February 2012

In the ecumenical league we can all be winners
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): What is the biggest stumbling block to the clear and recognisable proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ? Well, depending on whom you ask, in all probability you will get a different answer.

Pope Benedict XVI was quite straightforward at his general audience at the Pope Paul VI Hall on January 18, the opening day of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. He said that the lack of...

Papal greetings for the Year of the Dragon
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (SE): Pope Benedict XVI put his hope in the young people of the world in wishing a happy Year of the Dragon to the billions of people around Asia and the world celebrating the Lunar New Year on January 23.

“In these days, various countries of the Far East will celebrate the Lunar New Year with joy. In the present world situation of economic and social crisis, for all those who suffer, and that...

Taiwan’s Catholic president leaves the way open for better Church relations
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Ma Ying-jeou won a second term at the fifth direct election for president of Taiwan on January 14.

Defying predictions of a close result, he came in with a margin of 800,000 votes, taking 51.6 per cent of the estimated 6.89 million cast.

Prior to 1996, the president of Taiwan was appointed by the parliament.


A remarkable 100 years marked in Tianjin
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

TIANJIN (Agencies): The diocese of Tianjin in China has begun a year-long series of special events to celebrate 100 years of permanent Catholic presence in the northern city.

UCA News reported that the opening Mass took place on January 19 at the Charity Mansion, one of the oldest Catholic buildings in Tianjin, which was rebuilt 200 metres from its original location a year ago.


Young people seek to build bridges
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): What was billed as the first ever joint gathering of English- and Chinese-speaking youth groups in the diocese was held at Rosary parish in Tsim Sha Tsui on January 29. 

The two groups of young people have always gathered separately up until now.

Around 45 people of varied ethnic backgrounds, including one visitor from Holy Cross in Sai Wan Ho,...

Happiness is not stored in a bank account
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): It seems that it is possible to be happy, despite predictions of doom and gloom about tough times ahead.

A January 5 press release from the Hong Kong-based Consumer Search Group, a market research enterprise, says that a poll conducted by the WIN Global Barometer of Happiness shows that while only around four in 10 people in Hong Kong say they feel happy about their lives, only one in 10 say they are...

Rome conference aims to improve pastoral response to sex abuse crisis
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

ROME (CNS): Representatives of most of the world’s bishops’ conferences and 30 religious congregations will meet at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, from February 6 to 9 to launch a global initiative to improve efforts to stop clerical sexual abuse and better protect children and vulnerable adults. 

Themed, Toward Healing and Renewal, the conference is backed by the Vatican...

A time of faith and debate as 
Vatican II marks its golden year
(Saturday, 4 February 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Fifty years ago this October, Pope John XXIII and more than 2,500 bishops and heads of religious congregations from around the world gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica for the opening session of the Second Vatican Council. 

Over the following three years, Vatican II would issue 16 major pronouncements on such fundamental questions as the authority of the Church’s hierarchy, the...