June 2017

The God we believe in
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )


Just three densely packed verses constitute the gospel passage for today. They would be enough to correct any distorted image of God that may still be present in the minds of many Christians—that of the stern and inflexible judge—and to open our hearts to trust in his love.
“God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost” (v.16). It can be considered...
Banal na pag-ibig!
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )


Sa Linggong ito ating ipinagdiriwang ang kapistahan ng banal na santatlo o Trinity Sunday. Ito ay nagpaalaala sa atin na ang ating Diyos ay Ama, Anak at Espiritu Santo.
Sa nakalipas na Linggo ipinagdiriwang natin ang kapistahan ng Pentekotes, ang pagbaba ng Espiritu Santo, na nagbibigay sa atin ng tunay na kapayaan at nag-udyok sa atin na humayo at makilahok sa pagmimisyon ng ating Simbahan.
Sa ating...
Democracy is product of love
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Even before we pursue democracy for our country, we seek to build a society that is faithful to God, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing told a prayer gathering at the kiosk in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4.
Speaking prior to the annual candlelight vigil in remembrance of those who died before the guns of China’s military in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 28 years ago, he said that some may have lost hope because there has been no...
Missionary ordination in Yuen Long
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Michael Zhang, from the Institute of the Incarnate Word, was ordained a priest at the parish of Ss. Peter and Paul in Yuen Long on May 20 by John Cardinal Tong Hon.
Father Alberto Barattero, the superior of the congregation’s province in the United States of the America (US), recommended the young deacon to Cardinal Tong for ordination.
The superiors in Asia and Ecuador, Father Miguel Soler and...
Thou Shall Not Kill are not my words
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “It has been said that we did not wish well to Don Primo. It is not true: we, too, wished him well! But you know how things went. His stride was too long and we struggled to keep up with him...,” Pope John XXIII said upon the death on 12 April 1959 of one of the most remarkable advocates for peace through justice the Church of Italy has seen.
Father Primo Mazzolari, better known throughout the land as Don (Father) Primo, spent a...
Bishops baulk at person status for robots
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

BRUSSELS (SE): The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community is critical of a resolution from the European Parliament calling for consideration to be given to attributing the status of a person to some robots.
Although two rivers in the world, one in India and one in New Zealand have attained this status they are living creatures and the personhood is connected with the wellbeing of the river being directly linked to the...
Beijing can’t be challenged Hong Kong told
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The one country, two systems principle has always been problematic, variously described as a straight out contradiction or an abstract concept.
But on May 27, when Zhang Dejiang, the coordinator of the National People’s Congress, warned Hong Kong not to confront the central government, the project officer for the Justice and Peace Commission, Jackie Hung Ling-yu, went even further, calling the principle empty words.
Bit of Catholic television coming to China
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): The third season of a weekly television show on Pope Francis called Oh my God ended in a great fundraising dinner put on by its producer, the Kuangchi Programme Service, with more than 1,000 donors, the best event of its kind in the recent history of the diocese of Taipei.
Oh my God is the title of Taiwan’s long television marathon about Pope Francis and the Catholic community’s pastoral and social work on the...
New online Chinese Christianity Collection
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): The Kingdom Business College in Beijing teamed up with Globethics.net in Geneva, Switzerland, to launch the Online Chinese Christianity Collection on May 15.
A press release from its Beijing office says that it is the largest Online Collection on Chinese Christianity anywhere in the world.
All up, 34,500 full text, multilingual documents can be downloaded for free from ...
At least a political climate change
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “This for us is something that we hoped would not have happened,” Peter Cardinal Turkson, the prefect of the newly-formed dicastery for Integral Human Development, said in response to an announcement by the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, that he would withdraw his nation from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Speaking in Washington at Georgetown University, Cardinal Turkson pointed out that Pope Francis...