November 2017

Plenty of advice for pope on Rohingya
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): One thing about being a well-known person of influence, or what the Japanese would call having a wide face, is that there are always plenty of people around ready to give you advice, even though much of it may be conflicting.
And Pope Francis is no exception. On the eve of his November 27 departure from Rome for the tension-stretched state of the Union of Myanmar, Pope Francis is receiving a plethora of advice on whether he should use the word of the moment...

Bishop’s anthem woes
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A saga that began at the Caritas Bazaar on November 12 with a question to Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung as to whether he would instruct Catholic schools on how to sing the Chinese national anthem ended on the evening of November 16 with the bishop of Hong Kong appearing on television in the midst of a media scrum.
The words of Li Fei, the deputy secretary general of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, during a visit to Hong...

When you can’t hear at Mass
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Pastoral Association for the Deaf celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Mass celebrated at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the Disabled in Homantin on November 4.
During the Mass, members of the association promised to spread the gospel among the hearing-impaired and work to embrace them in the wider Church by promoting the use of sign language at various activities.
The Mass was celebrated by the vicars general,...

Cathedral visit a smash hit
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Siu Ming Secondary Catholic School in Kwai Chung brought a group of its secondary three students on a visit to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception as part of marking its 45th anniversary of foundation on October 6.
The students were given an orientation tour of the 130-year-old cathedral in the Mid-Levels of the Central district, which included an introduction its historical background and distinguished...

On the train but off the rails
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Legislative Council (LegCo) has been told by the chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, that the leasing of space at the Hong Kong terminus of the Express Rail Link connecting the city with Guangzhou on the other side of the mainland border may have gone ahead whether it passed a non-binding bill or not.
However, critics from the pro-democracy seats in the LegCo say that this may see Hong Kong on the train but off the rails, as the arrangement...

Gloom at religious gay talk
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The chief executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, got a few unhappy reactions to her gay talk at an event organised by the Foreign Correspondents Club on October 31 on the territory’s successful bid to host the Gay Games in 2022.
It was reported that when asked if she was pleased about it, she said that the city is still divided on the issues of same-sex marriage, then went on to cite her Catholic faith as a basis for her position....

Korean and Japanese bishops reject violence
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

KAGOSHIMA (SE): “The current situation in northeast Asia is extremely worrying, as countries in northern Asia are now looking to establish stability and prosperity through military power and alliances with other great political powers,” the bishops of South Korea and Japan say in a statement at the conclusion of their annual meeting held in Kagoshima on November 16.
“This creates a situation of threat and anxiety in all nations and generates tension over...

Threatened islands appeal to pope
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): Some island state leaders from the Pacific Ocean area took time out from the 23rd Conference of Parties on the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany, on November 13, to pay a visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The president of the tiny phosphate island of Nauru, Baron Waqa, told the pope, “We are on the frontline of climate change. The devastating impact of cyclones has caused enormous losses for our fragile...

Christ the King is a challenge
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

The feast of Christ the King dates back to 1925. It came as a response to a building secularism in war ravaged Europe that proved to be the advent of a rampant materialism becoming the bond of the people rather than rather than the spiritual glue of human relationships.
It was, in fact, to eventually build the momentum for a second world war.
The proclamation of Christ the King was a reminder from Pope Pius XI that Jesus Christ is the...

Hammer and sickle censorship jams Down Under printing presses
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The long arm of hammer and sickle censorship has reached the presses of Allen & Unwin, Australia’s leading publisher and longtime promoter of academic literature.
It made a sudden decision to return the manuscript to the author of a book called, Silent Invasion: How China is turning Australia into a puppet state, by Adelaide academic, Clive Hamilton, for what are being described as spurious reasons.
The Australian...