Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A good source on news on the Church in Asia

The Web site of the Union of Catholic Asian News is a good source for Catholic news originating in Asia.

It is frequently updated with many new articles that show both the vitality of the Church in that broad and culturally diverse continent as well as the many significant challenges that the small but growing faithful there face on a daily basis.

Here are examples of some recent articles posted there:

--Official Reactions Touch Upon Role New Hong Kong Cardinal Could Play:

HONG KONG (UCAN) -- Cardinal-elect Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong says that his appointment shows Pope Benedict XVI's great concern for China, and that he will offer his advice to the Holy See on China-Vatican issues...

In Beijing Liu Jianchao, spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the media Feb. 23 that the Chinese government was aware that Bishop Zen has been appointed a cardinal.

He said the Catholic Church always advocates non-interference in politics and the Chinese government believes the Catholic sector in Hong Kong will cherish and uphold stability, development and harmony in the local society...

--40,000 Pilgrims Gather To Pray At National Marian Shrine in Myanmar [Burma]:

Myanmar (UCAN) -- More than 40,000 people from all 13 dioceses in Myanmar gathered in a central town to celebrate the 104th anniversary of a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes...

--Catholic Nun Recounts Assault On Peshawar School:

Pakistan (UCAN) -- A Catholic nun and co-workers were caught up in protests against the publication of cartoons about Prophet Mohammed in European newspapers when mobs attacked their school on Feb. 15...

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