November 2013

World Council of Churches Assembly sees shared pain as catalyst to unity
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Tenth Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which began on October 30 in the portside city of Bussan in South Korea, ended on November 8 with a prayer that Churches may be able to transform themselves in order to become true instruments of peace in the world.

In a statement issued at the end of the gathering, which strongly reflects the struggle for justice in the world so that there may be...

Fight drugs not wars Maryknoll pleads
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

MARYKNOLL (SE): The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns is calling on the United States of America (US) Congress to stop funding the war on drugs in Central America, saying that it is not working and that it has only contributed to a sharp rise in the level of violence in Mexico and central America.

“The rule of law has deteriorated as a result of the battles between drug cartels, with the involvement of often...

Killing rather than treating children
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

ROME (SE): A decision made in the Belgium parliament to debate a bill to extend legislation on euthanasia to include minors has been described by Luca Volontè, chairperson of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute in Rome, as the country setting itself on a relentless march towards a culture of death.

He said in a November 4 press release, “The mission-creep that is inevitably pursued once euthanasia is legalised (...

A simple headstone marks resting place of remarkable man
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A tombstone stands in memory of Father Robert Jacquinot de Besange sj in the cemetery of Heiligensee, France. Two significant things suggest that it is not simply marking the burial spot of an insignificant Jesuit.

The memorial stone was placed there by Jiang Yuchun, a Chinese person who is active in the John Rabe Communication Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, which was founded by Thomas Rabe, the grandson of...

Year of Learning
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King marks the closing of the Year of Faith, which celebrated 50 years since the opening of Vatican II and 20 years since the release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The occasion will be marked at the Hong Kong Stadium and the bishop will launch a Year of Learning to run through 2014.

The diocese has a history of setting up a...

Cooperation can break the terror mould
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A Christian advocate and a Muslim religious leader came together to save a woman from death when, at the beginning of November, they jointly intervened in a case of a woman being accused of blasphemy.

The woman, Asia Masih, is a Christian. She had recently moved into a new home in Faisalabad, Punjab, and was burning some old papers, when two Muslim students noticed some of the pages bore...

Is the show over for the Church in China’s countryside?
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

When Bosco Wang took a job at a garment factory in the city of Cixi on mainland China in 2000, he noticed that during Sunday Mass many parishioners recited the rosary instead of following the protocols of worship and listening to the homily.

He later discovered that the parishioners were migrant workers like himself, from a wide range of provinces, who did not understand the local Ningbo dialect the priest was speaking....

Philippine typhoon appeal
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE) : Caritas took up a collection at all Masses in parishes around the diocese of Hong Kong on December 17 for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which ravished the Eastern Visayas area of The Philippines on November 8.

The money will be sent to Caritas Philippines for use in providing immediate aid and beginning the long haul challenge of recovery for the approximately 12 million people estimated to have been...

A long life of service ends
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

Hong Kong (SE): Sister Costanza Della Morte, from the Canossian Daughters of Charity, died at the Villa Bakhita, Caine Road, Hong Kong, on November 8 at the age of 93.

Sister Della Morte was born in Campodolcino, Italy, on 19 May 1920. In 1942 she joined the Canossian Religious Family in Bergamo, making her first profession on 8 December 1945 in Vimercate, Milan.

Prior to being...

Rosary parish is a buzzing oasis of peace
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Life in the English-speaking community at the bustling Rosary parish in Tsimshatsui features a regular life of prayer and service of neighbour, but among the many highlights of the year is a Living Rosary, presented by the youth of the parish on or around the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in October each year.

This year, October 27 was chosen and the Children’s Choir, the LifeTeen youth group and...