January 2014

Pass on Catholic core values school council meeting told
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Schools must convey the core values of Catholic education to other committee members like parents and alumnus, and pass these on to the next generation,” said the episcopal delegate for Education, Sister Cecilia Wong Yeuk-han, at the annual general meeting of the Catholic Diocesan Schools Council held at Caritas Community Hall, Caine Road, on December 13.

She also stressed that bible and...

Joy as three new priests are ordained for the Church
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): Joyful applause and acclamation filled the chapel of Christ the King, Causeway Bay, as three members of the Society of the Divine Word, Reverend Heribertus Hadiarto, Reverend Antonius Reynolds Baluban and Reverend Melchor Fuerzas, were welcomed as priests for the Church, following their ordination by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, on January 5.

The ordination Mass was attended by a jam-...

A cosmic event
(Saturday, 4 January 2014 )

Epiphany as a word evokes the feeling and the concept of light. Epiphany, the feast we celebrate today, evokes in particular the light of the star which guided the Magi on their long journey in search of the infant king of the Jews.

We cannot...

The Epiphany
(Saturday, 4 January 2014 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface for Epiphany (white).
Isaiah 60:1-6; 
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; 
Matthew 2:1-12.


Christmas messages from Asia
(Saturday, 4 January 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): Welcoming the Prince of Peace who comes into our hearts at Christmas is welcoming the spirit of the season, Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, from Mindanao in The Philippines, said in his Christmas message.

He said that the visitation of the Magi to the stable in Bethlehem is an important part of Christmas not to be forgotten, and like them, we should give some thought to what gifts we can bring to offer the...

Vatican versus Lambeth Palace
(Saturday, 4 January 2014 )

VATICAN (SE): With a sporting-minded pope sitting in St. Peter’s Chair and a highly active Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca at the top of the Pontifical Council for Culture, sport is firmly on the agenda in the Vatican.

As a result there has been a new enthusiasm for the benefits that can be derived from playing team sport in terms of character building and improving relations among various groups of people....

Palestine mooted as focus of pope’s visit to Holy Land
(Saturday, 4 January 2014 )

JERUSALEM (SE): The Latin-rite Patriarch Faoud Twal announced in Jerusalem on December 19 that the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit the Holy Land in May this year.

However, a few Israeli noses are out of joint since the schedule of his trip reads more like a visitation of Palestine than Israel. 

Unlike his two predecessors, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John...

Cling to faith and homeland patriarch urges
(Saturday, 4 January 2014 )

JERUSALEM (CNS): “We must never give in to despair, because Jesus, our saviour, has told us that peace is possible, that the flame of hope remains alive, that justice and reconciliation will come,” Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal said during midnight Mass at St. Catherine Church, adjacent to the Church of the Nativity.

“It is from Bethlehem that the message of salvation came and we turn our gaze...

The Epiphany
(Saturday, 4 January 2014 )

The feast of the Epiphany comes 14 days after Christmas and we celebrate it on the second Sunday after Christmas. The word comes from the Greek Epiphoaneia, meaning glorious appearance of God.

The feast has a long history. Its earliest reference is in the third century, but was not popularised until about 100 years later when it was used to tell the story of Jesus’ birth over a longer period of time.

Mutiny within a mutinous fraternity
(Saturday, 4 January 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): The recalcitrant Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) of over 560 priests, which has been at odds with the Holy See over acceptance of the documents of Vatican II, may end up being the author of its own demise without any help from outside.

Currently operating without any official Church recognition, the disciples of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre are now bucking the leadership of Bishop Bernard Fellay, who has...