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Trading human rights for money muddies western hands as well

BRUSSELS (SE): The human rights situation in China has been rapidly deteriorating because, among other things, “The United States (of America – US) and European countries reduced pressure against the Chinese government,” Wei Jingsheng, a long time critic of the human rights record of his country told the European Parliament on June 21.

He added, “This will bring an even more extensive disaster than the human rights affairs alone.”








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Portrait of the friendship that gave birth to Christianity in China

HONG KONG (SE): The relationship between the 16th and 17th century Italian missionary to China, Father Matteo Ricci, and the man who is considered one of the fathers of Christianity in China, Paul Xu Guangqi, is also recognised as the first meeting of east and west on a friendship basis, Father Gianni Criveller, told a group of around 150 people at the Commercial Press Book Centre in Tsimshatsui on June 9.








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Our Lady Help of Christians a special feast for persecuted Churches

The feast of Our Lady Help of Christians falls on May 24 and has been designated by Pope Benedict XVI as the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

St. John Chrysostom made reference to Our Lady as a special friend of suffering Christians in 345 and then in 1572 she was hailed in North Africa and the Middle East as “helping Christians” by Pope Pius V, during the struggle against the Ottoman Empire.








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Twenty years after Earth Summit Rio

LIMA (CNS): Twenty years ago, 12-year-old Canadian, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, stood before government officials from most of the world’s countries and pleaded for her future. Worried about pollution and overuse of natural resources on her finite planet, she begged, “If you don’t know how to fix it, please don’t break it.” 








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An interview with Archbishop Savio Hon

 

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai is the secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. Hong Kong-born and 61-years-of-age, he is a theologian and was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to his current position on 23 December 2010.








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Push to canonise a Grunt Chaplain

 

A missionary career that began in Taiwan shortly after ordination in 1957 ended on the battle fields of Vietnam in September 1967 for Maryknoll priest, Father Vincent Capodanno, who also served for a few years on the staff of a school run by the missionary congregation in Hong Kong.








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Diplomatic blunder by United States could spell disaster for human rights in China

The fate of the sight impaired and self-taught legal advocate, Chen Guangcheng, and his family was under the spotlight as secretary for state of the United States of America (US), Hillary Clinton, was in Beijing in early May for the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.








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The month of May

The month of May is special in many ways. There is International Worker’s Day (Labour Day) on May 1, which is also the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

There are Queens of the May in many cities, universities and other communities. They are crowned with flowers. There are colourful Maypole dancing traditions, along with other ancient customs.








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Limitations of social media in opinion forming

 

The general election in the Republic of Korea saw the ruling conservative party take 152 seats out of a possible 300, emerging victorious in an election the opposition parties were expected to win.








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Images of Holy Week

A woman prays during Passion Sunday Mass in Santo Domingo,
the Dominican Republic. Photo: CNS/Reuters

Young Iraqi women attend an Easter Mass at a Chaldean Catholic church in
Amman, Jordan. Photo: CNS/Reuters