November 2016

Let’s make time for the Lord
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

The Jubilee Year of Mercy was meaningful for me and I was especially touched during a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. For me, pilgrimage is a sacrifice—it is a sacrifice to make time for the Lord in order to learn more about the sacred text, ethics and holy places, to deepen our faith.

I love this sacred and solemn event very much. Full of consolation, I could really feel and...

Inspirational chill out by the lake
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians16:14) was the theme of the 10th annual parish picnic of the St. Jude’s English-speaking Community as everyone spent a day chilling out with fun and friendship at Inspiration Lake, Lantau, on October 10.

About 200 community members, friends and guests gathered at the park joined the opening prayer led by Father Vincent Corbelli, the assistant parish...

Holy Family in Choi Hung
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Christ the King community in Holy Family parish, Choi Hung, celebrated its ninth anniversary with a musical drama competition on November 20. This year’s celebration carried the theme The life of the Holy Family in our everyday life.

Entering the parish hall where the celebration took place felt like travelling back to the time of the Holy Family, as most of those in the hall were wearing...

Good and bad news on plant species
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

I made my first visit to Kew Gardens in London in the early 1980s. It is a beautiful and highly scientific place and in May this year, it produced an extraordinarily important report on The State of the World’s Plants.

The good news is that the staff now believe that there are 390,000 species of plants on earth. The director of science at Kew Gardens, Kathy Willis, spoke to Damian Carrington of The Guardian about the importance of...

An everyday kind of mercy
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

ROME (AsiaNews): There are no spectacular revelations, big projects or out of the box ideas in the apostolic letter introduced by Pope Francis at the ceremony to close the Holy Door and end the Jubilee of Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on November 20.

Yet in a commonplace low key manner, Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery) shows us exactly how what can be considered extraordinary can flow into our...

Stiff limits on House Churches
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Protestant Churches in China have vowed to continue to gather despite new rules forbidding “organising others to attend religious events,” Radio Free Asia reported on November 17.

On October 7, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China enacted extremely limiting measures aimed at eliminating worship among unofficial Christian groups, like unregistered House Churches or...

Lenten Campaign distributed
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Lenten Campaign for 2016 raised a grand total of $7.07 million, the chairperson of the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee, Bernard Chan, reported at the closing of the campaign in mid-November.

Running under the theme, To be merciful as our Heavenly Father, Chan pointed out that the financial result from the 2016 campaign represents a 1.6 per cent increase over the previous year....

Caritas Raffle draw
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A public draw of the Caritas Raffle for this year was held in the Caritas Hall in Caine Road on November 25 in the presence of around 60 people.

With the winning ticket numbers pulled out by a computer programme in the presence of an auditing team, the vice president of the Friends of Caritas, Andrew Chan Tak-kuen, kicked off the draw, spinning the first round of 20 numbers.


Church in China needs your concern
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Bruno Lepeu, from the Holy Spirit Study Centre, reminded a gathering of 100 or so people at St. Vincent’s Chapel in Wong Tai Sin on November 13 that it is important they learn more about the situation of the Church in China, as right now is a critical time.

The French missionary told the gathering organised by the Justice and Peace Commission that in view of the negotiations currently being...

A year on from suspicious death
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Over the last month, many people have remembered Father Pedro Yu (also known as Wei) Heping (peace), around the first anniversary of the day his family was informed that his body had been found.

Father Yu’s body was discovered on November 8 last year in a river near the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi. Police have doggedly continued to treat his death as a suspected suicide, but the many people who knew...