April 2016

About Lily — A poem to Sanna
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Lily passed away one Sunday morning in spring,

when the sunlight is warm

Our love is with her.


That Saturday morning

She left home early for the university.

She told us that she would come home early...

Put away your gavel
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Sitting high in the judgement seat keeps us from getting on our knees. Matthew 7:1 says, “Do not judge others so that God will not judge you.”

Many celebrities act like judges. Some even have their own television shows where they scold, cajole and sentence those who are invited on the show. Sometimes it is tempting to put on the long black robes ourselves and pass judgement on...

Jesus Christ is mercy
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Notre Dame parish in Ma Tau Wei, Kowloon, held a whole day celebration of Mercy Sunday on April 3.

The day began with a Mass in Chinese at 8.00am celebrated by Father Joseph So Chi-chu and the exposition of the blessed sacrament at noon, followed by the recitation of the Chaplet of Mercy, also in Chinese. The sacrament of reconciliation was available throughout the day.

Keeping the spirit of optimism in suffering
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

A typhoon is just a common phenomenon in The Philippines. Somehow, Filipinos are used to it. We are no longer surprised by all the devastating natural and human-made calamities, tragedies and damage they cause every time.

Typhoons happen one after another. They bring heavy rain, strong winds and landslides. They ruin homes, lives, crops, livestock, roads and infrastructure alike. Even...

Silhouette of God’s love
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness 

was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved 

on the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light:...

Release the drought relief funds now
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Three weeks on from the massacre in Kidapawan City of hungry farmers calling for government drought aid to be released by local authorities in Mindanao, Father Edwin Gariguez complained that nothing has been done, even though the national government has already made it available for distribution.

The secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action—Caritas Philippines asked, “What is...

A shameful event in Philippine history
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Is it too hard to understand the saying that the one and only rational response to hunger is food? Reason and logic—even morals and ethics—can be well be irrelevant to hungry people.

Hunger and despair go hand in hand, especially for helpless and hopeless people. And to respond to such people with unbridled anger and deadly force makes the perpetrators not simply callous and...

Education is part of pastoral care
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Leaders in the Church around eastern Asia are saying they are happy that the exhortation of Pope Francis, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) is affirming of Church teaching on marriage and the family, while at the same time pointing to the need for change in the way pastoral care is understood.

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, from Hong Kong, says that the exhortation matches with his...

Speaking out for religious freedom
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Hong Kong (SE): “Facing all this persecution, we cannot take it for granted. We cannot stand idly,” Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong, told around 100 protesters gathered at the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Sai Wan, on April 24. 

He called on the authorities in Beijing to end the persecution of Christians and to respect religious freedom. ...

Lutherans and Catholics prepare to mark Reformation anniversary
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): As part of preparations to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next year, representatives from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong paid a formal visit to the Catholic diocese on April 5.

The visit was to promote mutual understanding between the two Churches. Representatives from both expressed the belief that the visit would be helpful in promoting ecumenism among Christians in the city...