September 2012

Some proposals for the new government of HKSAR from the Catholic Church in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 22 September 2012 )


‘The joys and the hopes, the grief and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ’ (Note 1)

As people of the Catholic Church, we...

Family and the common good
(Saturday, 22 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The family exists at the heart of all societies. It is the first and most basic community to which every person belongs,” the bishops of the United States of America wrote in their in their message for the 1994 United Nations Year of the Family, Follow the way of love.

While they also say, “A committed, permanent, faithful relationship of husband and wife is the root of a family,...

Servant of the servants
(Saturday, 22 September 2012 )

Throughout his life time on earth, Jesus put himself forward as a living example of service of neighbour. In our liturgy today, we listen to the second of the three prophecies of his death that St. Mark includes in his gospel.

“Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all,” he told his embarrassed disciples, who had been arguing and squabbling about which one among them should be the...

Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 22 September 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20;
James 3:16—4:3; 
Mark 9: 30-37.

Mass of...

Faith in the world
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

The readings in today’s Mass focus the attention of the disciples on the mission that they are to be given. Jesus is preparing them for the time when he will no longer be physically with them and they will have the responsibility of witnessing to the faith in the world.

It is of great interest to us, because Jesus is introducing the disciples to the vocation and mission that we, as Christians, are living in...

Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Isaiah 50:5-9a; 
James 2:14-18;
Mark 8:27-35.

Mass of the day (...

Laying the foundations for the 2047 integration of Hong Kong
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Something may have been rotten in the state of Denmark in the era of the English bard, William Shakespeare, but school supervisor, Father Vittorio Grioni, believes that in today’s world a suspicious aroma is wafting around the National and Moral Education Curriculum, which debuted in some primary schools in Hong Kong on September 3.

Father Grioni says that apart from questioning the content of...

Archbishop of Buenos Aires critical of neo-clerical hypocrisy
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

ROME (SE): Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio is questioning his priests in Buenos Aires why an unmarried woman with a baby had to embark on a pilgrimage around town to find a place where she could have her baby baptised.

Speaking at a convention of priests to discuss urban pastoral care, the archbishop is asking why a poor girl, who has resisted the temptation to have an abortion and stood up at great cost to herself...

Finding our real selves in the hustle and bustle of city life
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “In busy, noisy, hyperactive Hong Kong, contemplative spirituality is rare, hard to find and even harder to practice,” Louis Tong told the Sunday Examiner in reflecting on his experience at a meditation retreat put on at the Wu Kai Sha YMCA Youth Camp by Buddhist monk, Thye Ngat Hanh, in 2010, that over 300 Catholic people attended.

Speaking at the end of what he called a summer of prayer...

From national and 
moral education
to Sunday school
(Saturday, 15 September 2012 )

Amidst the recent controversies over the introduction of the National and Moral Education Curriculum in local schools, parents and the general public have been clearly expressing their concerns. They want their children to acquire a right and healthy outlook on life. 

Protesters rallying at the government headquarters in Tamar have a just cause, demonstrating that they are constructing a civil society. ...