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Fie on casinos

TAIPEI (UCAN): Father Chou Jung, from the parish of the Sacred Heart in Kinmen, a group of islands off the coast of China near the city of Xiamen under the administration of the People’s Republic of China, has linked the anti-corruption campaign being run by the president, Xi Jinping, to a resounding no vote against casinos being built on the island.
 
Residents on the islands overwhelmingly voted against casinos on their territory on October 28 with reports saying 24,368 voted against with only 2,705 in favour.
 

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The faith of the religious media

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Presenting the Golden Ball Award in memory of her old teacher and friend, Father Jerry Martinson, who made his name famous across China and Taiwan for his comparing role on the Catholic television network, the Kuangchi Programme Service, as Uncle Jerry, Louise Tsuei quoted him as often saying, “Working in the media is like an act of faith, because, since we cannot see the public, we must firmly believe in what we are doing.”
 

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Missionaries honoured in Taiwan

TAIPEI (UCAN): Taiwan has granted citizenship to two missionaries from the United States of America, Father Alan Doyle and Sister Mary Paul Watts, in recognition of their contribution to society.
 
“I am a genuine Taiwanese,” 80-year-old Father Doyle said on July 9 as he received his identity card.
 
Father Doyle has lived in Taiwan for 53 years and worked in the area of the preservation and development of the Hoklo language, often referred to as Taiwanese, during his more then half a century on the island.

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Bit of Catholic television coming to China

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): The third season of a weekly television show on Pope Francis called Oh my God ended in a great fundraising dinner put on by its producer, the Kuangchi Programme Service, with more than 1,000 donors, the best event of its kind in the recent history of the diocese of Taipei.
 

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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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Pushing Taiwan out of the world

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Taiwan was not be represented at the World Health Assembly held in Geneva from May 22 to 31, although it has attended regularly for the past eight years.
 
Organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the assembly studies and implements decisions about worldwide healthcare which are applicable worldwide. Beijing-friendly Margaret Chan, from Hong Kong, is WHO’s director general.
 

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Asia’s first brush with same-sex marriage

TAIPEI (UCAN): Same sex marriage hit Asia for the first time when the Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled on May 24 that the current law banning it contradicted Articles 7 and 22 of the constitution of the Republic of China that guarantee people’s freedom.
 
It ordered the legislature to make appropriate changes to the law within two years.
 
Father Otfried Chan, the secretary general of the bishops’ conference, said he is worried that the ruling will split society.
 

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...of rough diamonds and cutural vandals

PERTH (SE): “The head of the Chinese delegation expressed high respect for the traditional owners of the land,” a representative of the Chinese Consulate in Perth, Australia, said in describing the manner in which a delegation from his country to a conference hosted by the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, interrupted her as she was introducing an Aboriginal Welcoming to the Land ceremony at the opening session.
 

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Priest and expert on witchcraft dies in Taiwan

TAIPEI (UCAN): Father Karl Stahli, from the Swiss Bethlehem Mission Society and a student of Bunun culture specialising in its witchcraft practices, died at the age of 80 after more than 50 years in Taiwan.

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