June 2016

Look out for miracles
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

Miracles tend to happen to those whose eyes are open to see them.

The gospel describes how the disciples react to the miracles of Jesus with joy. “When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen” (Luke 19:37).

We have to have our...

Still hopeful behind bars
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

The day I got arrested, I thought, “This is the end of my life.”

Being in prison is indeed a kind of suffering, bearing all the burden of being misunderstood and rejected by other people. Most of all, I missed my family and being far away from them is another kind of hurt and pain.

My life here in prison on foreign soil is hard. I have no relatives, no family, no...

One day is just a moment in eternity
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

Our life’s a span

A day a moment in eternity

We have within our grasp

The key that open the treasure-trove life

The things we do each day

Can go on and thus form our eternity

 

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The way Yvonne loves fish — A letter to Sanna
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

Yvonne told me that she loves fish. So I ordered fish for her.

But then she clarified that she never eats fish for she loves fish.

When we celebrate, we kill animals, fish and birds. Why do we make soup out of snakes and shark fins? Why do we eat chicken, ducks, geese, baby pigs and pigeons? Why do we eat lobster, oyster, prawns, crabs, garoupa and abalone?

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Stop asylum seeker bashing
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

World Refugee Day was marked this year on June 20 as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that for the first time in history the number of displaced people in the world exceeded 60 million.

Although only a handful are seeking protection in Hong Kong, they are a long way from finding an open-hearted welcome or home to begin a new life and instead are facing a new...

A mission to promote truth and healing of splits
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

YEREVAN (SE): Although the main text of Pope Francis during his June 24 to 26 visit to Armenia was Christian unity and peace, his visit will be mostly remembered for his explosive description of the deaths of over one million people in the country at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in April 1915 as genocide.

Speaking in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on the day of his arrival, Pope Francis departed from his prepared text...

Words are the new bullets in Battle of the Dardanelles
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): Turkey recalled its ambassador to the Vatican last year in protest against the use of the word genocide by Pope Francis on April 24 to describe the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.

Quoting Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis said, “It is generally referred to as the first genocide of the 20th century.”

As part of the patch up on relations...

A polluted mind will pollute the land
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Addressing pollution problems stemming from rapid economic development must go hand in hand with a change in social attitudes, a seminar organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong was told on April 15.

Gloria Chang Wan-ki, the campaign manager of Greenpeace Hong Kong, told the seminar that rapid economic development in China has resulted in a wide range of serious...

First communion at Rosaryhill
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

Hong Kong (SE): Six children made their first communion on Pentecost Sunday at a Mass celebrated by Father Emiliano Perez OP,
at
Rosaryhill School chapel, Stubbs Road, on May 15. 
Front row, left to right: Owen Fung, Victor Kampman, Felix and Ben Garner, ...

Independence Day at Choi Hung
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Holy Family Filipino Catholic Group in Choi Hung combined the celebration of its 22nd anniversary with Independence Day on June 12.

The celebration ran under the theme, Panginoon ng Awa, Sanlibutan ay patawarin at iyong hilumin (Lord of Mercy forgive and heal the world).

The formal occasion called for barongs and traditional dress transforming the entire...