October 2012

Twenty-eighth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Wisdom 7:7-11;
Hebrew 4:12-13; 
Mark 10:17-30.

Mass of the memorial (white).

Go and sell 
what you have
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

In the readings from the liturgy of today’s Mass, Jesus is asked what is it that we have to do to inherit eternal life.

However, what is not stated in the question is the underlying worry of whether we can make it by ourselves or not.

Can we do it all by ourselves? This question comes out of an extremely understanding of our lives. It implies that we can control...

Cardinal Tong reflects on 40 years of Asian bishops’ federation
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “We may take the early Church community (Acts 2:43-47) as a model of evangelisation today,” John Cardinal Tong Hon says in his message, dated September 24, to the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences on the 40th anniversary of its founding.

The establishment of the federation was approved by Pope Paul VI in 1972 and the 40th anniversary will be marked during the coming plenary...

Catholic commission calls for a family wage
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): In a call to link the minimum wage with the cost of supporting a family, the Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs has joined the People’s Alliance for a Minimum Wage in expressing frustration over the recommendation by the Minimum Wage Commission to raise the current level by only $2.

The alliance is calling on the chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, to revise the makeup of the wage commission...

Tribute to Vietnamese cardinal 10 years after death
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

VATICAN (CWNews.com): A secretary from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Bishop Mario Toso, has paid tribute to the François-Xavier Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuán a decade after his death.

Born in 1928, Cardinal Nguyen was appointed coadjutor bishop of Saigon six days before the 30 April 1975 fall of the city to the communist invasion in 1975.

After an...

Who supports who in Syria?
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

DAMASCUS (CWNews.com): The government of Bashar Hafez al-Assad is claiming that a Jesuit priest, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, who was expelled from Syria in June, was sympathetic toward Al Qaida terrorists.

The state news agency, SAN, says in a press release on September 21 that the Italian missionary, who had lived for over 30 years in Syria, “Took part in the media disinformation campaign against Syria....

Cardinal Tong responds to pope at synod of bishops
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

ROME (SE): In replying to Pope Benedict XVI at the opening of the Synod of Bishops in Rome on October 8, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, one of the presidents of the assembly, described the theme of the gathering as being urgent in today’s world.

“Many people in the world still do not know Our Lord Jesus Christ and many of the baptised have given up the practice of their faith,”...

Residual dilemma of national education
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

The controversy over Moral and National Education still haunts dark corners, despite an announcement on September 8 by the chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, that the startup deadline of 2015 is scrapped.

Leung said that it would be left up to schools to decide whether to include the course in their curriculum or not, as well choose their own resource materials and course outline.


First beatification out of Hong Kong celebrated
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Franciscan Order of Friars Minor hosted a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on October 4 to celebrate the beatification of Father Gabriele Allegro, the first person to have laboured long on Hong Kong soil to receive such an honour in the Church.

Revered for his work in producing the first complete Catholic edition of the bible in Chinese, Franciscan Father Allegra began his...

Apology for murder of Dutch missionaries in Nanking
(Saturday, 13 October 2012 )

THE HAGUE (SE): On October 14, Father Francis Masakatsu Fukamizu is scheduled to make a formal apology on behalf of the Japan Bishops’ Conference for the murder of Dutch Bishop Frans Schraven and eight of his companions by troops from the Japanese Imperial Army during the infamous Rape of Nanking (Nanjing) 75 years ago.

Father Fukamizu will ask for pardon from the Chinese and Dutch people at the church of...