World Media Watch
Keeping an eye on the news from around the World.
BY John Lilly
August 13-19, 2006 Issue | Posted 8/14/06 at 9:00 AM
Cardinal: Chinese Banned Catholic Youth From Festival
ASIANEWS, July 31 — Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said the governments of four Chinese provinces
forbade many Catholic youth from coming to
In an address July 30 at the July 28- Aug. 5 event that brought together 1,000 Catholic youth from 20 countries across the continent, the cardinal said, “Many Chinese youth told us they wanted to come but they did not manage to get permission from the authorities.” He did not mention the names of the provinces implicated but said that around 60 youth had managed to come “disguised” as tourists.
Despite the ban, around 30
Catholic youth from
She said: “I gave ‘sightseeing’ as
the purpose of my visit. My friends mentioned the function here and their
applications were rejected.” Another student, who comes from
Religious Radio Station in the
THE UNIVERSE, Aug. 1 — Ireland will get its first new religious radio station — but it is not yet known who will run it, the British Catholic newspaper reported.
The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland has already placed ads inviting candidates to apply to run the new service, which will deal with general religious affairs and target listeners over the age of 15. The Church has not yet said if it will be bidding for the reins, although Catholics comprise 92% of the population. The selection process is expected to take six months with Oct. 25 set as the closing date for applications.
Citizens band radio broadcasts of Sunday Mass to individuals in their own homes, which started in Northern Ireland in 1997, had to be scrapped by order of the Radio Communications Agency after CB enthusiasts complained about airwaves interference.
It is believed the new station would broadcast on the AM band and would be strong enough to reach every home in the country. Speculation suggests that the station could see Catholic singer Dana Scallon returning to serve as a host. She was involved with EWTN during the 1980s when she hosted her own radio and TV programs.
Christian Shepherd Shines His Light in Islamic Pasture
THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 22 — Archbishop Henri Tessier of Algeria, the birthplace of St. Augustine, said the importance of the Church in a Muslim land is to act as a kind of living exhibition of Western values for Muslims who are otherwise cut off from the Western world, The Times reported.
The archbishop, 77, reflected on
the ebbing of Christianity from North Africa’s shores as Islam spreads across
When he began his work as a parish
priest in 1958, there were more than 700 churches in the country. Now, there
are only about 20 churches left, and they are mostly empty. But the archbishop
is not a man to show despair. He maintains that the Roman Catholic clergy has a
role to play in
“Our job isn’t to be a Church that takes care of the Church, but a Church that works for the country,” he said, adding that he believed the Church had won a measure of respect from Algerians for refusing to abandon the country. “With all of these problems, the Church is a sign and an instrument.”
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