August 2017

Christians and Muslims remember Father Hamel
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

PARIS (AsiaNews): Thousands Christians were joined by their Muslim brothers and sisters at a gathering held at Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray on July 26 in memory of Father Jacques Hamel, who was murdered while celebrating Mass by two men who proclaimed their act as a victory for the Islamic State.
 
The tribute to the 85-year-old priest on the first anniversary of his death began at 9.00am with a Mass broadcast on national television celebrated by Archbishop Dominique Lebrun,...

His presence was his elocution
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

Christians, including many in the Catholic Church in Hong Kong adopted Liu Xiaobo as a prophet during his life time and, since his untimely death in a Chinese prison on July 13, embraced him as a martyr.
 
Liu was not a Christian or a Catholic, but his lifelong commitment to the truth and the great value he placed on the integrity of his own conscience remained the driving inspiration of his life—an inspiration that he suffered and ultimately died for...

To speak or remain silent? A bishop’s dilemma
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): At his installation Mass as bishop of Hong Kong on 23 September 2002, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun said that one of his biggest challenges was to know when to speak and when to remain silent.
 
Although much has been made  of the myriad moments that the garrulous bishop chose speak, the sound of his silence is more difficult to discern, as the dilemma was a distinctly personal one for the newly appointed bishop to grapple with.
 
The time...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

 

 
Ambassador for religious freedom
WASHINGTON (SE): The president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, named the governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom on July 31.
 
Brownback, who has signed religious-freedom legislation into law in Kansas, served in the congress from 1994 to 1995 and the senate from 1995 to 2011 before running for governor. A convert to Catholicism...

There is a time to step down
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): After 21 years as a bishop, John Cardinal Tong Hon officially stepped down from his current position as bishop of Hong Kong on August 1, when the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had accepted his offer of retirement.
 
Cardinal Tong was ordained a bishop together with his predecessor, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, on 13 September 1996, during the time of John Baptist Cardinal Wu Cheng-chung.
 
A teacher of dogmatic theology at the Holy...

Bishop Yeung speaks at installation Mass
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

 
Homily of the Most Reverend Michael Yeung at the Eucharistic Celebration on
the Commencement of his Episcopal Ministry as Bishop of Hong Kong

 
Do Not Be Afraid
Arise and Let Us Go Forth From Here!
(cf. Matthew 17:7 and John 14:31)
 
Your Eminences Cardinal Tong and Cardinal Zen
Your Excellency Bishop Lee from...

A biographical brief on John Henry Newman
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

Out of the shadows and images and into the truth

Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem
 
Born in London on 21 February 1801 into a committed Anglican family, John Henry Cardinal Newman’s father was a banker and mother a descendent of the noted Huguenots, the French Protestant refugees in England.
 
One of six children, he became one of the greatest names of the 19th...

Cardinal Tong at peace prayer meet in Kyoto
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

KYOTO (SE): Two days after stepping down as bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon travelled to Kyoto in Japan as a representative of Pope Francis at the 30th annual Prayer Meeting on Mount Hiei, a gathering that brings people from all religions together to pray and work for peace.
 
Cardinal Tong read a letter from Pope Francis, which opened with the words, “It is my pleasure to send my cordial greetings to you and to the distinguished representatives of the...

With an eye for a Church of the poor
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung spoke with a simplicity and honesty about his new position in his first meeting with the media as bishop of the city on August 2.
In a prepared statement, he thanked his predecessor, John Cardinal Tong Hon, for his half a century of service to the people of Hong Kong then quietly outlined care for the last, the least and the lost as his major pastoral priority for the coming years.
 
But as bishop, he will lead a Church...

The greatest thing about being human
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

The desire and longing to be a free and fully human is perhaps the deepest and strongest need of every person. It seems all creatures want freedom.
 
Birds want to fly from the cage, beasts to roam the land, monkeys to swing in the trees and fish to swim in the seas.
 
Humans want to be free to walk the earth without chains, guards or fear of being in the power and custody of others. They want the freedom to speak the truth, to power and...