Print Version    Email to Friend
Tough times today may herald tougher times to come

HONG KONG (UCAN): China convened its 19th National Congress of the Communist Party on October 18.
 
Regarded as a major high profile gathering every five years, this time round it is expected that the president, Xi Jinping, will be endorsed for a second term in the top job of the Communist Party.
 
But this may not be welcome news for religious minorities on the mainland, as to say it has been a tough year for them would be a gross understatement.
 

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Religious values help social development

HONG KONG (SE): Christian scholars pointed out at a recent forum at the University of Hong Kong that religion is an important part of civil society, as it can help build up a common vision among people.

The forum, running under the theme, Freedom, Civil Society and the State, was organised by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the end of October to look into the relationship among the three elements.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Paralleling religion and terrorism

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Chinese government has tightened the screws on religious freedom in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region with new regulations providing for parents and guardians to be reported if they force children to take part in religious activities.

The new regulations in the Muslim-majority state were passed by the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Regional People’s Congress on September 29 and will come into effect on November 1.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
ID cards could be an issue for priests in China

HONG KONG (UCAN): The State Administration for Religious Affairs in Beijing made identification papers (ID cards) for the registration of Buddhist monks compulsory during 2015 and is planning to do the same for both Taoist and Catholic priests during the coming year.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Dialogue and culture are top priority Cardinal Tong insists

 

HONG KONG (SE): The appeal from the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, to the authorities in Beijing to reopen a dialogue with the Holy See highlights an extremely important issue, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told Vatican Insider on October 28 in Rome.

More from this section