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Source: FSSPX News


France: The Chinese Catholics of Paris have a Church

On Sunday, December 18, Msgr. André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, consecrated the first Chinese Catholic church of France, Our Lady of China, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. A  former hall of a church guild converted into a church, it adjoins the church Saint-Hippolyte. Father Jean Ma, pastor of Our Lady of China, invited Cardinal Lustiger to come and bless the statue of Our Lady which came from China. The 300,000 Chinese of Paris include some 3,000 Catholics.

Poland: Football is king

On December 6, Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow and former personal secretary of John-Paul II, announced on the Polish channel TVN 24 that Benedict XVI would come to Poland “probably in May 2006”, and definitely before the World Cup…which begins June 9 in Germany.

Japan: More Zen…thanks to marijuana

The Buddhist monk Michimaru Obara was arrested on December 15 for having cultivated some 2.4 kilos of “herbs” in his garden, near the temple of Eikoji, in the prefecture of Iwate, Northern Japan. The police thought the personal use that the 48 year-old claimed also included the selling of the plant. Japanese law punishes drug-addicts with imprisonment, after a one-time reprieve.

Austria: Radio Maria grows

On December 13, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Archbishop of Vienna, blessed the new main studio of Radio Maria Austria, for which Andreas Schaetzle serves as director of programming. Radio Maria, a private Catholic radio network, started in Italy in the 80’s on the initiative of lay people, is broadcast today in some 40 countries. Emmanuele Ferrario, President of the Global Family of Radio Maria, works with the bishops of the countries receiving the transmissions. He decided that Vienna would become the base for foundations in Central and Eastern Europe. In France, Radio Maria has, since May 7, been using a transmitter located North of Monaco and the site:, (in Austria:

Switzerland: Sunday work

On December 9, the National Council rejected by a vote of 106 to 56 the motion of the Council of States authorizing the cantons to allow businesses to open on Sunday. The Swiss Federation of Protestant Churches “welcomes the decision of the National Council for refusing the total liberalization of Sunday work”. It also affirmed that it “would continue to defend the idea of Sunday as a cultural accepted fact and as aday dedicated to social relationships”. On November 27, the vote in favor of businesses opening on Sunday in airports and large train stations got by with a very weak majority, due mainly to the citizens of the canton of Zurich, which has the main airport and the largest train station in the Helvetic Confederation.