February 2017

No schism in China
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In commenting on an article written by John Cardinal Tong Hon, The future of the Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiastical point of view (Sunday Examiner, February 5), some media spoke of the Church in China as schismatic.

However, the Church in China is not in schism and has never been accused of being so.

Pope John XXIII once made reference to a...

Association of Children of Mary closes but parish branches remain open
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass was celebrated by Father Cyril Cheung Lok-tin at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Tai Po to mark the official closing of the Association of the Children of Mary on January 1, but the six parish-based branches in the diocese say they will continue operating the services they have been performing, as well as recruit new membership.

The former officer of the Association, Ida Leung Wai-ming, told the Kung...

Death Notice
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

Hong Kong (SE): Brother Edward Kowala, from the Salesians of Don Bosco, died on February 10 at Canossa Hospital. He was 90-years-old.

Born in what is now the Czech Republic, he served in the military during World War II. As a prisoner of war in England, he became acquainted with the Salesians...

Bishop in Shaanxi accused of corruption
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A group of priests in Hanzhong in Shaanxi province has accused 85-year-old Bishop Louis Yu Runshen of corruption and are demanding that he step down.

A letter signed by 20 of the 27 priests in the diocese, including the coadjutor bishop, 87-year-old Bishop Matthias Yu Chengxin, who is partially paralysed, was sent to Bishop Louis Yu.

Bishop Matthias Yu clarified...

China’s presence at Vatican summit comes under fire
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

VATICAN (UCAN): A medical ethics expert from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, Wendy Rogers, reacted with disappointment at the invitation extended to Huang Jiefu, who is in charge of overhauling the system of harvesting organs for transplant in China, to speak at a summit on the topic at the Vatican on February 6.

Rogers, who is the chairperson of an advisory committee on tackling organ theft in China, described...

A pope scowls at Rome!
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

ROME (SE): The city of Rome awoke on the morning of February 4 to see large, glossy posters featuring Pope Francis plastered on billboards at 40 locations around the city asking him where his compassion and mercy are in the midst of the series of persecutions he has been carrying out against certain sectors of the Church since he took over the papacy.

Showing the pope with a sour visage, a caption read, “Ah, Franky,...

Swing away from abortion
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

ATLANTA (SE): The results of a Marist Poll taken in the United States of America released on January 23 show that a slim majority of 52 per cent of respondents identify themselves as pro-choice, while 42 per cent say they are pro-life.

However, on more specific questions, solid majorities support legal restrictions on the practice of abortion.

An overwhelming 91 per cent of those...

Challenge to be generous with wealth
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

February 8 is the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. At her canonisation in 2000, Pope John Paul II said that in the life of the former slave, we find a shining advocate of genuine emancipation, a life that inspires not passive acceptance, but firm resolve to work effectively to return those deprived of their rights to true freedom.

On 30 November 2007, Pope Benedict XVI wrote in In Hope We are Saved...

Transforming a week of prose into epic magic
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In welcoming guests to the first of five independent movies screened in Spotlight: Philippine Cinema 2017 on February 8, Alice Mong, the director of the Asia Society in Hong Kong, said that it is not sufficient to build bridges between Asia and the west, as we also need to concentrate on creating better understanding among Asian countries.

She praised Sunday Beauty Queen as a bridge-builder...

From fake news to false truth
(Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

WASHINGTON (SE): After being caught out telling a porky to the media on February 2 about a fictitious Bowling Green Massacre in Kentucky in support of Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the United States of America (US), Kellyanne Conway, an aide to Trump, claimed that in a slip of the tongue she used the word massacre instead of terrorists.

Journalists were quick to uncover Conway’s claim...