November 2013

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...

Papal interview pulled
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

VATICAN ( The text of a controversial interview given by Pope Francis to the founder of the Italian La Repubblica daily newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, was pulled from the Vatican’s website on November 15, just a month after it was reported in the Sunday Examiner

The pope was recorded as saying that he is not interested in converting the atheist journalist, that youth unemployment is the world’s most...

Lay missionary off to Cambodia
(Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Margaret Pang Ka-yee was presented with a mission cross by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, at a commissioning Mass celebrated at St. Stephen’s parish, Ha Kwai Chung, where she grew up, on November 10.

Cambodia-bound Pang is the 13th person to be commissioned by the 25-year-old Hong Kong Catholic Lay Missionary Association, the bulk of whose 20 members were present to cheer her on....

Hope in the right things
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

If you take to heart today’s gospel reading it would be hard to find a reason to get out of
bed! Imagine, putting on a fine dinner and then discovering that none of the guests you have sent invitations to have any interest in turning up.

And St. Paul discovers that even though he and his disciples were careful not to be a burden on anyone, they are still not welcome and the model...

Thirty-third Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Malachi 3:19-20a; 
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; 
Luke 21:5-19.

Mass of the day (...

Christian mission is key ingredient
for the future good of Asia
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): A symposium held at the Aula Magna of the Pontifical Urbaniana University on October 9 and 10 heard that the future good of Asia can be guaranteed if religious freedom and the commitment of Christians in society is affirmed.

The opinion was also expressed that despite suffering from persecution and marginalisation, Christians are even now able to be signs of humanity full of hope for their continent and...

Pope Francis set to hand out red hats in February
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis has chosen February to create his first batch of cardinals. It will coincide with the first consistory of cardinals of his pontificate on February 22. 

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson, said on October 31 that the pope is expected to use the occasion to have a meeting with the cardinals for consultations immediately before the ceremony, as Pope Benedict XVI did....

Cooking up a few surprises?
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

BUSSAN (SE): Canterbury and the Vatican may be cooking up a few surprises, the archbishop of Canterbury hinted to Vatican Radio during the Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held in Bussan, South Korea, from October 28 to November 8.

“Yes, I think there will be one or two surprises. We’re hoping to produce a few surprises,” Archbishop Justin Welby told Philippa Hitchen.


The lay mission 
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

The Hong Kong Catholic Lay Missionary Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary and commissioned a lay missionary to go to Cambodia last Sunday. Over the past 25 years, the association has sent 12 people to engage in mission in African and Asian countries like Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Kenya, Cambodia, Thailand and India.

They leave their friends and relatives and put their careers on hold, integrating themselves into a...