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Future of Church in China

 The year 2010 seemed to be a banner year for China-Vatican communications. 

Although official diplomatic relations, which were severed in 1951 when the last apostolic delegate, Antonio Cardinal Riberi, was expelled from China, had not yet been re-established, 10 Chinese bishops, approved by both the Chinese government and the Holy See, were ordained.

The establishment of official relations seemed to be just around the corner.

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Can the Communist Party survive
a functional legal system?

BANGKOK (UCAN): The Chinese government passed legislation on November 1 that it claims will make it easier for people to take the authorities and state enterprises to court over issues including land disputes—a growing problem across the country.

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Cry for bread and freedom is a cry for peace on Earth

We need to eat! It is my livelihood! We want genuine elections!

During the electoral reform disputes that unfolded into the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong, these cries have ripped society apart.

The cry for bread and the cry for freedom—are they competing rights? Indeed both cries are as old as the Old Testament.

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Charitable work and sticky relationships

HONG KONG (SE): Charitable services have always played a large part in the outreach of the Catholic Church in spreading the message of God’s love for the world in society.

It has been a way in which the Church has established itself in pluralistic societies, as well as challenged governments in mostly Christian countries to take up their responsibility of care and provision of welfare for their own citizens.

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Big Bang theory does not exclude God

VATICAN (SE/CNS): The term, Big Bang, took off with a big bang when astronomer, journalist and science fiction writer, Fred Hoyle, uttered the words derisively on BBC Radio in condemnation of a theory being proposed by Father Georges Lemaître that the universe was an ever-expanding reality.

Hoyle scoffed at the wily priest’s assertion that creation occurred in a shower of fireworks, arguing instead for a steady-state theory of immutability that always was and always will be.

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Seeking refuge

We live in the 21st century, but we are hearing and seeing things that we thought were part of our past. People in many countries are seeking refuge from war, persecution or natural disasters. Some have been forced to leave their homes and countries by marauding fanatics.

The older generations here in Hong Kong have most likely heard many stories from their parents and grandparents about how they had to leave China in a hurry.

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Giants and dwarfs of wartime rescue efforts

HONG KONG (SE): As the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II approaches, the Faith Institute for Cultural Studies in Shijiahuang, in cooperation with the Normal University of Shijiahuang and Fudan University in Shanghai is planning a conference on the Massacre of Zhengding Church and Religions’ Humanitarian Rescue Efforts During the War from October 28 to 30.

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Civil rights have big impact on economic progress

MILAN (AsiaNews): In the world and in China, attention has been broadly centred on contingent economic issues, with questions like when will the bubble burst in China’s real estate market, its shadow banking system and the fraudulent certificates in financial collateral based on non-existent raw materials abounding.

Other questions include will the Euro and the American dollar and the banks’ balance sheets survive the economic crisis, non-performing loans and bad debts?

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Which way to the migration gate?

Globalisation is a complex process of unequal relationships which has many faces. One of the most visible is labour migration across international borders in search of satisfactory employment.

Unlike tourists, who also travel globally, migrant workers are not rich and carefree. They huddle self-consciously in our airports, or stow away on ships and freight containers, poor, ill-clad and desperate. Frequently they are impounded and sent back.

Colonialism started it.

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A cherished gift to one so young

There are many things today that can contribute to a young Catholic losing hope. Our society is so materialistic with people always in a rush to acquire the latest things.

We do not think about whether we need more, but instead focus on how objects might make us more popular or enviable. 

Rather than serving others first, we are taught to watch out for ourselves and that getting ahead is the most important goal.