March 2016

Cultural shift in charitable work is needed not just money
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Consternation and concern on the part of many people involved with non-government organisations (NGO) in China over a new draft law controlling their activities has stolen the limelight from another draft governing the operation of charities, which has been described as more workable.

Shawn Shieh, a Hong Kong-based expert on Chinese civil society, said that the draft law on NGOs suggests Beijing wants to...

Religious group confuses issues
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): The Alliance of Taiwan Religious Groups for the Protection of Family is calling for a boycott of the fast food hamburger chain, McDonald’s, as a protest against a local commercial featuring a young, same-sex attracted man sharing his secret with his father for the first time.

The alliance claims that the advertisement is offensive and says that it “does not approve of the ideological stand behind...

India’s bishops reflect
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

BENGALURU (UCAN): Around 180 of the bishops of India met for a biennial plenary assembly on March 2 in the city of Bengaluru.

The president of the conference, Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, described the first challenge as coming from within the Church and the second as one facing a Church in a secular society.

Leakage to Pentecostal groups was one item on the agenda, together with the...

The Veil and ethnic relations in China
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

I take the liberty of quoting some words by Zhang Chengzhi (張넓羚), who once pronounced literature untranslatable. 

Zhang is a Chinese Muslim writer. He grew up in a Hui family in Beijing. The Hui are one of the 56 ethnicities that make up the population of China and are traditionally...

Bishops can learn from Women’s Day too
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

MUMBAI (UCAN): The bishops of India “could have also seized this opportunity to celebrate Women’s Day by having more women address them on their experience of expressing mercy at their biennial plenary meeting in Bangalore,” the former secretary to the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, Virginia Saldanha, says in an occasional piece penned for Women’s Day published on March 8.

She said...

Foreign fuss over China’s non-government organisation law
(Saturday, 19 March 2016 )

BEIJING (UCAN): The United States of America (US), Canada, Germany, Japan and the European Union wrote a letter to the Chinese government in late January calling on Beijing to reconsider a number of new laws, including one on the operation of foreign non-government organisations (NGOs), which they deem to be far too restrictive.

“We have expressed these concerns through a variety of different approaches and continue...

Is it difficult to earn your employer’s trust?
(Saturday, 12 March 2016 )



I was surprised that one set of house keys was given to me by my employer on my first day of my work. I am grateful for their immediate trust in me. That is why in return I work hard and pray that I will always do my job properly and that I won’t be a disappointment to them. I have been working...

Children can make a family strong
(Saturday, 12 March 2016 )

There is no place like home.” This saying never grows old. Wherever we go on earth, home is always where the heart belongs. Being with our families and loved ones gives us an inexplicable joy and happiness and sense of security and peace.

After 14 long years working in a foreign country, I was given this precious chance to be with my family, strengthening the space of distance,...

To my lovely friend Sanna
(Saturday, 12 March 2016 )

Rainbow in the rain.

Dawn in the dark.

Sun in the clouds.

Sunlight in summer.

Flowers in spring.

Moon in autumn.

Snow in winter.

All are wonderful.

The Fifth Week of Lent
(Saturday, 12 March 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface of Fifth Sunday of Lent (violet).
Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21; 
Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11.

Mass of the day, preface of the Passion I (violet).
Daniel 13: 1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62;...