August 2017

Volvo makes brave move on electric cars
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

In July this year, the Swedish automobile manufacturer, Volvo, announced it will cease putting internal combustion engines in its cars in 2019 and will only make fully electric or hybrid models.
This is the boldest commitment by any automotive company so far in the development of electric or hybrid cars. But other manufacturers are also moving in that direction and this year, General Motors launched the Chevrolet Bolt, which is a battery powered car....

Transfiguration of the Lord and the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

Mass of the feast (white), Gloria, Preface of the feast. 
Readings: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; 2 Peter 1:16-19; Matthew 17:1-9. 
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Numbers 11:4b-15; Matthew 14:22-36.

Contemplating his transfigured face
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

The mountain, in the bible—as, indeed, among all peoples of antiquity—was the site of the encounter with God.
In Exodus 24 we find that after six days (Exodus 24:16) Moses went up; he did not go alone, but took Aaron, Nadab and Abihu with him (Exodus 24:19), and was enveloped in a cloud.
It is enough to conclude that, with these Old Testament allusions, the evangelist intends to communicate a message. He intends to present Jesus as the new...

Ang pagbabagong anyo ni Hesus
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

Maraming paraan upang baguhin ang kaanyuan ng isang tao. Mayroong nag iiba ang itsura dahil sa klase ng gupit o ayos ng buhok, suot na damit, make-up, pagtaba, pag-kulubot ng balat, pagpapaputi, o pagsailalim sa cosmetic surgery. Sa ganitong tema ng pagbabagong anyo tayo dinadala ng ating kapistahang ipinagdiriwang ngayong Linggo. 
Ito ay ang kapistahan ng Transfiguration o ang malimit na salin sa Tagalog na Pagbabagong-Anyo ng ating Panginoon. Dinala...

New bishop for Hong Kong
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Hong Kong of Cardinal John Tong Hon. He is to be succeeded by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung...            
(Vatican announcement August 1 at 6.00pm Hong Kong time)

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican announced on August 1 that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal...

Communist Party reiterates ban on religious belief
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): A series of articles published in the Global Times during July is reiterating the perpetual warning to members of the Communist Party that religious belief is blacklisted, as it poses a danger to the purity of Marxist atheism and can derail party direction and functionality.
“Party members should not have religious beliefs, but follow atheist Marxism; otherwise, they will be punished,” Wang Zuo’an, the director of the State...

Delegates for Asian Youth Day commissioned
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Despite the delay caused by Typhoon Roke, which blew through Hong Kong on July 23, around 30 young people representing the Hong Kong diocese at Asian Youth Day in Yogjakarta, Indonesia, gathered at Holy Family parish in Choi Hung, to be commissioned at a Mass celebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon.
The English-speaking community of the parish joined in the celebration, along with representatives from the Indonesian Catholic Community of Hong Kong.

Pushing family life at Book Fair
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Organisations connected with the Catholic Church sponsoring exhibits at the annual Hong Kong Book Fair, which is traditionally held during July at the Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, were upbeat on the opening day.
Running this year from July 19 to 25, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung opened the Catholic exhibition with a blessing ceremony on the first morning of the fair.
He encouraged people manning the booths to talk with all comers and...

Old cathedral in China now World Heritage
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The former cathedral of Xiamen diocese on Gulangyu Island in eastern Fujian province was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List by the 41st session of the committee held in Krakow, Poland, on July 8.
The decision to recognise Christ the King Church as one of the 51 notable sites on the island comes in the centenary year of the building which was commissioned by the Spanish Dominican Bishop Emmanuel Prat in 1917.
Bishop Joseph Cai...

Death Notice - Sister Teresa Luk
(Saturday, 5 August 2017 )

With deep sorrow the Precious Blood Sisters announce the death of Sister Teresa Luk, who passed away peacefully on July 24 at the age 86, after 65 years in religious life.
A funeral Mass was offered at 9:30am on Tuesday, August 1, at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Shek Kip Mei, Shamshuipo, Kowloon, followed by burial in the St. Raphael’s Catholic Cemetery in Cheung Sha Wan.
The families and relatives of Sister Luk and the...