June 2013

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21;
Galatians 5:1, 13-18; 
Luke 9:51-62.

Mass of the day, (green).

Keep your eye on the line
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

Although no longer seen too much in Hong Kong, ploughing the land is a vital part of keeping our food supply chain in place.

People born and brought up on the land understand the need to plough in straight lines, but their cousins from the big cities may not understand the need to be so particular.

A story tells us about a brother and sister who were...

St. Joseph to be included in Eucharistic Prayers
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): St. Joseph the Worker has made it to the big leagues of select saints who are included in the Eucharistic Prayers of the Mass, The Vatican Information Service reported on June 16.

A promulgation signed by Antonio Cardinal Canizares Llovera and Archbishop Arthur Roche, the prefect and secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, on May 1, the feast of St. Joseph, places his name in the second, third and...

No communion photo opportunities with pope
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Revealing a new papal practice, Pope Francis has announced that he will not distribute communion when he celebrates Mass in public.

He explains his reason as, “(Some people) take refuge in the Church and do not live according to the justice that God preaches. And they do not demonstrate repentance.”

Vatican-watcher, Sandro Magister, says in L’...

(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )


Recently in Hong Kong there was a conference on The Catholic Church in China from 1900 to the Present. 

The speakers were well-versed in this particular history. Aspects covered included things like Sino-Vatican Relations, Catholic Missionaries and Their Contribution, and The Catholic...

Moral authority on parade
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

The annual July 1 rally marking the anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese sovereignty is a mixed bag. However, its ability to attract crowds each year makes it a significant event on the annual calendar.

Although billed as a pro-democracy rally, people express their grievances in a wide variety of areas; from labour relations to monthly pay packets or housing problems; and politics to the...

Pope considering adviser on Curia reform
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

Rome (Agencies): Pope Francis has apparently asked Thomas von Mitschke-Collande, a manager of the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company, to advise him on streamlining the Curia.

According to a June 13 report in the British Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, Italian journalist and editor of chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it, Sandro Magister, said Pope Francis enthusiastically welcomed the idea....

Vatican makes a few yards with Hanoi
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): The Vatican has long been saying that it wants to have a permanent nuncio stationed in Vietnam and on June 17 the government in Hanoi appears to have expressed a willingness to accommodate its request.

However, there are strings attached, as it says it anticipates that Catholics will take an “active part in the national construction and socio-economic development process,” in a statement...

Sacrilege on toast anyone?
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A Catholic website in Australia, Xt3.com, is encouraging people to think twice before deciding what to spread on their toast in the morning.

A Catholic Australian Social Network site with over 70,000 regular users, it is questioning the use of the sacrilegious in the marketing of new products.

Specifically in its sights is a newly-marketed spread to put on bread or...

A Grunt Padre links old enemies as friends
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

DANANG (SE): Billed as a prayer of reconciliation and peace between two nations, Bishop Joseph Tri presided at a Mass on June 14 in his cathedral in DaNang, Vietnam, in honour of a chaplain from the United States of America (US) Marine Corps, Father Vince Capodanno, who died on 4 September 1967 on the battlefields of nearby Que Son Valley during what is known as Operation Swift.

It was the worst day for causalities for the...