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Rare documents from Ricci and beyond launched on new website

BOSTON (SE): Boston College in the United States of America launched a new website, Beyond Ricci, on August 20, which provides access to books containing historical narratives, maps, correspondence and musical compositions depicting life in China during the era of early east-west exchange, which was initiated by the Jesuits.

Published in five languages, the website can be found at

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Keeping young people faithful in a faith desert

Walking is a test of
perseverance and faith


A group of 56 people, representing a full range of ages, walked for 12 days in the middle of July from Chengdu to Chongqing, in the Sichuan area of southwestern China, covering a total distance of 360 kilometres.

This is the fifth summer pilgrim walk the group has undertaken.

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Catholic education in Israeli-occupied Palestine is a liberating dynamic

HONG KONG (SE): “Most people I meet overseas imagine Palestine as a bombed out wreck,” De La Salle Brother Peter Bray, the vice chancellor of the only Catholic university in the occupied state of Palestine, told the Sunday Examiner during a stopover in Hong Kong in February this year.

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Too early to celebrate possible cure for AIDS says Vatican point man

WASHINGTON (CNS): More than 20,000 people descended on the Washington DC, the United States of America, for the 19th International AIDS Conference, and Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo felt right at home. 

As the Catholic Church’s point man on HIV and AIDS, he moves among the scientists, politicians and activists with ease, having worked for years to make sure that those involved in faith-based responses to the disease have their voices heard in the biennial gatherings. 

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We all have an unsatisfied lease on this earth

HONG KONG (SE): “During my three years working for a human rights agency in Hong Kong, I have discovered that people seem to think that I must be trying to be some kind of saviour of the poor,” Poon Wan-yu told the Sunday Examiner.

Joining the Asian Centre for the Progress of Peoples immediately after graduating in Chinese literature from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the 25-year-old described her work in human rights as not just a job, but a vocation.

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A struggle to preserve the faith blossomed in the Maronite Rite

HONG KONG (SE): The history of the Maronite Rite of the Catholic Church is literally a story of keeping the faith.

With its tradition inherited from the thriving commercial city of Antioch, it has direct connections with apostolic times, as St. Paul and his companion, St. Barnabas, both ministered there and St. Peter himself was the bishop.

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Crossing Oceans


Crossing oceans to China


People have been travelling to China for more years than we may know, but we do know that a lot of missionary priests and sisters have been crossing by land and sea from Europe to China for hundreds of years, the earliest recorded journey would be around 1293, undertaken by Franciscan Father John Montecorvino (1246-1328), who was called the founder of the Catholic mission in China.

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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.