Vatican, China approve new bishop for Taizhou

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Vatican, China approve new bishop for Taizhou

ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:22 am

By: The Associated Press

14/07/2010 9:30 AM

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican and the Chinese government have approved the consecration of a new bishop for Taizhou in a sign of warming ties.

The Vatican said Wednesday 75-year-old Msgr. Antonio Xu Jiwei was named bishop over the weekend in a ceremony presided over by four other bishops who similarly are in communion with Rome and are recognized by China's official church.

China forced its Roman Catholics to cut ties with the Vatican in 1951. Worship is allowed only in state-backed churches, but millions of Chinese belong to unofficial congregations loyal to Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI has prioritized improving relations with Beijing and reconciling the two churches. In recent years a compromise has been reached under which both Beijing and Rome agree on bishop candidates.

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China hosts British foreign secretary, says social differences not a hindrance to ties

ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:45 am

China hosts British foreign secretary, says social differences not a hindrance to ties
By: Anita Chang, The Associated Press
14/07/2010 6:58 AM

BEIJING, China - Britain's visiting foreign secretary called Wednesday for greater autonomy and human rights in China's remote Himalayan region of Tibet, while his counterpart said their differences on the issue will not negatively affect ties.

William Hague was making his first official visit to China as foreign secretary and told reporters the main purpose of his trip was to strengthen bilateral trade that reached $39.1 billion last year, though British imports to China only made up $7.9 billion.

"In the years ahead, I see the U.K. and China as partners in growth. We are both beneficiaries of globalization and we have shared interests in furthering this process," Hague said.

Like most other European countries, Britain generally exports high-end goods and services, which have a small market in China. Meanwhile, China is flooding British markets with low-cost consumer goods. Trade in the first four months of 2010 was up nearly 30 per cent, according to Chinese statistics.

"There's a big economic opportunity, but just as we favour China having improved access to EU markets, well then, there's a reciprocal side of that, which is improved access to China for British and other European companies and that is a major part of what we have to do," Hague said.

Despite the healthy trade, the relationship between China and Britain has been unsettled by commercial disputes, tiffs over climate change and China's execution late last year of a British national convicted of drug trafficking.

Hague also noted during a news conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi that London has "long-standing human rights concerns" about Tibet, the traditionally Buddhist region in far western China.

Tibetan areas have been tense in recent years, with locals complaining about restrictions on Buddhism, government campaigns against their revered spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and an influx of ethnic Han migrants that leave Tibetans feeling marginalized.

Those feelings boiled over into deadly anti-government riots in 2008.

"We want to see long-term stability for Tibet, which in our view implies work on human rights and greater autonomy," Hague said.

Yang acknowledged different "social systems and cultural heritage" between China and the U.K. but said disparate views on some issues wouldn't have an adverse effect on normal ties.

"We believe that the common interests of the two countries far outweigh the differences between the two sides," he said.

Hague met Premier Wen Jiabao later Wednesday. He is scheduled to travel to Japan on Thursday, where he was expected to meet top officials including the prime minister and foreign minister, along with business leaders.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:00 pm

Vatican extends statute of limitations to 20 years for abusing minors, mentally disabled
By: Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican issued a new set of norms Thursday to respond to the worldwide clerical abuse scandal, cracking down on priests who rape and molest minors and the mentally disabled.

The norms extend from 10 to 20 years the statute of limitations on priestly abuse and also codify for the first time that possessing or distributing child pornography is a canonical crime.

But the document made no mention of the need for bishops to report abuse to police and doesn't include any "one-strike and you're out" policy as demanded by some victims' groups.

The document also listed the attempted ordination of a woman as a "grave crime" to be handled by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, just as sex abuse is. Critics have complained that including both in the same document implied equating them.

The congregation's norms marked the first major document to be issued by the Vatican since the clerical abuse scandal erupted earlier this year with hundreds of new cases coming to light of priests who molested children, bishops who covered up for them and Vatican officials who turned a blind eye for decades.

The church's internal justice system for dealing with abuse allegations came under attack because of claims by victims that their accusations were long ignored by bishops more concerned about protecting the church and by the congregation, which was headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger from 1981 until he was elected pope in 2005.

The bulk of the new document merely codified the ad hoc norms for dealing canonically with pedophile priests that have been in use since the first major overhaul of norms came in 2001 and subsequent updates in 2002 and 2003, making them permanent and legally binding.

"That is a step forward because the norm of law is binding and is certain," said Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor.

But Barbara Dorris of the Survivors' Network for Those Abused by Priests, a leading group representing victims of clerical sex abuse, said the new guidelines "can be summed up in three words: missing the boat.

"They deal with one small procedure at the very tail end of the problem: defrocking pedophile priests," she said.

"Relatively few kids have actually been sexually assaulted because predator priests weren't defrocked quickly enough," she said. "Hundreds of thousands of kids, however, have been sexually violated (by) many other more damaging and reckless moves by bishops and other church staff."

The 10-year statute of limitations, for example, has routinely been extended on a case by case basis and will continue to be even beyond the new 20-year limit set forth in the document, the text said. Acquiring, selling or possessing child pornography has also been considered a grave canonical crime for several years, Scicluna has said.

New elements in the text, as first reported last week by The Associated Press, include treating priests who sexually abuse an adult who "habitually lacks the use of reason" with the same set of sanctions as those who abuse minors. Punishments can include being dismissed from the clerical state.

The Vatican in 2007 issued a decree saying the attempted ordination of women would result in automatic excommunication for the woman and the priest who tries to ordain her. That is repeated in the new document, adding that the priest can also be punished by being dismissed from the clerical state.

At a briefing Thursday, Scicluna said that including the two canonical crimes, sex abuse and ordination of women, in the same document was not equating them but was done to just codify the most serious canonical crimes against sacraments and morals that the congregation deals with.

For example, in addition to sex abuse, the document also includes crimes against the sacraments including desecrating the Eucharist, violating the seal of the confessional and for the first time, apostasy, heresy and schism. Attempting to ordain a woman violates the sacrament of holy orders and was therefore included, Scicluna said.

"They are grave, but on different levels," he said.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  satan_baby on Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:00 pm

Vatican Strengthens Rules Barring Abuse by Priests

The Vatican has issued new rules aimed at cracking down on priests accused of sexual abuse.

The revisions disclosed Thursday extend the time limit for complaints about priestly abuse - the statute of limitations - from 10 years after the victim's 18th birthday to at least 20 years. The rules clarify that abuse of a mentally handicapped adult is as serious a crime as child abuse. Possessing or distributing child pornography also is listed as a serious offense.

The changes update Vatican regulations dating back to 2001. They are in the first major document issued by the Vatican since the priest sex abuse scandal intensified this year, with hundreds of new cases coming to light. Senior Vatican officials say the new rules on sex-abuse cases reinforce Pope Benedict XVI's effort to repair the image of the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of the abuse scandal. The pope himself faced allegations that as archbishop of Munich, he shielded predator priests from punishment.

The document issued Thursday also lists as a "grave crime" against church law any attempt to ordain a woman to the priesthood. Church spokesmen said this codifies a papal decree in 2007 declaring that women can not be priests.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:34 pm

China's Christians Exceed 23 Million: CASS
By zhangwen

The number of Christians in China has hit a record 23.05 million in 2010, accounting for 1.8 present of the county's total population, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China News Service reported.

The Blue Book on China Religions, which is released by the institute of world religions at CASS for the first time, also notes that a whopping 68.8 percent of believers converted to Christianity after either they or one of their family members fell ill. The proportion increases among older people.

"Only 15 percent of believers said they are Christian because of the influence of family traditions." Li Lin, who organized the survey, said in the Blue Book.

The number of Christians witnessed a rapid growth in recent years and it now takes up 73.4 percent of China's religious population.

To accommodate the increase in the number of churchgoers, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of churches in the country, which currently stand at more than 55,000.

By the end of 2009, more than 50 million copies of the Bible had been printed in China, according to Fu Xianwei, chairman of China's Three-Self Patriotic Movement National Committee.

But Christian communities are still marginalized in larger society. It is regarded as "the religion of the poor", with women and old people taking the majority.

Li pointed out that the number of female Christians is much higher than male Christians, accounting for 70 percent of the total.

In some villages where most young and strong people have turned to big cities for jobs, the church has become a spiritual lodge for the older people, women and children left-behind.

The average education level of Christians in China is relatively low - more than half of them haven't finished primary school and only 2.6 percent of them have received a college education.

The Blue Book also revealed an increase in other faiths, including Buddhism, Islam, and Taoism.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  hacksecret on Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:31 pm
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31 สิงหาคม 2553 16:43 น.

ศาสนิกชนทั้งจากศาสนาพุทธ และคริสต์ ต่างร่วมประกอบพิธีไว้อาลัยให้แก่เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
ที่เสียชีวิตในเหตุการณ์ที่อดีตตำรวจ จี้รถโดยสารนักท่องเที่ยวในกรุงมะนิลา พิธีไว้อาลัยดังกล่าว
มีขึ้นในวันนี้ ที่สนามกีฬากลางแจ้ง ซึ่งเป็นจุดเกิดเหตุ ที่อดีตตำรวจจี้ผู้โดยสาร พร้อมนักท่องเที่ยว
ชาวฮ่องกงเป็นตัวประกัน ก่อนจบลงด้วยการจู่โจมของทางการตำรวจ ส่งผลให้นักท่องเที่ยวฮ่องกง
เสียชีวิต 8 คน พิธีดังกล่าวจัดขึ้นพร้อมกับอีกหลายแห่งทั่วประเทศ โดยมีพระ เจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจ
และเจ้าหน้าที่ของรัฐร่วมในพิธี ขณะเดียวกันบาทหลวงที่ร่วมในพิธี เรียกร้องให้ทางการสืบสวนคดี
ด้วยความยุติธรรม มีรายงานว่า ขณะนี้กระทรวงยุติธรรม และกระทรวงมหาดไทย ได้ร่วมกับ
เจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจฮ่องกง เริ่มดำเนินการสอบสวนแล้ว

A Buddhist monk sprinkles holy water at the bullet-riddled tourist bus during a ceremony to mourn
the eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed in the hostage crisis Tuesday Aug.24, 2010
at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. The Chinese authorities demanded answers from the Philippines
on Tuesday after a 12-hour hostage drama in the heart of Manila ended with eight Hong Kong tourists
and their Filipino hostage-taker dead following a day of botched negotiations.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Bishop: There should be no whitewash in hostage probe

08/31/2010 | 09:55 AM

In a memorial service on Tuesday for the victims of the August 23 hostage crisis in Manila,
a bishop said there should be no "whitewash" or concealment of defects in the investigation
of the incident.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo made the call in his homily during the Mass and
memorial service at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where the hostage incident took place
last week. After the Mass, Pabillo blessed the site of the hostage incident.

On August 23, a dismissed senior police inspector, Rolando Mendoza, hijacked a tourist bus
in front of the Quirino Grandstand and held hostage 21 Hong Kong tourists and four Filipinos.
After an 11-hour standoff, Mendoza and eight Hong Kong tourists were killed.

“This terrible case is also calling out to heaven for justice. Not only the Chinese are calling
for a just and swift investigation of this case. We Filipinos demand the same from our officials.
Bring out the truth let those who are responsible whoever they may be be held accountable.
No whitewash. No scapegoats. Let there be new life for our justice system," Pabillo said
in his homily.

“We offer therefore this sacrifice of God’s love for the eternal repose of those who have
lost their lives, for healing among the survivors, to beg for mercy and understanding and
forgiveness from God, and from those who have been grieved, and to call for new life from
all of us. May those who have suffered and died not have so in vain. May their sacrifice
made holy by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ bring healing and new life to us," he added.

During the Mass, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr. sat beside Chinese Ambassador
to the Philippines Liu Jianchao. Justice Sec. Leila de Lima, Tourism Sec. Alberto Lim,
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim also attended the event.

Members of the Filipino-Chinese community and Buddhist monks were also present
during the Mass in a show of solidarity in praying for the hostage victims.

Philippine bishops Deogracias Iñiguez Jr. (Caloocan) and Honesto Ongtioco (Cubao),
as well as Fr. Thaddeus Shang, a Catholic priest from mainland China, presided over the Mass.

Hundreds of students from schools and universities in Manila also took part in
the memorial service.

"My school required us to go here. But even if we were not required, I will still go to pray
for the victims and our leaders. I also want to show to foreigners that the Philippines is
a safe place," said 17-year-old Dorothy Toronueva, an Education major at the Pamantasan ng
Lunsod ng Maynila.

Toronueva was referring to the backlash the Philippines received from the international
community days after the hostage incident at the Quirino grandstand.

New life

In his homily, Pabillo also prayed for “new life" not only for the survivors and their families
but also for the Philippine police and media, who had been highly criticized for the tragic outcome.

The bishop said last week’s incident should encourage the faithful to work together for
a world without violence and a world of justice and hope.

“We dream all the more of a world without violence, a dream of justice and hope.
We hold on to this dream. This is why we are gathered here today.
We do not want our dream to be blown away by that nightmare.

Is this dream a make believe? No. Our gathering in prayer, in

solidarity and in fraternity (freemason motto)
from different walks of life, different ethnic groups and even different faiths, shout together,
no, our dream is not a make-believe. It is real. And its reality is based not on human possibilities
but on our faith in God, who is beyond our human wickedness and weakness," he said.

Pabillo also sought new life for the judiciary, saying the entire incident stemmed
from a case of “justice delayed is justice denied."

“Here we have witnessed how justice delayed can have dire consequences for our entire nation,
as (Senior) Inspector Rolando Mendoza is not the only one to have been deeply wounded by
the slow grind of our justice system. There are still so many who are crying out for justice.
Let those who dispense justice do their job well and soon," he said.

He likewise called for new life for the police and the military, that they may be
“true keepers of peace" who should “respect life and human rights to the utmost."

Pabillo lamented that Mendoza, who had been a policeman for decades, had violating
the rights and even lives of his hostages.

“He had been in his career for a long time. Did this service not ingrain in him respect for
others and respect for life? The big question that should confront all in the armed forces is,
are they trained to protect life and respect human rights? New life for our police and
armed forces is not just to get more sophisticated arms or to get more training. It is above all
to have deep love and respect for human rights and life itself," he said.

Pabillo also sought new life for the media, saying that their success is not measured
by its live or exclusive coverage.

“Respect for authority and respect for life and the protection of basic rights are
also to be considered," he said.

No politicking

Meanwhile, Pabillo warned politicians against using the incident for their "personal interests."

“It is very sad that this concern was not manifested enough during the 11-hour drama.
May there be really new life for our government officials, looking for the good of the people
and not for their own self interests. Let not this issue be politicized. Let it not be dealt
with in a self-protecting way that real service and real concerned be given," he said.

Pabillo also prayed for new life for the Church and the faithful,
who need to be more active in working for peace amid an “atmosphere of violence."

“We cannot just do the same usual practices while this culture of violence is inundating
our culture. We need to be more creative and self-sacrificing in our evangelizing work," he said.

“We are challenged by last week’s terrible event as we are challenged to act and to do.
We are also challenged to hope more and trust in God. Our God is not just looking at
what is happening to us.
He is also working among us and in us," he added.

Flowers, candles

After the Mass, the public officials present at the event went to the site of the bloodbath
to offer flowers and lit candles.

Chief Superintendent Roberto Ronggavilla, officer-in-charge of the Manila Police District,
also led about 250 policemen in offering the flowers. The policemen were part of the group
that secured the area during the hostage-taking.

Rongavilla took over the MPD's helm last week after the district's head, Rodolfo Magtibay,
took a leave of absence as an investigation of the incident is being conducted.
– with Sophia Dedace/VVP, GMANews.TV

ความรู้สึกของชาวฮ่องกง กับภาพบาดใจในมะนิลา

31 สิงหาคม 2553 21:26 น.

กลุ่มตำรวจฟิลิปปินส์ยืน ให้เพื่อนตำรวจถ่ายรูปหน้าสถานที่เกิดเหตุ

เอเยนซี - การออกมาร่วมชุมนุมของประชาชนฮ่องกง เมื่อวันอาทิตย์ที่ผ่านมา (29 ส.ค.)
นับเป็นเหตุการณ์ที่หลอมความรู้สึกของชาวฮ่องกง และพรรคการเมือง ทั้งที่เคยมี
ความเห็นแตกต่างในด้านสนับสนุนและต่อต้านทางการจีน ด้วยความต้องการออกมา
ทำอะไรสักอย่าง เพื่อทวงถามความเป็นธรรมจากรัฐบาลฟิลิปปินส์ ในกรณีโศกนาฎกรรม
ที่เกิดกับนักท่องเที่ยวฮ่องกง กลางกรุงมะนิลา และเรียกร้องการปฏิบัติอันควรต่อวิญญาณ
ของผู้เสียชีวิต ด้วยมีมูลเหตุที่มาจากการได้รู้เห็นภาพอันทำร้ายความรู้สึกชุดหนึ่ง

ชุมชนออนไลน์จีน เผยแพร่ภาพชุดที่ทำร้ายความรู้สึกของชาวฮ่องกง โดยขณะที่รถบัส
ซึ่งพรุนไปด้วยรูกระสุน กระจกแตกทั่วยังคงอยู่ในสถานที่เกิดเหตุ สมาชิกครอบครัวผู้เสียชีวิตและ
ชาวจีนซึ่งไปทำพิธีเคารพดวงวิญญาณ กลับต้องอยู่ในบรรยากาศที่กระอักกระอ่วนต่อความรู้สึกยิ่ง

เมื่อพบว่าชาวฟิลิปปินส์บางกลุ่ม โดยเฉพาะตำรวจฟิลิปปินส์เอง ได้ตอบสนองต่อเหตุน่าสลดนี้
ด้วยการถ่ายรูปเก็บภาพเป็นที่ระลึกร่วมกัน เสมือนเป็นสถานที่ท่องเที่ยวอีกแห่ง

ภาพที่ทำร้ายความรู้สึกเหล่านั้น ถูกแพร่หลายและสร้างกระแสวิพากษ์วิจารณ์ ในชุมชนออนไลน์
ด้วยความรู้สึกที่ไม่สามารถนำมาเผยแพร่ได้ แต่โดยรวมแล้วคือชาวฮ่องกงต้องการบอกว่า
พวกเขามีความรู้สึกต่อรถบัสคันนั้น ต่างกับความรู้สึกของตำรวจฟิลิปปินส์ในภาพถ่ายนั้น

ตำรวจฟิลิปปินส์ยืนยิ้ม ให้เพื่อนตำรวจถ่ายรูปหน้าสถานที่ซึ่งควรจะไว้อาลัย

Smiling souvenir pictures of police officers beside hijacked bus stoke anger

Published: August 30, 2010 | Author: AFP

MANILA - Philippine police said Monday they may punish officers who posted Facebook photos
of themselves posing and smiling beside a hijacked bus where Hong Kong tourists were shot dead
during a hostage crisis.

The pictures, which were taken after the hijacking and before the bullet-riddled bus was removed
from the street, were circulated on the social networking site as well as other online forums.
The emergence of the pictures has stoked anger over the handling of the crisis, in which
eight hostages and the gunman died, and the perceived insensitivity of Philippine authorities
in the aftermath of the tragedy.

"They are being asked to explain why they did that act," metropolitan Manila district police
chief Director Leocadio Santiago told ANC television. "Was it conducted with malice,
what was their intention?" He said those in the photos clearly violated a police rule on
proper decorum, and could be demoted pending results of an investigation. Santiago said three
of the police officers had already been identified, while four others were still being sought.

"The Facebook photos are a public document. We can use that for and against them,
they can be held accountable for that," Santiago said. A sacked police officer hijacked
a busload of Hong Kong tourists in the heart of Manila last Monday, in a bid to be cleared
of extortion charges and get his job back.

The 12-hour standoff ended in a botched assault by police with the events aired live around
the world on television. The crisis triggered public anger in Hong Kong and mainland China,
with many questioning the competence of the police amid their own admissions of blunders.

Aside from the perceived bungling of the situation, tensions have been inflamed by
the response of Philippine authorities in the days after the hijacking. President Benigno Aquino
apologised to people in Hong Kong after he was seen smiling at a press conference called
shortly after the ordeal ended.

The Chinese embassy in Manila also released a statement on Friday expressing outrage
after television footage showed a Philippine national flag draped in honour over the gunman's
coffin a day before his funeral.


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