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Anything was possible for Uncle Jerry

TAIPEI (SE): Uncle Jerry, a group from the team of the People’s Republic of China called out when they saw the face of Father Jerry Martinson in a shopping mall in San Diego during the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984.
 
A well-known face across China from his long-running bilingual television series screened across both Taiwan and China, in which as Uncle Jerry he shared his insights with children learning English, had made him a celebrity in both places.
 

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New leadership for the Jesuits

ROME (SE): Father Arturo Sosa Abascal was elected as the general of the Society of Jesus by a general congregation in Rome on October 14, becoming the 30th successor of the society’s founding leader, St. Ignatius Loyola, in 1534.

Vatican Radio described the new Jesuit general as being serene, although he said that he was surprised by his election. Rather, Father Sosa described himself as grateful and ready to respond with joy, in an interview with the Vatican radio station.

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Jesuit from Burundi ordained in Taipei

TAIPEI (SE): A Jesuit deacon from the tiny African nation of Burundi, Reverend Ladislas Nsengiyumva, was ordained to the priesthood in Holy Family Catholic Church in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 30, by Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, the archbishop of Taipei.

Father John Lee Hua SJ, the provincial of the Jesuit Chinese Province, joined in the ordination Mass and recommended him for priesthood.

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Jesuit in Hong Kong awarded Freedom of the City of Dublin

HONG KONG (SE): As the sole surviving child of the 14 people who were executed before a firing squad for their role in what is known as the Easter Uprising in Ireland in 1916, Jesuit Father Joseph Mallin was awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin at a private ceremony at Wah Yan College in Wan Chai on the evening of March 21.

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Manila pushes to beatify American Jesuit

MANILA (UCAN): The Manila archdiocese has officially opened the process for the beatification and canonisation of Father George Willman, a Jesuit from the United States of America (US), who is credited with building up the presence of the Knights of Columbus in The Philippines during the last century.

Luis Cardinal Tagle accepted the nomination for the beatification of Father Willman during a Mass celebrated on December 7 to mark the formal opening of the process.

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Taipei honours Jesuit artist at museum anniversary

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): A major exhibition marking the 90th anniversary of what is universally regarded as one of the greatest museums in the world, the Museum of the National Palace, which has displays in both Taipei and Beijing, opened an exhibition of the extraordinary work of Father Giuseppe Castiglione sj at the Taipei site on October 8.

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Wah Yan old boy ordained for Jesuits

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Clement Tsui Lap-yan was ordained a priest for the Society of Jesus at St. Ignatius Chapel in Wah Yan College, Kowloon, by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, on August 22. 

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We have a pope!

Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina, was elected as the 265th successor to St. Peter on March 13. He has chosen the name Francis and will be known to the world as Pope Francis.

The diocese of Hong Kong warmly welcomes Pope Francis and is asking people to pray for him as the leader of the Catholic Church.

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A dignified missionary presence lost

HONG KONG (SE): A quiet, but dignified missionary presence was lost to Hong Kong on February 5 with the death of Jesuit Father Ciaran Finbarr Kane. He was 80 years old.

Born in Durbin, Ireland, in 1932, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1950, graduating from the University College Dublin, now known as the National University of Ireland, before coming to Hong Kong in 1958.

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Now my name is Ting

 

CANGZHOU (SE): The diocese of Xianxian (Cangzhou) in Hebei province, received a group of relatives of Father Ting Ming-Cheng, as the Jesuit missionary, Father Ghestin Anatole, is known to local people.

The French missionary devoted 53 years of his life to the mission in China, mostly in the Hebei area. Local people regarded the visit from his relatives as a great honour, as the priest’s memory is still very much alive. 

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