May 2015

Trinity Sunday
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface for solemnity (white).

Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40;
Romans 8:14-17; 

Matthew 28:16-20.

Mass of the memorial (red). 

God is not far
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

We do not have exclusive right to faith in God. However, the assertion that, in the one God, there is a paternity, filiation and a gift of love is specific to Christianity. With an abstract term, not biblical and certainly inadequate, we call this mystery, Trinity.

 Will it be possible for man to explore this unfathomable secret? “We are barely able to know about the things of...

Migrants seeking work can’t go west so head south on smugglers’ boats
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

We no longer have enough young men to farm our land or join the prayers in the mosque,” said a 50-year-old cleric Wazi Ullah from Leda village in the southern district of Cox’s Bazar, nearly 400 kilometres southeast of Dhaka, Bangladesh, according to an AFP report on May 21.

Denied their traditional route out of poverty in the Gulf states, yet often urged on by relatives, increasing numbers of young people from...

Fellowship and sharing the faith
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Responding to the mandate from Jesus to “go into the entire world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” and inspired by the evangelisation activities of Hong Kong Central Council of Catholic Laity, parishioners of St. Benedict parish in Shatin, were invited to share their faith by bringing non-Catholic friends or relatives to a gathering on May 15—attended by more than 200 people.


China’s president tells religions to shun foreign influences
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

Beijing (UCAN): China’s president, Xi Jinping, urged China’s religions to shun foreign influence amid concerns over Islamic extremism and the role of The Vatican in the country’s growing Church community.

Speaking to the United Front Work Department in Beijing on May 21, Xi said that the government must value religious leaders and, in turn, direct them to better serve China’s development and...

June 4 and the identity of a Hongkonger
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

People in Hong Kong have begun preparing to commemorate of the tragedy of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing on 4 June 1989, and Church groups have organised prayer services to honour the students who sacrificed their lives on that fateful day. This annual remembrance demonstrates the link between Hong Kong and mainland China. 

However, some issues—particularly socio-political tensions—have arisen in...

Egyptian Church will respect sentencing of ex-president
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

 OXFORD (CNS): Egypt’s Catholic Church has pledged to respect the country’s judicial system following the May 16 sentencing to death of deposed former president, Mohammed Morsi, along with several dozen others, for alleged complicity in a planned jailbreak.

Father Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos, patriarchal vicar of the Coptic Catholic Church, said, “After long deliberations, the Catholic...

Sunday school students meet their refugee pen pals
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): In Yuen Long, there are about 60 refugee families from Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Pakistan, among others, who are waiting for acceptance to a third country, looking for a new home. However, they are now stranded in a place without the care and concern of others.

In response, Sunday school students from the St. Teresa’s English Catechism Group at St. Teresa’s parish, Kowloon, together...

The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

Excerpts from the Report of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong on the Questionnaire in Preparation for the
14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2015: 

The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World

Endorsed by the...

Newly beatified archbishop knew how to defend and protect his flock
(Saturday, 30 May 2015 )

SAN SALVADOR (SE):  “In times of difficult coexistence, Archbishop Romero knew how to lead, defend and protect his flock, remaining faithful to the gospel and in communion with the whole Church,” wrote Pope Francis on the occasion of the May 23 beatification of the Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, Vatican Radio reported.

CNN reported that tens of thousands of people, many having braved heavy...