December 2015

Mass to be celebrated in Pyongyang
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): For the first time in many years Mass is to be celebrated on a regular basis in Pyongyang, the People’s Republic of Korea.

An announcement from the bishops of South Korea in Seoul says that priests will be sent on a regular basis to celebrate Mass for major Catholic festivities.

“Moreover, channels of dialogue have been opened to improve...

Protest against attacks on clergy in Bangladesh
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

DHAKA (UCAN): Christian clergy in Bangladesh say they are receiving death threats following a string of violent attacks on Church personnel over past weeks, responsibility for which is being claimed by militant Islamist groups.

Within a period of weeks up to November 26, at least seven Protestant ministers have received death threats in text messages. 

They all came...

Priests charged with murder of rector
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

KOCHI (UCAN) : Police in southern India have accused four priests of being involved in the murder of the rector of a major seminary, Father K.J. Thomas, whose body was found in his room at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary on 1 April 2013.

Police filed additional charges on November 27 in a Bangalore court naming seven people, including Father I. Anthappa, Father A. Thomas, Father Anbu John and Father Chowrappa...

Gifts are for others not ourselves
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Service Charismatic Committee held its annual Advent celebration at the Caritas Hall in Caine Road on November 29.

The afternoon event ran under the theme, Fan into Flame the Gifts of God, in preparation for the golden anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal being organised by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in 2017.

Mayor goes one expletive too far
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

DAVAO (SE): Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that the gun-slinging mayor of Davao City and currently presidential candidate, Rodrigo Duterte, went one expletive too far when he cursed the figure of Pope Francis during a November 30 rant over traffic congestion during the pope’s visit to The Philippines in January this year.

Duterte, who has trouble stringing a sentence together without a few expletives, was...

Diocese celebrates religious jubilees
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): “On behalf of the diocese, I offer sincere and warm congratulations to all the jubilarians celebrating anniversaries of priesthood and religious life,” John Cardinal Tong Hon said at an afternoon reception in honour of priests and religious marking significant anniversaries this year at the Caritas Community Hall in Caine Road.

Celebrating their 60th, 50th and 25th anniversaries of...

Notice Board, December 13
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )




The Church of the Annunciation Filipino Catholic Group in Tsuen Wan held its annual pilgrimage on September 27 to St. Teresa...

Third week of Advent
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for Advent I (rose).
 Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18.  ...

True joy is a gift to be received
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

Let’s imagine that one of us, eager to prepare well for Christmas, asks the same question to those we consider experts in the field of religion (catechists, pastoral workers, sisters, priests). What would they tell us?

Someone would suggest helping a brother who is in difficulty or visiting a sick person. However, we will also have other answers: Recite the rosary every day; ...

Pagbabago para kay Kristo!
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

Napansin ko, na sa panahon ng Adbiyento parang kaunti lang ang nangako na may babaguhin sila sa kanilang buhay o sa kanilang ugali. Pero pag Bagong Taon, o New Year, maraming nangangako na magbabago, maraming mga New Year’s Resolution. Ang tanong, ano ba ang dahilan bakit ang isang tao ay nagbabago? Ang pagbabago ba ay para kay Kristo?