December 2015

Baptism is commission to mission for everyone
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): John Cardinal Tong Hon reiterated the message of Vatican II that all the baptised are called to be missionary in their lives at a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the feast of Christ the King on November 22.

At special Mass, organised by the Central Council of the Laity to mark the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of two decrees of the council directly concerned...

Climate sinners named in petition
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

PARIS (Agencies): A petition has been filed with the Philippine Human Rights Commission against what is termed Carbon Majors for the violation of the people’s human rights resulting from the impact on climate change from their high level polluting industrial activity in the country.

Twenty individuals and 13 environmental groups in...

More indigenous murdered by paramilitaries
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): At 12 noon on September 28, the 44-year-old driver of a passenger motorcycle, Lito Abion, was shot dead by two unknown gunmen while waiting for passengers at the rank near Purok Two bus terminal at Dona Flavia, San Luis, Agusan del Sur in the southern Philippines.

Citing documentation from the Higala sa Lumad Network, the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission reports that a red Honda XRM...

Integrating the Church into Chinese society
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): “It is encouraging to see that in Chinese society today misunderstandings towards the Catholic Church are declining, thanks to dialogue and meetings,” John Cardinal Tong Hon said at the opening of the fifth edition of a seminar organised by the Hong Kong-based Faith Institute for Cultural Studies and the Yuan Dao Study Society, together with the People’s University of Beijing under the theme of ...

Twisting a life-giving law to justify murder
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

MANILA (UCAN): On November 11, the archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle, made his widely publicised visit to displaced tribal people from Mindanao and called for an end to the military occupation of their schools and communities.

On the very same day, a commander from a military-backed paramilitary militia defended the execution of the principal of an indigenous children’s school before the congress....

Interreligious delegation visits North Korea
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

SEOUL (SE): A delegation of 150 religious leaders from various communities in South Korea travelled to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea for a two-day visit between November 10 and 11.

Fides reported that the leaders of seven major religions in South Korea gathered under the aegis of the Korean Conference of Religions for Peace.

The retinue was...

In the footsteps of early missionaries
(Saturday, 12 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): In the manner in which St. Columban proclaimed himself an exile for Christ when he left his native Ireland for Europe over 1,400 years ago, a group of Chinese priests, sisters and lay people from Wuhan carried a banner reading, Exiles for Christ, as they travelled in pilgrimage along the Han River from Hanyang between November 11 and 14 in the footsteps of the...

Columban is a saint for our times
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Greatness lies in bringing people to God and that is why we venerate the life of St. Columban,” Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing said at a Mass marking the 1,400th anniversary of the death of the sixth and seventh century saint celebrated at St. Joseph’s in Central on November 21.

He told the 300 or so people gathered for the celebration that although St. Columban is little known in this...

Three ordained deacons in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Seminarians, Ignatius Lo King-Ip and Paul Nguyen Kim-son, were ordained deacons for the diocese of Hong Kong together with a Franciscan, Pio Ng Wan-hang, by John Cardinal Tong Hon at St. Francis of Assisi parish, Shek Kip Mei, on November 14.

The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Tong, together with Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing. Around 1,...

Worries over Vatican-Taipei relations may be huff and puff
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): Philip Chen Chien-jen, a vice presidential candidate in the upcoming elections in Taiwan, is urging Church people to be patient over speculation that China may ask the Vatican to cut its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

However, a report published by an online news organisation, Storm, suggests that Chen’s Democratic Progress Party has already made a worst case scenario evaluation based on...