November 2012

Hong Kong plays host to conference on lay ministry in Chinese communities
(Saturday, 10 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): A Conference on Sharing the Experience of Lay Ministry for Chinese-speaking communities from around the world was launched in Hong Kong on October 27 at the Caritas Hall in Caine Road.

The opening ceremony was followed by a Mass celebrated in the cathedral by the chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Year of the Laity, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming; with vicar general, Father Pierre Lam...

Thirty-first Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Deuteronomy 6:2-6;
Hebrews 7:23-28; 
Mark 12:28b-34.

Mass of the day (...

Asking good questions
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )

There has been any number of television quiz programmes where contestants are asked questions in various fields. Some are fairly simple and light hearted, whereas others have been quite sophisticated and academic.

Popular radio stations often use ring-in quizzes and people respond in big numbers. They are attracted partly by the prizes that are offered, but also partly by a desire to test their knowledge....

Dreaming of a liturgy where people feel the living God in their midst
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


MIRI (SE): The Sixteenth Asia Liturgy Forum began in Miri, Sarawak, in East Malaysia, on October 16 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, as the purpose of the forum is to incorporate its spirit into the liturgies of the Asian Church.

The forum discussed the impact that the Constitution of the Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council has had in Malaysia, Singapore,...

Vatican delegation set to visit Syria
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


VATICAN (SE): Pope Benedict XVI is planning to send a seven-member delegation on a special mission to Syria to “express… our encouragement to all those who are involved in the search for an agreement that respects the rights and duties of all with particular attention to what is demanded by humanitarian law.”

The Vatican press officer, Father Federico Lombardi, said that although the...

There is no honour in the death penalty
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): The death sentence was handed down in New Delhi, India, on October 6 to five people convicted of the murder of a couple who had made a decision to marry outside of their own caste or religious group.

What is referred to in India as honour killing has been dealt with severely by India’s highest courts in recent years.

A statement from the Supreme...

The language of new evangelisation
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


The Synod of Bishops says in its final statement that new evangelisation is a process to be described not an entity to be defined, but strongly states that it is the duty of every Christian to be part of the process.

The final statement was passed by the 262 bishops present and goes into the hows, whys, whos and wherefores of the process.

The Last Message of the Synod...

Synod highlights dialogue with culture
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


VATICAN ( In its Message to the People of God, the Synod of Bishops has issued a challenge to Catholic people to be part of the new evangelisation.

A summary of its final message, which was approved by the synod on October 24, says what new evangelisation is not. “It is not a question of finding new strategies as if the gospel was to be spread like a market product,” it says....

Prayer for five continents promotes mission and faith
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


TAIPEI (SE): Taiwan moved towards World Mission Day this year with the release of a Prayer for the Five Continents at the beginning of October.

Falling on the second last Sunday in October, the day was celebrated this year on October 21.

The prayer initiative came from the Pontifical Mission Societies of Taiwan, in collaboration with Fu Ren University. They have been...

Is Nobel Prize promoting censorship?
(Saturday, 3 November 2012 )


HONG KONG (UCAN): Not all Chinese people share the same taste as the Nobel Prize Committee. This was highlighted on October 13 when Mo Yan was announced as this year’s Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Mo, a pseudonym which translates as “don’t speak,” has been roundly criticised by mainland people for failing to support other Chinese writers who have been subjected to censorship by the...