27 January, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/24/2012
TAIWAN - CHINA - VATICAN
Card. Shan's work for youth of Taiwan and mainland China
by Xin Yage
The cardinal's funeral will be held on 1 September. In attendance Cardinals of Hong Kong, John Tong and Joseph Zen. Admired by politicians and applauded by the young, Card. Shan has worked for reconciliation between Taiwan and China, providing places for encounter and culture at Fu Ren for seminarians. The Archbishop of Taipei’s memories.

Taipei (AsiaNews) - The funeral of Cardinal Shan Kuo-Hsi will be celebrated in a simple manner, "just like those of the poor " on September 1 in Kaohsiung, where the cardinal lived in recent years after being bishop of the same city. It will be attended by the two cardinals of Hong Kong, John Tong, Bishop of the city, and Card. Joseph Zen.

Yesterday morning a funeral Mass was held in Taipei, which was attended by the mayor of the city, Hao Longpin (郝龍斌), staying for the entire celebration, while not being a Christian and despite having other pressing administrative tasks.

Speaking with Father Rao (饒神父), pastor of Holy Family, the church where the celebration was held, Hao Longpin repeated several times how "Shan Kuo-Hsi was a great friend and a constant encouragement to always find a solution other than confrontation, a way out of problems through collaboration and creativity... just look at what he did the same for young people in recent years despite, or perhaps its better to say 'thanks' to his own illness ".

The moral and spiritual legacy of Shan Kuo-Hsi is particularly important for young Chinese. At the level of the Church, Card. Shan always spoke of unity and reconciliation, stressing the futility of any conflict. In the same way always stressed the importance of openness in education, especially for university students in Taiwan. As President of the Catholic Fu Ren (輔仁大學), located in what is now called New Taipei City (新北市), he always pushed the island students to compete with those of mainland China to enrich their formation and open their minds through new exchanges and friendships, of mutual benefit. Prof. Zhan Delong (詹德隆), current dean of the faculty of theology at Fu Ren, told us: "He was concerned with the formation of priests and seminarians of the continent, as well as those on the island. He said that we can make many proclamations and dreams about the future, but the protagonists are the students that we have today in our classrooms. In a few years he managed to organize an exchange between students of the two sides of the Strait, and even students of theology from the mainland come here to our faculty: This is an enrichment for all , to refine and compare individual experiences, from which especially the Taiwanese students can benefit. "

The Archbishop of Taipei, Msgr. Hong Shanchuan (洪山川) testifies that "there are people who push you to look ahead, to be positive and proactive, not to surrender to obstacles: Shan Kuo-Hsi was one of these people." The archbishop and the cardinal had appeared together on August 4, and it was also the last public appearance of the cardinal. It was the ordination of a young priest originally from Malaysia and who is having a huge impact on the university students in Taipei, having studied liberal arts and drama at the National Political University, (政治大學) among the top universities in Taiwan. Last year, the Cardinal had promised to preside over the ordination of this young extraordinary talent. However, being forced to a wheelchair, the cardinal could only be present at the side of the altar, while the ordination was presided over by the archbishop. To demonstrate how the Cardinal Shan was loved by the young people, the moment of the embrace between Pedro, the new priest, and the Cardinal was accompanied by a strong applause from many of the students present at the ordination. A young American friend, for the first time in Taiwan, who was sitting next to me, looked at me surprised and said: "Apart from Pedro and Jesus Christ, the one in the wheelchair is the other rock star of the day."

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
03/08/2005 TAIWAN - CHINA - VATICAN
The anti-secession bill does not serve peace, says Cardinal Shan
08/22/2012 TAIWAN – CHINA – VATICAN
Card Paul Shan, the great evangeliser and unifier of the Church in China, has died
09/03/2012 TAIWAN - CHINA - VATICAN
Farewell to Card Paul Shan
by Xin Yage
08/23/2012 TAIWAN - CHINA - VATICAN
Taiwan remembers Card. Shan, communicator of the faith, even during illness
by Xin Yage
08/23/2012 VATICAN - TAIWAN
Pope's sorrow for the death of Card Paul Shan Kuo-hsi

Editor's choices
IRAQ
The children of Mosul and the future: the "five-star" refugee camp
by Bernardo CervelleraIn the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children's choir. Fr. Douglas: "Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations ... The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope."
IRAQ
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
by Bernardo CervelleraThere are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.