November 2015

Thirty-third Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; 
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Matthew 13:24-32.

Mass of the day (green).
Called to be angels of joy and hope
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

At the beginning of chapter 13, Mark the evangelist recalls the words of the Lord not to be deceived by the foolish discourses of those who preach the imminent end of the world: “Don’t let anyone mislead you. When you hear of wars and threats of war, don’t be troubled: this must occur, but the end is not yet” (Mark 13:5-8). 

Continuing from there, Jesus uses many images...

Xinjiang decrees legal dressing down
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

BEIJING (UCAN): China has finalised a spurious law which now criminalises some types of clothing which Beijing associates with religious extremism.

New amendments to a previous law now further narrow the government definition of terrorism in a bid to tackle what it calls Muslim separatist violence in Xinjiang province.

Amendments to the Criminal Law announced by the Supreme...

Ma and Xi meet could spell collapse for Taipei diplomacy
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): A historic meeting between the leaders of China and Taiwan—the first since Mao Zedong and Chiang Kia-shek faced off towards the end of the civil war in 1949—has triggered concern among Catholics that Taiwan’s upcoming election, set to return a more independent-minded party to power, could see Beijing ask the Vatican to cut its ties with the island nation as part of a broader deal.


Vatican XI having good season
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

ROME (SE): Overshadowing the final day of the Synod of Bishops on Family Life, the Vatican cricket team took to the field at the Capanelle Ground in Rome on October 24 to play a return match against the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI.

The Vatican men succeeded in squaring the ledger with the Anglican team running out winners by a comfortable 42 runs. Last year the Anglicans scraped home in the last over of the...

Ordinations in China
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

BEIJING (SE): Two communities that are rich in vocations welcomed new workers to the vineyard of the Lord at the end of Mission Month, October.

Fides reported that four deacons were ordained priests for the diocese of Sanyuan in Shaanxi province on October 28, the feast of the apostles, Simon and Jude.

At the ordination, Bishop Joseph Han Yingjin said, “They...

Holy See Pavilion tops Expo Milan
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

MILAN (SE): The Holy See’s Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015 won first prize in the under 2,000 square metre division for best represented.

It made a presentation under the theme of the Expo, Feeding the planet. Energy for Life.

The Expo ended on October 31, after running in the northern Italian city for six months. “It is the recognition of the spirited...

Do science and religion conflict?
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): A majority of people do find that science and religion are basically in conflict, a research study carried out in the United States of America (US) by the Pew Research Centre revealed in October.

However, the study also noted that those who have a strong religious affiliation are far less likely to believe that their own personal beliefs are in conflict with scientific findings, irrespective of their faith...

It is a call to everyone
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

THE YEAR THE Catholic Church marks 50 years since the promulgation of the Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church (Ad Gentes) and the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem). On November 22, the Hong Kong diocese will celebrate their promulgation with a Mass at the Cathedral...

Tunisia shows Arab Muslim world can be democratic
(Saturday, 14 November 2015 )

TUNIS (SE): “We are happy because it is a recognition and encouragement to Tunisian democracy,” an elated Father Jawad Alamat, the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Tunisia, said after the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.

Fides reported him as saying on October 10, “We live in a difficult situation, where we find ourselves...