February 2014

Live dialogue don’t just do it
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

THE FIRST WEEK of February is designated by the United Nations (UN) as World Interfaith Harmony Week. It was created in 2010 “to encourage all states to support, on a voluntary basis, the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship on the foundational teaching of the love of God and love of neighbour.”


Marytred Koreans among causes for sainthood advance by pope
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

Vatican City (UCAN): In a February 7 decree, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate the advancement of the causes for canonisation of well over 100 people, among them Paul Yun Ji-chung, a Korean layperson, and 123 companions martyred between 1791 and 1888. 

Yun came from a noble family in Janggu-dong, Jinsan, Jeolla-do, in southwest Korea. He converted to Catholicism in...

Cause for sainthood of old China hand opens
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): A diocesan inquiry into the cause for beatification and sainthood of Salesian Father Charles Braga was launched at a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto in San Fernando Cathedral in Pampanga, The Philippines, on January 30.

Father Braga was a 34-year veteran of the China mission and was known among his people as the Don Bosco of China.

But together with...

Farewell to former bishop of Hong Kong’s sister diocese
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

Hong Kong (SE): The former bishop of Hong Kong’s sister diocese of Essen, Germany, Bishop Hubert Luthe, died on 4 February 2014 at the age of 86.

Bishop Luthe was born on 22 May 1927 in Lindlar, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and was ordained to the priesthood on 2 July 1953. He was ordained a bishop on 14 December 1969 and was installed as bishop of Essen on 18 December 1992. 


Ministry of permanent diaconate
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over the past 20 years Hong Kong has been served by an increasing number of permanent deacons in the Catholic Church.

One of the first dioceses to begin the permanent diaconate programme in Asia, Hong Kong has steadily worked at developing its programme of formation and education, as well as expanding the number of apostolates in which permanent deacons minister.


Pope in Asia likely this year
(Saturday, 22 February 2014 )

VATICAN (SE): Before the year is out, we should see Pope Francis in Asia, as visits to Sri Lanka, The Philippines and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) have all but been promised by Vatican officials.

Sri Lanka was the first one to get the 90 per cent sure tick from the Vatican. It came as a response to an invitation from the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, and is expected to happen in May.


Sixth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 15 February 2014 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the day (green).
Sirach 15:16-21; 
1 Corinthians 2:6-10; 
Matthew 5:17-37.

Mass of the day (green).

Fount of wisdom
(Saturday, 15 February 2014 )

Jesus continues to instruct the disciples in the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. The readings for liturgy today focus our attention on the nature of true wisdom.

The underlying lesson that it brings is that this is the true wisdom which prompts us to choose the right course of action. It is the true wisdom that can direct us in our interpretation of the law.


Queen Elizabeth to visit Pope Francis in April
(Saturday, 15 February 2014 )

MANCHESTER (CNS): Queen Elizabeth II, of England, and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, according to a February 4 announcement from Buckingham Palace. 

It said the queen and prince will be visiting Rome at the invitation of Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano, and that the royal couple would attend a private lunch at the presidential palace, prior...

Millions of Ukrainians can’t be extremists
(Saturday, 15 February 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): The ongoing street violence and protests in the Ukraine have prompted Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, to publicly accuse the police of abusing the very people that they are employed to protect.

The Religious Information Service Ukraine quoted the patriarch as saying on Chanel Five, “I think the next step of the renewed government will be to restructure law...