November 2016

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.

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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...

Holy Doors close around China
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): “The Holy Door is closed, but the mercy of the Lord is upon us forever; the proclamation of the Lord’s mercy continues; the door of mercy in our hearts remains open forever; the work of mercy continues,” Fides reported in describing the spirit in which the Church in China ended the Jubilee of Mercy on 13 November.

Fides reported that from the immense steppes of Inner...

Challenge of reconciliation
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

As Hong Kong, along with the rest of world, slips deeper and deeper into political and social polarisation, calls from Churches and other community groups for reconciliation have become both more numerous and louder.

But reconciliation can be slippery and even within the ranks of those who are calling for it, polarisation and division can proliferate.

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Bishop calls for unity in the face of Beijing intervention
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Speakers at a seminar on the interpretation handed down on November 7 by Beijing on Article 104 of the Basic Law, which requires the chief executive, principal officials, members of the Executive Council and of the Legislative Council, in addition to judges of the courts at all levels to obey the Basic Law, described it as a big challenge to the judicial system in Hong Kong, as well as the One Country, Two Systems principle.

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Around the Traps
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

Canon law dictionary in Korean

SEOUL (UCAN): Father Joseph Rhee Chan-woo received the 20th Catholic Academic Award at a ceremony held at Francis Hall in Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea, on November 10 for his work in compiling a dictionary on canon law....

Learning from each other’s riches
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

TAIPEI (SE): Speaking at a Mass celebrated on what Taiwan celebrates as Mission Sunday on October 16, John Cardinal Tong Hon paid tribute to the late Paul Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi, from Kaohsiung, for inspiring him to challenge the Catholic people of Hong Kong to be outgoing in sharing their faith and inviting people to come to the Church with them.

He said that when he and Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun were ordained as bishops...

Record number apply for Election Committee
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A record-breaking number of applications was received by the diocese in Hong Kong to fill the 10 positions allocated to the Catholic Church from the 60 allotted to the religious sector for a seat on the Election Committee that chooses the chief executive.

The diocese received a record 318 applications to fill the 10 spots, a sevenfold up on the last election in 2012. The final 10 were decided by lottery...

No state law only Duterte law
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “It is now Duterte’s administration. There’s no need for papers,” a police officer in Talisay City, Cebu, was overheard saying on September 11 when asked to show a warrant after bursting into a private home and beginning a room search.

The house belongs to Isabella Abangan, the mother of human rights advocate, Orlando Abangan, who was shot in several parts of the body by an...