September 2017

Approaching China with healthy realism
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the new bishop of Hong Kong, has described his approach to dealing with China as one of healthy realism that must consider ongoing talks between the Vatican and Beijing.
 
The 71-year-old Bishop Yeung was keen to remind people that he is neither a diplomat nor engaged in Vatican-Beijing negotiations and added that he would not rock the boat in terms of relations between the Church and China.
 
“If I...

Priest abducted in Yemen rescued
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Indian Father Tom Uzhunnalil of the Salesians of Don Bosco, who was abducted by Islamic State militants in Yemen on 4 March 2016, was finally freed on September 12 after 18 months in captivity. 

Oman’s state-run news agency ONA, reported that Omani authorities “in coordination with the Yemeni parties” rescued him.
 
Upon his release, the Salesian priest “expressed thanks to God almighty and appreciation to His...

Death Notice - Brother Thomas Favier
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

 
Brother Thomas Favier, of the De La Salle Brothers died peacefully in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Hong Kong on Thursday, September 7, after 62 years in the religious life.
 
Brother Favier joined the De La Salle Brothers in 1955 when he was 13-years-old. He completed his novitiate in 1959, after which he was sent to England to take his O and A Levels. He completed his teacher training at the La Salle Teacher Training College in...

Feast day Mass for Mother Teresa
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over 200 people, including residents and volunteers of the Home of Love, a centre for the homeless at Sham Shui Po, as well as parishioners, joined the sisters of The Missionaries of Charity in marking the feast day of St. Teresa of Kolkata at Our Lady of China parish, Tai Kok Tsui, on September 5.
 
Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung who expressed his appreciation for Mother Teresa as she manifested great love in her life by caring for...

Jubilee celebration for two Good Shepherd sisters
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, at Mother of Good Counsel parish, San Po Kong, to mark the 50th and the 60th anniversaries of religious profession of Sister Peter Chua and Sister Felicitas Nisperos of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd on September 10.
 
The celebration was attended by over 400 people from the Filipino and Chinese-speaking communities who have been the longtime friends of the two.
 
In his opening...

Missing bishop resurfaces
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

WENZHOU (UCAN): Bishop Shao Zhuming, from Wenzhou, who has been missing since security officials detained him in April, just before Easter, has resurfaced at a Beijing hospital. Through a WeChat message, the bishop from the unofficial Church community said he was scheduled to have ear surgery on September 11.
 
“Many thanks for all who pray for me, especially for the smoothness of my surgery today,” the bishop wrote in his message.
 
A photo of...

Church urged to generate less waste
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Catholic organisations were urged to use less disposable products especially during its large-scale activities at a forum and Mass organised by the Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation at St. Vincent’s Chapel, Wong Tai Sin, on September 1.
 
The Mass also marked the Season of Creation from September 1 to October 4, when Christians around the world undertake to pray and take action for the...

New challenges for Timor Leste
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

DILI (SE): The six weeks following an indecisive election in the tiny nation of Timor Leste on July 21 was a turbulent period during which the various political parties, none of which won sufficient seats in the parliament to govern in its own right, sorted out a few alliances and finally formed a government and, for the first time, a viable opposition.
 
Aniceto Longuinho Guterres Lopes, from Fretlin, a political party that grew out of the Revolutionary Front that fought...

Let’s talk about sex young people tell Vatican
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

VATICAN (CNS): Several young people attending a Vatican-sponsored seminar on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urged the Vatican and the bishops themselves to be opening to listening to young people talk and ask questions about love, sex and sexuality.
 
Twenty people under the age of 35, along with 70 theologians, priests and academics met from September 11 to 15 as part of the preparatory process for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on “young people, faith and vocational...

Education is more than just lessons
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

The fourth Sunday of September each year is designated Education Day by the diocese of Hong Kong. It is the beginning of a new school year and a time when we are reminded to pray for our students, educational work and policies, and to pay more attention to education issues.
 
The theme this year, You are the light of the World (Matthew 5:14), underscores that Jesus Christ is the light of the world and the education should not only help young people...