July 2015

Numbers down at annual march but demand for justice and universal suffrage remain the same
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): “We gather here not only to win an electoral system, but because we love, we love our society, we love our nation and we love all our people,” said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, at an ecumenical prayer service prior to the start of the annual July 1 march for democracy. 

He said, “Under the present political system, we see suffering, social...

Myanmar government reluctant to embrace reform say rights groups
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

Yangon (Agencies): Rights advocates in Myanmar said the July 1 arrests of five students, who led a peaceful protest march on June 30 against the military’s control of the country’s parliament, shows that the government is unwilling to make real steps toward democratic reform, Radio Free Asia reported on July 3.

Aung Myo Min, director of the Yangon-based rights group Equality Myanmar,  said that the...

Newly-ordained priest welcomed 
for Hong Kong diocese
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Cyril Cheung Lok-tin was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception on July 4, during a celebration officiated by John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, and concelebrated by the former bishop, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, Auxiliary Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Auxiliary Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing together with 60 priests from the diocese. 

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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

JULY 5 – FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Readings:
Ezekiel 2:2-5; 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10; 
Mark 6:1-6.

JULY 6 – ST. MARIA GORETTI.
Mass of the memorial (red). 

Readings: 
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The risk of being homeless
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

Today’s gospel narrates the event of Jesus going to Nazareth, accompanied by a group of disciples. It’s not a courtesy visit. He returns to Nazareth to present to the ancient family, his new family, consisting of those who responded to his call. Some time back his relatives had tried to convince him to return to his family and to resume his decent work as a carpenter, but he did not accede to their proposal. Looking...

Synod working document expands scope of family issues and pastoral needs
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): The working document (instrumentum laboris), issued at the Vatican on June 23, intended to guide discussions at the Synod of Bishops on the Family in October, incorporates a wider array of issues affecting the family than the final document released after the synod last year.

Where last year’s relatio synodi had 62 paragraphs, the new working document has 147.

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Around The Traps
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

Same-sex marriage ruling implications will take time to analyse say church officials

WaSHINGTON (CNS): The ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States of America (US) for the Catholic Church will take time to analyse, said Archbishop William Lori, from Baltimore. 

It has implications for “hundreds, if not thousands” of...

Pope greets thousands who marched in thanksgiving for Laudato Si’
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Thousands of people from different faith professions came together on June 28 to march, themed, One earth, one family, from Piazza Farnese in Rome, to St. Peter’s Square to celebrate and give thanks for Pope Francis’ newly-released encyclical on the environment and human ecology, Laudato Si’ Caring for Our Common Home, Our Voices, an interfaith global climate movement, told the Sunday Examiner on June 29.

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Electoral reform storm and martyrs of China
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

The storm over political reform in Hong Kong has simmered down for the time being in the after the defeat of the government’s controversial electoral reform proposal by a majority vote in Legislative Council on June 18.

Does this mean that the government should halt the reform process at this stage? Even advocates and legislators in the pro-Beijing camp do not seem to have reached a consensus while others have argued...

Vatican and Palestine sign landmark agreement
(Saturday, 4 July 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Holy See and Palestine signed the Comprehensive Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Palestine on June 26. The accord, an historic agreement that supports a two-state solution to the ongoing conflict in the Holy Land, based on the 1967 borders between Israel and Palestine.

It includes a preamble and 32 articles, focusses mostly on the status and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine and...