March 2016

Mourning an indigenous leader
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

NEW YORK (SE): The worldwide Church has been asked to pray for the martyrs for the environment and on March 3, Berta Cáceres, from Honduras, was added to the ever-growing list of those who have lost their lives for their work in the defence of nature and the life-giving energy of God’s creation.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the assassination of Honduran environmental advocate and indigenous...

Japanese award to Sri Lankan centre for peace
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

TOKYO (AsiaNews): Sri Lanka’s Centre for Peace Building and Reconciliation is this year’s winner of the Niwano Peace Prize, which is awarded by the Niwano Peace Foundation each year in Japan.

The centre was founded in 2002 by Dishani Jayaweera and Jayantha Seneviratne, both of whom belonged to the Sinhala Buddhists since its foundation.

A not-for profit-organisation...

Call to block China resurrecting dam
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

NAYPYIDAW (UCAN): The incoming national League for Democracy faces a serious test over the stalled, Chinese-backed Myitstone Dam project in the Kachin State of the Union of Myanmar.

Around 90 per cent of the electricity that the dam was intended to produce was destined for use in China.

The foreign minister for China, Wang Yi, is reported to have said on March 8 that Beijing is...

Pope makes debut on Instagram
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

Vatican (SE): Pope Francis moved to boost his presence on social media by logging in to the Instagram photo-sharing service under the handle, @franciscus, on March 19. 

The prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, Monsignor Dario Vigano, made the announcement during a news conference presenting a new book on the pope.

The monsignor dubbed him the Apple pope...

Making the invisible visible
(Saturday, 26 March 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): At least from their school days, most people are familiar with going to the library, where a search for topics of interest can be made among the many books packed with information that line the walls and shelves.

Libraries have given people access to enormous tracts of information that have enabled them to learn about almost any topic imaginable.

But in the early...

Retirement protection and poverty alleviation are two distinct issues
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The government of Hong Kong is edging away from introducing a universal pension scheme for the aged and retired, but in mid-February it did launch a public consultation on the issue.

However, the consultation comes under the banner of the Commission on Poverty, suggesting that the government is confusing provisions for a decent life for people in their sunset years with the relief of poverty, whereas they...

Schedule of English Holy Week Services
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )


16 Caine Road
Holy Thursday
Mass: 6.00pm...

Young people walk the way of the cross
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

A breezy Sunday afternoon served as the backdrop to the Hong Kong Diocesan English Youth (DEY) annual Way of the Cross pilgrimage to the Trappist Monastery on Lantau Island on February 28.

Following a quick ride on the Kai To ferry, the group held a brief reflection and sang a hymn to prepare to process up the path of the 14 Stations of the Cross.

Pausing at...

A tear in Sri Lanka’s impunity curtain
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

KANDY (SE): A ceremony of felicitation was held in the northern city of Kandy in Sri Lanka on February 20 to mark what the director of the Human Rights Office Kandy, Father Nandana Manatunga, called a landmark decision by the Nuwara-Eliya High Court in returning a guilty verdict against the perpetrators of one case of rape and one of torture dating back to 2001 and 1995.

Dubbed a Reward for Courage ceremony, the...

New papal protocol for divorced heads-of-state
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis has changed the rules of Vatican protocol regarding meetings with the spouses of visiting Catholic heads-of-state who are divorced and remarried.

In the past, only the head-of-state was invited to the formal exchange of greetings. The spouse would only be met in private afterwards. The new protocol will see both invited to the formal greeting.