May 2013

School strikes gold at green awards
(Saturday, 18 May 2013 )

Hong Kong (SE): The Sing Yin Secondary School struck gold in the secondary school division of the 2012 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence.

The award ceremony took place on May 2 at the Hong Kong Convention Centre, with the chief executive of the special administrative region, Leung Cheung-ying, handing the golden, pyramid-shaped award to the school’s supervisor, Father Emil Lim, from the Society of...

Patriarch of Moscow becomes first religious leader to meet with a Chinese president
(Saturday, 18 May 2013 )


HONG KONG (Agencies): The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia had an historic meeting with the president of the People’s Republic of China on May 10 in Beijing.

When Patriarch Kirill sat down to talk with Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People history was made, as he became the first religious leader to be received in audience by a president of the People’s Republic.


Sixth Sunday of Easter
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter Preface (white).
Acts 15: 1-2, 22-29; 
Revelation 21: 10-14, 22-23; 
John 14: 23-29.

Mass of the Easter Weekday, Easter Preface (white...

Division in the ranks
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

Does the Church have problems and divisions today? Yes. Did the Church have problems and divisions in the past? Yes, right from the beginning.

In the Gospel of St. Luke, there is a focus on the life of Jesus. But in his second book, the Acts of the Apostles, Luke writes about the life of the early Christians. 

It begins in Jerusalem and gradually shifts its focus...

A retreat to turn water into wine
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “‘They kept the best wine until last.’ These words excited me when I heard them in a new context. They come from the story of the wedding feast at Cana and I realised that maybe a fresh taste could be inserted in my own marriage,” Kevin Lai Yuk-ching from the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and Family, said.

Lai explained that when these words were spoken at an...

Beaten to death for bad homilies
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

ROME ( An Italian man is facing a murder charge for beating Father Michele Di Stefano to death. The accused man, Antonio Incandela, pleaded mitigating circumstances on April 18, saying that he was provoked by Father Di Stefano’s bad homilies.

Incandela told police that he could not tolerate another homily from Father Di Stefano, so he beat the elderly man. He said that he did not intend to kill the...

Archbishop Romero on the road to sainthood
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the official promoter of the sainthood cause of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, in the Republic of El Salvador, said the process to beatify and eventually canonise the slain archbishop has been unblocked. 

Archbishop Paglia, who has been the postulator of Archbishop Romero’s cause for...

Gloria Estefan on Christ and peace
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

VATICAN (Agencies): When she was first invited to appear on the Vatican version of TedX, people wondered what on earth the popular Cuban-born singer, Gloria Estefan, could have to say that was worth hearing.

Well, now they know. On April 23 Estefan addressed the forum at the Vatican on the importance of the teachings of Jesus Christ to ensuring peace in the world.

She told...

Church leaders in Syria kidnapped
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (Agencies): Two Syrian archbishops, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan Gregorios Yohanna, and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Paul, both from Aleppo, were kidnapped on April 22 in the northern part of the country. 

CNS reported that the Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox patriarchates of Antioch said in a statement that the archbishops were on a humanitarian mission, a mission of “love that is the...

Labour rights should be recognised
(Saturday, 4 May 2013 )

In 1886, workers in the United States of America staged a nationwide strike to demand the adoption of an eight-hour workday. Although the strike failed to achieve an immediate outcome, it did arouse awareness the world over on labour rights.

During the International Workers’ Congresses of Paris in 1889, May 1 was formally recognised as International Workers’ Day (May Day). This symbolises the unity of...