December 2015

The mother of God—success or failure?
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

Every impression exhausts itself. All life is a perpetual becoming. Impressions start out strong; they gain momentum for a while, then fade.

When a call to mission occurs, it stands out from everything that is life: temporal, short lived and mundane as something extraordinary, clear and definite...

Simple yet profound message from the pope
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

Give love, justice and compassion to the poor and the needy, and for the most part you will get the same in return. 

Treat others as you yourself want to be treated. This was the bottom line of the message of Pope Francis to the world on his missionary journey to Cuba and the...

The Pope Francis Effect on climate negotiations
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Although world leaders gathered in Paris for the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change say that the eyes of the world are on them, judging by the scant coverage in some newspapers most eyes are probably looking elsewhere.

However, a study released in November by Yale University in the United States of America says that there is much evidence showing that many eyes turned towards...

Prayer climate in Notre Dame
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

PARIS (SE): The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, played host to an Ecumenical 

Celebration of Creation on December 3, as the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change was completing its fourth day of negotiations.

The packed cathedral welcomed representatives of the Global Catholic Climate Coalition, Caritas Network, Franciscan Action Network and...

China gives notice on religion summit
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Communist Party of China has given notice that its long-expected first summit on religion in 10 years will be held in the coming weeks.

Some believe that sweeping changes to regulations governing religious affairs and practice are in the offing, as the report notes that the gathering may be chaired by the president, Xi Jinping.

However, this may be more a...

Bishop of Macau on honours list
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

MACAU (UCAN): Bishop José Lai Hung-seng, from Macau, is to be presented with the Silver Lotus medal, it was announced on November 19.

A total of 63 decorations, medals, certificates or titles are to be bestowed on 48 individuals and 15 public or private entities at a ceremony to be held sometime in December.

A secondary school principal and a Catholic education group...

Thailand extradites Chinese refugees
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The two Chinese dissidents, Jiang Yefei and Dong Guanping,  who were arrested in Thailand on suspicion of migrating without documentation, have been repatriated to China and immediately jailed.

The two are members of a Chinese democracy movement and had received refugee status from the United Nations, but the...

Death Notice
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): With deep sorrow the Precious Blood Sisters announce the death of Sister Margaret Tam Yut-wa, who passed away peacefully on December 1 at the age 92, after 76 years of religious life.

A funeral Mass was offered at 9:30am on December 5 at St. Francis of Assisi church in Shek Kip Mei, Shamshuipo...

Ready-made for Christians
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): What has become known as China’s Four-Two-One Problem—four grandparents, two parents and one child—is opening a fertile ground in which Christians can give witness in a society where overt opportunities are often limited.

Paul de Mena wrote i n China Blog Source on November 25 that the large number of aged people in care homes, especially those suffering from dementia and...

Aquino meets pope
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

VATICAN (SE) : The president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, met in private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on December 4 for what diplomatic protocol described as a cordial discussion.

Subsequent to the meeting with the pope, Aquino then had discussions with the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, who was accompanied by the undersecretary for relations with states, Monsignor Antoine...