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Hong Kong judge sets five-day trial for Cardinal Zen, four other defendants | SW NEWS | 584 In Hong Kong, a judge has scheduled a five-day trial for Cardinal Joseph Zen and four others beginning on …More
Hong Kong judge sets five-day trial for Cardinal Zen, four other defendants | SW NEWS | 584
In Hong Kong, a judge has scheduled a five-day trial for Cardinal Joseph Zen and four others beginning on September 19. The five defendants are accused of failing to register a now-defunct fund to help pro-democracy protesters facing lawsuits. Lawyers for both parties will argue whether the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund came under the ambit of the Hong Kong law which regulates registered and exempted associations.

US Catholic schools run risk of being cut off from National School Lunch Program

In the US: Religious freedom advocates are warning that the Church’s teaching on the family, gender and homosexuality could see the Federal Government cut off Catholic schools from a national program providing free or subsidized lunches to poor students. At present, the US Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program provides meals to 30 million public and private school students from low-income backgrounds with 52% of Catholic schools participating.

78 young women from minority communities forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan: Rights outfit

As many as 78 young women and girls from minority communities were abducted and forced to convert to Islam in Pakistan last year. That’s according to the leading Pakistani Catholic activist, Peter Jacobs. Mr. Jacobs made his comments in an interview with the Fides News Agency to mark Pakistan’s annual National Minorities Day on 11 August.

Christian Association of Nigeria, Islamic organization sign peace treaty to tackle communal violence

One of Nigeria’s most significant Christian bodies has signed a peace pact with one of the country’s leading Islamic organizations. The agreement between the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs is intended to de-escalate religious conflict in the African country.

Cardinal Advincula urges American Filipinos to be missionaries in their own ways

One of the Philippine’s top clerics is urging Filipinos in the US to work as agents of communion and solidarity. Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila made his comments to a gathering of Filipino Devotees of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag in New Jersey.

Colombian Church announces collection to support evangelization

The bishops of Columbia are inviting the country's clergy and lay faithful to give generously to a new evangelization campaign. In a video message, the General Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Columbia, Monsignor Luis Manuel Alí Herrera, urged the faithful to take part in the Dona Nobis campaign, which will take place on August the 28th.

Famous Peruvian actor joins fundraiser for Eucharistic miracle sanctuary

One of Peru’s most famous actors has given his backing to a fundraising campaign to construct a new church upon the site of the country’s only known eucharistic miracle. Carlos Alvarez is inviting people to join the Crusade of Faith campaign to raise funds for a sanctuary shrine to be built in Ciudad Eten in northern Peru. It was there in 1649 that people claimed to see apparitions of the infant Christ in consecrated hosts.