Strait adjoining the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia forcibly annexed in early 2014. Russian...

Retired pope corrects critical theologian
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): In a message sent to the German monthly, Herder Korrespondenz, Emertius Pope Benedict XVI responded to an article in which Michael Bohnke, a German theologian, criticised the pope and accused him of advocating proselytism implying that the retired pontiff encouraged the evangelisation of the Jewish people as a mission.
Judaism and Christianity are “two ways of interpreting the scriptures,” the former pope said. The accusation in the...

Filipinos honour Christian martyrs
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): The façades of Catholic churches and schools across the Philippines were bathed in red light on the evening of November 28 to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians around the world, as part of the so-called Red Wednesday campaign initiated by Aid to the Church in Need.
In Manila, Father Teresito ‘Chito’ Soganub, who had previously been held hostage by Islamic militants in Marawi, Mindanao, led people in paying tribute to Christian...

Pope praises young people following peace pilgrimage
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

SEOUL (UCAN): In letters sent to Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul, South Korea, and to 100 young pilgrims from Laos, Mexico, Malta, the United States, India, China, Pakistan and South Korea, who wrote to Pope Francis expressing their desire to become workers for peace after joining the 2018 Wind of Peace pilgrimage along the demilitarised zone dividing the two Koreas in August.
Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, and sustito (substitute) for...