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Koreans protest lack of radiation safety measures

SEouL (UCAN): Following a recent radiation leak at a factory at the Noksan Industrial Complex in Busan, South Korea, the Anti-Nuclear Association, accused local government officials of failing to implement effective safety measures.

The association was responding to a report, issued by the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety on January 3, which said that on December 30, radioactive material had leaked from a machine that had developed a crack.

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Vatican delegation heading to Vietnam for cardinal’s beatification cause

 

Ho Chi Minh City (UCAN): Jean Baptiste Cardinal Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, announced on January 1 that a delegation from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace plans to visit the country from March 23 to April 9 to meet and listen to witnesses in connection with the beatification cause of Francis Xavier Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, which was officially launched by the council on 22 October 2010

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Hundreds gather for first anniversary of assassination of Punjab governor

Lahore (UCAN/Agencies): Hundreds of people gathered on January 4 to remember the late governor of Punjab province, Pakistan, Salman Taseer, on the first anniversary of his assassination by his bodyguard for speaking out against the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.

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Vatican renews focus on Taiwan

For years relations between Taiwan and the Holy See have remained low-key and largely below the radar.

In the wake of recent visits by two Vatican officials just weeks before presidential elections, scheduled for January 14, relations seem to have taken a more high-profile turn.

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Priests refuse government Christmas visit in Ho Chi Minh City

 HO CHI MINH CITY (Agencies): The Redemptorist priests in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, refused to receive a delegation from the Religious Affairs Department for its traditional Christmas and New Year goodwill visit.

Father Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai sent a letter to Office for Religious Affairs and Ethnic Minorities on December 13, the day before the scheduled visit, declining to receive the government officials.

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Police back off on requiring permit for carol singing at home

KUALA LUMPUR (SE): In the run up to Christmas, two parishes in Klang, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, received notification from the police demanding that the names and address of people who had been singing Christmas carols be reported, as they were in contravention of the new state security legislation.

The police said that Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 required that a permit was necessary for people to sing Christmas carols either in a church or in their own homes.

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Meeting highlights the significance of lay organisations

PATTAYA (SE): The second annual gathering of Ecclesial Movements in Asia was held from November 25 to 27 at the Redemptorist Centre in Pattaya, Thailand, highlighted the important role that lay organisations play in the pastoral role and evangelical mission of the Church in society.

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Remain open to North Korea Church in Seoul urges

HONG KONG (SE): The Church in the Republic of Korea is taking the death of the leader of the hermit state to the north of the Demilitarised Zone, Kim Jong-il, as an opportunity to seek reconciliation with the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Pyongyang.

It was announced on North Korean state television on December 19 that Kim died on a train of a heart attack, brought on by physical and mental exhaustion from overwork. However, this information has not been verified.

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Sister cleared of trafficking charges in Colombo

 COLOMBO (Agencies): Sister Mary Eliza, from the Missionaries of Charity in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was cleared of a charge of trafficking children on December 15 at a court hearing, after spending three days in police custody before being released on bail.

Indian-born Sister Eliza was arrested on November 25, after police acted on information given by an anonymous caller accusing the sisters of profiteering from adoptions and selling children to foreigners.

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Church to boycott state events over sister’s arrest

COLOMBO (SE): The archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, said at a press conference on December 3 that the Catholic Church will boycott all functions sponsored by the government over the Christmas period, as a protest against the November 25 arrest of Missionary of Charity, Sister Mary Eliza.

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