Posts Tagged ‘Hong Kong’

Catholic university installs crucifixion artwork by imprisoned Catholic Activist Jimmy Lai

Monday, February 26th, 2024

The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, has installed a drawing of the Crucifixion by imprisoned Hong Kong Catholic and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai. Father Robert Sirico, a supporter and friend of Lai’s, said during the installation ceremony on Thursday that the sketch is a testimony “not just of Jimmy’s struggle but the Read more

National security law needs clarifying says Hong Kong’s bishop

Monday, November 21st, 2022
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Hong Kong’s Catholic bishop says the national security law is confusing and needs to be clarified. Ambiguity has been created in the way Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing authorities use the national security law. This has sown “confusion over what could be said and what could not”, says Bishop Stephen Chow Sau-yan (pictured). Such a situation is Read more

Cardinal Zen trial adjourned by Hong Kong court

Monday, October 3rd, 2022
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A court in Hong Kong has adjourned the trial of outspoken Catholic activist Cardinal Joseph Zen and four co-defendants until October 26. Retired Catholic bishop and Cardinal Joseph Zen and five co-defendants pleaded not guilty at the West Kowloon Magistrates Court to failing to properly register their 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which offered financial, legal Read more

Please protect people during China’s crackdown

Thursday, July 7th, 2022
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China’s crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong has led a Catholic prelate to ask regional leaders to put people first. Give young people a reason to trust authority, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong suggests in a special message published last Friday. Among the advantages he lists is a greater sense of unity in a Read more

Hong Kong church leaders are under threat

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

There was some excitement in Hong Kong’s under-pressure independent media on Aug. 7 when it came to light that Catholic education authorities had urged schools to follow nationalistic new practices introduced on the back of tough new national security legislation. But this seemed to have buried the real story — the short and medium-term future Read more

Fear and loathing in Hong Kong

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
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A climate of fear and confusion descended upon Hong Kong almost immediately after Beijing’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee took just 15 minutes to sign off on the biggest changes to the territory since the handover from Great Britain 23 years ago today. Within six hours of a new security law being passed at just Read more

Hong Kong: Facebook and WhatsApp ‘pause’ police help

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Hong Kong’s Facebook and WhatsApp laws have drawn criticism from around the world. Several countries, including the UK, have criticised China for imposing new security laws, which they say threaten the territory’s long-standing autonomy. Facebook said it would stop considering the requests, “pending further assessment” of the human rights issues. No personal information about users Read more

Cardinal Bo: Let us pray for Hong Kong

Monday, July 6th, 2020
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On behalf of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, I call on Christians of all traditions and people of all faiths, throughout Asia and the world, to pray for Hong Kong, and indeed for China and all her people, with great insistence. The government of China has imposed a new national security law on Hong Read more

Asian Bishops’ Conferences concerned about new Hong Kong law

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences is concerned about China’s new security law in Hong Kong. In a statement, Cardinal Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar and president of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences says the bishops are calling for Christians to pray for the people of Hong Kong and China. China’s President Xi Jinping Read more

A love affair with China that turned sour

Monday, June 8th, 2020

When I was 18, I arrived in Beijing, found my luggage had been lost in Karachi and, needing a change of clothes, bought a T-shirt that said: “You are not a real man if you have not climbed the Great Wall of China.” In subsequent years I not only walked along various parts of the Read more