March 2012

Testing the 
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

Setting boundaries is an important part of moral development. As children grow, parents have to set boundaries for them.

There is a gradual process of negotiating boundaries, until the children, in their turn, become mature adults. But even mature adults need boundaries too. And some of these cannot be negotiated.

The Ten Commandments recorded for us in today’s first...

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...

Clamp down on Church groups in Laos
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

VIENTIANE (Agencies): On February 22, officials in the village of Kengweng, southern Laos, confiscated a 37-year-old Church building, BosNewsLife reported the Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom as saying.

The director of the organisation, Sirikoon Prasertsee, said, “What is happening in Kengweng village is part of a wider effort to restrict religious freedom and a wider crackdown on Christians...

Call to end the use of psychiatric hospitals for political purposes
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A statement issued by the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch ahead of the upcoming National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, is calling on authorities to stop locking up innocent people on the pretext that they are mentally ill.

The China-based human rights group also asked the two congresses to make public apologies and pay compensation to...

Holy See-Vietnam confab 
satisfactory communiqué says
(Saturday, 10 March 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): “The Vietnam-Holy-See relationship has attained positive developments on the basis of good will and constructive dialogue, as well as respect for principles in the relationship,” a joint communiqué released at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Vietnam-Holy See Joint Working Group held in Hanoi on February 27 and 28.

Both parties informed each other of their respective...