December 2011

Laity formation fund increased
(Saturday, 10 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong has increased its Annual Fund for the Formation of the Laity from $1 million to $1.2 million as a result of an appeal launched during the Year of the Laity to give greater access to theological studies to Catholic people.

On November 6, the Chinese-language Catholic weekly, the Kung Kao Po, reported that in the 18th annual distribution of the fund, 65 scholarships were...

New deacon for Hong Kong
(Saturday, 10 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Aloysius Mak Ying-kin is set to be ordained a deacon for the diocese of Hong Kong by Bishop John Tong Hon at St. Jude’s in North Point, at 3.00pm on December 10.

Mak, who was born in Hong Kong in 1980 and baptised soon afterwards at St. Alfred’s parish in Shatin, was brought up in a Catholic home.

However, at the age of two, Mak moved with his...

Columban associates look back on a decade
(Saturday, 10 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 30 members of the Columban Sisters Associates Group gathered at the Caritas Restaurant in Central on November 19 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the group.

From humble beginnings one decade ago, the group has grown steadily, both in numbers and in the dedication of its members to living the missionary charism of the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban in their daily lives...

Questions arise about new bishop in China
(Saturday, 10 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): The presence of an illicitly ordained bishop, Father Lei Shinyin, as one of the three ordaining bishops at the episcopal ordination of Father Peter Luo Xuegang in St. Mary’s church in Yibin, Sichuan, on November 30, has prompted a concerted reaction from Chinese Catholics on the Internet.

A comment was posted on the CathNewsChina website describing it as a calculated move from Beijing in...

Presence of illegitimate bishop casts shadow over new coadjutor in Yibin
(Saturday, 10 December 2011 )


HONG KONG (SE): Father Peter Luo Xuegang was ordained as the coadjutor bishop of Yibin diocese in Sichuan, China, on November 30, amidst controversy, tight security and intense scrutiny from China Church watchers all over the world.

Although ordained with a papal mandate with a bishop recognised by the Vatican—the 95-year-old Bishop John Chen Shizhong—as the principle ordaining bishop, the...

Preparing for home-coming
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

Greetings of peace and love to all! As we enter deeper into our time of preparation for Christmas, it is really important that our focus becomes intent on peace and love.

After all, that is the gift God has granted to us in the birth of Jesus. Our scripture readings from today’s Mass should encourage us to live a life of faith.

Not just that type of faith that helps us...

Second Sunday of Advent
(Thursday, 1 December 2011 )

Creed, preface for Advent I, Creed, preface of the solemnity (violet). 
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11;
2 Peter 3:8-14;
Mark 1:1-8.

Mass of the day, preface for Advent I (violet).
Isaiah 35:1-10; 

Self doubt essential to moving forward Maryknoll symposium suggests
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

CHICAGO (SE): Running under the title, Church in Mission: Yesterday, today and tomorrow, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers hosted a symposium as part of their centenary of foundation celebrations at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, the United States of America (US) from October 6 to 8.

Expressing a deep desire to using the centenary not to glory in any past achievements, but to contribute to the growth of...

The changing role of women in society is spilling over into Church life
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

A T-shirt produced in the United States of America (US) carries the words, “A woman’s place is in the house” emblazoned across it. It was illustrated against a picture of the residence of the US president in Washington DC, the White House.

No woman has ever had the opportunity to live there except as the spouse of a president or a member of staff, but it is probably only a matter of time before the...

Vatican plans pastoral guidelines for Church AIDS workers
(Thursday, 1 December 2011 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): Monsignor Jean-Marie Mpendawatu, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, told reporters on November 22 that the Vatican is committed to publishing a set of pastoral guidelines for Church personnel engaged in AIDS care and prevention, though it probably won’t happen for at least a year. 

He said that the first step is the imminent publication of the...