February 2012

Sixth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 11 February 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface for the Sunday (green).
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; 
1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1;
Mark 1:40-45.

Mass of the day (green).
James 1:1-11;...

Blessed be God forever
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )


From the least to the greatest. This is the breadth of our understanding of God. It is brought out in the beautiful psalm that the Church selects for our liturgy today.

In Hong Kong, we can sometimes feel helpless and lost among the millions of people. Who cares about us? Who is interested in us?

Schoolchildren are just one among hundreds or even thousands in our...

Fifth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface for the Sunday (green).
Job 7:1-4, 6-7; 
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23;
Mark 1:29-39.


Vatican signs treaties against drug trade organised crime and terrorism
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican signed three international treaties supporting the fight against the illegal drug trade, financing terrorism and organised crime on January 25. 

By signing onto these international legal instruments, the Vatican “confirms its intention as well as its effective and practical commitment to collaborate with the international community in a manner consistent with its nature and...

Turning South Africa into security state
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )


CAPE TOWN (CNS): A law passed in November by the parliament of South Africa to protect state secrets could turn the country into a security state, the archbishop of Cape Town maintains.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin says that the Protection of State Information Bill, which allows any government agency to apply for classification of information that is deemed as being valuable to the state, would criminalise the...

Introspection on India’s Republic Day
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

 By Aruna Bhowmick


As we celebrate our Republic Day, it is time for some soul searching. How much progress have we made in the past six decades and how vibrant is our democracy?

When we talk of our 65 years as a democracy what immediately flashes before our eyes is a market that seems to stretch across all our sensibilities and technology in all its manifestations—most...

Official approval given to Neocatechumate celebrations
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): After a long period of controversy, discussion and negotiation, the Vatican has given formal approval to the special celebrations that characterise the Neocatechumenal Way.

At a January 20 meeting with over 7,000 members of the lay movement, Pope Benedict XVI strongly endorsed its apostolic outreach.

However, he also acknowledged the controversy that has dogged...

L’Osservatore puts Standard and Poor’s under fire
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )


VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com): The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, ripped into the credit-rating agency, Standard and Poor’s, for its decision to downgrade the bonds of nine European countries in the first week of January.

The decision from Standard and Poor’s came at a time when credit markets were beginning to recover from earlier worries, the Vatican newspaper claims in an article...

Vatican name appears on porn domain register
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Porn on the Vatican Webiste? Well, maybe not, but there is a possibility that the day may come when you put the word Vatican into a search engine and instead of Church news on vatican.va, you may arrive at vatican.xxx and get a lot more, or less, than you bargained for.

The new .xxx generic top level domain name was approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers early in 2011 to...

The few are not out in the cold
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

A peep at the handful of people who turned up to prayer meetings and other functions organised during the recently completed Week of Prayer for Christian Unity could indicate that the ecumenical movement in Hong Kong is going nowhere fast.

However, despite the seeming lack of interest, not only in Hong Kong but in many other parts of the world, it remains one of the longest-running revolutionary calls in modern...