July 2017

Cardinal John Tong retiring and Most Rev. Michael Yeung succeeding as Bishop of Hong Kong
(Tuesday, 1 August 2017 )

In June 2014, on receiving the request of Cardinal John TONG to resign as Bishop of Hong Kong on the ground of reaching the retirement age of seventy-five (cf. Canon 401§1), Pope FRANCIS decided that the Cardinal was to remain in office for three more years.  With the three-year term coming to a close, Pope Francis has disposed that with effect from today, i.e., 1 August 2017, Cardinal John TONG will retire and the Most Reverend Michael YEUNG Ming-cheung, Coadjutor, is...

An ecumenical accord in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Catholic diocese and Lutheran Church in Hong Kong jointly endorsed a common Chinese translation of From Conflict to Communion, an ecumenical document marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The document was signed during a prayer gathering at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on July 14.
The ceremony was presided over by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, and the coadjutor of the...

Spurious events for the LegCo
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Social Workers’ Organisation, the Justice and Peace Commission and the Social Concern Group from St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Tsing Yi, as well as around 20,000 people who signed a petition saying that the disqualification is trampling on the election results, have expressed deep concern over the barring of four members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) by the court on July 14.
All up, a total of six have now been barred...

Ecumenical pilgrimage marks anniversary of the Reformation
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, an ecumenical pilgrimage embarked from Hong Kong on a visit to the significant historical places in Germany connected with the split in the Christian faith and then moved onto Rome for an exposure to the leaders of the relationship mending movement of the modern day.
A total of 24 people from the Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic and Methodist Churches, as well as the Church of Christ in China, Tsung Tsin Mission...

Typhoon closes churches
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Low black clouds hung over Hong Kong as Sunday July 23 gave birth to the light and at 9.20am, when a Typhoon Number Eight signal was hoisted, many churches in the city began to close their doors.
Because of the short notice, this left some people arriving for Masses not knowing that the signal had been hoisted and, finding themselves with nowhere to shelter, were left to their own devices to either return home or find shelter elsewhere.

Death Notice - Sister Philomala Chan
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): With deep sorrow the Precious Blood Sisters announce the death of Sister Philomala Chan, who passed away peacefully on July 20 at the age of 96, after 75 years in religious life.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30am on Tuesday, August 1, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, Shamshuipo, Kowloon, followed by burial at St. Raphael’s Catholic Cemetery in Cheung Sha Wan.
The families and relatives of Sister...

Memorial Mass for Liu Xiaobo
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Over 700 people gathered on July 18 to mourn the death of the Chinese Nobel laureate, Liu Xiaobo, whom they had adopted as a prophet and embraced as a martyr when he died under police surveillance after eight years of imprisonment on July 13.
A memorial Mass celebrated by Father Louis Ha Ke-loon was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission at Holy Cross parish in Sai Wan Ho on July 18 with five other priests and four permanent deacons.

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

Get political
DHAKA (UCAN): “Now, the signs of the times demand that Christians need active political engagement to serve the community and the nation better,” Patrick Cardinal D’Rozario, the archbishop of Dhaka, said on July 17.
“Getting political should be based on Christian values and be about breaking barriers that fuel division and conflict, which can harm the Church and the community as whole,” he...

Keeping same-sex marriage in context
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

MUNICH (SE): The archbishop of Munich, Reinhard Cardinal Marx, told Augsburger Allgemeine that the Church should not get too excited over a new law passed by the Bundestag on June 30 recognising same-sex marriage, but rather review with disgust its own record on not opposing the prosecution of homosexuals.
He said during the July 14 interview with the German magazine that the law in Germany, which made homosexuality a crime, was not rescinded until 1994 and that...

Have a good holiday
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

Holidays are a happy time! Workers and students, even grandparents who help care of their grandchildren are eager for a bit of down time.
But this year’s summer holidays have been clouded by the news of the death of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, the deaths of local industrial workers and the disqualification of Legislative Council members, making the season a heavy-hearted one.
The word holiday comes from holy day, particularly...