October 2011

Cardinal Zen speaks on what has been lost to education and to Hong Kong
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )

 Dear friends in the media


The process of the judicial review on the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004 (Amended Ordinance) has reached its end.

The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has expressed disappointment at the judgment of the Court of Final Appeal, but at the same time has reaffirmed its decision to carry on its educational endeavour (within the constraints of that Ordinance)....

Catholic Vegetarian Association launched on World Food Day
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Catholic charities are at the forefront of feeding the poor and the hungry,” said Brother David Steindl-Rast at the inauguration of the Hong Kong Vegetarian Association at the Diocese Centre on World Food Day, October 16.

 “They have an acute awareness of the need for food, but while they have a high awareness about the need for charity, it is not matched by their awareness of...

Patriotic and civic education
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )


Exams are a major focus of schooling, yet they can be overdone. Scoring 100 per cent in the next test becomes the sole purpose of a student’s life. 

Chinese parents worry about their child becoming an exam-taking robot. In addition to memorising names, dates and statistics, what else should a balanced education include?


Education is...

People stand for people 
at the bazaar
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )

Think November, think Caritas. Think Caritas, think bazaars. This is the message from the Catholic aid agency for the coming month.

Over the coming three Sundays, public venues in various parts of the city will play host to one of the city’s largest charity events. It may not be the biggest money-spinner, but in terms of the number of people who give time, energy, talent and service, it rates high....

Vatican pledges support to new government on death of Gadhafi
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )

VATiCAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican says in a statement released late on October 20 that the death of Libyan strongman, Moammar Gadhafi, marks the end of a “harsh and oppressive regime” that was based on power instead of human dignity. 

It expresses hope that the bloodshed will end in the North African country and that the new government will open a rebuilding phase based on a spirit of inclusion and...

Resisting bishop suspended from top jobs
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )

LIAONING (UCAN): Bishop Paul Pei Junmin of the official Church community in Liaoning has been suspended as vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China and as president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association after refusing to attend the illicit ordination of Father Joseph Huang Bingzhang in Shantou on July 14.

Bishop Pei barricaded himself in his cathedral in the run up to...

Walk out by editors of Zenit
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )

ROME (CWNews.com): The entire editorial staff of the Rome-based Zenit news agency, which reports on Vatican and universal Church news, has resigned en masse, citing a disagreement with the backers of the service, the Legionaries of Christ.

The editors of the English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic editions of Zenit all submitted their resignations on October 7. There is usually a German language...

Tsang’s housing policy criticised by labour commission
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Diocesan Commission on Labour Affairs does not believe that the housing policy announced by the chief executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, on October 12 will do anything towards stemming the growing accommodation crisis in the territory.

The commission’s Law Pui-san said on October 13 that although Hong Kong does not have party politics, it does not have a chief executive with...

Diocese gears up for the 
second Year of the Laity
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): After a year devoted to the formation of a spirituality for lay involvement in both Church and society, Bishop John Tong Hon announced on September 3 (Sunday Examiner, September 18) that the Year of the Laity, which was launched at the Hong Kong Stadium on October 17 last year, would be extended for a further 12 months into 2012.

Vicar general, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, explained that the focus...

I must leave a record for history says cardinal
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “I must leave a record for history of our unchanged belief that the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004 has seriously damaged our right in the running of schools and is against the law and the Basic Law,” Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun told the media at a press conference on October 19 prior to beginning a three-day period of prayer and fasting.

Cardinal Zen lamented that that the ruling in...