May 2016

Notice Board
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )


A tribute to the Banana Teacher

High in the mountains in the north of Thailand, there were once lots of students who loved learning, but they were so poor in the refugee village that volunteer teachers had to come to teach them.

What has the new wave cost us?
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )

We are children of this present age and whatever we do should reflect the spirit of our time. Living in the present with a mind from the past is often linked to being outdated and this is true depending on where we stand.

But before getting any deeper into the topic, let’s begin with a story. You may find some similarities with what you have already read or seen somewhere else....

Celebrating the vocation of the teacher
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The over 12,000 men and women responsible for the forming and informing of young minds in the 267 Catholic schools in Hong Kong were reminded that students are able to achieve things which are seemingly impossible at the Catholic Teachers’ Day held at the AsiaWorld-Expo convention centre in Chek Lap Kok on May 17.

At the opening ceremony of a day sponsored by the Catholic Education Office under the...

Day of prayer for China
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): May 24, the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, is also a day on which the worldwide Church is asked to pray especially for the Church in China.

Pope Francis asked people gathered for his angelus address on May 22 to spiritually unite themselves with the Catholic people of China on that day and pray that they may be able to promote an authentic culture of encounter and harmony in society.

Spreading the fire of the Holy Spirit
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 800 people from Charismatic groups in Hong Kong diocese took part in a celebration to mark Pentecost Sunday at the Caritas Community Hall in Caine Road, Central, on May 15.

Organised by the Hong Kong Catholic Charismatic Service Committee under the theme, Spreading the Fire, it was part of a lead-in to the 2017 golden anniversary celebration of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. ...

A bus that has mercy
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong diocese has invested in a minibus service. Throughout the Year of Mercy the 20 vehicles bearing images of Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis will ply 10 routes around Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories.

The buses are for public use and will charge the standard fare.

The Minibuses of Mercy are sponsored by Media...

Eyebrows raised as Anglicans quit divinity college
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): The decision by the Anglican Church in Hong Kong (Sheng Kung Hui) to cut ties with the Divinity School of Chung Chi College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from September has raised a few political eyebrows in religious education circles.

Critics say that what is perceived as a pro-Beijing political stance by Archbishop Paul Kwong, the Anglican archbishop of Hong Kong, may be behind the decision....

Bid to expel Muslims from their homes fails
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )

Mandalay (UCAN): A Buddhist group in Myanmar’s religiously divided Rakhine state in the Union of Myanmar has failed in its bid to pressure local authorities to expel Muslims from Sittwe.

Soe Naing, from the Rakhine National Network, a civil society organisation based in Sittwe, said that a petition with around 400 signatures was sent to the state’s chief minister in mid-May demanding that Muslims be expelled...

Chinese Orthodox make pilgrimage to Russia
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )

MOSCOW (SE): A pilgrim group made up of the descendants of Chinese clergy from the Russian Orthodox Church in China and young members of the Orthodox Church from Harbin and Beijing concluded a three-day visit to Russia on May 9 with a stop at St. Petersburg, the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate reported.

As guests of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the group was invited to...

The group that never says die
(Saturday, 28 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): At first sight, the Filipino Migrant Cancer Support Society (FILMCASS) is an organisation that should not have succeeded, but as any teacher or social observer knows and understands, the human spirit can never be underestimated and the seemingly impossible is attainable with the right amount of determination, inspiration and hard work.

But on May 22, the members of FILMCASS got together at the Sacred Heart...