December 2011

Rome celebrates the Immaculate Conception
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )
Of poverty, chastity 
and obedience
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

The diocese celebrated the long life in religion of 42 sisters, brothers and priests marking their 25th, 50th, 60th, 75th and even 80th anniversaries in religious life on December 8.

What is an annual event is celebrated as an expression of gratitude to those who have borne the heat of the day and also a reminder of the unique role that people in religious life play in the life of our faith communities and wider...

Xiamen hosts over 1,000 for Youth Day
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

XIAMMEN (Agencies): Sharings from young people, a priest and sister who had attended World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, during August this year, were the high point of the first Youth Day celebrated by the diocese of Xiamen, in Fujian province, China, on the feast of Christ the King, November 20.

Over 1,000 young people gathered under the theme of the event in Spain: Planted and built up in Jesus Christ. Firm in the...

Church to boycott state events over sister’s arrest
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

COLOMBO (SE): The archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, said at a press conference on December 3 that the Catholic Church will boycott all functions sponsored by the government over the Christmas period, as a protest against the November 25 arrest of Missionary of Charity, Sister Mary Eliza.

Sister Eliza was charged by the National Child Protection Authority with trafficking in children at the...

Eucharistic ministers a sign of parish life
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

KAIXI (Agencies): The cathedral parish of Kaixi in the diocese of Tainjin, China, commissioned 179 Eucharistic ministers on November 19, at a ceremony presided over by the parish priest, Father Don Zhang Liang, Fides reports.

The commissioning ceremony followed a formation course, during which the Eucharistic life of the community was the central theme.

Each of the 179 new...

Handbook on religion outdated but a step forward
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Sadly, the handbook provides for the personnel of local Religious Affairs Work departments outdated policy instructions, based on flawed information,” writes Roderick O’Brien, a scholar of Chinese law, about the 2010 revised edition of the Religious Affairs Regulations: A Handbook of Related Laws, Rules, and Policies, edited by the State Administration of Religious Affairs Policy and Regulation Office in Beijing and...

Serious questions linger over Myanmar’s about tur
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): While the government in Naypyidaw parades its democracy icon, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, before the world media in an attempt to show that the repressive state of the Union of Myanmar is opening up to democracy and is on the road to becoming a law abiding citizen, a peep at the flip side of the coin reveals a totally different reality.

In the northern state of Kachin, government military forces are waging a...

Malaysia’s security law will restrict religious freedom
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )


KUALA LUMPUR (UCAN): An inter-religious body of minority faiths has denounced a bill regulating peaceful assembly and demanded it be withdrawn.

The Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 “clearly hands the police and home minister more powers and is restrictive, repressive and against freedom of assembly and against freedom of religion,” a December 2 statement from the Malaysian Consultative Council of...

Diocese acknowledges value of lifetime witness through religious life
(Friday, 16 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE) : The diocese celebrated the silver, gold and diamond jubilees of 38 brothers, sisters and priests, as well as two sisters who have reached 70 years in religious life, one 75 and another 80, at a reception and Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Among them was the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, who was ordained a Salesian priest in 1961....

Third Sunday of Advent
(Saturday, 10 December 2011 )

Creed, preface for Advent I (rose or violet).
Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11; 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; 
John 1:6-8, 19-28.

Mass of the day, preface for Advent I (violet).