October 2013

Tragic death of peacemaker among the Kachin people
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

 HONG KONG (SE): Father Augustine Zaw Aung, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), received the shocking news on October 12 that his father, Patrick Sin Wa Naw Tsumhpawng, had been killed near his home in Myitkyina, in the Kachin state of the Union of Myanmar, in a motorcycle accident.

He was 65-years-old and had been a prominent figure in the struggle for the autonomy of his people in what...

Catechism competition draws big interest
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

WENZHOU (SE): A catechism competition billed as a climax for the closure of the Year of Faith was held in Wenzhou diocese with competitors joining in from several parishes in the Yongjia area on September 28.

Fides reported that it was seen as a means of helping people in the formation of their faith, love and prayer, as well as a way to instill confidence in them to talk about their faith with non-believers.

Sisters in Xi’an chalk up their 90th year
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

XI’AN (SE): The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Xi’an, the heart of Shaanxi province in China, are advocating a return to the original charism of the congregation, which is being described as renewal, dedication and evangelisation.

Fides reported on October 6 that the congregation has chosen these four values as the theme for the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the founding...

Taipei tops fight against human trafficking
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Representatives from over 20 countries gathered in Taiwan on October 3 to discuss new strategies in the fight against human trafficking, paying particular attention to children.

The island has for four years ranked first on the United States of America (US) State Department list of nations that best combat the scourge.

Brent Christensen, the deputy director of...

Superstition and corruption may have a deep connection
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): There is a growing fear in mainland China that officials of the Communist Party are betraying the public interest by embracing religion, but what seems to be feared more is superstitious belief, the China Daily reported on October 9.

Media reports have exposed several officials accused of corruption who have based their decisions on the advice of fortune-tellers or readers of horoscopes.

English-speaking youth groups flex faith muscles
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Perhaps the Holympics is an ideal way to energise young people to bring the good news of Jesus Christ back to their communities and encourage them in the race of faith and life,” Anne Lim told the Sunday Examiner at the conclusion of a day of sport and prayer held at the Sing Yin Secondary School in Choi Hung on September 20 for young English-speaking members of the diocese.

Lim explained that...

Nepal blocks documentary at request of Colombo
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

COLOMBO (AsiaNews): The government in Sri Lanka requested its counterpart in Kathmandu, Nepal, to block the screening of a documentary at the Film SouthAsia 2013, which denounces crimes against the population of the island nation that occurred in the last stages of the civil war.

Scheduled to be screened in Kathmandu between October 3 and 6, the organisers of the film festival explained, “The Sri Lankan government...

Hong Kong to host Asian Liturgy Forum as a hands-on community experience
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong is set to host the 17th Asian Liturgy Forum, an annual gathering of representatives of Churches across Asia to reflect on and study the presentation, life and sense of the liturgy in an Asian cultural context.

The conference will run from October 21 to 24 and be opened by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, with Solemn Evening Prayer in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception,...

Twenty-seventh Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Habbakuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4; 
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; 
Luke 17:5-10.


A little faith suffices
(Saturday, 5 October 2013 )

 In the reading from the gospel that we hear in today’s Mass we hear a heartfelt plea from the apostles to Jesus. “Increase our faith!” they beg.

Jesus, as is often his way, responds with a story. He speaks about the mustard tree, whose sprawling branches and great height grow out of the tiniest of all seeds.

He says that anyone who had faith the size of this...