February 2014

Being young and old at the right time in China
(Saturday, 1 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): Where have all the flowers gone? Pete Seeger asks in his song of the same name. 

An article posted on February 7 by China Church Voices somehow evokes the same question when reflecting on 65 years of life in the People’s Republic of China.

Although it may well be phrased, Where have all the young people gone? the writer suggests they may have grown old...

Two experiences of Sharia Law in Asia
(Saturday, 1 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Church in Asia is increasingly facing the challenge of living with the Islamic form of government or Sharia Law.

In the Kingdom of Brunei, the government has been gradually introducing the Islamic legal code and, although it does not directly apply to Christians, Bishop Cornelius Sim, from Bandar Seri Begawan, told Fides that Christians must respond positively to it.

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Professions at St. Paul de Chartres
(Saturday, 1 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): This year’s celebration of the Presentation of Our Lord on February 2 was one of great joy and blessing for the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, as two members, Sister Theresa Francoise Pham and Sister Martha Maria Le made their perpetual profession at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay.

The joy of the day was added to as Sister Anna Marie Cheung joined them at the altar of the historic chapel for...

Lenten pastoral letter 
from Cardinal Tong
(Saturday, 1 March 2014 )

Faith comes to perfection with love

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord

 

The Lord Jesus, through his Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection, manifests to humankind the ultimate in love and divine mercy. He calls us to an immediate conversion and asks us to share our love and concern with others. In this way, our faith is perfected by...

Lent is a time of mercy
(Saturday, 1 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): In his message for Lent, Pope Francis quotes St. Paul as saying, “For you know the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9) and asks what meaning these words have for us in today’s world.

The first invitation that the pope extends to us is to come to grips with the logic of...

Do unto others
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

One of the inclinations of people is to rewrite segments of the scriptures or popular wisdom to suit ourselves, in all probability, in an attempt to make life easier for ourselves.

It can often seem that the well known Golden Rule that says, “Do...

Seventh Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

FEBRUARY 23 – SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.
Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the day (green).
Readings: 
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 
1 Corinthians 3:16-23; 
Matthew 5:38-48.

FEBRUARY 24 – MONDAY: SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.
Mass of the day (green)....

Cherishing life or providing a dumping ground?
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): The United Nations (UN), in its response to the Vatican submission for its periodic review on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, called for it to prohibit a practice which allows mothers who cannot care for their children to anonymously entrust them to the care of religious congregations.

However, the practice, known as baby hatches or baby boxes, has received a different...

Catholic Church Lenten Campaign 2014
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

Lent is approaching and the Catholic Church in Hong Kong will again run its annual Lenten Campaign during the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, beginning on March 5 and ending on April 19.

The theme for this year’s campaign is Faith comes to perfection with Love (愛是信的圓滿). A deacon, Reverend Andrew Au, the chairperson of the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign...

Vast gulf between Church teaching 
and common understanding
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): A comprehensive survey of Catholic attitudes towards family and sexuality conducted by the bishops’ conference in Germany reveals a vast gulf between what the Church teaches on sexuality and marriage and what people believe.

In addition, the responses show clearly that neither Catholic people nor the wider society have an effective understanding of the thinking or teaching of the Church in these areas...