August 2017

On going back home
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

We just finished a three-in-one celebration month at our parish—birthdays for the month of July; as well as the anniversaries of the Mother of Divine Grace praesidium and Mary Help of Christians praesidium, and lastly, my farewell party on July 23.
 
My time has come to an end and I wish we didn’t have to say goodbye, as it is crushing my innermost feeling, but I have to be strong enough to face the reality that my time as an overseas worker...

Waiting is the farmer’s game
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

Being a farmer is not an easy job. Every day farmers wake up as early as cock crow to go out to the fields and also to tend their animals like the carabao, the cow and the goat. They also love to raise chickens, ducks and geese.
 
Sadly, global warming is affecting everyone’s lives, especially those of the farmers. During the day we feel hell on earth because of the increasing temperature which is hazardous to the health of humans as well as animals....

Our call to mission
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A celebration of the 50th year of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal was held at the hall of the Sing Yin Secondary School in Clearwater Bay Road, Kowloon, on August 13. 
 
Around 1,000 people from the Chinese- and English-speaking charismatic communities gathered for the occasion.
 
The Chinese-speaking community ran a songs of praise session prior to a worship session led by Jing Mendoza, from the Loved Flock Charismatic Community....

A Church in need of support
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In a call to the universal Church to give its support in any way it can, Father Sergio Ticozzi says that a recent visit to the mainland has left him quite rattled at seeing the difficulties that Catholic people are facing in their everyday faith lives.
 
The Italian priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions and former member of the staff at the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Aberdeen in Hong Kong says that irrespective of whether they belong to...

A jittery Guam prays for peace
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

AGANA (SE): People in Guam began organising prayer gatherings and vigils for peace in the light of a threat from the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un, to launch a nuclear warhead, which in all probability would be aimed at the tiny unincorporated territory of the United States of America (US), before August 15.
 
The deep concern of the approximately 162,000 people in Guam has lead the archbishop of Agaña, Archbishop Michael...

Twinning of young people
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 25 young people from Hong Kong’s twin diocese in Germany paid a visit to Hong Kong between August 17 and 21 to promote the friendship that has existed between Hong Kong and Essen since the early 1950s.
 
The group visited the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on August 18 and met for a discussion with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung.
 
As guests of the young people of Hong Kong, some of whom have been to Essen, they visited...

Will Catholics swing for same-sex marriage?
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

SYDNEY (SE): As Australia prepares for a postal survey on attitudes towards same-sex marriage, a poll commissioned by the Equality Campaign conducted by Jim Reed from Newgate Research claims that more than half of the country’s Catholics are likely vote in favour of it.
 
The poll discovered that approximately 66 per cent of the overall population is inclined to express a favourable opinion on the question, but among those who adhere to a religion only 58 per cent said...

Chinese art in a Canadian parish
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The work of two Catholic artists from Hong Kong was featured along with 70 portraits of the Chinese Martyrs put together by Jackie Lau Yuen-ting at the parish of the Chinese Martyrs in Toronto, Canada, from July 8 to 16.
 
Displayed together with artwork by religious and lay people to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the parish, over 200 exhibits, including paintings, calligraphy and sculptures, as well as religious architectural images were...

Chinese translation of St. Faustina’s life
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Lam Kit-ping has translated the biography of St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland into Chinese in the hope of spreading her message of mercy throughout mainland China.
 
Lam lives in Hong Kong and is a member of the Secular Institute Ancelle Mater Misericodiae. She worked on the translation in conjunction with people in Taiwan.
 
She said that she was moved by the biographies of Pope John Paul II and St. Faustina and since then has made annual...

Restrictions in Xinjiang tighten
(Saturday, 2 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Persecution in the Xinjiang area of China of the tiny group of Muslim Kyrgyz people has reached a new level with re-education centres being opened for those who violate religious laws.
 
Radio Free Asia reported on August 23 that the small group is facing similar restrictions as the majority Uyghur people.
 
The Kyrgyz are a Turkic people who make up less than one per cent of the estimated 21.8 million people in Xinjiang and are...