October 2012

ASEAN urged to rethink its rights charter
(Saturday, 27 October 2012 )


NEW YORK (UCAN) : A group working for the passage of a human rights charter for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) warned that flaws in the process are an embarrassment, as foreign ministers from the various countries that make up the block sat down to study the draft on September 27 during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Human rights have become a stumbling block for the...

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 27 October 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Jeremiah 31:7-9; H
ebrews 5:1-6;
Mark 10:46-52.

Mass of the day (green).

Master grant that I may see
(Saturday, 27 October 2012 )

Who are the characters in the New Testament stories that are blind to Jesus?

Jesus often complained that the disciples, who had been with him on the road, eaten meals with him on an almost daily basis and sat and chatted at night, as well as hearing him preach and teach, in addition to getting special and detailed instruction from him, still continually failed to understand who he was and what his message was really...

China’s lone voice at synod not enough
(Saturday, 27 October 2012 )


VATICAN (SE): Even South Sudan, the world’s newest nation was represented at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, which is scheduled to conclude on October 27, but one of the world’s oldest civilisations with a bigger population than any other country, China, managed to score only one lone voice, and that by letter.

Bishop Luke Li Jing Feng, from Fengxiang in Shaanxi province, did manage to make an...

History of diocesan building commission mirrors growth in lay involvement
(Saturday, 27 October 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): The Year of the Laity, which is being marked in the diocese of Hong Kong with an international conference on lay ministry involving Chinese communities from around the world, has been a time of looking back at past developments and forward towards possibilities in the future.

A timely paper produced in September last year by Japanese architect, Ayako Fukushima, studies the development of lay...

Hong Kong moves to 
promote lay ministry
(Saturday, 27 October 2012 )


A Conference on Sharing the Experience of Lay Ministry among Chinese Catholic communities from around the world is scheduled in Cheung Chau in early November to mark the end of the Year of the Laity.

It comes as the Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and 20 years after the Catechism of the Catholic Church was published, both of which events pushed the importance of the...

Hong Kong hosts international lay ministry conference
(Saturday, 27 October 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming says that he has high expectations for the upcoming Conference on Sharing the Experience of Lay Ministry scheduled to be held in Hong Kong as a culminating event for the Year of the Laity from October 27 to November 1 (see insert).

Delegates at the conference are coming from across the Chinese-speaking world, including the Chinese diaspora in Australia, the United...

Keep it simple synod fathers plead
(Saturday, 27 October 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): The presence of 262 synod fathers at the Synod of Bishops scheduled to finish on October 27 has meant a wide variety of topics have been touched on during the five-minute time allotments for input from the floor.

On the fifth day of the synod, Patriarch Grégoire III Laham, from the Melkite Catholic Rite, pointed to the complex nature of the Christian message, which he said makes life difficult...

Pope reflects on Vatican II and Year of Faith
(Saturday, 27 October 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): “We have reached the eve of the day on which we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and the beginning of the Year of Faith,” Pope Benedict XVI said at his catechesis during a morning audience on October 10 in St. Peter’s Square.

“And it is about the great ecclesial event of the council that I wish to speak,” he continued.


How do we serve?
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )

How do we look at and think about leadership, power or service? It is an important question in Hong Kong at this time, as the government of Leung Chun-ying comes under increasing pressure to answer that question.

It is necessary that those who are asking the question also propose a response and equally as important that we should all respond to the same question, as leadership is not just the prerogative of governments, but we are...