July 2012

German court rules against religious circumcision
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )

COLOGNE (UCAN): Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled June 24 in a landmark decision that the Jewish community says tramples on the religious rights of parents.

The regional court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled that the “fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental rights of the parents,” in a judgement that...

Working document for synod on new evangelisation released
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): “The Synod fathers will reflect on the transmission of Christian faith, one of the great challenges facing the Church, in the context of the new evangelisation,” Archbishop Nikola Eterovic and Bishop Fortunato Frezza, the secretary general and under secretary of the synod, said at a press conference held at the Vatican to present the working document on June 19.

The 13th Ordinary Assembly...

Farewell to beloved longtime Hong Kong missionary
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )

by Gianni Criveller


On Friday, July 13, Father Nicola Ruggiero, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), died at a clinic in Lecco, Italy. He was 87-years-old and was well-known in Hong Kong where he served as a missionary for 38 years.  He was born the fourth of six children in Roseto Valfortore, in the southern Italian region of Puglia, on 27 February 1925. During his...

Three ordained to the permanent diaconate
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )


Three new permanent deacons for the diocese on July 14 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road. Seen here with their wives are, from left to right: Deacon Nestor Kwan Chung-wah, Deacon Faustus Lam Sair-ling and Deacon Paul Siu Wai-leung. Around 1,000 people attended the Mass which was concelebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon, bishop of Hong Kong, and Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze Kiun, the
former bishop of the diocese.

Long lunch keeps opposition away from ordination
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): A long lunch kept Father Guiseppe Zhao Hongchun, the apostolic administrator of Harbin away from the illicit ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng on July 6.

Father Zhao went to the office of the religious affairs in Harbin on the afternoon of July 4 in response to an invitation to a meal.

At around 7.00pm, he telephoned back to his assistant, Father...

ASEAN’s vague approach to human rights puts more pressure on Church
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): While the drafting of a Human Rights Declaration by the nations of ASEAN is seen as an important initiative, the Church-affiliated Asian Centre for the Progress for Peoples says it hopes the declaration will not result in a lowering of the standards set by international human rights norms.

The Hong Kong-based agency says that at a consultation held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 22, civic...

New bishop hauled away while priest incurs excommunication following ordinations
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )


Hong Kong (UCAN/AsiaNews): “I appreciate Bishop (Thaddeus) Ma Daqin’s courage,” said the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, on July 13, in his first remarks on the events surrounding the July 7 ordination in Shanghai. 

Church sources in Shanghai said that Bishop Ma was led away shortly after his ordination as an auxiliary bishop for the diocese following his announcement that...

We are one body 
with the Lord
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )

I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow; there they shall increase and multiply. I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble; and none shall be missing, says the Lord.”

These words from the prophet, Jeremiah, illustrate the profound care that the Lord expressed for...

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 21 July 2012 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Jeremiah 23:1-6; 
Ephesians 2:13-18; 
Mark 6:30-34.


We are in this together
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

The prophet Amos understands himself as an ordinary man called to do an extraordinary job and he persists, despite continued rejection from those to whom he is sent to serve.

In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul tells us that we have been chosen by God and were marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit at baptism, so that we too like Amos, as ordinary people have been given an extraordinary job to do, to make holy...