November 2016

Holy door closes but keep hearts open
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, inaugurated by Pope Francis on the feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) last year, will be completed when he closes the holy door in St. Peter’s Basilica on the feast of Christ the King (November 20).

In Hong Kong, the diocese is celebrating closing Masses for the Jubilee at the seven designated churches or chapels between...

Caritas and Lutheran Federation promise to work together
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

MALMÖ (AsiaNews): At the last event of Pope Francis’ ecumenical visit to Sweden on October 31 in the Malmö Arena, Caritas Internationalis and the Lutheran World Federation Service International signed a declaration of intention to work together in the area of bringing social services to the lost and most marginalised people in the world.

Titled, Together in Hope, the Lutheran World Federation...

Roads to Eucharistic sharing
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

MALMO (SE): Sharing the Eucharist in an ecumenical setting is a stage of relations that across the board has not yet been achieved, as it is generally accepted that it is a sign of full reconciliation, a destination yet to be arrived at.

Kurt Cardinal Koch, the Swiss president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told a media conference during the visit of Pope Francis to Sweden that what is important...

A borderline Mass highlights injustice
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

TUSCON (SE): “The economic migrant is not a criminal. The economic migrant is someone looking for a decent way of life for themselves, for their families,” Bishop Gerald Frederick Kicanas, from Tucson in Arizona, the United States of America (US), said at a Mass celebrated on October 23 on the US side of the fence dividing its territory from Mexico.

Led by the apostolic nuncio to the US, Archbishop...

Pope puts broom through liturgy congregation
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

VATICAN (CWN): Pope Francis has taken the broom to the entire Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, the Vatican body in charge of all liturgical questions in the Church.

While it is routine for the pope to rotate a few members each year, on October 28, Pope Francis made the surprise announcement that he was replacing the complete complement of 27 people in the congregation, a total...

Disagreement or disloyalty?
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Human Rights Watch has waded into the discussion over the on-going negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing, cautioning the Vatican not to make any agreement before it sees convincing evidence of religious freedom across the Middle Kingdom.

“Why would the leadership of a major faith opt to relinquish the power to choose its own spiritual representatives to a government that has long imprisoned and...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )


Coadjutor named for troubled Guam

AGANA (CWN): Bishop Michael Byrnes, an auxiliary from Detroit, has been named as coadjutor of Agana in Guam; where Hong Kong-born Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai has been standing in for Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who...

No win-win in window cleaning standoff
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Philippine Consulate General to Hong Kong has backed off on its initial hardline demand that would ban its nationals from cleaning exterior windows in high rise apartments and now seems prepared to settle for a controversial arrangement that suits the government of Hong Kong and few others.

Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, is reported to be about to release a new arrangement...

Web around Pakistan’s blasphemy laws
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A petition sponsored by the American Centre for Law and Justice calling for the release of Asia Bibi (Asia Noreen), a Catholic mother of five who has been sitting on Pakistan’s death row since 2010 on charges under the nation’s controversial blasphemy law, has to date collected 540,000 signatures.

However, Asia’s situation is far from straightforward. It is not simply a religious matter...

Two deacons ordained for the diocese
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Two seminarians, Francis Xavier Wong Kwan-yau and Vincent Woo Wan-shun, were ordained deacons by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, for the diocese of Hong Kong at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on October 29.

In acknowledging the support they have received over the years of their formation, the two gave thanks to God for their vocation to serve people through the Church and to their...