March 2017

Can a Christian join the Communist Party?
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A question posted on Zhihu, the Chinese version of Quora, an Internet question and answer forum, posed the age old question which keeps reappearing on one form or another, “Can a Christian join the Communist Party?”

The query came from a young graduate, who asked, “I’ve been a Christian for six months and now my work requires me to join the Communist Party. But, if the party and religion are at odds with each other, what do I do?”


We’re not hopeless cases
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The determination of the administration of Rodrigo Duterte to re-imposition the death penalty can mean only one thing, “Filipinos are hopeless cases,” a gathering of young people in Surigao, The Philippines, said on March 22.

“Passing the death penalty is as good as saying that the Filipino people are a hopeless case—that we are not capable of conversion,” the rally, organised by Youth for Christ, acclaimed.

A statement entitled, Life-giving justice not deadly...

In memory of Father Fernando Galbiati a scholar and a missionary
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

Father Galbiati had great vision, a great capacity for work and managment, but found it hard to consider the human aspect of people under his leadership

On February 27, in the church of Our Lady of Good Counsel at...

Fourth Week of Lent
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

Mass of the day, Creed, preface of fourth Sunday of Lent (rose).
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41.


Mass of the day, preface for Lent (purple).

A light that never sets
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

From the early days of the Church, the story of the man born blind is read in Lent. The reason is easy to understand: in the story of the man born blind every Christian can easily recognise their own story. Before meeting Christ, he was blind, then the Master gave him his sight. 

Everyone had asked why this man was born blind or in other words, why good people suffer. At the time of...

Hesus liwanag ng ating buhay
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

Maraming mga tao na “nabubulag” dahil sa kasalanan. Ibig ko pong sabihin sa pagkabulag nila, ay spiritwal na pagkabulag. May mga mata pero bulag sa katotohan at bulag sa wastong pamumuhay.

At bakit sila nabubulag? Sa tingin ko, dahil ayaw nila sumunod sa tunay na liwanag na si Hesu Kristo. Kung walang Diyos sa buhay natin,...

An Irish celebration on Chinese soil
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Irish community of Hong Kong celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in grand style, beginning with a two-day crafts and culture exhibition on March 10 and 11 at the Comix Homebase in Wan Chai followed by the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade through the streets of Tamar on March 12.

In getting the word out that St. Patrick’s Day is on the map in Hong Kong and Macau, the consul general, Peter Ryan,...

Walking in faith with the bereaved
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family launched a support programme for bereaved families in January this year.

Run by volunteers who have received training in journeying with people who are mourning a loved one, it is designed to take the bereavement ministry in many parishes a step further.

Paul Lee Chi-kwong, from the pastoral care ministry...

Pedalling their way into the Guiness Book of Records
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Leung Shek Chee College in Sau Mau Ping broke the Guinness Book of Records record for generating the most electrical energy pedalling bicycles over an eight-hour period on February 26.

The all out assault on the record included the muscle power of around 1,000 students, alumni and parents, who took turns at riding 35 bikes from 9.15am until 5.15pm.

A total of...

Remember not his foibles but his greatness
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): The sad circumstances of the death of Bishop Casimir Wang Milu on February 14 that saw his bishop-brother denied the opportunity to officiate at his funeral and opportunistic rumours spreading on social media, has left the life of this zealous and hardworking pastor under a mysterious cloud.

Claims that he was a secret cardinal, had ordained a young boy, a Buddhist lama and a married man, as well as others...