November 2011

Asian liturgy forum calls for more incluturation for funerals rites
(Saturday, 26 November 2011 )

TAIPEI (SE): In the run up to the 15th Asian Liturgical Forum held in Taipei, Taiwan, from October 17 to 21, questions were being asked about various practices concerning the rite of Christian funerals.

One of the contentious issues was the custom in some places of scattering ashes of the dead.

While the forum did not directly respond to particular questions, it did say,...

Father Sean Burke honoured at opening of new facility
(Saturday, 26 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): The grand opening of the Father Sean Burke Care Home for the Elderly in Sai Kung on November 11 was testimony that the helping hand of the late Maryknoll priest is still active two-and-a-half years after his death.

The foundation, which came into existence under the inspiration of Father Burke in 1978, currently sponsors three homes for the care of people in need and three housing units for people in...

First Hong Kong president of Serra speaks at international congress
(Saturday, 26 November 2011 )

ROME (SE): “We believe that this change is going to bring great graces for the work of Serra and that it will begin to involve Catholic youth,” said Thomas Wong Sze-pok, the 68th world president of Serra International and the first ever from Hong Kong.

“We pray that Serra communities will soon be ablaze, so that those considering the ordained priesthood will be encouraged to make the transition to...

Father Ricci’s funeral acknowledged in highest possible style 400 years later
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

MACAU (SE): “Jesuits do not sing,” goes the old adage. But just 400 years ago almost to the day, sing they did at the funeral in Beijing of the great missionary, Father Matteo Ricci sj, on the feast of All Saints, 1 November 1611.

David Francis Urrows, from the Baptist University in Hong Kong, said at a seminar sponsored by the Ricci Institute at the Macau Institute for Tourism on November 10, that...

Human trafficking
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

One hundred and forty six countries are signatories of the United Nations (UN) Palermo Protocol, which was adopted in December 2000 and came into force in September 2003.

Over the past decade, they passed laws banning human trafficking. Most nations no longer deny that this crime still exists and have, instead, adopted a wide range of policies and partnerships. 

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Violence against women 
and family values
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

In response to violence against women, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in 1999.

One out of three women have been subjected to beating, sexual abuse or other forms of abuse. In most cases, abusers are familiar with their victims. Therefore, this day is also marked as International Day against Domestic Violence, reminding all...

Embassy goes and Irish papal visit scotched
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

DUBLIN (SE): When the Vatican state became the first official friend of the fledgling Irish Free State in 1929, the government was delighted and effusive in its gratitude after signing its landmark diplomatic tie with a foreign sovereign entity.

However, the bishops of Ireland were upset, claiming that they had not been consulted on the matter and feared that a nunciature would usurp their authority.

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Enforced disappearances on the rise in China says human rights agency
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Enforced disappearances by the Chinese government’s security agencies have soared as a means of silencing perceived dissent, Human Rights Watch said at a November 10 news conference in Hong Kong.

It claimed that China’s government has failed to address the growing problem and is instead attempting to effectively legalise it through a revision to the country’s Criminal Procedure...

Death of Hong Kong-born Dominican mourned
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

MACAU (SE): Dominican Father Lionel Xavier died at Kiangwu Hospital, Macau, on October 19, following a short battle with cancer. He was 81-years-old and had been a member of the Order of Preachers for 56 years and a priest for 48.

Of Portuguese, Chinese and English descent, Father Xavier was born in Hong Kong on 3 July 1930. 

He worked in an accounting firm for some...

The devil’s in the structured sin not 
in the Halloween party
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Tonight we will discuss Halloween, All Saints and All Souls,” the leader of a young people’s prayer group announced at a parish in Hong Kong in the early part of November.

He explained later that although he is aware that there is a lot of controversy as to whether Halloween should be referred to in the Catholic Church or not, he believes that for young people in Hong Kong, it is...