September 2013

Would they be welcome in your parish?
(Saturday, 21 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Most people do not welcome autistic children at Mass,” Father Giovanni Giampietro said at a concert put on by three autistic young musicians from the Dream Achievers at the Kwun Tong Maryknoll College on September 1.

Father Giampietro explained that most people find autistic children noisy and disruptive at Mass and so they do not welcome them. He added that they are usually not welcome in...

Sri Lanka pope’s first Asian stop
(Saturday, 21 September 2013 )

COLOMBO (SE): The first Asian visit by Pope Francis will be Sri Lanka, according to an announcement made by Father Benedict Joseph in Colombo on September 7.

News LK reported that Father Joseph, who is a spokesperson for the archdiocese, as saying that the pope has accepted an invitation to visit the country and that dates would be set soon.


Condition of displaced Muslims in Myanmar critical
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

Mandalay (UCAN): Relief workers helping more than 300 people displaced by violence from a Muslim community in the Sagaing region in the northwest of the Union of Myanmar say they face critical shortages of food, clothing and other basic needs, after rioters from a Buddhist area burned homes and shops over the weekend of August 24 and 25.

One relief worker, Maung Maung, said 320 people from Htan Gone village had taken...

Trouble burying bishops
(Saturday, 21 September 2013 )

WUZHOU (UCAN): Bishop Benedict Cai Xiufeng died on 20 August 2007, which this year coincided with the end of what is known in China as Ghost Month, a time when tradition has it that ghosts and wild spirits revisit the earth.

However, the ghost of the late bishop of Wuzhou in Guangxi province still haunts his diocese for a different reason, as the people have never had the chance to give a proper burial and farewell to the...

Pope pushes mooncake drive
(Saturday, 21 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): An initiative of the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, to give mooncakes to everyone in prison in Hong Kong at the mid-autumn festival has been taken up by Pope Francis.

The pope’s announcement has generated a flood of cash donations since it was published last week.

Cardinal Zen said that he guessed he would also be interested in...

Power of prayer resonates 
around the world
(Saturday, 21 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The day of prayer has given a breath of encouragement and hope to the entire Syrian population, of all creeds, in these uncertain days,” Archbishop Mario Zenari, the apostolic nuncio to Syria, said from Damascus on September 9.

He told AsiaNews that both Muslims and Christians all over the country were united in praying for peace, with churches and mosques all reporting crowds of...

Returning home
(Saturday, 14 September 2013 )

After a few weeks listening to some hard lessons from Jesus, we get inspiring images of God the Father.

First there is a response to the criticism of the scribes and Pharisees over Jesus’ relationship with public sinners and the outcasts, and his acceptance of them shown by eating with them.

So, as we recall the difficulties involved in the challenge of living as a...

Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 14 September 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; 
1 Timothy 1:12-17; 
Luke 15:1-32.

Mass of the memorial (red)....

Anyone with a heart for Syria pray courageously
(Saturday, 14 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Rebuke the beast of the reeds… O God, scatter the people who delight in war,” a group of Cistercian nuns wrote from their convent in the predominately Maronite village of Azeir on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon when asked about plans of the government of the United States of America to organise a strike against Damascus.

The nuns are seriously questioning the motivation of...

Pope’s vigil for peace in Syria captures imagination of world
(Saturday, 14 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): There was something ancient and something modern in the initiative of Pope Francis to hold a prayer vigil for peace in Syria in the plaza outside St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on the evening of September 7.

There was something ancient in invoking an age-old Christian custom by calling on people across the world to make it a day of prayer and fasting for peace.