March 2016

Seoul sends five priests on mission
(Saturday, 2 April 2016 )

SEOUL (SE): Five priests from the archdiocese from Seoul in South Korea were commissioned to take up missionary appointments overseas by the archbishop of the capital city,  Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung on March 10.

Father Nam Goong-eun will go to Saitama in Japan; Father Shin Gwang-ho to Sydney in Australia; and Father Kim Sung-min to Xi’an in China; while Father Lee Hyun-gyu and Father Jung Sung-hoon will...

First ambassador to Holy See from Malaysia
(Saturday, 2 April 2016 )

KUALA LUMPUR (UCAN): Bernard Dompok, the former minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities in Malaysia, has been appointed as the country’s first ambassador to the Holy See, it was announced on March 22.

He was also the chief minister of the state of Sabah from 1998 to 1999.

In announcing the appointment, the minister for Foreign Affairs, Anifah Aman, described him as...

Look at what they can do not what they can’t
(Saturday, 2 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): As part of the ninth World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 employers are being urged to give autistic people an opportunity in the workplace.

Nicky Chan Wing-cheung, the manager of the Caritas Lok Mo Integrated Vocational Training Centre, says that experience has shown that many people with autism have proven they can be reliable employees and capable of undergoing training for a variety of jobs in which...

A worthy papal project
(Saturday, 2 April 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): The Managing Board of the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel held its annual meeting from March 7 to 11 in Dhakar, Senegal, to examine projects awaiting funding, alongside other matters.

During 2015 there were 91 projects already funded, with a total value of almost US$1 million ($7.45 million).

The John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, formed in 1984, sponsors a...

Jesuit in Hong Kong awarded Freedom of the City of Dublin
(Saturday, 2 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): As the sole surviving child of the 14 people who were executed before a firing squad for their role in what is known as the Easter Uprising in Ireland in 1916, Jesuit Father Joseph Mallin was awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin at a private ceremony at Wah Yan College in Wan Chai on the evening of March 21.

The award was made by the consul general from Ireland to Hong Kong and Macau, Peter Ryan,...

Disgraced legal hero released
(Saturday, 2 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A Christian lawyer, Zhang Kai, who used the legal system to resist the ongoing campaign to remove crosses from public sight in Zhejiang, China, was released, just one month after he appeared on television to apologise for endangering state security, disturbing social order and receiving funding from foreign organisations.

Zhang had been detained since August last year, but on March 24 he posted on his ...

Kill for president
(Saturday, 2 April 2016 )

DAVAO (SE): In January last year, Filipinos applauded the call of Pope Francis for forgiveness, mercy and reconciliation during his visit to The Philippines.

This year, many of the same people are applauding the mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte, in his call for murder, blood and mayhem, as his bid for the presidency of the nation gathers popularity and momentum.

Duterte remains...

Priest shot dead in Congo
(Saturday, 2 April 2016 )

KINSHASA (SE): “Why are you killing me?” are believed to have been the last words spoken by Assumptionist Father Vincent Machozi as he faced the guns of the military on the night of March 20 in the village of Vitungwe-Isale, 15 kilometres from Butembo in the Territory of Beni, North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A letter published by La Croix from Father Emmanuel Kahindo, the vicar general...

How does the suffering of Jesus inspire you in your trials?
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

I trust in Jesus when I have the trials. I overcome them with the gift of patience and understanding. Like Jesus, I don’t give up, but I keep my faith to solve all my problems especially with my family. I talk to them in a nice and calm way, even if I am away from them. There is no problem that cannot be solved, as long as we trust and have faith in God. I believe no matter how difficult my suffering or how heavy my burdens are, everything...

Be grateful for every new day
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

When your clock goes off in the morning, the alarm to wake you up, what is the first thing that you do? Do you find yourself grumpy about getting up for work, check your cell phone, or worry about your problems? If so, you’re greeting the brand new day, on the wrong way.

Don’t you know that the first thing you do and the first thoughts when you wake up in the morning can truly set a good tone for the...