September 2017

Back home during my vacation
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

What I was looking forward to when I went home for my vacation was bonding with my family. I had a great vacation recently. We didn’t go to other places besides our farm. We took our bath near the river, picked fruit, harvested vegetables and played with my nephews. And of course not to forget our food trip. I ate whatever food came to my mind as I know I won’t be able to eat them here in Hong Kong.
— Hezel Arceta

St. Alfred’s Got Talent
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

The St. Alfred Guitarists held their first thanksgiving celebration at the parish hall in Shatin on July 9. The theme for the day was Showcasing Our God Given Talents. The programme featured a mixture of Christian songs, love melodies and rock.
It was an afternoon of praying while playing, as the strings of the guitars spelled out the prayer of the fingers that plucked them.
The three guests of honour, Father Rey Amancio, Sister Corazon...

Twenty third week in ordinary time
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

Mass of the Sunday (green), Gloria, Creed, Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time. 
Readings: Ezekiel 33:7-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Colossians1:24—2:3; Luke 6:6-11.

Correct your neighbour only with honourable intentions
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

Today we are invited to reflect on Jesus’ recommendations on how to find someone who fail or gets lost.  Jesus says, “Your Father in heaven doesn’t want even one of these little ones to perish.” 
It is up to the shepherd, of course, to search for the sheep that is lost, wounded or at risk of falling into a deep and dark ravine.
However, every Christian is a shepherd of his neighbour. No one can say like...

Pagwawasto sa nawawala ng landas!
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

Ang tunay na Kristiyanong pamumuhay ay hindi lamang sa pagtanggap, pag-intindi at pagmamahal sa mga kapatid natin sa pananampalataya, kundi, tayo bilang kabilang ng ating simbahan ay may responsibilidad sa bawat isa sa atin. 
Hindi maiwasan na ating pamumuhay, sa komunidad na may mga banggaan, hindi pagkakaintindihan. Ito ay bahagi sa ating pamumuhay.
Sinabi ni Hesus sa ating ebanghelyo, “Kung ang kapatid mo ay nagkasala sa...

Calling out Duterte for what he is—tyrant
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The Philippines celebrated National Heroes Day on August 27, a day on which people are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the history of those who whose acts of courage enabled the country to grow as a nation and whose lives and deaths hold particular significance in the development of cultural values.
The life of a 17-year-old student, Kian delos Santos, may have passed unnoticed until August 16 when he became an innocent victim of what is now being...

Kazakh students detained in Xinjiang
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

HOTAN (UCAN): Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are thought to be detaining ethnic minority Kazakhs for wearing Islamic clothing and praying, a practice forbidden by the Communist Party on university campuses.
Radio Free Asia reported Kazakh sources as estimating that more than 20 Kazakhs have gone missing—believed detained—and details are only available on a few of them.
Two people, 21-year-old Saltanati Murat, a student...

Asian Youth Day is a call to intercultural living
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The priest who led the Hong Kong delegation to Asian Youth Day in Indonesia, Father Anthonius Reynolds Balubun, said he hopes that the experience for the young people who made the journey will enable them to better accept different cultures after their return home.
Father Balubun, an Indonesian who has been in Hong Kong for nine years, told the Kung Kao Po before the Asian Youth Day that he hoped he can help young people to know more about...

Death Notice - Sister Cara Perego
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Canossian Sister Carla Perego (白寧靄修女) died on the evening of August 28 at the age of 89 after 64 years of missionary life.
In May, Sister Perego suffered a minor stroke and was transferred to Villa Bakhita for better care. However, on August 22 she suffered a double stroke and was admitted to Canossa Hospital as her condition rapidly deteriorated. 
Born in Vimercate, Italy, on 1 April 1928 to a Catholic family, she...

Church demolition sparks fireworks in Shanxi
(Saturday, 9 September 2017 )

CHANGZHI (SE): Dozens of people turned out on August 29 in an effort to stop the demolition of a church in Wangcun, a few kilometres from Changzhi, in southeastern Shanxi province.
AsiaNews reported that people cried out, “Jesus save me!” and “Mother Mary, have pity on us!” as they tried to obstruct a bulldozer and the police who were trying to protect it as it carried its destructive mission.
Later in the day, hundreds...