March 2017

Beijing’s meddling with personnel a new headache for Vatican
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The two government appointed Catholic bodies, the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, have released revised constitutions placing Sinicisation at the centre of their operational philosophy.

The new emphasis in the constitutions of the two bodies is being interpreted as part of a broader strategy by Beijing to put a stronger Chinese flavour into religion, which also means a stronger Communist...

Chief executive on a mission impossible
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The former chief secretary and number two in the current administration, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, was selected as the next chief executive in a widely criticised exercise by a panel of 1,186 people on March 26.

Collecting support from 777 members of the Election Committee, she came in well ahead of her nearest rival, John Tsang Chun-wah, with 365 and Woo Kwok-hing with 21.

Leo Ip Hing-cheung, from the Catholic Religious Subsector at the selection process,...

Internet control during national congress tightest yet
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Complaints have emerged from Internet followers of current affairs in China, who say that National People’s Congress, which some refer to as the annual parliament, held in Beijing from March 5 to 15, was marked by stricter-than-usual controls.

Radio Free Asia quoted Guangzhou-based writer, Xu Lin, as saying that many of the more outspoken members of the popular chat network QQ had their accounts shut down at the beginning of March, with fresh accounts...

Patron of workers and newly-weds celebrated
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): Living our Christian life in the footsteps of St. Joseph is a much loved celebration in the Church in China. As the patron saint of workers, mission in China and newly-weds, the feast highlights his virtues of obedience, silence, humility and serenity.

Fides reported that parishes, colleges, religious congregations, mission stations not only mark the day of his feast on March 19, but dedicate the whole month to imitating his spirit, which is well in tune with the ancient...

Sixty minutes for the earth and the spirit
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In a statement made in the run up to Earth Hour, which saw the usually spectacular vista of Victoria Harbour reduced to an odd twinkle of light between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on March 25, Archbishop Socrates Villegas reminded his flock in The Philippines that refraining from robbing the earth of what it cannot regenerate is an act of homage to the creator of all that he had made and seen “was all very good.”

Earth Hour was the brainchild of Sydney, Australia, in...

A leader in our Church
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

AN OLD ADAGE says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” But for a leader in any organisation, one of the challenges is discerning when things are broken and taking steps to address them.

Contrary to much media huff and puff prior to the selection of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as the new chief executive in Hong Kong, a change at the top is in itself not enough.

The outgoing Leung Chun-ying endured many calls to step down, but just replacing him with even a...

Rekindling the spirit of Archbishop Romero
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission held a double-barrelled celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of its foundation, beginning with an afternoon study on the implications of the life of its patron, Blessed Oscar Romero, at St. Patrick’s parish in Lok Fu on March 12 and a Mass at Mary Help of Christians in Ma Tau Wei on March 18.

Speakers at the study day urged people to learn from the life of the former archbishop of San Salvador in the Latin American country of...

Letter from bishop of Hong Kong to chief-executive elect
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

 28 March 2017

Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
The Chief Executive-Elect
of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Dear Mrs. Lam,

May the Lord’s peace and joy be with you.

Congratulations on winning the Chief Executive Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). I would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to you. Also, I was delighted that the other candidates have expressed their continuous care and...

Migrant workers move for self-empowerment
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Domestic Workers Empowerment Project held at the campus of the University of Hong Kong entered its third phase in March this year with a greater diversification of subjects included in the syllabus.

An orientation class, together with an empowerment session were held at Meng Wah Complex at the university on March 19.

Michael Manio, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, who leads the project, explained that the third phase of the...

Japan called to pay for past forced abortions
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

TOKYO (AsiaNews): The Japan Federation of Bar Associations issued a written statement on February 25 challenging the government in Tokyo to conduct a full investigation into the effects of the now defunct Eugenic Protection Act, which prescribed abortions and sterilisation for people with certain disabilities and hereditary illnesses.

Adopted in 1948, the purpose of the Eugenic Protection Act was to prevent the birth of imperfect children.

The legal federation is asking the...