December 2013

Still searching for peace in our times
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): An afternoon of reflection on the watershed encyclical of Pope John XXIII, Peace on Earth (Pacem in Terris), was held at the Wong Tai Sin parish on November 17.

Sponsored by the Hong Kong-based human rights agency, the Asian Centre for the Progress of Peoples, Father Stephen Chan Mun-...

Oldest Protestant church in Beijing turns 150
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

BEIJING (SE): The oldest Protestant Church in Beijing, the Gangwashi Christian Church, celebrated the 150th anniversary of its foundation by the London Missionary Society, China Church Voices reported on November 26.

An article posted on its mainland website, Gospel Times, says that a ceremony was held to mark the entrance of the gospel into the Gangwashi sanctuary. In addition, it sponsored a performance of Messiah from 7...

Caritas sets sights on China
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

Taipei (UCAN): “On the map of the Caritas network worldwide, the empty figure of China cannot simply be ignored,” Michel Roy, the secretary general of Caritas Internationalis, said. 

During a three-day forum on charitable organisations that began on November 30 in Taipei, Taiwan, he said the organisation would like to properly support partners in China because it cannot ignore the fact that “many...

A different life in China
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

ZUELPICH (AsiaNews): In 2004, Father Michael Bauer left his post as chaplain in the sleepy rural town of Zuelpich, Germany, to accept a new challenge in Shanghai.

Thanks to the commercial opportunities that abound in China and the arrival of many businesspeople from overseas, the German expatriate community—like many others—has been growing fast for over a decade.


Statistics don’t tell the story but are part of it
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

Liu Yunxiao may have visited more churches in China than anyone and there’s little doubt no one has seen more of them in his home province of Shaanxi.

A stocky man with silvery hair, 65-year-old Liu has spent the past 30 years documenting Catholicism in this central province, often in mind-numbing detail.

In his self-published book on his home diocese of Zhouzhi, Liu notes...

The day the music died
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The music died for 85-year-old Father Vincent Lau Wang-sun on November 29, when he passed away in Tai Po Hospital.

Best known for his work in the development of Church music in Hong Kong, he was the brains and inspiration behind the production of the first Chinese hymn book in the diocese, also playing a significant role in the painstaking task of collating what was known as the Catholic Hymnal....

Diocese salutes jubilarians
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong paid tribute to priests and religious who have laboured long in the vineyard at a reception and Mass for those celebrating their 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of ordination or religious profession on December 6.

In what is a long-standing custom in the diocese, the celebration is held around the feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) to which the cathedral is dedicated...

Holy See will act but not play ball with United Nations
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

VATICAN (Agencies): The Holy See has announced that it will not share information from its internal proceedings related to clerical sexual abuse with the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child, Reuters reported on December 4.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child is responsible for examining compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a 1989 treaty which has been signed by 193 states, including the Holy See in 1990.
The request from the committee says,...

Second Sunday of Advent
(Saturday, 7 December 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday. Creed, preface for Advent I (violet).
Isaiah 11:1-10;
Romans 15:4-9;
Matthew 3:1-12.

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the solemnity (white).
Genesis 3:9-15, 20; ...

Not an easy way
(Saturday, 7 December 2013 )

Prepare the way of the Lord!” This cry has echoed in word and in song down through the centuries.

The gospels give us a model for our preparation. John the Baptist, the relation of Jesus, is the one who is the model for our preparation. He did his preparation in a particular way, calling people to a baptism of repentance.

Only when we recognise our sinfulness do we repent....