December 2013

Musical introduction to spirit of Christmas
(Saturday, 28 December 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A packed house at St. John’s Cathedral was treated to an evening of reflective and enjoyable Christmas spirit by the Cecilian Singers at its Christmas Concert, billed as Gloria, on December 11.

In introducing the 40-strong group, Ciara Shannon, spoke about the St. Barnabas’ Society and Home, which began operations in 1987 serving the homeless and the poor of Hong Kong, as well as Michelle Kim, a...

Report on the 2013 Lenten Campaign
(Saturday, 28 December 2013 )

Hong Kong (SE): In response to the Lenten Campaign for 2013, the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee reported that $6.7 million was raised. Bernard Chan, chairperson of the committee, said that the collection represents an increase of 2.4 per cent over the previous year, attributable to the recovering economy.

He expressed his gratitude to all donors and volunteers who contributed effort and sacrifice to help the...

Peace is for the good of all 
or the good of none
(Saturday, 28 December 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): While competing for the longest list of blocks to peace ever included in any papal statement, Pope Francis has documented what he sees as being the major hurdles to peace in our world in the preamble to his Message for World Peace Day, 1 January 2014.

In an impassioned appeal for a move beyond international agreements, he calls for a change of heart, a conversion in the human approach to disarmament and the...

God bless our family
(Saturday, 28 December 2013 )

The liturgical calendar commentary posted on the catholicculture website tells us this;


Feast of the Holy Family
(Saturday, 28 December 2013 )

Gloria, Creed, preface for the feast (white).
Sirach 3:3-7, 14-17a; 
Colossians 3:12-21; 
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23.


Fourth Sunday of Advent
(Saturday, 21 December 2013 )

Creed, preface for Advent II, (violet). 
Isaiah 7:10-14;
Romans 1:1-7;
Matthew 1:18-24.


God will act
(Saturday, 21 December 2013 )

The two themes of this Sunday’s readings embrace God acting in the world and the ancestry line of Jesus, which places him in the lineage of King David.

The first chapter of St. Matthew’s gospel spells out an impressive family tree.

Joseph, who is a descendent of David and took Mary home as his wife, has, without any legal dispute the...

The pope makes it on Time
(Saturday, 21 December 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Time magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, as he approaches the first Christmas and New Year celebration of his pontificate, which began on March 13 this year.

On December 13, he was also nominated for the prestigious international journalism award Argil: European Man. The award will be made during January next year.

But why is such a new player on...

Bicentenary of the Restoration of Jesuits
(Saturday, 21 December 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): As the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus, the superior general of the Jesuits approaches, Father Adolfo Nicholás sj, has written to all members of the society asking them to commemorate the occasion in 2014 with a desire to learn from history.

The Jesuits were suppressed on 21 July 1773 by Pope Clement XIV and expelled from every country in Europe with the exception of...

Popes for peace
(Saturday, 21 December 2013 )

BUENOS AIRES (SE): Popes seem to be the peace-makers par excellence of the modern world, as the Argentine parliament passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize on December 2 and, on November 29, the patriarchs of the Middle East invited the retired Pope Benedict XVI to visit Iraq.

The House of Representatives in Pope Francis’ native Argentina passed a resolution to nominate its most famous...