November 2012

Year of Faith opens with a flood of words
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


At the beginning of October, the Church in China joined the universal Church in celebrating the opening of the Year of Faith.

However, there has been a noticeable difference in style compared with the opening of the Year of St. Paul and the Year of the Priests.

In 2008, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church...

Diocese announces a new policy on paternity leave
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (UCAN): A new policy on paternity leave for employees of Hong Kong diocese was announced in late October.

A five-day leave period will apply equally to all male diocesan employees at the time of the birth of their child.

There is nothing startling or revolutionary in this policy, as it is a standard industrial practice in the Hong Kong civil service and also...

Reality of post-war Sri Lanka
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): Despite the rhetoric coming out of the mouth of the Sri Lankan government in Colombo, priests and Church personnel report that somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 people, who were picked up in 2009 and accused of having links with the banned Liberations Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), remain in detention.

The Tamil Tigers was a separatist militant organisation based in northern Sri Lanka...

Call for more freedom ahead of congress
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (UCAN) : The Justice and Peace Commission joined four other rights pressure groups on November 8, the opening day of the National People’s Congress in Beijing, in presenting a list of 18 proposals gathered from an Internet survey to the Chinese Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong.

Judicial independence, respect for Internet freedom and the real implementation of people’s...

Hong Kong putting lay ministry
on the Chinese world map
(Saturday, 17 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): At the closing Mass of a Conference on Sharing the Experience of Lay Ministry organised by Hong Kong diocese and involving people from the Chinese diaspora from all over the world, people undertook to prioritise the ministry of the laity in their lives, as well as being aware of issues affecting minority groups in society.

Over 150 people from the Chinese diaspora in 13 countries took part in...

The lesson of silence
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


The widows who appear in our readings today, which feature both Elijah and Jesus, give all they have to the temple with great gladness and thanksgiving of heart.

They are both women who have had everything drained from them and yet still retain the necessary human dignity that enables them to teach us a lesson.

It is an extremely important lesson for today’s...

Thirty-second Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24-28; 
Mark 12:38-44.

Mass of the memorial (red)....

Challenge is to hear the word of God not just read it
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): “Seeing is believing.” A slice of popular wisdom, but when it comes to faith, or believing in God, Australian theologian, Adam Cooper, is adamant that it is the ears that give us the entrée to faith, not the eyes.

“Sight only backs up hearing,” he said. “Sight can be deceived,” as there are such things as optical illusions, “but the word of God...

Church of the Holy Sepulchre may close over water bill
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


Jerusalem (CathNews): The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has warned that it may shut its doors to pilgrims in protest over a dispute with Hagihon, an Israeli water company, according to a November 2 report from the BBC. At the company’s request, the church’s accounts have been frozen over an unpaid US$2.3 million ($17.8 million) bill.

The dispute has left hundreds of priests,...

Sistine Chapel ceiling frescos turn 500-years-old
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): “With a unique expressive intensity,” is how Pope Benedict XVI described Michelangelo’s work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican depicting the power and majesty of God the creator.

The pope described it as proclaiming that “the world is not the product of darkness, chaos or absurdity, but derives from intelligence, freedom, a supreme act of love....