March 2012

Top Pakistan brass honours memory of Catholic minister
(Saturday, 17 March 2012 )

ISLAMABAD (SE): Two events in the Pakistan capital of Islamabad at the beginning of March may indicate that a new breeze is blowing through the corridors of parliament and the presidential palace in regards to the status of non-Muslims, and religious and ethnic minority groups in the volatile state.

On March 2, the anniversary of the assassination of the former minister for minority affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, the...

Salesians farewell remarkable confrère
(Saturday, 17 March 2012 )


Hong Kong (SE): On March 9, his 86th birthday, Salesian Brother Joseph Ao Hoi-in died at around 10.30pm, at Pamela Youde Eastern Hospital, Chai Wan. 

His rector, sole surviving cousin and a friend were with him. Only two hours earlier, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong, with his young confrères had come to pray at his bedside. Brother Ao had been rushed to hospital that...

The hour the earth shook and the waters swelled
(Saturday, 17 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): As the clock ticked down to 1.46pm on March 11, the hour that the earth began to shake last year and the mighty tsunami that swept into the province of Fukushima, Japan, began to swell, Frances Tong and Anglican Pastor Fung Chi Wood, laid a wreath before a large photograph of the stark trunks of two trees standing desolate in the snow, at the opening of a photographic exhibition in Central Plaza, Wanchai.


Nuclear power is a threat to world security
(Saturday, 17 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): A paper released by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns in New York, the United States of America (US), immediately prior to the March 11 anniversary of the nuclear disaster that still plagues Japan in Fukushima, states that we need to move away from the tried and trusted ways of seeking security, as they simply do not work.

It states that from the standpoint of promoting peace, social justice...

Gala welcome home for new cardina
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The people and priests of Hong Kong diocese gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on March 3 for the celebration of a Mass of thanksgiving and to welcome the newly appointed John Cardinal Tong Hon back home from Rome.

Attended by around 20 representatives of Christian denominations and religious faiths, as well as the former bishop of the diocese, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, people...

The coat-of-arms of the cardinal
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): In choosing his coat of arms as a cardinal, John Cardinal Tong Hon has kept the central design from the one he took as bishop of Hong Kong in 2009, while adding the insignia of a cardinal to the design.

It features a book, which represents the Interim Report and Proposals of the late John Baptist Cardinal Wu Cheng-chung and relates to his pastoral exhortation, March into the Bright Decade....

On the occasion of my elevation to the College of Cardinals Homily of John Cardinal Tong on 3 March 2012 — Hong Kong Cathedral
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:


Out of the great love of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for the Catholics of Hong Kong and our Motherland, I was elevated as a member of the College of Cardinals on February 18.

I feel inadequate, yet grateful. Our previous leaders, especially John Baptist Cardinal Wu and Joseph Cardinal Zen, have laid a solid...

Change begins with self
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

The widespread publicity in Hong Kong given to alleged imprudence and corruption by those at the top of the political heap, as well as accusations of irregularities in business conduct, has been the talk of the town in recent weeks.

According to a seven-part behavioural study done by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Toronto in Canada, high-flyers are prone to flunking...

Government is violating separation of Church and state bishops say
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

CHICAGO ( As the government of Barack Obama in the United States of America (US) continues to push its compulsory facilitation and supply of contraceptives on religious employers through the Health and Human Services Department, two bishops have hit out, saying that it could well spell the end of religious freedom as we have come to know it in the nation.

Warning that the Church is being despoiled of her...

Welcoming Year of Faith in Shaanxi
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

FENGXIANG (Agencies): “With great commitment to evangelisation and new evangelisation, we welcome the Year of Faith, as outlined by Pope Benedict XVI,” 91-year-old Bishop Li Jing Feng, from Fengxiang in Shaanxi, China, told the priests and religious of his diocese during their February 7 to 10 annual meeting held at the cathedral.

Bishop Feng was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to attend the Eleventh...