March 2013

A valiant woman in prison ministry
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “It takes two to tango,” a bit of proverbial wisdom tells us. Another sage jewel tossed around in casual conversation goes, “Behind every great man is a great woman.”

Scripture too chimes in with its own bit of wisdom from the Book of Proverbs, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband does safely trust in her, so that he...

Some morning after pills okayed by German bishops
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

COLOGNE (SE): A statement allowing the use of what is popularly known as the morning after pill to be administered in Catholic hospitals in the case of rape was issued by the German Bishops’ Conference on February 22.

The statement says that the bishops’ decision was unanimous. reported on February 4 that what the media interpreted at that time as an...

A new pope in 
the Year of Faith
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

Since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down, the children of God have been preparing to welcome a new pope. What light does this historic moment in the life of the Church shed for us?

The College of Cardinals met in the general congregations from March 4 up to the setting of March 12 as the date for the convening of the conclave to elect a new pope.

In the pre-conclave gatherings,...

Who will walk in the shoes of the fisherman?
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

KOBE (Agencies): While western media has devoted constant attention to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the upcoming conclave that will elect another man to walk in the shoes of the fisherman, this has not been true of Asian media across the board.

“In Japan, where not many people are Catholic, the coverage has been rather muted and, in fact, been totally overshadowed by the news of North Korea’s...

Hong Kong protest on Opening of National People’s Congress
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

Hong kong (Agencies): Human rights and pro-democracy advocates marked the opening day of the annual session of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, with a protest outside the Central Government Liaison Office in Western, Hong Kong, on March 4, UCA News reported.

They are demanding that China release all human rights defenders,...

Renewal in Spirit movement celebrates its new home
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Renewal in the Spirit community held a dinner at the Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant in Kwun Tong on the evening of February 24 to celebrate its move to more spacious headquarters in the area. Led by Father Lawrence Lee Len (third from left) a toast was proposed to all involved in the prayer movement.

Over 100 people from the community, who gather regularly in small groups to pray and reflect on life...

Conclave begins as cardinals and people in the street express their hopes
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (SE) : After six pre-conclave meetings, the cardinals settled on March 12 as the day to begin the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The decision was made on March 8 at what is known as the general congregations, which were completed on the following day.

As the Sunday Examiner goes to press, the 115 elector-cardinals are gathering in St. Peter’s Basilica before proceeding to the...

We have a pope!
(Wednesday, 13 March 2013 )

Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina, was elected as the 265th successor to St. Peter on March 13. He has chosen the name Francis and will be known to the world as Pope Francis.

The diocese of Hong Kong warmly welcomes Pope Francis and is asking people to pray for him as the leader of the Catholic Church.

A special Mass of thanksgiving...

Fourth Sunday of Lent
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for the Sunday of Lent (rose).
Joshua 5:9a, 10-12; 
2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

Mass of the day, preface for Lent (purple).
Readings: ...

Living like we have been forgiven much
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

Maki was a tramp. Born in the southern part of Japan in the 1920s he followed the footsteps of his father into the coal mines where he eked out a living until the Second 

World War turned his life upside down.

Conscription into the Imperial Japanese Infantry Forces took him away from his wife and two young children and into a nightmare tramp around Asia, where he was beaten, half-starved and abused.

In fact, he was...