November 2011

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.

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...

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...

Thirty-third Sunday of the Year
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31;
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; 
Matthew 25:14-30.

Mass of the day (green).

Come as you are
(Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

There is the joke about the parish priest who was in his office. The assistant priest came in and said to him, “There is a man here who claims he is Jesus Christ. What should I do?” And the parish priest replied, “Look busy.”

Sadly, some people live as if this joke was actually the truth. They put off thinking about their duties as Christians, hoping that they will have a little time before...

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...