February 2012

First Sunday of Lent
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface for the Sunday of Lent (purple).
Genesis 9:8-15;
1 Peter 3:18-22;
Mark 1:12-15.

Mass of the day, preface for Lent (purple).
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18;
Matthew 25:31-46...

Faithful to the end
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

Last Wednesday, we began our annual journey through Lent, with the traditional practice of receiving the ashes on our foreheads and wearing them for the day.

This simple rite is a public proclaimation of our relationship with God. Although many people may comment to you that you have dirt on your face, it is still an
opportunity for us to help them to understand why we wear the ashes in public.

Homily of John Cardinal Tong 
at his Mass of Thanksgiving
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

Some scholars have pointed out that according to psychological analysis, success in life must have three attributes: acceptance, adaption and achievement.

These three words begin with letter A. One who is equipped with these three attributes can be regarded as having a life with three aces.

Here, we can apply these attributes of a faithful life to ourselves as Christians, or...

Matteo Ricci’s spirit of respect and dialogue still relevant today says bishop
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

Taipei (UCAN): Father Matteo Ricci’s legacy lives on to this day, Bishop Claudio Giuliodori, from the great 16th century Jesuit missionary’s hometown of Macerata, Italy, said.

Father Ricci is one of the most important founding figures of the Church in China.

Bishop Giuliodori was speaking at a meeting with leaders of the Taiwanese Church at the curia of the...

Don’t forget to fast in Lent
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Don’t forget to fast in Lent,” goes the old advice for the 40-days from Ash Wednesday leading up to the celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

A February 19 statement from the diocesan Commission for Labour Affairs says that this advice is just as relevant today as it ever was.

However, while the traditional image for...

It is broke so do fix it
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

A flawed system is hard to fix. This was highlighted earlier this month when a dispute arose over pay structures in the Legislative Council (LegCo). While a suggestion by Cheung Man-kwong, from the Democratic Party, that members should be paid according to the hours they put in may make some sense, it at best reflects a structural dysfunction within the system.

Two factors seem to be out of sync with the nature of...

Leaks from the Vatican a mystery and a challenge
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): Embattled Vatican press officer, Father Federico Lombardi, admitted on February 14 that it takes a strong nerve to deal with what has become a series of leaked confidential information out of the Vatican.

He specifically denied that the rash of leaks pointed to conflict among members of the Roman Curia.

“There is something very sad in the fact that the...

Human rights remarks of Chinese vice president meet with scepticism
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Catholic reaction in Hong Kong to the February remarks on China’s human rights record by vice president, Xi Jinping, was sceptical.

Xi’s official February 14 to 19 visit to the United States of America (US), took him to Washington DC; Muscatine, Iowa—where he stayed for two weeks in April 1985 as part of a Chinese delegation looking into farming technology; and finally to Los...

New provincial council for Canossians
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

On Saturday, February 11, the Canossian Daughters of Charity welcomed their newly installed provincial council for the 2012-2015 term. From left to right: Sister Alma Allieri; Sister Susanna Yu, vicar; Sister Cynthia Chan, provincial superior; and Sister Theresa Chien. May the guidance of the Holy Spirit remain with them always.

New executive council for lay community
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

Hong Kong (SE): At its annual general assembly, held from January 14 to 15, the Christian Life Community (Hong Kong) elected its new executive council for 2012-2014: Jasmine Hui, president; Carmen Chan, vice-president; Dora Yeung, treasurer; Jennifer Young, secretary; Carol Au Yang, publication secretary; Nichole Chan, Martin Lau and Kyoko Leung, councillors.

The community also expressed its gratitude Father Se...