October 2011

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...

A Dominican sesquicentennial in Hong Kong
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )


HONG KONG (SE): Friars from the Dominican Province of Our Lady of the Rosary, which became a reality in Asia in 1587, are celebrating the sesquicentennial of the arrival of the first group of Dominicans to land in Hong Kong on
1 July 1861. 

As men of their times, they followed the flow of merchants and business people from Macau and Canton into Hong Kong to avail themselves of the benefits of...

Richness of history can give courage
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

Hong Kong has reached an era when many well-established religious organisations are reaching significant milestones of commitment to the people of the territory.

This year, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers marked their centennial of foundation, with a presence in Hong Kong for nearly all of that time, the Dominicans look back on 150 years, the Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital chalks up 50 years and La Salle College...

China and Vietnam up in arms over United States report on religious freedom
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): The official religious organisations of the Chinese government have reacted angrily to the latest Report on Religious Freedom: July to December 2010 put out by the United States Department of State, accusing Washington of harming the image of their country.

The report, which was released on September 13, is critical of China for what it terms repression of the freedom of religious expression,...

Pakistan government delighted with floods priest maintains
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

ISLAMABAD (Agencies): “The government wanted the floods to come again,” a disappointed Father Mario Rodrigues, the director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan, said in the wake of the huge volumes of water spilling from the nation’s river system that have resulted in seven million refugees and left 1.1 million people homeless.

“What seems clear from this latest tragedy is that...