Cardinal Kung Foundation Christmas Newsletter 2017 (Please help the persecuted Church in China): Communist China announced a new Savior In recent months, local government officials visited many Christian-populated villages to implement a Property Alleviation Campaign. They proclaimed a new “savior”: … Continue reading
AsiaNews: The disciplinary arm of the ruling Chinese Communist Party has banned its members and government officials from celebrating Christmas, likening the practice to “spiritual opium” for its members. A notice issued by the Commission for Discipline Inspection of Hengyang city … Continue reading
Nine Underground Bishops have died in 2017. AsiaNews: Msgr. Matthias Yu Chengxin, bishop coadjutor emeritus of Hanzhong (Shaanxi) died on December 7th at the age of 90. His funeral was celebrated yesterday in the church of Xiaozhai (county of Chengguo), coinciding … Continue reading
UCANews: Hindu activists have beaten eight priests and torched their vehicle outside a central Indian police station. The assault victims had been attempting to assist 30 seminarians and two priests arrested on Dec. 14 for allegedly trying to convert non-Christians. Trouble … Continue reading
Last night I attended a meeting of the Alhambra Historical Society, at which Joyce Amaro, president of the Alhambra Preservation Group, gave a presentation on the formerly Episcopalian chapel of Ss. Simon and Jude and her organisation’s thus far successful … Continue reading
CNA: “The Rosary is what gave us the strength for years because we didn’t have the sacraments or priests; but the faithful prayed every day at least one Rosary in the early morning and another one at night,” and at the … Continue reading
Let us continue to remember Asia Bibi in our prayers. Agenzia Fides: Asia Bibi’s death penalty, the Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy and awaiting trial before the Supreme Court; resignation of the Minister of Justice Zahid Hamid; release of … Continue reading
We shall see. Don’t be surprised. The Catholic Herald: Catholic schools will be asked to remove the terms “mother” and “father” from admissions forms, after a government ruling that the terms could be too restrictive. The Catholic Education Service has … Continue reading
Aleteia, Isabelle Cousturie: In June 14, 2009, Asia Bibi was thrown into jail. A year later she was sentenced to death for blasphemy, and since 2013, after two transfers, she has been languishing in one of the three windowless cells on death … Continue reading
CNA: A pro-marriage student group at Georgetown University is in danger of being defunded and barred from campus facilities, after fellow students have petitioned that it be recognized as a “hate group.” More here.
UCANews, Michael Sainsbury: Father Joseph Shih, the former head of the China section of Vatican Radio, has sent a message to Pope Francis saying that the church needs to have “healthy realism” in its dealings with the Chinese government. More here.
AsiaNews, Bernardo Cervellera: The new regulations on religious activities are aimed at annihilating underground communities and stifling official communities, making it impossible for any outward mission. Report is here.
Fatima Perspectives, Chris Ferrara: One of the keynotes of Father Gruner’s assessment of the crisis in the Church from the Fatima perspective was his exposure and condemnation of the disastrous post-Vatican II policy of Ostpolitik (the politics of the East), according to … Continue reading
The Remnant, Theresa Moreau: One bridge connects the two territories. A few meters of barbed wire separate two worlds and two civilizations. The physical distance can be measured in a few meters. The moral distance, however, cannot be measured. On one … Continue reading
CNA: As the civil war in South Sudan heightens, millions are fleeing their homes for safer ground, which many have found at St. Mary Help of Christian’s Cathedral in Wau, the country’s second largest city. Report is here.