November 2011

Youth group at Rosary reaches out to Somalia in its time of need
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE) : One of the groups in the diocese that did take up the call of Pope Benedict XVI and international aid agencies to give support to the famine stricken people of Somalia in Africa, is the Life Teen Youth Group in Rosary parish, Tsim Sha Tsui.
In a ceremony held on the evening of October 22, Michael Inot presented a cheque for $46,301.50, plus foreign currency to the value of $1,200, to the parish priest and board member of Caritas Hong Kong, Father John Baptist Tsang Hing-man...

Pope Benedict proclaims three new saints
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “These three new saints allowed themselves to be transformed by divine charity,” said Pope Benedict XVI at a canonisation Mass in St. Peter’s Square on October 23, World Mission Sunday. He said the lives of the three demonstrated that true faith is charity in action. 
“In different situations and with different gifts, they loved the Lord with all their heart and they loved their neighbour as themselves, in such a way as to become models for all...

Cracks in Myanmar junta’s armour may not signal great news
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): If it was a bout in the boxing ring, it may be interpreted as a white handkerchief, people in the Kachin State of the Union of Myanmar are saying in response to an October 3 announcement that the government is suspending construction on the controversial Myitsone Dam, part of a planned hydro-electric plant near the confluence of the Irrawaddy River near the Chinese border.
However, there are much more fundamental issues at stake. The government in Naypyidaw is currently...

Interreligious dialogue is vital pope tells bishops
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Benedict XVI made a big push for interreligious dialogue as a means of working for peace and understanding among peoples when speaking to the bishops from Indonesia during their ad limina visit to the Vatican on October 7.
“Your country, so rich in its cultural diversity and possessed of a large population, is home to significant numbers of followers of various religious traditions,” the pope told the bishops.
“Thus, Indonesians are well-placed to make...

In communication silence is golden pope says
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

VATICAN CITY (SE): In what could easily pass for a clever sound-bite in his message for next year’s World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI says that silence is golden.
He calls it is often overlooked, but is an essential ingredient in welcoming the word.
The message will be promulgated on 24 January 2012, the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron of writers.
Pope Benedict says that the extraordinarily varied nature of modern communications and technology highlights the need...

Democracy is more than a set of rules
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

“Authentic democracy is not merely the result of a formal observation of a set of rules, but is the fruit of a convinced acceptance of the values that inspire democratic procedures: the dignity of every human person, the respect of human rights, commitment to the common good as the purpose and guiding criterion for political life” (407, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church).
As Hong Kong goes to the polls in a District Council election on November 6, people will face a...

Church’s presence crucial among military personnel says pope
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI said the Church must continue to provide pastoral services to military personnel wherever they are stationed, to help them “carry out their mission in the manner of Christian charity.” 
He made the remarks on October 22 at a gathering of several hundred military bishops who are responsible for the pastoral care of Catholics in the armed forces of their respective countries. The meeting marked the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s...

Pope Benedict proclaims a Year of Faith
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

VATICAN CITY ( Pope Benedict XVI announced a special Year of Faith to begin on October 11 next year dedicated to rousing what he termed a “new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ.”
The chosen date marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. Pope Benedict notes that it is also the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of...

Hong Kong brings home SIGNIS Asia Award
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): A 15-minute video produced by the Hong Kong Diocesan Audio Visual Centre on the ability of young, down-and-out people to really make something of themselves if given the right opportunities in life, brought home the SIGNIS Asia Media Award for 2011, at the annual SIGNIS Asia Assembly held at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort near Kathmandu, Nepal, from October 17 to 21.
A documentary on a local non-government organisation called Youth Outreach (YO), under the title of YO—Power to...

Eight inducted into the Order of Malta
(Thursday, 3 November 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Eight postulants from Hong Kong were inducted as members of the international Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta at a Mass celebrated by Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on October 17, before the president of the Australian chapter, Tony Macken.
The induction took place under the signs of the cross of service and...