September 2013

Four priests detained in China in one month
(Saturday, 14 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Four priests from unofficial Catholic communities in China were arrested and detained by police during the month of August, the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong diocese reported on June 3.

It said that security officials in Xiwanzi arrested Father Song Wanjun early in the month and three other priests, Father Shi Weiqiang, Father Tian Jianmin and FatherYang Gang, all from Hebei province, were...

She lived a fortunate life
(Saturday, 14 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A larger than life character, who became a permanent fixture around the wards of hospitals in Hong Kong over decades, Columban Sister Fintan Ryan died peacefully in Magheramore, County Wicklow, in her native Ireland, on September 1.

Born on 18 November 1936, she was 76-years-old. Although stricken with cancer, those caring for her said that she remained lucid and her perky self right up until the end....

United Nations panel on religious freedom asked to check China’s record
(Saturday, 14 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE) : The Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong diocese is requesting the Universal Periodic Review Regarding Religious Freedom in the People’s Republic of China from the United Nations (UN) to urge Beijing to adhere to the requirements of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to both of which it is a signatory.

The formal submission was...

Dropping everything
(Saturday, 7 September 2013 )

Another week and we get another hard word from Jesus. This one is quite blunt and to the point. However, if we become fixated on the saying and don’t do some reflection, we probably will not be disciples of Jesus.

His disciples need to be able to renounce worldly goods, bonds of affection and even give their lives. It is at our own regret we ignore this wisdom and fail to recognise that...

Twenty-third Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 7 September 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Wisdom 9:13-19;
Philemon 9b-10,12-17; 
Luke 14:25-33.

Mass of the day (green).

Call to pope to form peace force of faith for Syria
(Saturday, 7 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): As the government of Barack Obama in the United States of America (US) rattles its sabres at Syria in the wake of revelations the government of Bashar al-Assad may have ordered chemical weapons to be used against his own citizens, the bishops of the US reminded Washington, “It is not conflict that offers prospects of hope… but rather the capacity for encounter and dialogue.”

In a strongly...

Middle East bishops tell the west to keep armies at home
(Saturday, 7 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The drumbeat of an armed intervention by western powers is becoming more insistent and ever less restrained by prudence,” the unofficial newspaper of the Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano, editorialised on August 26 in reference to the revelation that thousands of people may have died from gas poisoning at the hands of the Syrian regime.

Bishop Antoine Audo, from Aleppo in Syria, told Vatican...

Jesuit disappears in Syria
(Saturday, 7 September 2013 )

RAQQA (SE): Syrian Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio disappeared over one month ago in the area of Raqqa, Syria, and little has been heard of his whereabouts since then.

However, Fides reported that young people of Free Youth Committee in Raqqa, which is linked to the Syrian opposition, are continuing to search for him.

The Jesuit priest set out for Raqqa at the end of July from...

Quick guide to war in Syria
(Saturday, 7 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The violence in Syria has been going on for so long that it can be difficult to remember why it began and more difficult to understand why it developed in the way it did.

Rodger Shanahan, an Australian and former peacekeeper in Syria is now a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He notes that it is easy to think of it as brave rebels against a repressive government, but it is...

(Saturday, 7 September 2013 )

After Vatican II ended, a group of Catholic and Protestant theologians from West Germany, France and Switzerland, came together to write The Common Catechism: A Christian Book of Faith in 1969.

The original German-language edition was published in 1973. Four years later, in 1977, the Catholic Truth Society in Hong Kong translated it into Chinese. The result of cooperation between Catholics and Protestants, it can be...