December 2012

Unveil Church social teaching cardinal pleads
(Friday, 14 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): “The Church still needs to recognise that one of the most powerful tools that can become a big motor for human development is what we call the social doctrine of the Church,” speaking ahead of Why Poverty Day, Peter Cardinal Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said on November 29 in the run up to Why Poverty Day.

“The basic sense of human...

Dignity is not to 
be bartered
(Friday, 14 December 2012 )


“Longevity is a blessing from God… Yet often society, dominated by the logic of efficiency and profit, does not welcome it as such, on the contrary, it often rejects it, considering elderly people as unproductive and useless,” Pope Benedict XVI told a group of senior citizens at the Saint Egidio Community Rest Home in Rome on November 12.

The pope added that while the sunset years of life...

Taiwan theology school to accept more mainland students
(Friday, 14 December 2012 )


Taipei (UCAN): The Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine in northern Taiwan will accept more Catholic priests, as well as men and women religious from mainland China for theological studies in the coming year.

Since the school accepted students from the mainland three years ago, more than 100 have come to study at the theological faculty, according to Jesuit Father Louis Gendron, who became the...

More Chinese in Vatican broadcasts and pope to tweet
(Friday, 14 December 2012 )


VATICAN (SE): The Vatican now has its own YouTube channel in Chinese. Launched without the usual fanfare sometime in October, the channel now sports over 60 videos of papal and Vatican events with commentary in Mandarin.

However, the downside of low key launches is that no one knows much about it and to date the channel only has nine subscribers and the videos have only been accessed between 10 and 20 times...

Running for the life of charity
(Friday, 14 December 2012 )


BEIJING (SE): “Come on sisters, run for the charitable outreach of the Church,” a loud voice cried from the sidelines of the Beijing International Marathon on November 27, as 80 sisters took to the streets with 30,000 other contestants to raise awareness of the beauty of reaching out to those in need.

Fides reported that the sisters came from 16 provinces and advertised 30 different charities...

Now my name is Ting
(Friday, 14 December 2012 )


CANGZHOU (SE): The diocese of Xianxian (Cangzhou) in Hebei province, received a group of relatives of Father Ting Ming-Cheng, as the Jesuit missionary, Father Ghestin Anatole, is known to local people.

The French missionary devoted 53 years of his life to the mission in China, mostly in the Hebei area. Local people regarded the visit from his relatives as a great honour, as the priest’s memory is still...

Never too late to suggest dialogue Cardinal Tong says
(Friday, 14 December 2012 )


ROME (SE): “However oppressive external restrictions are, they cannot corrupt or take away the gift of faith, if there is faith,” John Cardinal Tong Hon told Gianni Valente from Vatican Insider.

The bishop of Hong Kong said that when the new Chinese leadership gets round to reviewing its dossier on its relations with the Holy See, it will find a proposal from Fernando Cardinal Filoni, which was...

Celebrating the service offered by priests and religious in the diocese
(Friday, 14 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): “We offer our gratitude for the service and sacrifice of those who today are celebrating their 70th, 60th, golden and silver jubilees of ordination or entry into the religious life,” John Cardinal Tong Hon said at an afternoon tea held in the Caritas Community Hall, Mid-Levels, to mark the long service of priests and religious in the diocese on December 7.

This year, Sister...

Getting our act together
(Saturday, 8 December 2012 )

Advent confuses the tenses that we use in our language; past, present and future, as we wait for what has already come and celebrate what has not yet arrived.

The trouble we have in trying to relate with God is that in the life of the divine there is no time, so there are no tenses in the eternal existence, just an eternal and a now, and God dwells in the now.


Second Sunday of Advent
(Saturday, 8 December 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for Advent I (violent).
Baruch 5:1-9; 
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11; 
Luke 3:1-6. 

Mass of the day, preface for Advent I (violent...