March 2016

To be a current of grace
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

I felt so blissful meeting Michelle Moran, the president of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, during her visit here in Hong Kong at the Caritas Community Hall on February 21.

Before the general assembly of the Charismatic communities in Hong Kong, Moran spoke to around 60 leaders representing different groups. She told them how the Charismatic movement has progressed since its foundation in...

A great statesman mourned
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): Community leaders, politicians and human rights advocates paid tribute to the former president of the Philippine Senate, Jovito Salonga, who died on March 10 at the age of 95, as an exemplar of principled politics anchored on Christian faith.

“His political career has a soul. His government service has a conscience. His life of witnessing is edifying,” Bishop Socrates Villegas, the president of...

No Easter Sunday without Good Friday
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )


It is Christ dying and rising! Salvation comes indeed in the death and resurrection of Christ. This is an ongoing reality of Christ. This is the heart of remembering Jesus every year during the Lenten season and over the Easter celebrations.

I always...

Easter pastoral letter from our bishop: To be ambassadors of mercy and reconciliation
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord

Peace be with you!” (Matthew 28:9). In the way in which our Risen Lord Jesus Christ greeted his disciples, I use His words to share with you joy and peace in this season of Easter.

This year, we are delighted to witness more than 3,200 brothers and sisters in our diocese being baptised at the Easter Vigil on March...

New leadership for mission congregation
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): During the official visit of the Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a new leadership team was appointed for the Region of Hong Kong.

Sister Rossetti Lau is to be the new regional superior, Sister Emilia Marcelo, the assistant regional superior and Sister Catherine Wan, councillor. This new team confides itself to the prayers of all the faithful as it seeks to serve its...

Washing feet of women and perceived cultural clashes
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): When Pope Francis washed the feet of a Muslim and a woman on Holy Thursday in 2014, a canonical polemic, at times vitriolic, with accusations from some quarters that he had broken the law, broke out.

While sager heads withheld a smile, on January 20 this year they were afforded a grin when the pope promulgated that from now on it is not only men and boys who may have their feet washed, but any member of...

Vocations drying up in China
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Both Catholic and Protestant groups in China say they are facing a severe shortage of clergy. The drop in recruits for seminaries comes just at a time when the number of their members is on the increase.

Statistics released by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of China say that the six million-plus Catholics in the country are served by 3,316 priests across 106 parishes.


Thousands prepare for baptism
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE):   “You have not only found the light, you also have to transform it into a light that will illuminate the world,” John Cardinal Tong Hon told catechumens preparing to be baptised at the Easter Vigil.

Speaking at a Rite of Introduction, also known as the scrutinies, on March 6 at the St. Francis of Assisi, Shamshuipo, the bishop of Hong Kong told the catechumens that...

Facing temptation constructively
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Exploring ways to reestablish a relationship with God, which has been broken by sin, was the focus of the Lenten recollection for overseas Filipino workers organised by the Chaplaincy for Filipinos at Sing Yin Secondary School, New Clear Water Bay Road, on March 6.

The chaplain to Filipinos, Father Jay Flandez, led an opening prayer and Sister Vicky Ramos spoke on the theme of Reconciliation: Path to...

Post synod document expected soon
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): Vatican spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, said that Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation could be presented as soon as the second or third week of April, though it will be dated March 19, the feast of St. Joseph.

The March 17 report from the Vatican Insider says that the document will reflect on the conclusions that emerged from the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops and 2015...