June 2015

Salesian to be ordained to the priesthood
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Deacon Carlos Cheung Sum-yui, of the Salesians of Don Bosco, will be ordained a priest by John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, on June 20 at 3.00pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road.

Reverend Cheung was born in Macau in 1983 to a family which originally came from Hainan. He attended schools run by the La Salle Brothers in Hong Kong and was baptised at St. Margaret’s...

Fond farewell to long serving Maryknoller
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Fond farewell to long serving Maryknoller<bodytext>Hong Kong (SE): Maryknoll Father Anthony V. Brennan, assistant parish priest at Christ the Worker parish, Ngau Tau Kok, died on May 19 while visiting some religious sisters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on his way home for a vacation.  He was 80-years-old.

Father Brennan was born on 25 March 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, the United States of America (US...

Hard working pastor returns to the house of the Father
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Father Thomas Ferrarese of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), died on June 4 at the PIME House in Rancio, Lecco, Italy, following a long battle with lung cancer. He was 78-years-old.

Born in Treviso in Veneto, Italy, on 9 December 1936, he entered the PIME Institute’s Treviso minor seminary in 1948. He was ordained to the priesthood on 7 April 1962 by then Giovanni Cardinal Montini...

Four permanent deacons ordained for Hong Kong diocese
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Four new permanent deacons will be ordained for the diocese of Hong Kong on June 13, 3.00pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road at a Mass celebrated by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon.

Life is an exploration and full of surprises for retired engineer, Charles Chu Nien-tsu who graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1977 with a degree in electronics. He...

Tiananmen remembered in Hong Kong but voice of conscience unheard in China
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): “Tonight, we are the ones sending a reminder; a voice of conscience,” Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of the Catholic diocese of Hong Kong said on June 4 at a prayer service attended by over 800 people prior to the start of the annual candlelight vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to commemorate Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. 

The bishop said, “The voice of Hong Kong is small...

The alliance: the ring of the bride
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

To get the message that the evangelist wants to convey, we must go beyond what seems a simple stenographic transcript. It is the disciples who want to remember the Passover, not Jesus. They think of celebrating their liberation from Egypt and the Sinai covenant. They become, instead, witnesses of the new covenant foretold by the prophets and they receive the true Lamb as food.

 The second part...

Corpus Christi
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Sequence optional, Creed, preface of the Eucharist (white).
Exodus 24:3-8; 

Hebrews 9:11-15;
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26.

Mass of the day (green).


Vatican media must be professional and better resourced says adviser
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

LONDON (CNS): “We know how people get their information. We know how people want to respond to the information they are getting and they feel just because it’s the Church, it shouldn’t be less professional than any civic organisation. You can’t do that if you are operating in silos,” said Chris Patten, the last colonial governor of Hong Kong and head of the 11-member Vatican Media Committee that has been advising the Holy See on media...

Pope and council discuss synod document while bishops hold study day in Rom
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis and members of the council of the Synod of Bishops met from May 25 to 26 to review input from around the world for the October synod on the family and made their final suggestions for its working document.

A statement issued after the meeting said the office of the synod’s general secretary will incorporate the suggestions and have the document translated. “The publication will take...

Vatican bank posts large profit
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican bank, showed a large jump in profits in 2014 as it continued to winnow its accounts according to its annual report, released on May 25.

The institute reported a net profit of $588.55 million (€69.3 million) in 2014 compared to $24.63 million (€2.9 million) in 2013.

The bulk of the...