November 2016

Self-identity conundrum mixed with anger
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

KUALA LUMPUR (UCAN): There’s something going on in Malaysia and it does not bode well.

Public discord and racial tensions overflowed on November 19 as over 15,000 people wearing the yellow of the Berish (Malay) 2.0 (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections) spilled into the streets demanding that the prime minister, Najib Razak, resign over a huge misappropriation scandal...

Manila’s nuclear about face
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The on-again off-again president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, was given big cookie points on November 8 when he scotched the idea of powering up the mothballed nuclear power plant in Bataan and assured the nation that during his term of office nuclear power plants would not operate.

The local bishop in the area, Bishop Rupert Santos, said that he welcomed the decision, describing it as an expression...

A death mourned in Cuba celebrated in Miami
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “It is true that the rock of St. Peter, on which the Catholic Church was built, is solid and lasting. Throughout history, that institution has demonstrated its experience, its wisdom and its capacity to adapt to reality,” Brazilian Dominican, Father Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo, quotes Fidel Castro, the late president of Cuba who took power in a violent revolution in 1959, as saying in his book, Fidel and Religion....

Solutions are found in a peaceful mind
(Saturday, 3 December 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): After taking part in a spiritual education programme at the Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School, many students have discovered the value of having a peaceful mind.

Its power in helping them to cope with the many problems they face has been discovered through a spiritual education programme that is runs on campus.

Raymond Lam Ming-kwong, the coordinator of the...

First Week of Advent
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

Creed, preface for Advent I (violet). 
Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14a; Matthew 24:37-44.

Mass of the day, preface for Advent I (violet).
Readings: Isaiah 4:2-6; 
Matthew 8:5-11.


Laging handa!
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

Sa unang Linggo ng Adbiyento tayo’y pinaalalahan sa pamamagitan ng ating mga pagbasa na maghanda sa pagdating ng Panginoon. Hindi natin alam ang kanyang pagdating, kung anong oras o panahon. “Kaya magbantay kayo, sapagkat hindi ninyo alam kung anong araw paparito ang inyong Panginoon” (Mt. 24:42).

Paano ba magbantay o maghanda sa pagdating ng Panginoon? Ang paghahada natin...

A judgment that saves
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

The language used in the gospel passage today can lead to extravagant interpretations (or even rants) on the end of the world and the punishment of God. It can also be reduced to the invitation to be always ready, because death can take us unprepared.

These interpretations stem from a lack of understanding of the apocalyptic literary genre that was widely used at the time of Jesus, but that is alien to our mentality...

Is keeping a promise important for you?
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

I  promised myself that I will not do unnecessary things, say bad words, always respect and understand the decisions of others. 

Promises are important, because they give people hope in something that for sure will happen at the right time. It is important to keep your promises, because once you have delivered the words, they can never be revoked; words that already linger in people’s mind and keeps them hoping until you fulfill...

Filipino resilience
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

The resilient Filipino spirit was once again put to test when Super Typhoon Lawin hit The Philippines in October. People were alarmed and terrified as the worse of it hit the provinces. Four- to five-metre high storm surges, fierce skies, heavy rain and strong winds were threatening as forecasted.

Despite the massive losses, Lawin was not as severe as Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, because early preparation and the...

Our Lady of the Rosary celebrates 63rd birthday
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

The parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pokfield Road, Kennedy Town, celebrated its 63rd birthday with a bilingual Mass celebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon; together with by Father Francis Tam Kam-wing, our parish priest; his assistant, Father Dominic Lui Chi-man; and Father Efren Ojeda; and assisted by a deacon, Reverend Arjay Venus.

We were blessed to have Cardinal Tong to celebrate the Mass for us considering...