January 2012

Meeting highlights the significance of lay organisations
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

PATTAYA (SE): The second annual gathering of Ecclesial Movements in Asia was held from November 25 to 27 at the Redemptorist Centre in Pattaya, Thailand, highlighted the important role that lay organisations play in the pastoral role and evangelical mission of the Church in society.

Meeting under the theme, Mission in Asia–New Evangelisers for the New Evangelisation, the gathering was convened by the Office of...

The importance of understanding sexuality
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Imagine God preparing for man and woman. He built two seven-storey towers, one blue and one pink. But then they were shattered by a terrible earthquake, which left life and love in the blue tower in a terrible mess,” Father José Luis Soria said at a talk on Understanding Human Sexuality at the Diocese Centre on December 19.

At an evening organised by the Catholic Marriage Advisory...

Lay missionary commissioned from Happy Valley parish
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “There is no room for self-centredness in local Churches,” Father John Kwan Kit-tong, said at a reception for the commissioning of Stephania Ling Kwan-wai as a lay missionary with the Hong Kong Lay Missionary Association, at a Mass in St. Margaret’s parish, Happy Valley, on December 18.

Saying that it is important to remember that every local Church belongs to the universal Church...

PIME sisters celebrate 75 years of mission
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

Hong Kong (SE): The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate, popularly known as the PIME Sisters, celebrated the 75th anniversary of the foundation of their congregation, on Sunday December 4 at St. Thomas the Apostle church in Tsing Yi. The institute was established in Milan, Italy, on 8 December 1936 as an expression of the missionary spirit of the Church in obedience to the mandate of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19)....

At least 26 Church pastoral workers killed in 2011
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): According to Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, at least 26 Catholic pastoral workers were killed in mission lands or among society’s most disadvantaged communities in 2011. More often than not, they were victims of violent crimes rather than religious persecution. 

The agency released the annual listing on December 30 and said that over the...

New cardinals on the horizon as Pope Benedict faces a busy 2012
(Friday, 6 January 2012 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS/Agencies): A trip to Latin America, a synod of bishops on new evangelisation, the start of the Year of Faith, creation of new cardinals and proclamations of new saints are all on Pope Benedict XVI’s calendar for 2012. 

These highlights are only a small part of the pope’s day-to-day schedule, which includes hundreds of meetings, speeches, messages and liturgies. Pope Benedict...