October 2011

Our Lady of Mongolia gives a boost to Church and tourism
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

BAOTOU (Agencies): The largest and the most beautiful square in the inner Mongolian steppe, in the diocese of Baotou, was opened and dedicated to the Virgin Mary on September 15.

Over three thousand people attended the blessing of the square and an 8.42-metre high statue depicting Our Lady of Mongolia that stands in the centre. At the ceremony a Mass was offered by bishops from Hohhot, Jining and Bayanur Meng, and...

A 100-year-old treasure continues to inspire
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

HONGTONG (UCAN): An old Chinese adage holds that an elderly person at home is a family treasure. At the age of 100, Father Michael Li Minghan, from the diocese of Hongtong, has proven to be of immense value to many of the young priests and people in his neighbourhood.

They turned out in big numbers on September 29 to celebrate his life and contribution to the Church during his 60 years as a priest.

Hong Kong to implement new English translation of Missal next year
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )


Kong Kong (UCAN): The Hong Kong diocese decided to put off the implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal for a year (Sunday Examiner, Chancery Notice, October 2). It will come into effect in most English-speaking areas on November 27, the first Sunday of Advent.

Diocesan chancellor, Father Lawrence Lee Len, said that the diocese wants to make sufficient time for a more thorough...

Plans for Jesuit university face some challenges
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Plans by the Society of Jesus to open a liberal arts university in Hong Kong have come up against challenges recently. 

The university has been slated to open in 2014, but seven other institutions have tendered for the proposed campus site. In addition, the original plan called for places for 3,000 students, but the government requirement is for 8,000.


Vatican official calls for religious cooperation in Pakistan
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “Christian love urges us to dialogue and to promote positive and constructive relations with individuals and communities of other religions. 

“It is uplifting to hear that tremendous effort has been made in Pakistan to witness the fact that Christians and Muslims can work and walk together in peace,” said Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, in a message marking a new missionary...

Insights into fighting for Catholic education
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )


HONG KONG (SE): The message coming out of an October 2 to 4 meeting of Catholic educators in Washington DC in the United States of America (US) says that Catholic schools are not just places offering quality education or even simply faith-based education, but a place where students can encounter God.

While the US Church is facing its own set of difficulties in its efforts to continue to provide Catholic...

Don’t create a new generation of refugees
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

Vatican (SE): We must not allow another generation of refugees, undocumented migrants, stateless persons, people without a job or a community to call home to develop, warned Robert Cardinal Sarah, the president of the Vatican aid organisation, Cor Unum, at a press conference in the Vatican on October 7, saying the that the situation in the Horn of Africa is now critical.

In launching an appeal for a school in every...

Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; 
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b;
Matthew 22:15-21.

Mass of the memorial (red).
Romans 4:20-25;
Luke 12:13-21.


Seek out 
what is good
(Thursday, 13 October 2011 )

An autobiography published by singer and songwrite, Dion Dimucci, under the title The Wanderer Talks, reveals a very different person from the young man who brought out hit songs like Runaround Sue and The Wanderer back in 1959 and 1961.

His reflections in his autobiography portray him in his youthful heyday, as the king of the disco, dabbling in the drug world and other excesses of life, as being a strange...

Once upon a time
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

Jesus was a great story-teller. He often used stories to make his point. “Once upon a time, there was a king…” The story in the liturgy for today helps us to understand God’s plan for us.

The story-image for God’s plan is a wonderful one, the image of a great banquet. The banquet is so big, so generous, that there is room for everyone.