January 2017

Catholic congress an advance or window dressing?
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Ninth Congress of Catholic Representatives, which concluded in Beijing on December 29, oversaw the appointment of office holders in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, as well as amending the constitutions of the two government-sanctioned Church bodies.

While many of the new office holders are actually old faces, this is not an...

Perpetual vows on Lamma Island
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Friends and relatives gathered at The Portiuncula Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament Monastery on Lamma Island on December 18 last year to witness Sister Mary Grace Abastillas of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from the Order of St. Clare take her perpetual vows.

With a crown of roses on her head and a bouquet in her hands, Sister Abastillas approached the altar slowly during a Mass celebrated by Father Frank...

Perpetual vows on Lamma Island
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Friends and relatives gathered at The Portiuncula Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament Monastery on Lamma Island on December 18 last year to witness Sister Mary Grace Abastillas of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from the Order of St. Clare take her perpetual vows.

With a crown of roses on her head and a bouquet in her hands, Sister Abastillas approached the altar slowly during a Mass celebrated by Father Frank...

Faith thrives in the family
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A former Protestant pastor from The Philippines, Noe Dora, shared about the beauty of the Catholic Church and how to build up a happy family during two Advent recollection days for overseas workers organised by the Filipino chaplaincy.

He was invited to speak at the Canossian Sacred Heart College on Caine Road on December 10 and at Holy Family parish in Choi Hung on December 11.

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Chinese Muslim website blocked
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (Agencies): One of China’s most popular online communities for Muslims has been shut down after posting a petition asking the president, Xi Jinping, to stop his brutal suppression of human rights advocates.

The students who wrote the petition told Agence France Presse on December 14 that they demanded the immediate release of advocates still held by the state.

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Beginning life at 102
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Christmas Vigil Mass at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged in Sheung Shui last month was not only a celebration of the birth of Jesus, but also the birth of new life for 102-year-old Yu Yuet-Mei, who received the sacrament of baptism from Bishop Joseph Ha Shi-ching.

Yu chose the name of Mary as her baptismal name.

Yu was a Buddhist until she moved into St....

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

 

Reconciliation:
For Christ’s love compels us

    (2 Corinthians 5:14...

The Voice of the Child
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

In his letter to his brother bishops on the feast of the Holy Innocents, December 28, Pope Francis talked about the plight of many children in today’s world, urging pastors to listen to the cry of the children and to guard them from the new Herods of our time.

Hong Kong society provides a basic social security system which enables children to enjoy 12 years of free education...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

The Vatican does the numbers
VATICAN (SE): More than 3.9 million people visited  the Vatican or attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services during the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016.

The total of 3,952,140 is slightly up from the 3.2...

Malaysia tiptoeing to totalitarianism
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

KUALA LUMPUR (UCAN): Protests, arbitrary arrests and dire warnings of foreign interference is the new norm in Malaysia and is part of the alarming direction the country is taking under the leadership of scandal-plagued prime minister, Najib Razak.

“Worse things are going to happen,” Jeffrey Kitingan, a politician from Sabah state in Malaysian Borneo and a former political prisoner, says in describing how his...