August 2011

Reaching out to people of Fukushima
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

  HONG KONG (SE): Young people from various youth groups in Hong Kong put together to make wristbands with the words God is Love inscribed on them in both English and Japanese, as a gesture of solidarity with the suffering people of Sendai, Japan, in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The wristbands, which come in a variety of different colours, have been on sale at parish doors on Sundays, as well as at preparation gatherings for...

Minimum wage not destroying economy
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

  HONG KONG (UCAN) : The introduction of the Statutory Minimum Wage on May 1 this year has not spelled the end of business activity in the territory as the many of the doomsday prophets and scaremongers predicted.

The Labour Affairs Commission for Hong Kong diocese said in releasing the results of a study on business costing on August 17 that small and medium sized enterprises report that the minimum wage has not significantly increased operating...

Don’t define well-being as economic progress
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

  HONG KONG (UCAN) : The Justice and Peace Commission issued a warning to the mainland Chinese government on August 18 not to define the progress of the nation solely in terms of economic prosperity, saying it is necessary to take the values of human well-being into account to get a more balanced perspective on the overall social development.

A petition letter addressed to the vice premier of China, Li Keqiang, which the commission hoped to...

Group of 39 condemns migrant worker bashing over right of abode issue
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

  HONG KONG (SE): “Their names and reputations are (being) blackened by particular politicians who intend to gain political advantage in the year of the elections,” reads a statement released on August 15 by a group of 39 civic organisations in Hong Kong.

It refers to appeals by five Filipino migrant or former migrant workers against a decision of the Immigration Department to deny them the right of abode.


Ecumenical Peace Convocation calls on Churches to jettison just war theories
(Wednesday, 3 August 2011 )

 KINGSTON (SE): The phrase, “Glory to God and peace on earth,” was described as being one of the oldest and most often repeated declarations of the desire for peace, by Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, speaking at the May 17 to 25 International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, attended by over 1,000 people at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Reverend Tveit said that to seriously pursue peace in...

River project blamed for bridge collapse
(Wednesday, 3 August 2011 )

 SEOUL (UCAN): The collapse of an historic railway bridge at Waegwan, in the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, on June 25 is being interpreted as a warning that even bigger disasters may lie ahead as a result of the much criticised, pet Four River’s Dam Project of the current president, Lee Myung Park.

The 469-metre steel span of the bridge snapped in the middle, causing the two sides to fall into the water beneath. It has been used as a footbridge since it was...

The dangerous memories of Nagasaki
(Wednesday, 3 August 2011 )

 HONG KONG (SE): Japan could well celebrate Easter between August 6 and 9, the anniversaries of the 1945 atomic bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which in so many ways tell the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

While the memories involved with both events are vital, from a Christian point of view, Nagasaki takes on a particular significance because of the high percentage of Catholic people among the victims, most of whom were also descendents of...

(Wednesday, 3 August 2011 )

Mass of the Sunday (green). Gloria, Creed, Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time.
1 Kings 19: 9a, 11-13a;
Romans 9 : 1-5;
Matthew 14: 22-23.

Mass of the Memorial (white).

1 Deuteronomy 10: 12-22;
Matthew 17: 22-27.


Getting into the rhythm of life
(Wednesday, 3 August 2011 )

 There was a rhythm to Jesus’ life which is worth knowing. From time to time, Jesus would retreat in prayer and contemplation. From these retreats, he would return to activity in the world, surrounded by crowds, to an often busy life that was full of activity and incidents.

This cycle of activity to retreat to activity to retreat was important in sustaining Jesus’ relationship with the Father: his spirituality.

The reading from the gospel in today’s...

Preaching dangerous memories
(Wednesday, 3 August 2011 )

 World memories of the atomic bombs that were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 just 66 years ago received a shot in the arm in the United States of America (US) with the discovery of previously suppressed photographs of the first days of the devastation.

A decision was made in 1945 by then-US president, Harry Truman, not to circulate them for fear of the negative reaction that may come from not only the Japanese, but his own people. He...