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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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Serious questions linger over Myanmar’s about tur

HONG KONG (SE): While the government in Naypyidaw parades its democracy icon, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, before the world media in an attempt to show that the repressive state of the Union of Myanmar is opening up to democracy and is on the road to becoming a law abiding citizen, a peep at the flip side of the coin reveals a totally different reality.

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Malaysia’s security law will restrict religious freedom

 

KUALA LUMPUR (UCAN): An inter-religious body of minority faiths has denounced a bill regulating peaceful assembly and demanded it be withdrawn.

The Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 “clearly hands the police and home minister more powers and is restrictive, repressive and against freedom of assembly and against freedom of religion,” a December 2 statement from the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism, says.

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Defiant flag raising as Papuans call for independence

JAYAPURA (UCAN): Thousands of people gathered at the grave of an independence leader in Sentani, the district of Jayapura in Papua, on December 1 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of what some refer to as the true declaration of independence in Papua.

The ceremonies marked the anniversary of the raising of the first flag of the independence movement, the Morning Star, an act which today, is an offence under Indonesian law.

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