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The bleakest month of the Cultural Revolution

 

August 1966 was the month when the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution reached its political peak, but threatening omens had appeared much earlier in the year.








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Zacchaeus and China’s religious question

In Luke’s gospel account there is a story about a man whose encounter with Jesus tickles our imagination (19:1-10).








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Honour killing

At this year’s Eighty-eighth Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California, the United States of America, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Oscar for her short documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, about a young Pakistani woman who survived an attempted honour killing and follows her quest for justice.

The teenage girl named Saba, falls in love with and marries a man in defiance of family orders to enter an arranged marriage.








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The 70th anniversary of Church hierarchy in China (11 April 1946)

On 11 April 1946, Pope Pius XII (1876 to 1958) established the ecclesiastical hierarchy in China—the normal structure of the Catholic Church in a given country.

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The Veil and ethnic relations in China

I take the liberty of quoting some words by Zhang Chengzhi (張넓羚), who once pronounced literature untranslatable. 

Zhang is a Chinese Muslim writer. He grew up in a Hui family in Beijing. The Hui are one of the 56 ethnicities that make up the population of China and are traditionally believers of Islam.








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A new year

 

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god, Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In Mediaeval times, knights took the peacock vow at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.








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How might God contemplate China? – a prayer

In his farewell letter, written before he and six brother monks were martyred in 1996, Christian de Chergé, the abbot of the Cistercian Monastery of Tibhirine said:

This is what I shall be able to do, if God wills— 

immerse my gaze in that of the Father, 

and contemplate with him his children of Islam just as he sees them, 








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Ivory trinkets

Recently, our newspapers and other media have been bringing to our attention the terrible slaughter of many animals—especially in Africa—which, like us, were created by a loving God.








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What do families need?

The wisecracking American baseball player and coach, Yogi Berra, once said: “If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.” 

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Human rights

Nowadays, we are constantly reminded of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights as we hear, see and are touched by the many refugees who are seeking a new home in another country in order to be able to live where the declaration is respected.    

   

The Preamble

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