October 2011

Cardinal Zen fasts over what is lost 
to education and Hong Kong
(Thursday, 27 October 2011 )


HONG KONG (SE): “To show my grief, I will, for three days and three nights abstain from food, except water and holy communion,” Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun said at the conclusion of a press conference attended by around 50 members of the media at the Salesian headquarters in Chai Wan on October 19.

Saying that he fears that the loss by the diocese of the judicial review on school management in the...

The mission has a Church
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

 Mission Sunday  Exodus 22:20-26;  Thessalonians 1:5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40


oday, the word mission is used in so many ways that to a certain extent it may have lost its meaning or at least taken on so many meanings that it no longer describes or defines anything clearly.

While the commercial world has borrowed it from the Church to great effect, new understandings of mission in a religious...

A most suitable liturgy for inculturation into Asian spiritualities
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Of all the western liturgies, I believe that the Byzantine rite is the easiest to inculturate into Asian spiritualities,” the vicar general of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Melbourne, Australia, Right Reverend Olexander Kenez, told the Sunday Examiner.

He described it as a liturgy that looks as if it has been in southern China for 100 years, as it has similar musical themes, local instruments...

Byzantine liturgy celebrated in Cantonese strikes a Chinese chord
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Not a word was uttered in the Byzantine rite Eucharistic celebration of Mass at Ng Wah College in Sanpokong on October 9 that was not offered in praise of God, as a petition, plea for mercy or act of consecration in chant or in song.

At a Mass according to the liturgy of St. John Chrysostom celebrated in Cantonese by the vicar general from the Ukrainian Eparchy of Melbourne, Australia, Right Reverend...

Finding faith through scandal
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

WASHINGTON (CWNews.com): In an October 7 interview with GetReligion, a religion reporter for The Associated Press, Tom Breen, discussed how an assignment to cover the clerical abuse scandal led him back to the Catholic Church.

“I was baptised a Catholic, but never really in any tradition other than a vague understanding of Christianity coupled with a sort of tribal pull toward the Catholic Church,” he...

Living the sacraments comes before catechesis in the Byzantine rite
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “You do not catechise a person before baptism,” the visiting vicar general from the Ukrainian Eparchy of Melbourne, Australia, Right Reverend Olexander Kenez, told a study afternoon on the sacraments of initiation as practiced in the Byzantine Rite at the Diocese Centre on October 8.

“The sacrament of baptism changes the person and Eucharist strengthens them for what lies ahead,...

Patriotism for the common good
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

“It is a big insult to Christians in China to say that they do not love their country and need a patriotic association to guide them,” a priest blogger in China, who writes under the pen name of Shanren, noted after the deputy minister for the United Front Work Department, Zhu Weiqun, told a meeting in Ningde in September that the primary task of the Church is to hold fast to patriotism.

The 30 or so...

Liturgical reform behind changes to canon law
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Benedict XVI removed some canonical cases from the jurisdiction of the Congregation for Divine Worship on September 27, in an administrative move designed to give the congregation’s work a sharper focus on liturgical reform.

In a motu proprio, the pope modified canon law to allow cases involving an unconsummated marriage, as well as some other things, including the annulment of priestly...

Local iconographer says beauty can save the world
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “An icon is always a copy,” Hong Kong-born artist, Lino Wang Wing-kuen, told the Sunday Examiner. “But the copy must be creative, as every icon has a meaning. But I always try to add some artistic touch of my own to what I do.”

Wang explained that painting an icon is not like other artistic work as it is a prayer. “I always pray when I paint,” he said. “...

Indonesian bishops ask for freedom in liturgical expression
(Thursday, 20 October 2011 )

VATICAN (UCAN) : The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia, Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang, urged the Vatican to give local Churches more space to be themselves, especially in the translation of liturgical texts, during his country’s bishops five-yearly ad limina visit to Rome.

Bishop Situmorang described the Vatican officials on October 6 as being attentive saying that he found Pope...