February 2012

Relic of Blessed Teresa welcomed to Hong Kong
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): In welcoming a relic of the founder of the Missionaries of Charity to Hong Kong, Bishop John Tong Hon asked people to pray that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata may intercede in helping people to make a new beginning in China-Vatican dialogue at a Mass celebrated at Ss. Cosmas and Damian parish, Tseun Wan, on February 5.

Speaking to around 1,000 people, the bishop of Hong Kong said Blessed Teresa,...

Some expectations about the future SAR government envisioned by the Catholic Church in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

The political community exists, consequently, for the sake of the common good, in which it finds its full justification and significance, and the source of its inherent legitimacy. Indeed, the common good embraces the sum of those conditions of the social life whereby men, families and associations more adequately and readily may attain their own perfection. … It is clear, therefore, that the political community and public authority are founded on...

Lenten pastoral letter 
from Bishop Tong
(Saturday, 18 February 2012 )

Let’s be grateful and generous 


My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord:


The Holy Father made me a member of the College of Cardinals yesterday. He announced the appointment on the feast of the Epiphany. It is not a personal honour, but a reflection of the care and love the Holy Father is extending towards us as...

Distrust still simmers beneath peace overtures in Myanmar
(Saturday, 11 February 2012 )

MYITKYINA (UCAN): Since an outbreak of fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) shattered a 17-year-old ceasefire agreement in June last year, tens of thousands of villagers in the ethnic region have been forced to flee their homes and seek tenuous shelter in makeshift camps near the country’s border with China.

Father Paul Wanghte Lum Dau, the pastoral project coordinator for...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 11 February 2012 )

Vatican and Palestinians discuss Church rights

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) are continuing talks aimed at a formal agreement regulating and promoting the presence and activity of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories.

Vatican and PLO representatives met on January 28 at the headquarters of the...

If you are not at the Vatican you miss out says Australian diplomat
(Saturday, 11 February 2012 )

ROME (Agencies): As the departing Australian ambassador to the Holy See, former leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer, packed his bags to return to Canberra from Rome on January 12, he reflected that countries without a resident diplomatic presence in Rome are losing out.

“It is so much easier to do the job if you’re on the ground in Rome,” CNA quoted Fischer as saying. 

Talks with Society of St Pius X go nowhere
(Saturday, 11 February 2012 )

INONA (SE): The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, Archbishop Bernard Fellay, said in his address for Candlemas on February 2 that his society will remain at odds with the Vatican if it keeps insisting that it bow to the authority of Vatican II.

He described the ongoing discussions of attempted reconciliation between his society and the Vatican as going nowhere on almost every level.

Beyond welfare
(Saturday, 11 February 2012 )

Whether we have believed in it or not, poverty relief in our society has operated out of a model based on a combination of effort between governments and philanthropists funding service providers to make a better world.

However, the experience of Hong Kong is one graphic example of why, if we ever had a belief in such a system, we should officially give it up, as over the decades we have witnessed a deteriorating...

Security leaks and corruption accusations at the Vatican
(Saturday, 11 February 2012 )

VATICAN (CWNews.com): The Vatican was hit with a double blow in late January with allegations of financial corruption in the governance of the city-state and an accusation that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints had invested €1.6 million ($15.55 million) in what is known as a Ponzi scheme, a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns from investors’ money, or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from actual gains....

Five priests detained in Inner Mongolia
(Saturday, 11 February 2012 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Five priests of the unofficial community in Suiyuan diocese, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, were taken away by police on January 30, Church reports say. They were arrested in Erenhot, near the border with Mongolia.

Reports say that the priests, who are not affiliated with the government Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, were Father Joseph Gao, the diocesan administrator, Father...