November 2012

Call for new China dialogue may fall on deaf ears
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Church in China watchers have expressed reservations over the recent plea to Beijing for a resumption of dialogue from Fernando Cardinal Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples (Sunday Examiner, November 4), fearing that poor timing will see it fall on deaf ears.

Precious Blood Sister Beatrice Leung Kit-fun, a professor of politics in Macau, said the gesture,...

Bazaars heighten awareness of others
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

The milling crowd at the Caritas Bazaar at Fa Hui Park, Boundary Street, Kowloon, on November 4. The Caritas Bazaar season is a reminder to the whole community that every individual has something they can and must contribute towards addressing the various expressions of poverty that are concealed behind the wealth and glitter of Hong Kong.

Diocese gears up for the Year of Faith
(Saturday, 24 November 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Making known our Catholic identity among people with whom we associate and work was placed high on the agenda for the Year of Faith by Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming at a briefing attended by around 200 people at the Diocese Centre by the Ad Hoc Committee for the Year of Faith on November 11.

Hong Kong diocese will celebrate its official opening of the year on December 16 and Father Chan spoke of the...

Halloween celebrated in a faith context
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): “We need to link social, secular celebrations in our society with the celebration of our faith,” Father Thomas Law Kwok-fai said at a Halloween party held in his parish of Mother of Good Counsel in San Po Kong on November 3.

“Marking things that are celebrated widely, like Valentine’s Day and Halloween, in the Church helps people to connect faith with everyday life,...

Vatican abandons delegation to Syria
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


VATICAN ( The Vatican has dropped plans announced on October 17 by Pope Benedict XVI during the Synod of Bishops to send a special papal mission to Syria, saying that it would be too dangerous in light of the escalating conflict there. 

However, within a week, the Vatican secretary of state, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, admitted that the trip had been postponed because of the turmoil in Syria...

Make road signs to martyrs not statues
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


BROEKHUIZENVORST (SE): “Do not erect statues to the martyrs, make them into road signs,” is the plea that came out of a two-day memorial held in Broekhuizenvorst, the Netherlands, to Bishop Frans Schraven, six Lazarist confrérès, one Trappist priest and a lay person who were killed when they refused to hand over women and children in their protection to the Japanese military in China in 1937.


Charity in action
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


This Sunday will see the final round of Caritas fund-raising bazaars in Shatin, Tuen Mun and Cheung Chau. The bazaars, held in another three districts over the past two Sundays, gathered thousands of people together on organising committees, as well as voluntary workers from various parishes and Church-run schools, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.

After returning to Hong Kong from the Synod of...

Pope pressures Obama in congratulatory letter
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI congratulated president of the United States of America (US), Barack Obama, on his re-election in a telegramme sent on November 7 through Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the country. 

The pope said he prayed that “the ideals of liberty and justice that guided the founders of the United States of America might continue to shine” as...

Cardinal Tong expresses cautious optimism on China
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


ROME (UCAN): On November 6, the eve of the Communist Party National Congress which will usher in a once in a decade change of leadership in the world’s most populous country, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told the Vatican Insider that he does not expect too much from the change.

Nevertheless, he said that he remains optimistic that relations between Beijing and the Holy See will...

Holy See celebrates links with Taipei
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


TAIPEI (UCAN): Taiwan and the Holy See celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations on October 20 in a low-key ceremony held in Taipei, specifically designed not to antagonise the authorities in mainland China.

In an address given at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the city, the Taipei-based papal representative, Monsignor Paul Russell, told the 30 or so priests among the 300 people who joined the two...