May 2013

Response to relational poverty
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

 The 60th Anniversary International Conference organised by Caritas-Hong Kong between May 15 and 18, with an exposure tour day on May 19, ran on the theme of the worrying rise in the rate of relational poverty in modern, technologically developed societies.

The conference stressed the tremendous contribution that Christian charity can make in the community through the concrete manifestation of the face of God....

Message to Buddhists on Feast of Vesakh
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): “Pope Francis, at the very beginning of his ministry, has reaffirmed the necessity of dialogue of friendship among followers of different religions,” the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue says in its annual message to the Buddhist people of the world on the feast of Vesakh, entitled, Christians and Buddhists: Loving, Defending and Promoting Human Life.

Vesakh is a major Buddhist holy...

Bishop of Rome gets behind march for life
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Tens of thousands of people joined in Italy’s third annual March for Life on May 12, which ended with a personal greeting from Pope Francis. 

According to organisers, some 30,000 people marched along the route from the Colosseum to Castel Sant’Angelo, a distance of three kilometres. They followed a large wooden cross decorated with replicas of unborn children and carried signs bearing...

Pope to donate money to Sichuan relief
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis will make a donation of US$30,000 ($232,350) to the earthquake victims in Sichuan province, China, Robert Cardinal Sarah, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the papal relief fund, announced on the opening day of an international conference on new forms of poverty in society held at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Tseung Kwan O on May 16.

The earthquake, which left...

History does not belong to the past
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Violence is not the answer to social problems,” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, told a meeting sponsored by the University of Hong Kong Catholic Society Associations of the Laity at Hong Kong University on May 3.

Cardinal Zen was the guest speaker at a discussion on the importance of keeping the memory of the 4 June 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre alive and fresh in...

Demonstrations are a reflection of relational poverty in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Both the chief executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, and the chief secretary for the administration, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, referred to a noisy demonstration organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Students at the entrance to the conference hall at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Tseung Kwan O as an example of the breakdown of communication between government and citizenry.

During...

Caritas marks 60 years with in depth look at new forms of poverty
(Saturday, 25 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas marked its 60th anniversary in Hong Kong by staging a five-day international conference between May 15 and 19 on new forms of poverty that are emerging in modern societies.

With delegates coming from across Asia, as well as Europe and Oceania, the conference was held at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Tseung Kwan O.

In his welcoming message, the...

Pentecost Sunday
(Saturday, 18 May 2013 )

MAY 19 – PENTECOST SUNDAY.
Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, sequence (optional), preface and prayers of Pentecost (red).
Readings: 
Acts 2: 1-11; 
1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13; 
John 20: 19-23.

MAY 20 – MONDAY: SEVENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR. 
Mass of the...

New life in the Lord
(Saturday, 18 May 2013 )

Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, which takes place exactly 50 days after Easter.

That is the meaning of the Greek word, pente, 50. So the word Pentecost and the original feast that goes by that name, both come from the Jewish tradition.

The Jewish feast commemorates Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. But for...

Renewed election fever in 
Malaysia is a sign of hope
(Saturday, 18 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Malaysia conducted its most keenly fought election since becoming an independent nation in 1957 on May 5 this year.

For 56 years it has lived under the thumb of the ruling Barison Nasional (Nationalist Party), but a coalition led by the charismatic former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, in 2008, for the first time ever managed to break the two-thirds majority the ruling party had always enjoyed...