January 2014

Push for property or control?
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Authorities in the central province of Henan, mainland China, have formalised charges of fraud and disturbing public order against a Protestant Christian pastor, Zhang Shaojie, who was arrested in November last year after a fierce battle with officials to defend his congregation’s property against expropriation.

His lawyers, Liu Weiguo and Xia Jun, confirm that the trial is set to take place soon...

Shaanxi’s Heart to Heart great boost to vocations
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

BEIJING (SE): Heart to Heart has become a highly active parish group supporting the development of vocations to the priesthood in the parish of Beitong, Shaanxi, in mainland China.

Fides reports that the group was born by accident when, in 2009, a group of parishioners gathered together some warm woolen clothes to give to an aged priest, but the priest told them he would rather they gave the clothes to his seminarians....

Historic Christian site found in China
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A recently discovered site may shed new light on historical research into the Nestorian Church, which is believed to be the earliest Christian movement to spread the gospel in China.

A niche in a stone wall with a cross carved above it has now been verified by experts as a repository for the ashes and bones of Christians.

The experts also confirmed that this is...

2014 Lunar New Year message from the Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders of Hong Kong
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

Spring is here once again, bringing another new cycle of time and seasons. The Colloquium of Leaders of Six Religions in Hong Kong offers its prayers for our Mother Country for her prosperity, affluence, military excellence and wellness of the people, harmony and a thriving economy for Hong Kong.

Calling to mind the adage that spring is the opportune time for drawing up a blueprint for the new year, we take this occasion...

Breaking down gender mindsets
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

BANGALORE (CNS): The Indian Christian Women’s Movement was launched on January 11, the final day of a four-day conference titled, Paradigm Shift in Vatican II and Its Impact on Women, held in Bangalore, India.

The conference was initiated and jointly organised by...

Kung Hei Fat Choi
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

Best wishes for a happy and blessed Year of the horse 


from the staff of the Sunday Examiner!

Living close to neighbour
(Saturday, 25 January 2014 )

The last lines of today’s reading are, to say the least, are highly appropriate for the citizens of any nation to pray as an expression of love of country.

“Jesus went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people.”


Third Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 25 January 2014 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of Sundays (green).
Isaiah 8:23b—9:3; 
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17;
Matthew 4:12-23.

Mass of the day...

My broken body shared like bread
(Saturday, 25 January 2014 )

January 15 this year marks 100 years since Etty Hillesum, who was killed in Auschwitz on 30 November 1943, was born in the Netherlands

HONG KONG (SE): “She looked at me strangely and said, ‘You don’t understand me’. Then she said, ‘I want to share the destiny of my people’,” Klaas Smelik relates in describing the resignation to fate of Etty Hillesum.

Her resignation is somewhat explained in the last...

Vatican denies protecting bishop accused of abuse

(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

VATICAN (CWNews.com): Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson, denied a report on January 13 that the Holy See is refusing to extradite a Vatican diplomat in the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who has been accused of sexual abuse, saying that the Vatican is conducting its own criminal investigation in the case.

Reports from Poland indicated that the Vatican had refused a request to extradite Archbishop Wesolowski, who has been accused...