November 2011

Tibetan Catholic texts discovered in pristine condition
(Saturday, 26 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (Agencies): Texts in 45 volumes of the scriptures, as well as a history of the Blessed Virgin Mary written in the language of Tibet were recently discovered at the only Catholic parish that exists in the country today, Mang Kang (or Shang Yan Jing).

Fides says that the scriptures were translated in 1931 and the 489 files on the history of Our Lady date back to 1932.

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Protest in Hanoi over government use of Church property
(Saturday, 26 November 2011 )

Hanoi (UCAN): Around 1,000 people staged a peaceful protest in Hanoi, Vietnam, on the night of November 16 as government authorities began construction of a sewage treatment project on former convent land near the Dong Da hospital.

The protesters gathered at Thai Ha church to pray and demand the return of what they said is still Redemptorist-owned property, seized by the communist government in 1959 and yet to be...

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...

Love your enemies
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

Two thousand years ago, a horribly-abused young man died slowly and painfully on a cross. Above his head hung the sign listing off his crimes, it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”

He had been executed by one of the most powerful empires that the world has ever known, and yet from the emperor down to his lowly delegate in Jerusalem, there was a fear.

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Feast of Christ the King
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

NOVEMBER 20 – SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING.
Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the solemnity (white).
Readings: 
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17;
1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28;
Matthew 25:31-46.

NOVEMBER 21 – PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
Mass of the memorial, preface of the BVM (white).
Readings:
Zechariah...

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...