February 2017

Bishop’s pastoral letter for Lent
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

These words from the Bible tell us Lent is coming and remind us to see life as a pilgrimage. We are seekers in mind and spirit. This journey that begins in the heart leads us to search for God’s will in our lives.

A pilgrim is not a tourist. The goal of a pilgrimage far exceeds what any place...

What about the workers?
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs issued a petition in February calling for more concern and attention from the new chief executive to be given grassroots society than has been receiving up until now.

It stressed that as the majority of Hong Kong people cannot join the small circle selection panel made up of only of 1,194 people that will finalise its choice on March 26, the voice of the...

An unassuming yet brilliant missionary
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

LECCO (SE): A long-time missionary to Hong Kong, Italian-born Father Fernando Galbiati, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (pime), lost his battle with cancer on February 18.

Born on 14 November 1932 in the Bussero district of Milan, Father Galbiati was the superior general of pime during a highly productive time of growth, which sadly also saw great tragedies between 1983 and 1989.

New deacon gives big thanks to God
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Francis Mahilum, from the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (cicm), said at his ordination to the diaconate in Star of the Sea church in Chai Wan on February 18 that he believes a vocation is a big gift from God.

Reverend Mahilum was ordained a deacon by John Cardinal Tong Hon. The Asia vice-provincial superior of cicm, Father Anthony Lim; the superior, Father Jean Sylvere Mbuela Pfuti; Reverend...

Chinese at Vatican talks accused of organ harvesting
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The presence of two Chinese health officials at a February 7 and 8 Vatican summit on organ transplants that sparked sharp criticism, are now being accused of forced organ harvesting by international medical experts.

Huang Jiefu, a former vice minister of health in China, and Wang Haibo, an official responsible for the national organ transplant database, attended the summit organised by the Pontifical...

One of first secretly ordained bishops dies
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Casimir Wang Milu, from Tianshui in the northwest of China, suffered a stroke and later contracted pneumonia in hospital where he died on February 14 at the age of 74.

The bishop from the unofficial community of the Church was not recognised by the Chinese government. He had been hospitalised since early January, but his condition continued to deteriorate. His funeral took place on February 18....

Sinners have a future saints have a past
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

Pope Francis strongly proclaims that the Church is not a club for saints, nor should it be a place of arbitrary judgement of neighbour, but rather a home where the sinner can seek shelter, repent and embark on the search for conversion and forgiveness.

Church teaching strongly proclaims the possibility of conversion, which should never be ignored. By its very name, the Hong Kong...

Widely varied reaction to Cardinal Tong
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The future of the Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view published by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, in the Sunday Examiner on February 12 is reminiscent of a university debate where one team sets up and defends a hypothetical argument and the other attacks it.

Father Sergio Ticozzi, a one-time colleague of Cardinal Tong at the Holy Spirit Study Centre in...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

Arab regions bishops meet

AMMAN (SE): At a meeting of the Latin Bishops from Arab Regions held in Amman, Jordan, from February 13 to 15, Bishop Paul Hinder, whose jurisdiction covers Yemen, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, spoke of the challenges brought about by the huge community of...

Canon law top dog argues for Joy of Love
(Saturday, 25 February 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): In a booklet launched on February 14 directly addressing the controversial Chapter Eight of Pope Francis’ The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), penned at the conclusion of the 2016 Synod of Bishops on Marriage and Family Life, Francisco Cardinal Coccopalmerio sets out to effectively break down barriers that may exist between doctrine and pastoral ministry.

Chapter Eight has been the subject of...