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Clinton plays a wildcard in currency debate

HONOLULU (AsiaNews): United States of America (US) treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, said Asia should do more to stimulate global growth to offset the Eurozone crisis, following a meeting of Asia-Pacific finance ministers in Honolulu, Hawaii, on November 8 in the run up to the start of the APEC summit.

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Fear has silenced Christians says Pakistani archbishop

TORONTO (CNS): Fear has silenced the voice of Pakistan’s Christians since the political murder of Shahbaz Bhatti last spring, Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha, the former archbishop of Lahore, told The Catholic Register in mid-November, as he moved into Toronto, Canada, for his retirement. 

“People are sad; bitter. They say: ‘If that happens to him what happens to us?’” he explained to the Canadian Catholic weekly newspaper. 

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Major seminary reopens but without rector

 

TAIYUAN (UCAN): Montecorvino Major Seminary in Shanxi province, northern China, resumed classes on November 17, following a 10 week layoff caused by a dispute involving the rector, Father Anthony Chang Tongxi, and seminary board.

Around 50 out of 70 seminarians returned to the seminary in a suburb of Taiyuan, while local sources say that the remainder has transferred to other seminaries, where they began studying when the one in Taiyuan closed.

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Religion is part of holistic education says pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The teaching of religion in public schools, “far from signifying that the state assumes or imposes a specific religious creed, indicates a recognition of religion as a necessary value for the holistic formation of the person,” said, Pope Benedict XVI on October 13, as he welcomed Brazil’s new ambassador to the Holy See, Almir Franco de Sa Barbuda.

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Sister of Charity brutally murdered in India

NEW DELHI (UCAN): A 53-year-old Sister of Charity was shot dead in the state of Jharkhand, India, on November 15. Sister Valsa John, who comes from Kerala, was well known in the area for her work in defending the rights of tribal peoples.

Reports say that she was dragged from bed in the early morning by a mob of around 30 to 40 people and was stabbed and hacked to death in Pakur district, near the city of Dumka.

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Tibetan Catholic texts discovered in pristine condition

HONG KONG (Agencies): Texts in 45 volumes of the scriptures, as well as a history of the Blessed Virgin Mary written in the language of Tibet were recently discovered at the only Catholic parish that exists in the country today, Mang Kang (or Shang Yan Jing).

Fides says that the scriptures were translated in 1931 and the 489 files on the history of Our Lady date back to 1932.

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Protest in Hanoi over government use of Church property

Hanoi (UCAN): Around 1,000 people staged a peaceful protest in Hanoi, Vietnam, on the night of November 16 as government authorities began construction of a sewage treatment project on former convent land near the Dong Da hospital.

The protesters gathered at Thai Ha church to pray and demand the return of what they said is still Redemptorist-owned property, seized by the communist government in 1959 and yet to be returned.

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Asian liturgy forum calls for more incluturation for funerals rites

TAIPEI (SE): In the run up to the 15th Asian Liturgical Forum held in Taipei, Taiwan, from October 17 to 21, questions were being asked about various practices concerning the rite of Christian funerals.

One of the contentious issues was the custom in some places of scattering ashes of the dead.

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Father Ricci’s funeral acknowledged in highest possible style 400 years later

MACAU (SE): “Jesuits do not sing,” goes the old adage. But just 400 years ago almost to the day, sing they did at the funeral in Beijing of the great missionary, Father Matteo Ricci sj, on the feast of All Saints, 1 November 1611.








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Taiwan and Macau in an educational partnership

MACAU (UCAN): The diocese of Macau is offering professional training for local high school teachers with a little help from the Jesuit-run Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Established 80 years ago, the St Joseph Diocesan College of Macau has been offering training courses for kindergarten and primary school teachers for more than half a century, but is now, for the first time, offering a diploma course for high school teachers.

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