June 2015

Myanmar tries to wash hands of migrant crisis
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

Bangkok (Agencies): “Finger pointing will take us nowhere,” warned Htin Lynn, Myanmar’s special representative at a gathering in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 26 with delegates from Bangladesh, Indonesia and 14 other countries, along with the United Nations and the International Organisation for Migration, to discuss the ongoing migrant boat people crisis in the region, UCAN reported on May 29.

“This...

Irish shock treatment for the Church
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

It will take some time for the Catholic Church to come in terms with the shock it received from Ireland following the results of a May 22 referendum in which 62 per cent of voters said yes to same-sex marriage, becoming the first country to support gay and lesbian marriage via popular vote. It was an emphatic rejection of the traditional understanding of marriage as being between one man and one woman and the Catholic Church appeared to be the biggest loser....

Redefining marriage would be serious injustice say Australian bishops
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

CANBERRA (Agencies): On May 28, the Australian Bishops’ Conference released a pastoral letter on same-sex marriage, which was fast-tracked in advance of the introduction of draft legislation on same-sex marriage in the country’s parliament, CNS reported.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Bill Shorten, tabled a private members bill on June 1 that proposes replacing the words, man and woman, with the...

Reexamine rights and protections of journalists urges Vatican nuncio
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

UNITED NATIONS (CNS): “There is no excuse for parties in conflict not to respect and protect journalists,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican nuncio to the United Nations (UN), during an open debate at the Security Council on May 27.

He noted that 2014, 69 journalists were killed and 221 were imprisoned. He added that in the past five months, 25 journalists have given their lives, with 156 more taken...

Catholic leaders detained in Hebei
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): In separate incidents in May, authorities in Hebei province, China, have stepped up persecution of unofficial Church community with the detention of a bishop and a priest as well as the demolition of an altar that left two people injured.

Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo from Zhengding, detained by officials on May 12, but then sent back to his cathedral to celebrate Mass on Pentecost Sunday on May 24, according...

Forum becomes a community of sharing and encouragement for Asia’s lay missionaries
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): The first Asian Lay Missionary Forum was held from May 22 to 25 at St. Paul’s Retreat House, in Sheung Shui, with the theme Churches in Asia – From Conversion to Evangelisation. The event—the first of its kind—drew together around 50 people from 10 missionary groups from Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and other places active in the region.

A statement issued...

Concert to benefit Myanmar mission and honour St. Columban
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): In honor of the 1,400 anniversary of the death of St. Columban, the Columban Fathers and Lay Missionaries, the Columban Sisters and their Associates group, together with the Irish Consulate in Hong Kong, St. Patrick’s Society (Hong Kong) and the Irish Chamber of Commerce are presenting a concert, The Journey, at St John’s Anglican Church, Central, on June 11.

Performing will be the Celtic...

The suffering Christ is among us in the sick
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): “Time spent with the sick is holy time. It is a way of praising God who conforms us to the image of his Son, who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). Jesus himself said I am among you as one who serves (Luke 22:27),” observed Pope Francis in his message for the 23rd World Day of the Sick on May 13. 

The Church recognises the sick as a...

Pastoral Letter of Cardinal John Tong Electoral Reform and the Wellbeing 
of Hong Kong Society
(Saturday, 6 June 2015 )

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

The peace of the Lord be with you!

The wellbeing of Hong Kong society includes all the things, material and spiritual, that contribute to integral human development and the...