September 2012

Cardinal Martini a loss to the Church and the world
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

Hong Kong (SE): The man who was a good bet to succeed Pope John Paul II as the successor of St. Peter in 2005, Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini, died on August 31 at the Aloisianum Institute in Gallarate, Italy.

The 85-year-old Jesuit, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, is being mourned the world over.

“He generously served the gospel and the Church,...

South Korea about-face on morning after pill
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

Seoul (UCAN): The South Korean government cancelled a plan to offer morning after pills over-the-counter despite indicating in June it would reform existing laws to permit their sale without prescription.

In an August 29 announcement, Kim Won-jong, the director for medical policy at the Ministry of Health, confirmed that the legislation would remain unchanged.


Protagonist in Pakistan blasphemy case arrested for planting evidence
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

ISLAMABAD (SE): The case against Rimsha Masih, a Christian Pakistani girl who is currently being held in prison on blasphemy charges and believed to be only 11-years-old, as well as suffering from Down’s Syndrome, took an unexpected turn when an iman, Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, was arrested and charged with concocting evidence and desecrating the Qu’ran.

His deputy, Maulvi Zubair, told police that...

Chinese founded diocese thrives today
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

ZHOUZHI (Agencies): More than 2,000 people gathered to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the diocese of Zhouzhi in the Shaanxi province, China, on August 22, the feast of the patron of the diocese, Our Lady Queen of Heaven.

Fides reported that the oldest priest in the diocese was principal celebrant at a solemn Mass of thanksgiving for the 80 years of the journeying in the faith and the mission of...

Experiencing joy by spreading it 
is theme of diocesan youth day
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Youth Commission organised a two-day gathering for young people at Mother of Good Counsel in San Po Kong from August 18 to 19.

The 110 young people aged between 15 and 35 who took part in the interactive programme said that they found sharing their joy with others a fulfilling experience.

The English-speaking communities were also represented by...

Call to remove all bias from school syllabus
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

LAHORE (SE): “There are 55 chapters containing hate passages against Hindus, India and Christians, insulting remarks against minority religions and distorted historical facts,” a seminar on Biases in the Textbooks and Education Policy organised by the National Commission for Justice and Peace in Lahore, Pakistan, on August 30, was told.

The gathering heard that a study of 22 textbooks for the current...

What the silent majority thinks may not be as clear as some presume
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Civil society in Hong Kong continues its staunch opposition to the introduction of National and Moral Education, scheduled to begin in some schools at the beginning of the school year on September 3.

What began as a disagreement on an education curriculum came to a full blown political head during the afternoon of September 1, as tens of thousands of people began to gather outside the government...

Twenty-third Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Isaiah 35:4-7a; 
James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37.


A neighbour to all
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

The great concern that Jesus always held for human dignity is expressed in the story of the healing of the man with impaired hearing and a speech impediment that we listen to in the liturgy for today.
Onlookers commented that he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak, something that is prefigured in the first reading from the prophet Isaiah, “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf unsealed, then the lame shall leap like a deer and the tongues of the dumb sing...

Taiwan loses its 
oldest bishop
(Saturday, 8 September 2012 )

TAIPEI (UCAN) : The oldest bishop in Taiwan, 97-year-old Bishop Paul Cheng Shih-kuang, died on August 23 at the Veterans Hospital in Taichung City.

Born in Shanxi province on the mainland in 1915, he was the oldest bishop in Taiwan and was ordained a priest in 1943.

In 1960, he became the auxiliary in Taipei and in 1966 was appointed archbishop of Tainan until his retirement...