September 2017

A country that tortures and murders children
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): The recent murders of three teenagers in Manila as part of what the president, Rodrigo Duterte, likes to call his war on drugs, have provided a compelling reason for people to rethink their support for the campaign.
 
“There are far too many deaths that demand answers,” Jose Luis Martin Gaston, the chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights, said following the discovery of the hog-tied and tortured remains of 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman,...

The Persecution of the Rohingya
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

The hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing the attacks and burning of their villages in Myanmar are walking hundreds of kilometres across mountains and through jungles in the rain to escape the slaughter by the Myanmar armed forces. 
As many as 3,000 Rohingya have been killed according to some reports. 
 
The survivors, now number around 370,000  men, women and children, some pregnant and all hungry and thirsty, reach the...

Church leaders rap Duterte for stance on Marcos heirs
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

Manila (UCAN): On the eve of the 100th birthday of the late dictator of the The Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, the country’s Church leaders sounded out against the ongoing war on drugs being waged on the poor by the president, Rogrigo Duterte, as well as critising his pandering to the Marcos heirs.
 
“We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal. We cannot govern the nation by killing,” Luis Cardinal Tagle, the archbishop of Manila, said in a...

Kidnapped Marawi priest rescued
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

MANILA (SE): “I am physically strong and sound,” CNS reported Father Chito Soganob as telling a press conference at military headsquarters at Camp Aguinaldo, Manila, The Philippines, on September 18 as day after news of his rescue from captivity in Marawi broke.
 
Father Soganob, the vicar general of Marawi, had been held captive by Islamic State-inspired Maute group since conflict erupted in the city on May 23. 
 
He asked...

A dove flying against the wind
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

LOS ANGELES (SE): Brother Peter Zhou Bangjiu is indeed a dove that flew against the wind. When the People’s Republic of China was about to be proclaimed, Brother Zhou was a young seminarian with the Benedictines in St. Andrew’s Abbey and had just taken his first vows when Chengdu was captured by the Communist army in 1949.
 
Although originally a foundation from Belgium, the monastery eventually relocated to California in the United States of America and Brother...

The tragic, impotent silence of Aung San Suu Kyi
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

For the past weeks, the world has watched aghast as Myanmar’s military has carried out the latest, most deadly phase of a five-year operation against the Muslim Rohingya people who number about 1.1 to 1.3 million.

It has been an outrageously outsized reaction by Myanmar’s notorious military known as the Tatmadaw, to a small attack by what is thus far a threadbare insurgency that has taken clearer shape as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

It is...

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
 
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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 )

SEPTEMBER 10 - TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME. 
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.
 
SEPTEMBER 11 - MONDAY: TWENTY-THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Colossians1:24—2:3; Luke 6:6-11.
 
SEPTEMBER 12 - TUESDAY: TWENTY-...

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...