June 2012

World Council of Churches meets in Nanjing
(Saturday, 30 June 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The Church in China... presents four characteristics: independent and autonomous, post-denominational, fast growing and faced with lots of challenges and emerging difficulties,” Ecumenical News International quoted Reverend Gao Feng, president of the China Christian Council, as saying on June 14.

Speaking at a meeting of the World Council of Churches in Nanjing for the International...

First communion at Rosaryhill
(Saturday, 30 June 2012 )

Hong Kong (SE): Twelve children received first holy communion on May 20, during a Mass celebrated by
Father Emiliano Perez op, at Rosaryhill School chapel, in Stubbs Road.

Lay off the bishop parliamentarian pleads
(Saturday, 30 June 2012 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): Over 5,000 people attended a public show of support for Bishop Rayappu Joseph from the northern Mannar diocese of Sri Lanka, as an opposition member of the parliament was putting pressure on the government to stop harassing the bishop, saying it has led to threats being made against him.

In a letter sent to Pope Benedict XVI on June 13, Jayalath Jayawardena said the bishop is coming under increasing...

Christian graves desecrated in Karachi
(Saturday, 30 June 2012 )

Karachi (UCAN): Leaders of Christian and minority Muslim communities have called on authorities to protect grave sites following the recent desecration of a Christian cemetery in Karachi.

Police filed a preliminary report on June 18 after vandals broke crosses, damaged coffins and shattered a skull in a 25-year-old cemetery in Kashmir Colony area of Karachi, home to around 14,000 Christians.

China needs to act on human rights not talk about them
(Saturday, 30 June 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The government of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing published its second action plan on human rights during the week running up to June 22, but the newly-released document does not raise many expectations in terms of addressing what have become repeated abuses of people’s rights across the country.

Patrick Poon, from the Justice and Peace Commission, explained that the plan only...

New priest for the diocese
(Saturday, 30 June 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Aloysius Mak-Ying-kin was ordained a priest by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, on June 23, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen, Father Benedict Lam Cho-ming, recommended the deacon to the bishop for ordination and the newly-ordained priest asked the more than 1,200 people present to pray for him in his vocation as a priest and...

Discontent and mistrust cast shadow over handover anniversary
(Saturday, 30 June 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN/SE): The Hong Kong Celebrations Association announced that the 15th anniversary of the 1 July 1997 handover of the former colony from British to Chinese sovereignty will be marked with a three-day gala carnival of events.

However, while the announcement may have been upbeat, its spirit does not seem to be reflected in the mood of the seven million-strong population of the Special Administrative...

The Nativity of John the baptist
(Thursday, 21 June 2012 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of St. John the Baptist (white).
Isaiah 49:1-6; 
Acts 13:22-26; 
Luke 1:57-66, 80.

Mass of the day (green)....

Prepare the way of the Lord
(Thursday, 21 June 2012 )


All the readings used for this feast help to unfold for us the saving plan of God through all of time. It is clear from the gospel reading that we listen to today that John was truly a child chosen to come at the appointed time.

His father, Zechariah, was given back his speech when he confirmed that the child was to be named John. The last verse of the reading states that John had...

Portrait of the friendship that gave birth to Christianity in China
(Thursday, 21 June 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The relationship between the 16th and 17th century Italian missionary to China, Father Matteo Ricci, and the man who is considered one of the fathers of Christianity in China, Paul Xu Guangqi, is also recognised as the first meeting of east and west on a friendship basis, Father Gianni Criveller, told a group of around 150 people at the Commercial Press Book Centre in Tsimshatsui on June 9.

In a...