August 2016

How do you feel about the drug killings?
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

From my point of view, drugs are the number one problem in The Philippines. I feel sorry and numb about the killings. But the fact is, no drug lord has been sentenced or there is not enough evidence to prove their crimes. I just pray for all the victims of killings because we are really not sure if they were guilty or not or if they were really involved in drugs.

When this is cleaned up, the...

The apple of his eye
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

Friend, you are the apple in his sight,

A true bearer of his own bright light.

Faithfully, you are praying day and night,

Your complete trust in God is his delight.


Rejoice, for today is your special day!

A chosen date by God...

Another look into mercy
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): In order to deepen the understanding of what the Year of Mercy is about, the Filipino Chaplaincy of Hong Kong organised an afternoon on the Reflection of the Year of Mercy, at Sing Yin Secondary School in Clearwater Bay Road, Kowloon, on August 21.

The guest speaker of the day was Father Antonio Pernia, who happened to be in Hong Kong to give a retreat for the Divine Word priests the previous week....

The death penalty has already arrived
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

The speaker in the House of Representatives, Pantaleon Alvarez, and the member from Capiz, Fredenil Castro, want to put the death penalty back on the Philippine law books claiming that it is a deterrent to crime.

However, in the current climate, it can easily be claimed that the death penalty has already effectively been implemented and in practice is already in force on a daily basis, as dozens of people said to be...

A chilling reminder things are hotting up
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

The El Niño is causing damage to the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s northern east coast in a manner that was predicted by Pope Francis in his encyclical, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si’).

In the same encyclical, he also wrote about the impact of climate change on the poor, saying, “Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing...

Two ordained for Hong Kong
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Ignatius Lo King-ip and Reverend Paul Nguyen Kim-son were ordained priests by John Cardinal Tong Hon at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on August 20.

The ordination ceremony took place at a Mass attended by over 1,000 people and was concelebrated by Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing.


Vatican diplomat seeks to calm the waves
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): “The claim that there are two different Churches in China does not correspond with reality,” the Vatican secretary of state, Petro Cardinal Parolin, was quoted by the Vatican Insider as saying on August 24.

Dismissing what he called the biggest piece of disinformation ever circulated about the Catholic Church in China, Cardinal Parolin told Stefania Falasca, from Avvenire, the...

Taizé with an Asian tang
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): More than 200 people from east Asia joined a five-day Taizé programme of common prayer for peace from August 10 to 14 at the Ming Fei Caritas Camp in Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, which was also earmarked by much discussion over political tensions in the region.

The gathering featured a number of workshops on topics as varied as ecumenism, art, the environment, icon painting and Taizé music....

Beijing supports Assad’s military
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The Chinese army will offer training in medical care to the Syrian military of Bashar Assad, which has been engaged for over five years in a civil war.

The Chinese Defence Ministry announced on August 25, “After consultations between the two armies... it was decided that the Chinese military will provide the Syrian side with professional medical and nursing training.”

Death Notice
(Saturday, 3 September 2016 )

Father Paolo Morlacchi, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (pime), died suddenly in the early hours of August 24 at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged in Sheung Shui, the New Territories, two days after his 80th birthday was celebrated at pime House in Clearwater Bay.

Born in Azzano S. Paolo, Bergamo, northern Italy, on 26 August 1936, he was ordained a...