August 2013

Christian stewardship vital for China
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Having been involved with China long enough to remember when ordinary citizens needed ration cards to purchase basic necessities, I can also recall my shock and surprise when I first saw advertisements for a new weight loss programme plastered on the side of a bus in a prosperous southern Chinese city,” Brent Fulton writes in the August 10 edition of China Source.

Fulton marvels that within 30...

Massive funeral for popular pastor
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

GUANGZHOU (AsiaNews): At least 30,000 people attended the funeral of Pastor Samuel Lamb on August 16 in Guangdong province, mainland China.

Pastor Lamb, whose real name was Lin Xiangao, is recognised as one of the pillars of the underground Protestant Church movement.

People queued for hours under the constant gaze of the police at the Yinhe morgue, Tianhe District, to pay their...

Historical Chinese Christian writings published
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

TAIPEI (SE): A recently published Sequel to the Chinese Christian Texts from the Zikawei Library, edited by Nicolas Standaert, Ad Dudink and Wang Renfang, reproduces not yet known or not yet published texts, which were originally co-produced by Chinese and European scholars.

These prints and manuscripts revive early contact between China and Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Taipei Ricci Institute says in a press...

Sisters of the Precious Blood reach out as they bequeath
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass celebrated by Father Pierre Lam Minh, one of the vicars general of the diocese, on August 12, the final day of the 23rd General Chapter of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, was described by the sisters as being symbolic of a new milestone for the only local, diocesan congregation in Hong Kong.

Father Lam quoted the words, Go, Fear Not and To Serve from a talk given by Pope Francis at World Youth Day...

Aquino fiddles while hijack victims burn in the limbo of anxiety
(Saturday, 31 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Nero fiddled while Rome burned, so apocryphal history tells us, and the survivors of the 2010 bus hijack in Manila are now asking why the president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, is fiddling while they burn in the limbo of anxiety.

They are asking for an apology from the Philippine government, the prosecution of those responsible for a bungled rescue bid and compensation for loss of income due to...

Communities are built on trust
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

The vision of a disciple must be the vision of God. As disciples, we must look around us with wide-angled lenses so that we are able to recognise that God offers the grace of salvation to every living creature.

The passages we listen to at Mass from both Isaiah and Luke are astounding in their inclusivity.

They show us without reservation that God...

Twenty-first Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Isaiah 66:18-21; 
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; 
Luke 13:22-30.

Mass of the day, (...

Myanmar 25 years on from 8-8-8-8
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

Twenty-five years ago, hundreds of thousands of people in the Union of Myanmar from all walks of life and from all corners of the country rose up to demand an end to a quarter of a century of military rule that had closed the country off from the rest of the world and impoverished a once prosperous nation.

Their pleas for freedom were met with a hail of gunfire from the military and an estimated 3,000 people lost their...

Coptic patriarch on top of mysterious hit list
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

CAIRO (SE): The name of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II appears at the top of a mysterious hit list that was found inside an envelope in a mosque in Cairo, Egypt.

Marked, “to be eliminated,” the list contains the names of dozens of people, including the president, Adly Mansour, and the military strongman and general, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who gave the order to take the reins of government away from...

Language and common education
key to ethnic integration
(Saturday, 24 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Armed with newspaper cuttings bearing headlines like, Set up to fail, around 45 people gathered at the offices of the Philippine Consulate General to Hong Kong on July 11 for a presentation on the teaching of the Cantonese language to non-Chinese-speaking students in the Hong Kong public school system by Chan Siu Suk-fan, a senior officer from the Education Bureau.

While Chan admitted that the programme she...