May 2013

Vatican financial laws and roles will be strengthened
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

vATICAN CITY (CNS): Rene Brulhart, the director of the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority said the Vatican will further amend its finance-related laws in the coming months, increase screening of account holders at the Institute for the Works of Religion, known as the Vatican bank, and continue assessing the potential risk that accounts could be used for money laundering and the financing of terrorism. 


Celebrating first communion and confirmation at Rosary parish
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )


Hong KOng (SE): On Saturday, May 18, 25 children from Rosary parish received first communion and 20 young people—two of whom also made their first communion—received the sacrament of confirmation.


Evolution of Chinese constitution 
on the freedom of religion
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Our media carries many stories about the repression of religion in mainland China, yet the authorities in Beijing continually point to the constitution as saying that China has freedom of religious belief.

However, at the same time, we are also told that teaching religion to children under 18 is forbidden, which would seem to contradict the freedom of belief claim.


Being Catholic young and English-speaking
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The third Diocesan English Youth (DEY) joint Mass and fellowship afternoon was held at St. Teresa’s parish in Kowloon on May 12.

The St. Teresa’s English-speaking Youth Group, (STAY—St. Teresa’s Awesome Youth), hosted the event under the theme, Go and Tell.

It took the verse, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising...

Reduced sentences still mean jail time for rights advocates in Vietnam
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

Vinh City (UCAN): Four Christian rights advocates in Vietnam, jailed on charges of anti-government activity, had their sentences reduced on May 23, despite fears that a fresh crackdown on opposition forces is currently underway.

The four were accused of “carrying out non-violent activities to overthrow the people’s administration,” and “having links to Viet Tan,” a United States of America-...

Shanghai marks Day of Prayer for China in low key style
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The traditional May 24 celebration of the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, which has been adopted as a national feast day for the Church in China under the name of Our Lady of China, took place in muted circumstances at the Sheshan Shrine on the outskirts of Shanghai with the usual procession and Mass.

Although taking place for the first time in many years in a diocese with no bishop, around 2,500...

What’s yours is mine
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

Whatever the Father has is mine. The Spirit will receive what I give and tell you about.

It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that the Church can grasp something of the full meaning of all Jesus said, especially what he said about the Father.

The mystery of the Trinity, our triune God, is part of our one experience. The whole of creation within...

Trinity Sunday
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, Preface of the solemnity (white).
Proverbs 8: 22-31; 
Roman 5: 1-5; 
John 16: 12-15.

Mass of the day  (green).
Readings: ...

They stay in the darkness because they can’t see in the light
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

So, now we have it out of their own mouths. China’s leaders have good reason not to declare their assets, but how long can they stay secret?

A recent report notes that China’s leaders don’t want any transparency about their wealth, assets and financial interests. Why, you might ask? Not because of any concern about privacy, that’s for sure.

But the...

Aid must go beyond immediate need and promote the dignity of people
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Pope Francis has invited us to nurture the capacity for compassion,” the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum (One Heart), Robert Cardinal Sarah, told the 1,000 or so people gathered for the opening of an international conference on relational poverty, sponsored by Caritas-Hong Kong to mark 60 years since its foundation in July 1953.

Speaking at the Caritas Institute for Higher...