February 2017

Love is the foundation
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

When two hearts are joined together in love,

They’re receiving this endless blessing from above.

God is watching over them from a distance,

Protecting and saving them
in every circumstance.


Everyday is a big challenge for both of them,

The fascinating and dramatic story of Simone Weil
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

On January 27, United Nations Holocaust Day was marked in Hong Kong and all around the world.

The remembrance also embraces Simone Weil, who although she was not killed in a lager, chose to share the destiny of those under Nazi oppression, offering her life as a private holocaust.

Weil was one of the most remarkable women of the 20th, or indeed of any other century....

Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the day (green).
Sirach 15:16-21; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37.

Mass of the day (green).

Jesus came to fulfill the laws
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

In the first phase of today’s gospel, Jesus reiterates this truth, “Do not think that I have come to annul the law and the prophets. I have not come to annul them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17).

If he feels the need to clarify his position, it means that someone had the impression that he, through his behaviour and his own words, is demolishing the same beliefs,...

Banal na utos ng Diyos ay pagpapahalaga sa buhay!
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

Ang sampung utos ng Diyos ay dapat nating sundin at tupdin. Ito ay isang kasunduan na nag-uugnay sa atin at sa Diyos.

Sa ating ebanghelyo sa Linggong ito, pinalalim ni Hesus ang kahulugan ng sampung utos. Sinabi sa pagbasa, “Narinig ninyo na noong una’y iniutos sa mga tao, “Huwag kang papatay; ang sinumang makamatay ay mananagot sa hukuman.” 

The future of the Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
(Thursday, 9 February 2017 )

By John Cardinal Tong


Since my last article on The Communion of the Church in China with the Universal Church, which was published in the Hong Kong diocesan weeklies in August 2016, there have been many positive responses. I thank God and those who have commented on...

Revisiting principles for liturgical translation
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): In calling for a review of the work of the 2001 instruction from Pope Benedict XVI that saw a radical change in the translations of the texts of the Roman Missal from Latin into English, French and, in some countries, Spanish, Pope Francis has ordered a review of the principles governing the mode of liturgical translation.

America magazine reported that while there has so far not been any formal...

Fake news is just an alternative fact
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

The new word added to the official lexicon of Australian English for 2016 is Fake News. The editors of the Macquarie Dictionary define the term as “disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes or to drive web traffic,” as well as being “incorrect information being passed along social media.”

An ultimate example of fake news...

Russia moves to decriminalise domestic violence
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

MOSCOW (AsiaNews): The lower house of the Russian Duma approved a bill on January 27 that if passed in the upper house will decriminalise domestic violence, limiting the means for recourse available to victims, as well as softening the penalties for those who abuse them.

The State Duma voted 380 to three in favour of the bill, which now needs the approval of the upper house and the president, Vladimir Putin, to become law...

Samurai takes first step to sainthood
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

OSAKA (SE): What is a statue of a 16th century Japanese samurai doing in Plaza Dilao in downtown Manila in The Philippines?

And what is more, why is the Japanese fighting man beatified as an honorary Filipino also being beatified as a hero of the Church and a role model for Christians in his native Japan?

The Samurai of Christ, Justo Takayama Ukon (1552 to 1615), was beatified in...