April 2016

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...

RIP: Deacon Karl Tsang
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Hong Kong (SE): Deacon Karl Tsang, of the permanent diaconate of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, died of cancer at Tuen Mun Hospital on April 21 (Thursday) at 8:00pm. He was 72-years-old.

Deacon Tsang was born in Hong Kong on 30 December 1943. He was married at St. Peter’s Church, Aberdeen, in...

All ages must know about Church in China
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Organisers of a two-part series of talks on the Church in China hope the symposium will motivate Catholic people in Hong Kong to take more interest in religious persecution on the mainland.

About 40 people gathered at the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at the University of Hong Kong on April 15 to hear Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun say he believes Pope Francis understands the suffering of the Church in...

Catechism programme going strong 25 years on
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

Hong Kong (SE): In 1989 the good sisters of St Mary’s Canossian School were no longer able to provide catechism lessons to the English-speaking children of Rosary parish. In response, Maryknoll Father James Huvane, then-assistant parish priest, together with Deirdre Chaves, a long-time parishioner, started the Church Children’s Catholic Instruction Programme. Classes began on 1 September 1990 and in 2015, the programme marked its 25th anniversary....

Is this the big one?
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

KUMAMOTO (SE): “Is this the big one?” a long time resident of Kumamoto City on the southern island of Kyushu in Japan said he thought to himself as his home shook violently at 1.25am on April 14.

He said that although it is not something at the front of his consciousness, the occasional reminder that Japan is an earthquake-prone country leaves the thought of the big earthquake lurking somewhere at the back of...

Standard working hours
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

According to UBS’s Prices and Earnings Study Report, Hong Kong has the longest working hours out of 71 cities worldwide, with the average employee working up to 2,606 hours per year. 

The Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs, in a recent survey on the impact of working hours on family and faith life...

Unlocking the Book of Revelation
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Devin Roza, from the Legionaries of Christ, was in Hong Kong for a week-long series of talks centred on unlocking the complex and often misunderstood symbols contained in the Book of Revelation.

Five talks were scheduled at various churches around Hong Kong, with the first on Easter Sunday, March 27, at St. Teresa’s parish in Kowloon.

Dissecting the...

Catholic Russian Orthodox project
(Saturday, 30 April 2016 )

MOSCOW (AsiaNews): The plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East has become the focus of the first concrete act of cooperation between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches following the historic meeting in Havana between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow on February 12.

The Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church announced that the Moscow patriarchate and the Vatican...