January 2012

Farewell to French missionary
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Paris Foreign Mission (MEP) priest, Father Sylvain Rabiller, former assistant parish priest at St. Joseph’s Church, Garden Road, died in France at the age of 74 from liver cancer.

He had worked in Hong Kong for 22 years before retiring to his native France in the summer of 2010 

Father Rabiller was born on
7 October 1937 in St. Christophe du...

Vatican renews focus on Taiwan
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

For years relations between Taiwan and the Holy See have remained low-key and largely below the radar.

In the wake of recent visits by two Vatican officials just weeks before presidential elections, scheduled for January 14, relations seem to have taken a more high-profile turn.

Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Archbishop...

Vatican issues recommendations for celebrating Year of Faith
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican issued a list of pastoral recommendations for celebrating the Year of Faith in an effort to help Catholics have a better and correct understanding of their faith and become authentic witnesses to Christ. 

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a note on January 7 outlining the aims of the special year and ways in which bishops, dioceses, parishes and communities...

Pope names Bishop Tong to receive red hat
(Friday, 13 January 2012 )

Hong Kong (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong, was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI following the noontime Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square on January 6. He will be inducted into the College of Cardinals, along with 21 others, at a consistory in Rome on February 18.

The 72-year-old Bishop Tong will be only the seventh Chinese to be named cardinal and the third for Hong Kong after the late John Baptist...

Bishop Tong named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

 Hong Kong (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI following the noontime Angelus  prayer at St. Peter's Square on January 6.

Bishop Tong will receive the red hat along with 21 others at a consistory on February 18. He was ordained a priest in 1966, was appointed assistan bishop in 1996, made coadjutor bishop in...

The Epiphany
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface for the Epiphany (white).
Isaiah: 60:1-6; 
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; 
Matthew 2:1-12.


Follow that star
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

At our baptism rite, we are reminded that Jesus was anointed as priest, prophet and king. The gospel reading for today brings us the story of the Wise Men from the East, the Magi, who presented the new-born Jesus with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

There is an obvious parallel here with our baptism. Gold is a gift for a king, something that was considered a must gift when approaching a monarch in Jesus...

Priests refuse government Christmas visit in Ho Chi Minh City
(Wednesday, 4 January 2012 )

 HO CHI MINH CITY (Agencies): The Redemptorist priests in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, refused to receive a delegation from the Religious Affairs Department for its traditional Christmas and New Year goodwill visit.

Father Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai sent a letter to Office for Religious Affairs and Ethnic Minorities on December 13, the day before the scheduled visit, declining to receive the government officials.


Cameras for security not police priest explains
(Wednesday, 4 January 2012 )

XIKAI (UCAN): The continued surveillance of Catholic people by authorities in China now has people jumpy over security cameras installed at churches.

The installation of security cameras at St. Joseph’s church in Xikai, downtown Tianjin City, has raised concerns among local parishioners.

Although Church authorities say that the surveillance cameras were installed at...

The Church must transform society
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

By Father Desmond de Sousa


Not all social change is acceptable to the person of faith. But social transformation in the direction of the values of the kingdom of God is a faith commitment.

As Pope Paul VI wrote, “At the heart of the world there dwells the mystery of man discovering himself to be God’s son in the course of a historical and...