July 2016

Bishop’s timely call for prayer for peace in South China Sea dispute
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong called on people of the diocese to particularly pray for peace in the dispute between China and The Philippines, as well as among other stakeholders in the tensions arising over the South China Sea decision handed down by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on July 12.

“The relations between China and other claimants in the South China Sea dispute, especially The...

Diocese against bill favouring same-sex partners
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong diocese has been critical of a proposal put forward by a member of the Legislative Council (LegCo), Cyd Ho Sau-lan, from the Labour Party, to amend the law so that same-sex couples married legally overseas would have the right to reclaim the ashes of their deceased partner from a columbaria.

On July 6, Ho proposed an amendment to the Private Columbaria Bill, which only allows relatives to...

Condolences on Nice massacre
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “We draw near in prayer to the suffering and recovering people of Nice, France. The darkness of violence cannot dim the light of humanity’s highest aspirations to live in peace,” the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, said in a message to the suffering people of Nice on July 15, the day after Bastille celebrations were marred by the mass murder of 84 people by a crazed truck...

Myanmar censures religious prejudice
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

MANDALAY (SE): The State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of Myanmar, an official council of senior Buddhist monks, refused to validate what it regards as the renegade, trouble-fomenting Ma Ba Tha, which is variously translated as the Patriotic Association of Myanmar or Association for the Protection of Race and Religion, as a legitimate Buddhist organisation.

The Ma Ba Tha is seen as not only a nationalist movement,...

Sino-Vatican talks stagger but continue
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A lengthy report published by Reuters on July 15 claims that there is progress being made in the behind-closed-doors meetings between representatives of the Chinese government and officials from the Vatican.

Saying that over two dozen Catholic officials and clergy from Hong Kong, Italy and the mainland were interviewed, the article proposes the possibility that a solution to China’s illicit...

Coups have no place in Turkey
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): In the early hours of July 15, international newswires were clogged with reports of a coup d’état in Turkey in which a section of the military took over Istanbul airport and declared itself a peace council with the aim of restoring democratic rights that the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has trampled over.

A statement released on July 16 by the Hong Kong-based Pearl Institute...

Facing the wall for Mass is not the norm
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): An announcement came from Robert Cardinal Sarah during an address given in London, England, on July 5, that he is appealing to priests around the world to go back to celebrating Mass facing the wall, or with their back to the people.

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments reiterated his call for priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem (facing east—...

Mary Magdalene a Christian exemplar
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

By the express wish of Pope Francis, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments announced that starting from this year, the celebration of the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene on July 22 is to be elevated and inscribed in the Church’s liturgical calendar with the rank of a feast.

She now enjoys the same status as the apostles in that she played a...

Bishop commissions 500 for World Youth Day
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): People who have signed up to attend World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland, from July 26 to 31, were commissioned by John Cardinal Tong Hon in a ceremony held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on July 10.

Cardinal Tong said during the ceremony that he hopes that the young people making the trip will be able to have an encounter with God during their pilgrimage and come back to Hong Kong imbued...

Welcome for new prime minister
(Saturday, 23 July 2016 )

LONDON (CNS): The archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Cardinal Nichols, said in a congratulatory note to the new prime minister of Britain, Theresa May, that he is delighted at her appointment, because of the commitment she has shown in the fight against human trafficking.

May took over as leader of the ruling Conservative Party on July 13 after David Cameron formally resigned and has now moved into 10 Downing Street as the...