Experts to address abuse
Pope Francis on Thursday ordered the formation of a team of experts to address the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, to tackle a crisis that has plagued it for two decades. The group will consider ways to better screen priests, protect minors and help people who have been abused. “The commission will be able to advise the Holy Father about the protection of children and pastoral care of victims of abuse,” the archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, told reporters in Vatican City.
Lawsuit over director’s kids
Director Zhang Yimou (張藝謀) is facing a 1 billion yuan (US$164 million) lawsuit after violating the country’s one-child policy, the China Daily reported yesterday. Two lawyers filed a lawsuit on Thursday in Wuxi, the hometown of Zhang’s wife. “The rich have become increasingly audacious by violating the family planning policy,” one of the lawyers, Jia Fangyi (賈方義), said in a statement reported by the paper. Zhang has acknowledged that he has two sons and a daughter with his current wife, as well as a daughter with his ex-wife.
Defector in China: media
A man who managed funds for the ousted uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has fled the country and is seeking asylum in South Korea, local media said yesterday. The unnamed aide is currently being protected by South Korean officials in a secret location in China, cable news network YTN said, citing a source familiar with the matter. A spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, Kim Eui-do, said the defection report could not be confirmed.
Bruce Lee’s outfit sold
The jumpsuit worn by martial arts legend Bruce Lee (李小龍) in the movie Game of Death has sold at an auction for US$100,000. The yellow polyester suit with black stripes down the sides went to an unidentified bidder at Spink auction house’s sale on Thursday. It was part of a collection of 14 items of Bruce Lee memorabilia that raised more than HK$2 million (US$258,000). A pair of wooden yellow lacquered nunchaku that match the jumpsuit sold for HK$540,000 to British collector George Philips, an investment manager based in Hong Kong.