February 2013

Ash Wednesday and Lunar New Year
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Since Ash Wednesday falls on the fourth day of the Lunar New Year, the faithful are dispensed from fast and abstinence on that day,” a notice from the Chancery of Hong Kong diocese to priests and house superiors of religious institutes says.

The notice also notes that the Diocesan Liturgy Commission has produced a special liturgy for use on Lunar New Year’s Day, both at the vigil...

Hong Kong down Myanmar up media index
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

Bangkok (Agencies): Myanmar’s paper revolution has brought a sharp improvement in freedom of information in the former pariah state. Citing Agence France Presse, UCA News said that the 2013 Press Freedom Index report from Reporters Without Borders showed the country had bucked a general deterioration across much of Asia. 

Reporters Without Borders noted that thanks to dramatic changes, Myanmar rose to 151...

2013 Lunar New Year message from the Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders of Hong Kong
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )


May the New Year of the Snake bring wholeness and blessings to all. The Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders cordially offers to our mother country prayers for her prosperity, social progress and breakthrough scientific achievements.

We also pray for social harmony and stable livelihood for the people of Hong Kong. The New Year is an opportune time for reviewing the past and planning for the future....

Kung Hei Fat Choi 福
(Saturday, 9 February 2013 )

 Best wishes for a happy and blessed year of the snake from the staff of the Sunday Examiner!

Fourth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )

Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sundy (green). 
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; 
1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13;
Luke 4:21-30.

Mass of the day (green).

Life of cycles
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )

People are already preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year Festival. Although celebrating in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong is a far cry from the origins of the festival, they do mark the cycle of life in which they are involved.

Traditionally, it is a celebration of people involved in agricultural. So it marks the cycle of the seasons and the hope of new growth and fertility....

At annual March for Life, crowds show endurance and passion to continue
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


WASHINGTON (CNS): The tens of thousands of participants at the annual March for Life in Washington DC, the United States of America (US), demonstrated just how determined they were, not only by showing up in such large numbers on a bitterly cold day on January 25, but by continuing a 40-year tradition of protesting against the US Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision in the case of Roe v Wade, which opened the gates to legalised abortion....

Europe argues if baby hatches save newborns or violate a child’s rights?
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


WARSAW (CNS): On a damp street in Warsaw, Poland, not far from St. Florian’s Cathedral, a tiny mattress lies on display behind a safety-glass window, installed at waist height on a dull gray wall. 

To the left, a door sign reads Sisters of Our Lady of Loretto. Across the teeming thoroughfare a multi-storey hospital gazes down over rutted sidewalks. 


Mali’s bishops say situation is grave
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


OXFORD (CNS): The Bishops’ Conference of Mali praised efforts by the acting president of the country, Dioncounda Traore, to hold the country together and backed his appeal for a general mobilisation against Islamist insurgents. 

In a January 24 letter to the president, the bishops wrote, “The situation we are living through is very grave and has reached tragic proportions in recent days....

Catholic schools in Bangladesh escape nationalisation net
(Saturday, 2 February 2013 )


DHAKA (UCAN): The government of Bangladesh announced on January 9 that it will nationalise all non-government primary schools in the country, with the exception of Catholic-run institutions, which will maintain their independence.

To be fully implemented by next January, nationalisation will see 26 of the 193 non-government primary schools being fully funded by the government at an annual cost of over 12...