January 2017

A Lunar New Year blessing for my employer
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

May the Lord grant my employer and her family good health and longevity. I pray that the Lord will bless each one of them. I am thankful for their kindness to me, treating me as part of their family and trusting me. My wish is that their kindness will not change.

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Dreaming the impossible dreams
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Dream the impossible dreams

There is no war or violence

Peace and love is everywhere.

All families are built by hearts

no matter how small the houses are.


Caring, sharing and loving one another...

A white rosal flowers
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Let it grow, let it grow, O Lord!

Let it grow as we pray for your glory

May its fragrance reach the heaven

Bringing joy to our heart’s satisfaction.

Let it grow, let it grow, O Lord!


Let it grow so white and we will be...

An insight into Jesuits in China
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Sinologists have paid a lot of attention to the documents and writings of missionaries to understand more about this huge country and its historical development. A new contribution in this direction is offered by Wu Yinlan in a book about a Baroque writer and an official historian for the Jesuits in the 17th century, Daniello Bartoli.

La Cina of Daniello Bartoli (The China of Daniello...

Who is dying in the war on the poor?
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Bennie had a thin, hollow face. A picture of malnutrition at 22-years-of-age, he had never been to school for more than a few months, could not read or write and was a one-meal a day man.

He was dressed in shorts and a dirty T-Shirt. His flip-flops, his only possession, were worn thin. He pushed a small wooden cart along the back streets of Manila picking up discarded plastic bottles and bits...

Walking for vocations
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,000 people joined the annual walk for the promotion of vocation to the religious life sponsored by the Serra Club Hong Kong and the Diocesan Vocation Commission on December 26.

The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, encouraged those who walked to respond generously to the call to vocation and actively carry out their mission of witnessing to and spreading God’s word.

Our Lady of Fatima visits Hong Kong
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A statue of Our Lady of Fatima blessed by Pope Francis made its first appearance on its Asian tour in Hong Kong to celebrate the centennial of the Marian apparition in Portugal.

Pope Francis blessed six Centennial Pilgrim Statues of Our Lady of Fatima at the Vatican on January 11 before sending them on tour in six continents. Hong Kong is the first stop on the Asian itinerary.


Death Notice
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )


HONG KONG (SE): A former missionary to Hong Kong, Maryknoll Sister Mary Edna Brophy, died on 13 January 2017 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in New York, the United States of America (US). She was 90-years-old and a Maryknoll sister for 60 years.

Born in Blackie in...

Release of new religious regulations expected soon
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Wang Zuo’an, the director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, has disclosed that the newly amended regulations on religion will be released in the near future and part of the deal is that the his office plans to pay great attention to their enforcement.

The national meeting for religious directors across China was held in Beijing from January 9 to 10, during which the Wang delivered...

Party member fired for criticising Mao cult
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (AsiaNews): Zuo Chunhe, a senior Member of the Chinese Communist Party and deputy director of the Culture and News Bureau of Shijiazhuang, was dismissed from his job by the official censors for criticising the great helmsman of modern China, Mao Zedong, and for showing disrespect for his personality cult.

Zuo posted a comment on Weibo calling Mao a devil and branding the annual commemorations of his birthday...