February 2016

Learning to trust his voice
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )

Simon Peter acknowledges his sinfulness and inadequacies, yet the Lord entrusts the ministry of leadership to him! Peter said, “Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man” (v.8). 

It is the way the bible tells of the encounter with the Lord: Moses covers his face, because he is afraid (Exodus 3:6); Elijah covers his face with his mantle (1 Kings 19:13). 


Kung Hei Fat Choi
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )


Best wishes for a happy and blessed Year of the Monkey 


Two ordained as permanent deacons
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): John Lam Chi-man and Simon Tam Wing-keung were ordained to the permanent diaconate by John Cardinal Tong Hon on January 16 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The cardinal urged the newly-ordained to bear witness to the mercy of God in the carrying out of their ministries.

The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, together with...

Learning from the monkeys
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )

The artist whose hand created the painting on the front page of this issue, Susan Chan Siu-chu, wishes all the readers of Sunday Examiner a Year of the Monkey full of blessings and unfulfilled dreams coming true.

Chan describes the monkey as a symbol of unlimited energy and quick wit.

While Chinese parents sometimes compare...

Dead priest’s family denies suicide claim
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The family of Father Pedro Yu Heping, a priest from the unofficial Church community in Shanxi province, whose dead body was found in the Yellow River on November 8, has called for a reinvestigation into his death after rejecting the findings of a government autopsy that determined he committed suicide.

Wanbailin Police Bureau in Taiyuan City showed the report to the family of Father Yu, also known...

What divides and unifies Chinese Christians?
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): January 18 marked the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is promoted by both the World Council of Churches in Geneva and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome.

Michel Chambon, a French Catholic theologian pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at Boston University in the United States of America, asks what it holds for Churches and developing Christian...

Taiwan president writes to pope
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )

TAIPEI (Agencies): The outgoing president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, sent a letter to Pope Francis in response to his January 1 World Day of Peace Message, saying that Taiwan is a peace-loving country.

Ma expressed strong support for Pope Francis’ message of encouragement to people everywhere not to lose hope in the human ability to conquer evil and to combat resignation and indifference, Taipei’s China...

Bottom line is mercy pope says in Lenten message
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): We live in a time when the tempting apple offered to Adam and Eve appears to be rosier and juicier than ever.

Pope Francis says in his message for Lent, I desire mercy and not sacrifice: The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee, that a blindness resulting from a proud illusion of omnipotence reflects the same temptation the devil proposed in the Garden of Eden, “You shall be like God...

Liturgy arrangements for New Year and Lent
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Special liturgical prayers for a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated on the eve of the Lunar New Year of the Monkey and for the Mass of the Lunar New Year itself, which falls on February 8, have been approved for use by Hong Kong diocese.

Although Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls within the three-day New Year holiday celebration on February 10, the diocese has, as is its custom in other years, given a dispensation...

Pray for our enemies
(Saturday, 6 February 2016 )

The beginning of the Year of the Monkey and Lent coincide, two seasons in which people customarily make resolutions.

Although it may be a reflection of people’s consciousness of their short comings, choosing to give something up is as common as its failure rate, although because Lent is much shorter than a year and does not threaten the permanency of deprivation, it has a better chance...