February 2012

A parish built on a long faith history
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Parishioners overflowed the parish church at Our Lady of Lourdes in Chi Fu to welcome Bishop John Tong Hon to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their parish on February 11.

Concelebrating with the parish priest, Father Stephen Ip Ting-kwok, as well as Father Alex Méndez, who celebrates Masses at the parish, together with other guest priests, Bishop Tong pointed...

Red hat honours your home community new cardinals told
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon was elevated to the rank of cardinal on February 18, at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, together with 21 others from around the world.

He and Archbishop George Alencherry, the major archbishop of Ernakulam in Kerala, India, were the only two representatives from Asia.

However, Bishop Tong joined Paul Cardinal Shan...

New cardinal shares on his vision for Hong Kong
(Saturday, 25 February 2012 )


HONG KONG (AsiaNews): “I feel very unworthy of this position. But I am also grateful for the honour,” Bishop John Tong Hong told AsiaNews on the eve of his elevation to the rank of cardinal, which took place in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 18.

“I have no reason to deserve this. It was a decision of the Holy Father, who wants to show his appreciation for the Church in China...

Seventh Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface for the Sunday (green).
Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b-25;
2 Corinthians 1:18-22; 
Mark 2:1-12.

Mass of the day (green).

The problem of sin
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

At the heart of our Mass we are reminded that Jesus poured out his blood for the forgiveness of sins. However, the forgiveness of sins is not always a fashionable topic and it has always been an issue for those who are thinking of becoming Christians.

Those who have been raised in the Confucian tradition can have very real problems relating to this core belief about Jesus.


A wakeup call from 
the Indian bishops
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India renewed its dedication to sensitising and conscientising the faithful of the Church to the rampant human rights abuses, which the bishops say are characteristic of Indian society, in the closing statement of its two-yearly plenary assembly on February 8.

The forthright statement signed by over 160 bishops is a reminder to the whole of Asia and the world of the basic...

Invasion has decimated Iraq's Christian population
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

ROME (Agencies): Archbishop Timothy Broglio, of the military vicariate of the United States of America (US), called the collapse of the Christian population in Iraq a direct legacy of the US-led invasion of 2003.

Speaking in Rome on January 16, CNA reported him as saying, “Yes, you can say in a certain sense that the invasion of Iraq did provoke this tremendous diminution of the Christian population in that...

Church leaders ask forgiveness for protecting abusers of children
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

ROME (CNS): Marc Cardinal Ouellet presided over a vigil at St. Ignatius’ church in Rome, as part of a symposium attended by representatives from 110 bishops’ conferences and 30 religious congregations from around the world on February 7, as part of an expression of contrition for the sexual abuse of children by priests, brothers and sisters, and other Church personnel, as well as the bishops and superiors who shielded them from justice....

Priests released from detention
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

Hothot (UCAN): Four of six priests from the unofficial community in Suiyuan diocese, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, were released after they had been detained on January 30. Earlier reports indicated that only five had been detained by the police (Sunday Examiner, February 12).

Father Chu Jianli, Father Ding Zhanmin, Father Wang Hu, and Father Zhao Runxi, who is the new parish priest of Erenhot, were freed...

Administrator of unofficial community dies in Kunming
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

KUNMING (UCAN): The 92-year-old apostolic administrator of the three ecclesiastical territories of the unofficial Church community in southwestern Yunnan, Father Lawrence Zhang Wenchang, died on February 5 in his hometown in Shilin Yi county.

Geographically, the area of his responsibility covers Kunming, Dali and Zhaotong. .

Belonging to the Sani ethnic group, Father Zhang...