December 2011

Maryknoll centennial celebrated with gratitude
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers held a family celebration of the centennial of the founding of the United States of America (US) missionary society at the Happy Valley Racecourse on November 24.

Almost 300 people gathered to raise a glass in appreciation of the great service Maryknoll has given to the people of Hong Kong and the 30 countries around the world where its missionaries are working....

The evolving vocation of the laity in the Church
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

In the last two centuries, the Church experienced a growing concern about the role and vocation of the laity prompted, to a large extent, by damage done to its intellectual and operational structures by anti-Church government policies in most nations that were once thought of as being Catholic.

In this Year of the Laity, it is important to reflect on the history of the involvement of lay people in the public...

Is the ripple effect really a tsunami?
(Thursday, 1 December 2011 )


Hong Kong has seen a year of fear campaigns. There was the predicted migrant invasion and prophesied employment crisis resulting from a minimum wage, both, as it came out in the wash, based on unfounded information.

In the protracted battle over the minimum wage, the struggle of working people to negotiate something over $30 an hour was swamped in a deluge of doomsday predictions that the...

Clinton plays a wildcard in currency debate
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

HONOLULU (AsiaNews): United States of America (US) treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, said Asia should do more to stimulate global growth to offset the Eurozone crisis, following a meeting of Asia-Pacific finance ministers in Honolulu, Hawaii, on November 8 in the run up to the start of the APEC summit.

“Asian economies will need to do more to stimulate growth of domestic demand,” Geithner said, if...

Fear has silenced Christians says Pakistani archbishop
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

TORONTO (CNS): Fear has silenced the voice of Pakistan’s Christians since the political murder of Shahbaz Bhatti last spring, Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha, the former archbishop of Lahore, told The Catholic Register in mid-November, as he moved into Toronto, Canada, for his retirement. 

“People are sad; bitter. They say: ‘If that happens to him what happens to us?’” he explained to...

Smart breviary not just for priests and religious
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): It is becoming more common these days in Hong Kong to see people in public places reading, watching videos, playing games or texting friends, while at the same time completely oblivious to the bustling world around them.

This phenomenon coupled with a change in reading habits inspired a middle-aged priest to develop a new app to promote daily prayer among the Catholics.


Canossian sisters bid farewell to two
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

Hong Kong (SE): The Daughters of Charity of the Canossian Institute bade a final farewell to Sister Margaret Renoldi on November 5, just 120 days after her 100th birthday and in her 80th year of religious life; and Sister Amelia Ip on November 14, just shy of her 81st birthday. They were both at the Villa Bakhita Canossian Convent, Hong Kong. 

Sister Renoldi was born in Saronno, Italy, on 8 July 1911. She...

Tracing liturgical development in China
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei province in mainland China, hosted a Forum on Liturgy and Inculturation organised by the Faith Institute for Cultural Studies from November 16 to 18, for around 80 laypeople, bishops, priests, religious and academics, as well as leaders of 10 major seminaries.

The seminar retraced the last 20 years of development and formation in the liturgy, as well as the way...

Church media gets lesson in friending and favouriting
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )

HUALIEN (SE): “It would be difficult to suggest that Christ’s command was being obeyed unless all the opportunities offered by the modern media to extend to vast numbers of people the announcement of his good news were being used,” Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal, the chairperson of the Office of Social Communications for the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences told a meeting in Hualien, Taiwan, at the beginning of a November 14 to...

Major seminary reopens but without rector
(Saturday, 3 December 2011 )


TAIYUAN (UCAN): Montecorvino Major Seminary in Shanxi province, northern China, resumed classes on November 17, following a 10 week layoff caused by a dispute involving the rector, Father Anthony Chang Tongxi, and seminary board.

Around 50 out of 70 seminarians returned to the seminary in a suburb of Taiyuan, while local sources say that the remainder has transferred to other seminaries, where they began...