September 2016

My first problem as a migrant worker
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

The first problem I encountered as an overseas worker was being away from my children. But for their better future, I have to be strong and be firm in my decision. Facing it in a way is too difficult for me, but I need to. I just hope and believe that all of this will be paid off seeing my children march on stage at their graduation. This is the least I can do for them as a mother.

I have learned to accept that life...

Save lives donate blood
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

The Philippine Consulate General to Hong Kong organised an annual blood donation drive, Dugong Alay ng Pilipino (Blood offering as a Filipino) with the Hong Kong Red Cross on August 14. I voluntarily went and visited the Causeway Bay Donor Centre of the group.

A number of Filipino organisations and individual donors from various nationalities, such as Indonesians, Chinese and local...

Chaplaincy holds Prayer Healing Rally
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE) : The Catholic Hong Kong Chaplaincy for Filipinos organised a Prayer Healing Rally on September 16 at the Sing Yin Secondary School in Clearwater Bay Road, Kowloon.

Sally Galon, from the Loved Flock Community, warmed the gathering up with a few songs to the backing of the praise ministry, a team took to the floor to present the praise songs in a lively dance.

Sister...

Fresh breeze blows through politics
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

A narrow victory to Yau Wai-ching in the September 4 Legislative Council (LegCo) elections in the Kowloon West geographical constituency is like a fresh breeze blowing through Hong Kong politics.

The community director of Youngspiration, a party formed in the wake of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, is not the typical aspiring politician.

A young...

A refund should not hurt that much
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

As a parent of a child with special needs, I know that fighting depression is a constant battle.

I am also aware I must be constantly on guard with myself, as it is easy to harm the child amidst the ongoing struggle with anger and frustration.

My son, Jayden, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. I had sensed his problem and brought him for an...

Praying with each other not against each other
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

ASSISI (SE): “We have not prayed against one another today, as has unfortunately occurred in history,” Pope Francis said on September 20 in addressing a gathering of world religious leaders at an interfaith prayer for peace in the world at Assisi in Italy.

Looking at the vast diversity of his audience he noted, “Our religious traditions are diverse. But our differences are not the cause of conflict and...

Wenzhou bishop has another trip
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Fresh from his gardening leave in the remote north of China, the harassed bishop of Wenzhou, Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, has been taken on another trip courtesy of the government to keep him away from sensitive Church activities and functions.

As the coadjutor of the diocese, Bishop Shao automatically succeeded the late Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang when he died on September 7, but as the bishop in Wenzhou, it...

Catholic pickup service for university students
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Several parishes in China have taken up an initiative to offer a free pickup service for Catholic students who have recently arrived at university.

Li Yaneng belongs to a youth group in Chengdu that offers a pickup service from the railway station or airport to the university where the new students are enrolled. On the way, the driver shows them where they can find a church that is convenient to the...

Bishop of Taizhou mourned
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

TAIZHOU (AsiaNews): Bishop Anthony Xu Jiwei, from the diocese of Taizhou in Zhejiang province, died on September 25 due to illness at the age of 81. 

He was ordained a bishop with permission from the Vatican in 2010 and was also recognised by the Chinese government.

A Mass was scheduled for the late bishop on the evening of September 29 and his funeral service was arranged for...

Death notice
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Columban Sister Barbara O’Sullivan died peacefully at the nursing home of the society at Magheramore in Wicklow, Ireland, on September 19.

A veteran of Hong Kong for 51 years, she began work as a nurse on the staff of the Ruttonjee Sanatorium in Wan Chai the day after she got off the boat, an experience that left her with an in-depth understanding of the desperate health situation in the colony at the...