December 2012

Farewell for now to Father Paolo Morlacchi
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

 

by Gianni Criveller

 

A 41-year veteran of mission in Hong Kong, Father Paolo Morlacchi, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), said good bye to his friends in the territory and departed for his native Italy on night of December 18.

First arriving in Hong Kong on 14 November 1971, Father Morlacchi always said that he would...

Interfaith dialogue vital for China
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

 

ROME (Agencies): “Interfaith dialogue is something that China, which will have the world’s largest Christian population in 20 years, lives with every day,” theologian, Harvey Cox, said at a book launch at the Gregorian University in Rome on November 30, in launching Catholic Engagement with World Religions: A Comprehensive Study in dialogue with its two editors, Karl Josef Cardinal Becker, from the Congregation for the Doctrine of...

Russian Orthodox celebrate 300 years in China
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

 

HONG KONG (SE): The Russian Orthodox Mission in China commemorated its 300th anniversary of mission to the Middle Kingdom on December 6 and 7, beginning with an early morning Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Ss. Peter and Paul parish in Hong Kong, presided over by Bishop Ephraim, from Bikin, the provost of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary in Russia.

Orthodox.cn reported that this was the first hierarchal...

Call for realistic socialising guidance from Church
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

 

HONG KONG (UCAN): Clare Cheung says that she believes that the Church should actively promote relationships between young men and women by conducting workshops in universities and parishes, as it has a direct bearing on marriage rates and how young adults go about living married life.

A member of the Catholic Society (Katso) said that this is in stark contrast with parish groups run by religious or clerics...

A blessed Christmas from the staff at the 
Sunday Examiner
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

‘Do not be afraid;

for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy

that will be for all the people.

For today in the city of David a saviour has been born for you who is Christ and Lord’

— Luke 2:10-11 —

A Christmas pastoral letter from John Cardinal Tong
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

 

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests! (Luke 2:14)

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

 

As Christmas is approaching, it is time for us to share once again with one another the joy of the Birth of our Saviour. Seeing the Infant Jesus in a manger, clothed in the love and...

Fourth Sunday of Advent
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

December 23 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT.
Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for Advent II (violet).
Readings: 
Micah 5:1-4a;
Hebrews 10:5-10;
Luke 1:39-45.

December 24 – MONDAY: FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT.
Mass of the day, preface for Advent II (violent).
Readings:...

Hope we never dared hold
(Saturday, 22 December 2012 )

The entrance antiphon of the Mass for the fourth Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 45:8) is a beautiful prayer worth pondering in the light of the reading from the gospel.

“Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a saviour.”

What a beautiful image taken from nature—the clouds rain down... the earth brings forth......

Shopping has a moral component
as well as a commercial one
(Saturday, 15 December 2012 )

 

The launch of the Apple iPhone 5 prompted a crazy rush on outlets by people vying to be among the first to get one. But that is not likely to be the end of it, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the iPad Mini have both joined it on the market.

People flock to get hold of these knickknacks, which boast faster streaming speeds than their predecessors and added functions.

...

Christmas tree like a red rag to a bull
(Friday, 14 December 2012 )

 

SEOUL (SE): A Christian group in South Korea announced on November 27 that it will refrain from putting up its giant Christmas tree on a hilltop which is clearly visible from inside the North Korean border.

Agence France Presse reported that it has bowed to pressure from local residents near the regular site of the tree that it is really like a red rag to a bull and in the current atmosphere could well...