February 2013

Heartfelt thanks to the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )


Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, the successor of St. Peter and head of the Apostles, has always loved the Church, putting all his heart and energy into the pastoral service of the People of God. 

As the Bishop of Hong Kong, I am especially thankful for his loving concern for the Church in China. In 2007 he issued a Letter to the Catholic people of China and established the Commission for the Catholic...

Bishop of Hong Kong expresses heartfelt thanks to Pope Benedict XVI
(Wednesday, 13 February 2013 )

 Hearfelt thanks to Pope Benedict XVI

Celebrating 40 years of living the word of God
(Saturday, 16 February 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Biblical Association celebrated 40 Years of building bridges between the theology of the bible and the pastoral ministry of the word at St. Paul’s Convent School (Secondary), Causeway Bay, on January 27.

The former general secretary of the Catholic Biblical Federation, Father Ludger Feldkamper, who was in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary, said that biblical pastoral...

First documents from Vatican Library go online
(Saturday, 16 February 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican Library announced on January 31 that just over six centuries since it was founded by Pope Nicholas V, the first selection of ancient manuscripts from its collection will be made available online.

Vatican Radio reported that the first 256 documents to be digitalised form part of a broader project to make a large section of this prestigious archive freely available to students, scholars,...

New archbishop of Canterbury reiterates opposition to same-sex marriage bill
(Saturday, 16 February 2013 )


MANCHESTER (CNS): The new Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, the United Kingdom, restated his opposition to a bill on same-sex marriage a day before the House of Commons voted 400-175 in favour of the proposed legislation. 

It must now be scrutinised in committee before having a third reading and must also pass through the House of Lords later this year if it is to become law .


China embraces the Year of Faith
(Saturday, 16 February 2013 )

BEIJING (Agencies): Dioceses throughout China have embraced the challenge of Pope Benedict XVI to take up the study of the documents of Vatican II, which, because the country was living under a communication lockout during the days the council was taking place in the early to mid-1960s, is perhaps a bigger challenge than it is for any other Church.

The Constitution of the Church in the Modern World and the Decree on...

Church seeking to 
be young again
(Saturday, 16 February 2013 )

On February 6, the Pontifical Council for Culture was rocked into another world, as its closed-door three-day study on Emerging Youth Cultures got underway with a concert by rock band, The Sun.

While it is believed to be the first time a Vatican conference has been opened with a rock concert, the topic to be looked at has been described as highly serious by the Council for Culture, as it noted on January 31 that the...

Why the pope tweets
(Saturday, 16 February 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): “The task of the Church is not so much to see to the good use of the Internet, as it is to teach men and women how to live well in the Internet Age,” Daniel Pajuelo writes on zenit.org, saying that he believes that is the reason that Pope Benedict XVI tweets.

While we may be tempted to think that tweeting is just an effort by the pope to be trendy and appeal to young people, but Pajuelo...

Faith must be crowned 
by charity pope says in Lenten message
(Saturday, 16 February 2013 )


VATICAN (SE): “Love of neighbour will no longer be for them a command imposed… from without, but a consequence deriving from their faith,” Pope Benedict XVI says in his Lenten message for 2013, which was released at the Vatican on February 1.

The pope uses the imagery of the sacraments to illustrate the concrete living of this faith in action, noting that perhaps the most profound...

China’s oldest bishop dead at 100
(Saturday, 16 February 2013 )

Yinchuan (UCAN): China’s oldest bishop, John Baptist Liu Jingshan, from Yinchuan (Ningxia), capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northern China, died on February 4 at the cathedral where he spent much of his time after his retirement in 2009. His health had been declining in recent months. He was 100-years-old.

Both Bishop Liu and his successor, Bishop Joseph Li Jing, are recognised by both the Vatican...