May 2017

Interreligious dialogue with Mammon?
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )

Shortly after my ordination and assignment to Japan, an elderly Japanese priest told me about an experience he had as a young man sometime before World War II.
A European bishop was visiting Tokyo and the then-young priest was assigned to be his tour guide for a day.
In the morning, they went to the Ginza shopping district and spent time exploring department stores. The bishop was impressed at how up-to-date...
World Day of Prayer for China
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In Hong Kong the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China was marked with a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal John Tong Hon, and one at the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Aberdeen on May 24.

People gathered at the two Masses prayed for the leaders in Chinese society, asking that they may be inspired to respect religious belief, social freedom and personal liberty.

They prayed for the Catholic...

Centenary of Fatima marked in Cheung Chau
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): People were urged to continue praying for peace in the world during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis marking the centenary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal, and John Cardinal Tong Hon took up the same theme at a celebration of the feast day of the parish in Our Lady of Fatima on Cheung Chau on May 13.
Around 700 people, many of whom had crossed the seas from Hong Kong and Kowloon, gathered for the annual Mass.
The Vocation Month of May
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )


HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Vocation Commission organised the first of several Masses to mark Vocation Month at Holy Cross parish in Shau Kei Wan on May 7.
Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing invited people to pray for young people that they may have the courage and strength to respond bravely to the vocation that God is calling them to.
Bishop Ha then reminisced on the calling he received in his own life, saying that he...
A decade on from Pope Benedict’s letter to Chinese Catholics
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )


HONG KONG (SE): The letter, which has now become the text book for the Church in China penned by Pope Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics in 2007, is as important today as it was 10 years ago.
Speakers at a seminar held on May 7 in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary, said that it should be re-read as a source of wisdom in looking at what path the Church in China should follow.
Organised by the Justice and Peace Commission...
Wenzhou bishop still held
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )

SHANGHAI (AsiaNews): A particular intention on May 24, the day set aside for the past decade for prayer for the Church in China, was the release of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from Wenzhou in Zhejiang.
The feast day of Our Lady Help of Christians was designated by Pope Benedict XVI as the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China in his letter to the Catholic people of the mainland in May 2007.
Bishop Shao was instructed to go to...
Trump and Pope Francis face off
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): As the long cavalcade of menacing-looking black vehicles snaked its way through the maze of alleyways in Vatican City, dark suited men loitered behind trees, lurked in corners, leaned on fences or scurried about like agitated teenagers waiting for a first date, and the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, arrived at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican for his much talked about face to face meeting with Pope Francis on May 24.

Under the watchful...

Far more than an incident
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )

OVER THE PAST 100 years Tiananmen Square in Beijing has played host to history defining events, which have been both controversial and subject to considerable government interpretation. In one particular case, even a reversal of verdict.
In 1919, as people were beginning to assert themselves as self-determining with a popular power base rather than an elitist one, a mass gathering in the famed square on May 4 cited what was called government weakness in...
First Mindanao then the country?
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Two terrorist attacks on opposite sides of the world took place within 24 hours of each other on May 22 and 23.
In England, a bomb was detonated at a pop concert leaving some 22 mostly young people dead and in The Philippines, the city of Marawi in the troubled region of Mindanao was attacked, leaving many dozens more dead and hundreds of thousands of lives disrupted, a church in flames and Father Chito Suganob, as well as some 14...
Around the Traps
(Saturday, 3 June 2017 )

Papal condolence to Manchester
VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis said he is deeply saddened by the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester. In a message to the people of the city, he expresses his solidarity with all those affected by violence on May 22.