April 2013

Single issue criticism does not reflect life of local Churches
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): What was condemned as a blasphemous ordination in the province of Yunnan on March 13 by some China Church watchers, has been hailed by Father Paul Lum Dau, from the diocese of Myitkyina in the Kachin state of the Union of Myanmar, as a day of fulfillment after many years of longing.

The ordination took place in the town of Ruili, near the China and Myanmar border on the day that Pope Francis was...

Catholic commissions back dockworkers’ strike
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Two diocesan commissions called for support for dockworkers involved in a strike at Hong Kong’s container terminals on April 4. The workers on strike are asking for an up in wages, which they claim they have not received in over a decade.

The strike began on March 28 and involved over 500 workers who are contracted by labour brokers to Hongkong International Terminals.

Religion must embrace same-sex attracted
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Comments made during a radio interview by the new chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, York Chow Yat-ngok, that he intends to prioritise the pushing of legislation to protect the rights of same-sex attracted people has seen some religious elements in Hong Kong getting a bit hot under the collar.

UCA News quoted Chow as saying, “My religious background is really conservative, but...

Hong Kong celebrates election of a new pope
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “It was a great celebration for our new pope,” said the elated consul general from the Argentine Republic to Hong Kong, Gustavo Fazzari, at the end of a Mass to give thanks for the election of Pope Francis held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of April 8.

He added that although it is a great thing for his people of Argentina, he believes that Pope Francis is a...

Doubt and belief
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

Have you ever been called a Doubting Thomas? There are few people who have not, at sometime, been addressed in this, usually pejorative manner.

Despite the presence of the odd few characters who may take some perverse pride in being considered as such, most of us bow our heads in chagrin and accept it as an admonition. In the end we either learn something about ourselves or about our accusers...

Second Sunday of Easter
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

APRIL 7 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy Sunday).
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface and prayers (white).
Acts 5:12-16;
Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 7-19; 
John 20:19-31.

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, Preface of the...

Homily at the Solemn Mass to celebrate the inauguration of the pontificate of Pope Francis by John Cardinal Tong, bishop of Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong
(Tuesday, 9 April 2013 )

On April 8, 2013 Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Distinguished Guests,

I am very grateful to you for your participation in this Eucharist for invoking God’s blessings on our new Pope Francis. Regarding his background and his moving words and deeds, the media have reported at great length,...

Cardinal Tong talks about meeting the new pope
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): On is return to Hong Kong from the conclave on March 19, John Cardinal Tong Hon shared that he had the opportunity to speak with the newly-elected Pope Francis on three occasions.

He related that within an hour or so of his election on March 13, the new pope greeted all the cardinals one by one inside the Sistine Chapel.

The leaves held their breath
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

Zhang shook hands with me in the guesthouse of the Trappist Abbey in Hong Kong. A real representative of China’s welfare; a belt too much tightened, dividing his obese abdomen in two, and an almost square head and a neck a little too short.

He came from Beijing together with his wife for a long weekend in this abbey. There is a large language barrier between us. At our first acquaintance I understood...

Hong Kong priest faces challenge of planting Church in Mongolia
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Few people in this day and age have the privilege of being part of planting the Church where it, in effect, did not exist before, but Father Paul Leung Kon-chiu is one of the exceptions.

Although he is not among the very first missionaries to wander into Mongolia (referred to as Outer Mongolia, as distinct from Chinese Inner Mongolia), in 2006 the Hong Kong-born Salesian became a...