August 2017

Faith matures in crisis
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

When evening came” indicates in the symbolic language of the evangelist the conclusion of Jesus’ day. It is the end of his life. It is the moment in which he climbs the mountain alone, moves away from the crowds and definitely enters the world of God.
This is why the disciples find themselves in the dark. Darkness is the image of disorientation; doubt that captures even the most convinced believer. At times, even one who is driven by a strong...

Pananampalatayang nagtitiwala kay Hesus!
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

May naniniwala kay Hesus, pero hindi natitiwala sa Kanya. Ano ang ibig kong sabihin? Maraming binyagan na sumusunod kay Hesus, sila’y nagdadasal, nagsisimba pero hindi sinasabuhay ang kanilang pananampalataya. 
Kung may mga problema sila’y pumupunta at sumasangguni sa mga paraan na hindi maka-Kristiyano. Walang tiwala sa Diyos!
Ating pagnilayan ang ebanghelyo sa Linggong ito. Ang tunay na pananampalataya ay patungo sa...

New bishop installed
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “It would be a sad day for Hong Kong if it were true to say that people here cared only for economic growth. Hong Kong’s well-being calls for a wide range of values to be fostered, including education and appropriate action to strive for integral human development,” Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said on August 5 at his installation as the eighth bishop of Hong Kong, since it was recognised as a diocese in 1946.
The Cathedral of the...

We can work together
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “This gathering today is a testimony that we can all work together for the betterment of our society by showing love, forgiveness and charity across the boundaries of all religions and cultures,” the newly installed bishop of Hong Kong, Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, told guests at a cocktail party held in the Caritas Community Hall on August 7.
In addressing the gathering of government dignitaries led by the acting chief executive, Matthew Cheung...

Don’t forget the earthquake victims
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

MANILA (SE): While news of the siege of the only majority Muslim city in Mindanao by the Maute group and the pros and cons of martial law have dominated international discussions on Philippine affairs, the suffering of people hit by other catastrophes still needs attention.
Over 500 families are now living in tents around Cormac City after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook Leyte province at around 6.30am on July 6, leaving four people dead and around 100 injured, as well as...

Killing off suicide
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

TOKYO (AsiaNews): The government in what is arguably the world’s capital for youth suicide is setting out to reduce the rate in under 20s by at least 30 per cent.
Japan’s youth suicide rate is the highest among the G7 nations and although the number has decreased slightly in recent years, Tokyo is calling for further efforts to stem the flow.
For many years the annual average rate stood at more than 30,000, but since 2010 has dropped to...

Precious Blood Sisters elect new leadership
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Congregation of The Sisters of the Precious Blood held its 24th general election on July 26 at which Sister Madeleine Kwong Lai-kuen and Sister Agnes Au Yi-man were re-elected as superior general and assistant superior general.
On the same day, Sister Teresa Li Sau-chi, Sister Cecilia Kwok Yuen-han, Sister Josephine Kam Lai-cheng, Sister Paula Lou Kuai-fong and Sister Dominica So Chiu-ho were elected as councillors general.

Why is world silent on Ukraine?
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): “On both human and Christian levels, love for truth with which the apostles entrusted us prohibits us from accepting the silence which has fallen on the conflict in Ukraine and on the suffering which has befallen tens of thousands of people,” Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, from the Vatican Congregation of Eastern Churches, said during a visit to Kiev on July 7.
Vatican Radio reported that the cardinal agreed to go to the Ukraine as an act of...

Mixed messages from Patriotic Association anniversary
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): An official government function to mark the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association carried a bit of a mixed message for the Church and the Vatican, on the one hand stressing Beijing will keep a tight rein on the Church, but on the other refraining from calling the event a celebration.
At what was officially billed as a commemoration, Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the elite seven-member Politburo Standing Committee...

Vatican admits talks with Beijing rocky
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

VATICAN (UCAN): While the ongoing talks between the Holy See and Beijing have been described by commentators as hitting a rocky patch, the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, said on August 2 that discussion over the appointment of bishops has presented new challenges.
Cardinal Parolin explained that as tensions continue to mount since the latest round of clandestine talks between the two sides in June, he is wondering if what he terms the Far East has its...