August 2012

Vatican must play ball too Guangdong official says
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Lu Guocun, a senior public servant from the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, has rebuffed claims by the Vatican that the Communist regime does not recognise the distinction between Church and state.

Lu, who is now in his 70s, is accusing the Vatican of playing politics and overlooking the faith life of Chinese Catholics.

The government official has...

Ho Chi Minh photograph replaces cross
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

VIETNAM (UCAN): Government authorities from a district in the Central Highlands of Vietnam compelled ethnic villagers to remove Catholic images and religious symbols from their chapel and replaced them with portraits of communist revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh, during the second week of August.

The chapel is in Dak Pnan village, whose inhabitants suffer from Hansen’s disease.


Pope prays for calamity victims in Asia and Iran
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): Two countries in Asia, as well as Iran were battered in the week beginning on August 6, as extreme climactic conditions left much of the Philippine capital, Manila, under water and the population of Shanghai, in the People’s Republic of China, sheltering from 120 kilometre-an-hour winds.

However, the greatest devastation was in northern Iran, where over 250 people died and over 2,000 were injured...

Three professions for Franciscan Missionary Sisters
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

Hong Kong (SE): On August 11, the feast of St. Clare of Assisi, the rite of Profession in Consecrated Life was celebrated for three members of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows. Sister Maria Martha Santos made her final profession, while two novices, Sister Maria Corazon Liwanag and Sister Maria Francis Lee, made their first profession.

Mass was concelebrated by vicar general, Father Dominic...

Hong Kong throws weight behind permanent diaconate in Taiwan
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

TAIPEI (Agencies): The bishops of Taiwan invited Father Dominic Chan Chi-mingand two permanent deacons from Hong Kong, Reverend Paul Yeow Yau-hung and Reverend Joseph Sung Wan-lung, to take part in a pilot training programme on the permanent diaconate in Taipei on July 28 and 29.

They were invited to share the experience of the diaconate in the diocese over the past 20 years.


Choosing who to vote for in the coming legislative election
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The fifth Legislative Council (LegCo) election is just around the corner. On September 9, three million people will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their preferred candidate.

But will the one they choose support people’s rights and will they give a voice to the working class of Hong Kong?

As in any election campaign, candidates will try anything...

Twentieth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Proverbs 9:1-6; 
Epheians 5:15-20; 
John 6:51-58.

Mass of the memorial (white).
Ezekiel 24:15-24;...

My flesh is real food...
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

In the gospel reading of today we listen to St. John’s account of the institution of the Eucharist.

St. John, unlike the other three evangelists, Matthew, Luke and Mark, does not situate it at the Last Supper, but in what is called the Eucharistic Discourse, which follows the story of the multiplication of the loaves and fish.

He begins with a discussion on the nature...

Trust in government fading say rights workers
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

PAPUA (UCAN): Papuans trust religious leaders more than the government and that gap is widening, according to researchers at the National Commission on Human Rights.

The commission also said that the government’s military approach to controlling the restive region, including an incident in October where more than 300 Papuans were arrested and six more killed by security forces, has inflamed resistance and...

There is no soil under my feet on which to walk
(Saturday, 18 August 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Declaring a state of emergency is not a licence to commit human rights violations,” Benjamin Zawacki, a researcher from Amnesty International said in relation to the June 10 declaration of a state of emergency in the Rakhine state by the government of the Union of Myanmar.

The declaration of a state of emergency followed violence among the Muslim and Buddhist Rakhine minority groups and...