December 2012

Seminary holds graduation ceremony
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): “Put into practice what you have learned doing the mission of evangelisation, to respond to the Year of Faith,” John Cardinal Tong Hon, told graduates from the Holy Spirit Seminary at a ceremony on December 2 at the Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay.

Twenty-three priests concelebrated a Mass with the bishop of Hong Kong at a graduation Mass for the 50 graduates; 18 from the...

Asian bishops gathered in Vietnam warmly welcomed by government
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE) : One hundred delegates, including 71 bishops from 22 countries in Asia, gathered at Xuan Loc, to the east of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, on December 10 for the delayed Tenth Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) at which the 40th anniversary of its foundation was marked, under the theme, FABC after 40 years: Responding to the challenges of Asia.

In a...

‘I hereby declare the Year of Faith open…’
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): “I hereby declare the Year of Faith open,” the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, proclaimed to the applause of some 7,500 people at a ceremony marking the end of the Year of the Laity and formal opening of the Year of Faith held at AsiaWorld-Expo in Chek Lap Kok.

The two-hour programme began with community singing of We are all Catholic followed by the recitation of the...

Ordination of women and sense of faith 
among the faithful
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Whether by intention or not, Pope Benedict XVI has been quick to respond to a December 3 editorial published in the respected National Catholic Reporter published in Kansas City in the United States of America, calling for the Vatican to look again at the ordination of women.

“Barring women from ordination to the priesthood is an injustice that cannot be allowed to stand,” the publication...

Egypt needs outside help priest claims
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

CAIRO (SE): The media spokesperson for the Egyptian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Father Rafik Greiche, called on the governments of Europe to put pressure on the leadership in Cairo in view of what he called the national crisis in his country.

Speaking to international pastoral charity, Aid to the Church in Need, he said, “The European Union must make it clear to President Mursi and his government that...

Vatican nativity may contain a few myths
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican began construction on its annual nativity set in St. Peter’s Square on November 19 and the display is expected to include a few animals that Pope Benedict XVI pointed out in his latest book, Jesus of Nazareth: The infancy narratives, probably would not have been at the birth of Jesus.

In fact, the child may not have been laid in a manger at all.


All I want for 
Christmas is…
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

A perennial question for parents at this time of year is what to give their children for Christmas.

Many parents simply ask their children what they want for Christmas, a question that can often lead to interesting discussions.

However, they could possibly be more interesting if the question is changed a little bit and, instead of asking what they want, ask what they need....

Bishop Ma reflects on isolation
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin marked 100 days of confinement at Sheshan Seminary on November 3 with a reflective posting on his blogsite, later published by AsiaNews.

He recalls that his father had resisted him when he said that he wanted to enter the seminary and become a priest, because he, his younger brother and his father had all been put in prison by the communist authorities for their Catholic...

Bishop Ma stripped of mitre and crosier
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin was stripped of his mitre and crosier at a two-day standing committee meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, which concluded in Beijing on December 12.

Bishop Ma incurred the wrath of Beijing when he publicly announced his resignation from the government-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association at his ordination as an auxiliary...

Former nuncio to Taiwan dies in car crash
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

ABIDJAN (SE): Archbishop Ambrose Madtha, a former papal nuncio to Taiwan and most recently nuncio to the Ivory Coast, died in a car accident on December 8 in Biankouma, in the west of the country, Vatican Radio reported.

The 57-year-old Indian diplomat was on his way to an ordination when the collision occurred, killing the driver of the car and injuring a sister who was travelling with them.