January 2012

Is Shanghai missing an auxiliary bishop?
(Friday, 20 January 2012 )

By Father Huabei

Catholic circles in China are buzzing with rumours about auxiliary Bishop Joseph Xing Wenzhi of Shanghai, who has not been sighted since last month.

As in the days of Mao Zedong, appearances and non-appearances at events or in photos are always considered highly symbolic when seeking to interpret the rise or fall of an individual in the pecking order...

Myanmar releases some political prisoners
(Friday, 20 January 2012 )

Mandalay (UCAN): Several of the Union of Myanmar’s most high-profile political prisoners were reportedly released or scheduled for release on January 13 in the country’s latest round of amnesties. Among them were 88 Generation Students Group leader, Min Ko Nain and Gambira, the monk who helped spearhead the 2007 Saffron Revolution.

State media announced on January 12 that about 650 prisoners would be...

Cardinal Zen celebrates four score of years
(Friday, 20 January 2012 )

The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, right, celebrated his
80th birthday with Bishop John Tong Hon, left, and around 80 priests of the diocese, on January 13, on the 9th floor of the Diocese Centre, Caine Road.  

He extended his congratulations to Bishop Tong on his elevation to cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. He recalled that they were both ordained bishops at the same time...

Bishop detained for study sessions
(Thursday, 19 January 2012 )

Tianshui (UCAN): Bishop John Wang Ruowang of Tianshui, along with some of his priests have been forced to attend so-called study sessions since the end of 2011, according to Church sources.

The 50-year-old bishop of the unofficial Church community, who was clandestinely ordained with a papal mandate last year, was initially taken from Taijing on December 30 by officials to a guesthouse in Tianshui city, northern...

Report on the 2011 Lenten Campaign
(Friday, 20 January 2012 )

Hong Kong (SE): In response to the Lenten Campaign of 2011, the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee reported that $6.4 million was raised. Bernard Chan, chairperson of the committee said that the collection represented an encouraging increase of some 15 per cent over the previous year. He expressed his gratitude to all donors and volunteers who contributed their efforts and sacrifices to help the needy in a positive response to the year’s theme...

Kung Hei Fat Choi!
(Friday, 20 January 2012 )

Best wishes for a happy and blessed Year of the dragon from the staff of the Sunday Examiner!

Temple of the 
Holy Spirit
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

How should we live? This is one of the fundamental questions of life and, in all cultures, people have grappled with it. History holds many guides to help us.

St. Paul was faced with the same problem when writing to the Christians in Corinth. They lived in a difficult situation: Corinth was a famous port.

It has the usual roughhouse of an international port today and...

Second Sunday of the Year
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface for the Sunday (green).
1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; 
1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42.

Mass of the day (green).
1 Samuel 15:16-23...

Revised prayer service to counter impression that the creation of cardinals is a sacrament
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )


Vatican City (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI will use a revised, streamlined prayer service to create 22 new cardinals in February, partly  to avoid giving the impression that becoming a cardinal is a sacrament or quasi-sacrament.

“The rite used up to now has been revised and simplified with the approval of the Holy Father Benedict XVI,” reported the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, on...

African women struggle more than others during food crisis
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

NAIROBI (CNS): The year 2011 was not good for women such as Joan Ochieng of Nairobi, Kenya. Just about everything was a struggle. 

“We were not treated fairly,” said the single mother, noting the many pressures, including spiralling food prices that caused her and her family of four children and one grandchild to often go to bed hungry. 

When things...