October 2016

Free to be me at KAMMPI
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Simbayanan-KAMMPI celebrated its 17th anniversary at Mother of Good Council parish, San Po Kong, on October 11 with a gala day showcasing folk dances from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as a bit of modern dance by way of showing how the art develops.

A Mass was celebrated by Father Rodolfo Jacobe and Father Helmuth Peter.

Father Jacobe urged the...

Using professional skills in another country
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over 300 people attended an information afternoon on alternative employment in other countries for teachers, nurses and other allied professionals who are working in Hong Kong as migrant domestic workers.

The information afternoon was organised by the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Hong Kong and held at Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town on October 9.

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The rosary is our daily history
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis described the rosary as in many ways being a synthesis of the history of God’s mercy at a Mass celebrated on October 8, the vigil of the Marian Jubilee, a part of the observance of the Year of Mercy.

But he added that the repetitive prayer, far from removing us from the problems of life, demands that we immerse ourselves in the history of each day, so as to grasp the signs of Christ’s...

Jordan sinking under its refugee burden
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

AMMAN (SE): Jordan is currently hosting over two million refugees, putting the Hashemite Kingdom in first place among hosts of refugees and displaced persons.

Fides reported on October 5 that it is followed by Turkey (2.5 million), Pakistan (1.6 million) and Lebanon (1.5 million).

Amnesty International says that half of the entire global mass of refugees worldwide is hosted...

A disobedience of faith
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A maverick priest from the unofficial Church community in Zhengding in Hebei, Father Paul Dong Guanhua (see page 12), claims that in engineering his own ordination as a bishop he is modelling himself on Bishop Joseph Fan Xueyan, the first bishop in China to ordain another clandestinely without a specific mandate from the Vatican (1981).

Although Father Dong, like his predecessor Bishop Fan, claims his...

Sweet taste of Mindanao peace talks turns sour
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

MANILA (SE): Peace talks between the Philippine government and representatives from the National Democratic Front of the Communist Party of The Philippines that began on an upbeat note on August 22 this year, soured significantly during the second round, which got under way on October 8 in Oslo, Norway.

A statement released at the conclusion of the talks by the National Democratic Front on October 12, describes what the...

Illicit bishops in unofficial Church
(Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): It has long been known that the Vatican has had various problems with some sectors of the unofficial Church communities in China.

The driving forces behind Pope Benedict XVI’s removal of a special permission to ordain bishops without reference to the Vatican in his Letter to Chinese Catholics of 2007 was that with the changing times there was no longer a pastoral need, as well as to promote unity with...

What is gained from caring for the aged and children?
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

Taking care of elderly people enhances my knowledge and it is good training for me, as I will soon be taking care of my own parents when they are in their golden age.

I also love to take care of children, but it has negative impact on my side as a mother. It only reminds me of my own children, whom I am unable to take care of, and instead I have to take care of those that are not my own. This is an emotional burden...

The parable at work
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

Last September 25, after attending my Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s, I decided to go home earlier than usual as I was not feeling well. 

On my way, I saw a woman in her 20s carrying two bags and it seemed that she was having a hard time carrying them.

As she stopped for a while, I reached out to her and helped her carry her bags. She was...

Thoughts on our mission after a pilgrimage
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

Experience is the best teacher,” a maxim proven true in a testimony commonly shared by first time visitors on a pilgrimage to the Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Mid-levels, on September 16.

The visit to the cathedral, dubbed, A pilgrimage to remember, was organised by the Divine Mercy Prayer Group from St. Jude’s parish in North Point with the...