November 2012

Living mission in everyday life
(Saturday, 1 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): The Columban Sisters hosted a gathering for the Association of Mission Friends of St. Columban at the Caritas Restaurant in Central on November 18 to celebrate the feast of the patron saint of their congregation on November 18.

Sister Isabel Loughrey said that the group of around 15 people works to live the Columban charism in their daily lives in the spirit of the sixth century founder of...

Pastoral letter for the Year of Faith from our bishop
(Saturday, 1 December 2012 )


God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life (John 3:16).


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ


This golden biblical passage summarises God’s whole salvific plan. God not only...

What is technology doing to people?
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

MACAU (SE): “What difference does it make if our universe loses a few million years from its projected billions-of-millennia lifespan?” Father Louis Gendron asked at a seminar held in the Macau Institute of Tourism on November 7 and 8 on the theme, Humankind and Nature: An endangered system of interdependence in today’s globalised world.

While the devil’s advocate question may summarise the...

Feast of Christ the King
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )


Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the solemnity (white).
Daniel 7:13-14;
Revelation 1:5-8; 
John 18:33b-37.

Mass of the day (green...

Eye on the ball
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

Today’s feast was promulgated by Pope Pius XI in 1925, to remind people that there is only one king, Christ, and there is only one kingdom, heaven. It was a reminder to people to keep their eye on the ball.

At the time of its instigation, Europe was in disarray after World War I and the Church had lost much of its lofty position and influence in society.

Certainly the...

A year for conversion 
and sanctification
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

The feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King brings an end to the liturgical year of the Church as we move towards celebrating the birth of God as man on Christmas Day.

In the gospel reading of today’s liturgy, Jesus answers a question raised by Pilate, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.”

Then he says, “… for this I came into the world,...

Gearing up for the new English Mass translation
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong will officially begin using the new translation of the English Mass on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2, about one year later than most parts of the English-speaking world.

While many expatriates living in the territory have experienced the Mass in the revised translation in other countries and some local parishes, like Rosary in Tsim Sha Tsui, have already been using...

Catechist centre opened in Mongolia
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

ULAANBAATAR (AsiaNews): Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, from Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, described the Year of Faith for his young Church as a key year for all of us. We must bring this challenge to all the parishes to revitalise our mission.”

The Filipino bishop added, “The Year of Faith is a challenge and an invitation to share the catechism. This is why now more than ever, Catholic educators are critical....

Shandong bishop dies after a mixed innings
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

Jinan (UCAN): Bishop Samuel Guo Chuanzhen, the retired auxiliary from Jinan, Shandong province, died of a heart attack on November 6 at the age of 94.

The Franciscan bishop, who established a major seminary in the area, had lived in seclusion at the Immaculate Conception Church, the former cathedral, after suffering several strokes since the late 1990s.

Zhang Jian, the...

Christians greet new boss in China with caution
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

Beijing (UCAN): “Communist Party officials often say one thing and do another. We have got accustomed to this,” a bishop from an unofficial Church community in China said following a speech on November 15 by Xi Jinping, the new new general secretary of the Communist Party of China at the climax of its 18th congress in Beijing.

Xi has previously held key government positions in Hebei, Fujian, Zhejiang...