November 2011

A much loved pope in the city
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): The people of Hong Kong displayed a great love for the late Pope John Paul II, flocking to two requiem Masses celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on 4 and 7 April 2005.

“Organisers were taken by surprise as mourners swelled into the cathedral compound on the Monday evening. All seats in the church were taken by 6.00pm, two hours before the start of the 8.00pm liturgy. Many...

Hong Kong receives relics of 
Blessed John Paul II
(Friday, 18 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Relics of of Pope Blessed John Paul II were welcomed into the diocese of Hong Kong at a special Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on November 12 by Bishop John Tong Hon.

The bishop said that as soon as he heard that relics were available, he applied, as he is aware that although the late pope had a great love for China, he never had the opportunity to set foot on its soil...

Priest lights candle of reconciliation 
after being refused entry to China
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

ROME (SE): One of the founding members of the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Hong Kong, Father Angelo Lazzarotto, who has visited China at least once a year since 1978, was refused entry to the mainland on his last attempt in September this year, Vatican Insider reports.

Now 86-years-old, the priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) lived in Hong Kong from 1956 to 1965 and again from 1979 to...

Legacies of faith and dreams of democracy do not die with the body
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

During the month of All Souls, diocesan historian, Father Louis Ha Ke-loon, is organising historical visits to Catholic cemeteries in Hong Kong, which he says is a good way to reflect on death, as well as gain an appreciation of the contribution that people of faith have made to the Church and the social development of the special administrative region


On 30 October 1901, Bishop Louis...

Embracing the whole of the communion of saints
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

Normally, when our relatives and friends pass away, we pray for them. However, as time passes we tend to forget, or at least remember less frequently. The month of November is dedicated in the Church calendar to the holy souls as a reminder not to forget them.

People may well question how God could be so callous as to allow the deceased to suffer in purgatory. However, as its name suggests, purgatory is a process of...

Moral questions dog drone warfare and the drones who drive them
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

MARYKNOLL (SE): What is being described as a “radically new and geographically unbounded use of state-sanctioned lethal force” has become a major bullet in the arsenal of the United States of America (US), journalist Jane Mayer claims in an article posted on the Website of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Although the technology dates back to shortly after World War II, during the Vietnam War...

Illicitly ordained bishop absents himself from ordinations
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

Nantong (UCAN): The illicitly ordained bishop of Shantou, Bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhan, was not present at the ordination of five deacons for the priesthood for his diocese on October 27.

The deacons, Chen Zifa, Wang Feijing and Zeng Qingyao were ordained for the diocese, together with two others from Haimen, at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Nantong, eastern Jiangsu province.


Clerical highjinks attracting website comments
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): As more Church scandals and challenges surface, an atmosphere of criticism and self-examination has taken shape within the Church in China.

Many Church websites and a few Catholic newspapers have dispensed with their traditional spiritual messages and begun to focus on the disunity and conflict within communities, encouraging people to face up to the ugly realities that confront them and search for...

Taiwan and Macau in an educational partnership
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

MACAU (UCAN): The diocese of Macau is offering professional training for local high school teachers with a little help from the Jesuit-run Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Established 80 years ago, the St Joseph Diocesan College of Macau has been offering training courses for kindergarten and primary school teachers for more than half a century, but is now, for the first time, offering a diploma course...

Living rosary brings families together
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

Hong Kong (SE): A unique way of honouring Our Lady of the Rosary at the parish in Tsimshatsui which carries the name of the timeless prayer, was celebrated by families and their friends from Rosary parish on October 23.

The family-centred prayer service was marked by individual families from Rosary parish taking turns to lead each decade, while 60 young people, from the Catholic Instruction Programme and the...