July 2015

Plight of Uyghur people reflects wider Asian tensions
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

BANGKOK (UCAN): The word, refoulement, which is used to describe the return of refugees to their place of origin is a rather evocative one, which Bangkok-based journalist, Michael Sainsbury, describes as an often violent process, that can involve imprisonment and even death.

Sainsbury describes the decision made by the military junta in Thailand to return 109 Uyghur people back to Xinjiang province in China (Sunday...

Celebrating 160 years of fine education
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): As part of its ongoing 160th anniversary celebration, St. Paul’s Convent School held a homecoming dinner on July 3 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and hosted open days at its campus in Causeway Bay between July 4 and 6.

The mood for the dinner, which was emceed by a past student and two Form Six students, was set by the spirited performance by the school’s cheering teams. This...

Are priests and religious a happy lot?
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): If the popular wisdom that secularism makes you happy and religion makes you sad is true, then why do over 90 per cent of priests and religious describe themselves as being quite content with their lot in life? 

Father Stephen Rossetti posed this query to a gathering of around 100 religious at the Diocese Centre on July 17.

From the diocese of Syracuse in the...

Catholic corner at Book Fair
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Various Catholic groups took part in the Hong Kong Book Fair held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The Catholic corner was kicked off with a blessing ceremony on July 15.

John Cardinal Tong Hon said that he encourages people to read to help their spiritual growth and deepen their knowledge of the faith, which can strengthen their witness to the faith in their lives.

Aged bishop heads cross-removal protest
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, from Wenzhou in China, was joined by 20 priests from his diocese on July 24 in a protest outside the government offices in Wenzhou against the removal of crosses campaign being carried out by government authorities in Zhejiang province.

A local Catholic said that the sight of the 89-year-old Bishop Zhu, who walks with a cane, leading the protest was an inspiration to many...

World mayors enthused 
after meeting with pope
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): Many of the mayors who met on July 21 with Pope Francis at the Vatican stayed over for a second day of discussion, mainly focussed on developing a town-planning model that can simultaneously promote economic growth, equality and environmental protection.

Jeffrey Sachs, an economist from the United States of America (US) and head of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, told the mayors that Pope...

Let the bread be shared with everyone on earth
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

The sign of the multiplication of bread performed by Jesus indicates that the new society, one in which everyone is given the opportunity to live according to the plan of the Creator, where everyone can have sufficient resources to meet basic needs, must begin here and now. So an undue spiritualisation of this passage must be avoided.

Is it conceivable that the resources of this world would...

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 

2 Kings 4:42-44;
Ephesians 4:1-6;
John 6:1-15.

Mass of the day (green).

Exodus 32:15-24, 30-...

China furtive about cybersecurity law
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Economic protectionism and restriction of Internet freedom go hand in hand,” Marietju Schaake, an Alliance for Liberals and Democrats member of the European parliament, says in a press release from the European Council on Foreign Relations on July 13.

From the Netherlands, Shaake has been a member of the parliament since 2009 and insists that it is difficult to describe the Internet in national...

Plea for Islam to inculturate in Europ
(Saturday, 25 July 2015 )

PARIS (SE): Suggestions that people from the Middle East are dysfunctional when it comes to living the values of their religions were rejected by long time missionary to Pakistan, Father Robert McCulloch, at an address given to an International Conference on Religious Freedom at the parliament in Ottawa, Canada, on March 11.

Father McCulloch cited the ability of Christians from the Middle East living in Australia, Canada,...