August 2013

What’s in a dream?
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A spirit of reform and innovation has become the mantra of China’s president and general secretary of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping, but eight months into the job, how he wants to get there is not clear, Peter Ford writes in the July 26 issue of The Christian Science Monitor.

What Ford sees as confusing is that Xi seems to act in a contradictory manner, encouraging reform with the one hand, but with...

Shanghai’s city of the doomed is doomed
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

SHANGHAI (UCAN): “I will throw you into Tilanqiao if you don’t behave yourself,” have been words that every child in Shanghai has dreaded hearing over the past 110 years, since the infamous Tilanqiao Prison, also known as the city of the doomed, was opened in 1903.

But Tilanqiao Prison is about to pass into Chinese folklore. Located in Shanghai’s business centre of Hongkou, the prison is to be moved...

China and Vietnam boost online control
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Governments in both China and Vietnam are moving to place tighter control over the content of postings on the Internet.

China is doing it through technological monitoring and Vietnam by law, banning bloggers and people using social media from sharing news stories online.

The ruling Communist Party in China has tightened its grip on what can be seen online by...

Pope stresses value of mercy in 
free-wheeling interview on plane
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): In a dramatic break from previous papal customs, Pope Francis held an open press conference on the plane travelling back to Rome from his first international trip—to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 28.

During his 80-minutes of free chat with accredited journalists, he covered a range of topics from the importance of women in leadership in the Church, the gay lobby in the Vatican and...

Eighteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

Mass of the day (green), Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday.
Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23;
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; 
Luke 12: 13-21.

Mass of the day (green).

Born to give not to store
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

An image that comes to mind is being God’s hands, eyes, feet and heart. Consequently, as Christians, we have been given an example of life by Jesus to help us understand how to live for others and not ourselves.

As the hands, eyes, feet and heart of God for others, our lives must reflect the generosity of God. We are challenged to live our lives in harmony with one another, whether as...

Sing the song of life in the world says pope
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): World Youth Day 2013 ended in spectacular fashion as around three million people shoehorned themselves onto the famed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, drinking in the last few words to be uttered by the first bishop of Rome from Latin America, Pope Francis, on his first return to his native continent.

Even though over one million young Catholic people had gathered for the event, Pope Francis...

Pope advises politicians to engage in dialogue
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

RIO DE JANEIRO (SE): “Between selfish indifference and violent protest there is always another possible option: that of dialogue,” Pope Francis said in addressing officials from the government of Brazil on July 27 during his visit to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

He encouraged the officials to seek inspiration for dialogue in great religious traditions, as they make a basic contribution to this....

At-home World Youth Day wraps up on the shores of Victoria Harbour
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A week of challenging experiences and a new look at living faith in modern society ended on the late afternoon on July 28 with a Mass to mark the end of Hong Kong’s at-home World Youth Day celebrated in the balmy breezes on the shores of Victoria Harbour.

Seven hundred or so people, including the just over 300 who had registered for the one-week experience sat on the steps of the Cultural Centre...

Do we teach dialogue?
(Saturday, 3 August 2013 )

In the July 28 issue of the Sunday Examiner, the diocese of Hong Kong published an urgent call for earnest dialogue and responsible action on the clash between various factions supporting the political status quo and those calling for universal suffrage.

While the diocese acknowledges the values of democracy, as supported extensively by the writings of successive popes and the social teaching of the Church, and does note...