November 2017

Death Notice - Sister Eileen Franz
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

MARYKNOLL (SE): Sister Eileen Franz died on November 5 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of America. She was 89-years-old and had been with Maryknoll for 67 years.
Born in Jersey City on 3 December 1927, she is survived by a brother and a sister.
Sister Franz graduated from St. Dominic’s Academy in 1945 and earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. 

A taste of poverty on World Day of the Poor
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs is organising a Seven-Day Poverty Experiential Programme to mark the first World Day of the Poor, an initiative introduced by Pope Francis at the ceremony to close the Holy Door and bring the Jubilee of Mercy to completion at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on November 20 last year.
On the same day, he released an apostolic letter titled Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery),...

What grace to ask for
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Pointing to the need to bring the Holy See back from the brink of selling out the Catholic people of China to the government in Beijing, the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said that the plight of people like 41-year-old Father Wei Heping, who died mysteriously two years ago in Shanxi, must be kept squarely in our consciousness.
At a Mass at the parish of St. Jude in North Point organised by the Justice and Peace Commission on...

A link with history mourned in Shatin
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Well remembered for her decades of service to education in Shatin, Sister Mary Annunciata Chou Hsueh-mei was buried from St. Alfred’s parish on October 21. She passed away after a long illness at the age of 88 on October 15.
Past and present principals and former students, as well as her community from the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows and relatives gathered for the requiem Mass celebrated by Father Stephen Chan Mun-hung to...

Uyghur cops copping it
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Relatives of Uyghur police force personnel are now being detained as part of a crackdown on the ethnic Muslim group in the Xinjiang region of China. It had been an unwritten agreement that the families of security personnel enforcing the crackdown were off limits, but now the cops are beginning to cop it.
Thousands of Uyghurs accused of having extremist and politically incorrect views have been sent to political reeducation camps and prisons across the...

Communication of elegance
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis has promulgated an apostolic letter which in part focusses on the manner of the translations of the liturgy, but it also implies a strengthening of the role of bishops’ conferences as decision-making bodies in their own areas.
Released in September as a motu proprio, which literally translates as on his own impulse, the document has legal effect and applies in all areas to which it is addressed.
It takes its...

Creeping crack in Vatican glass ceiling
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): The hairline crack in the Vatican glass ceiling crept a bit when Pope Francis appointed two women as undersecretaries in the new dicastery for Laity, Family and Life on November 7.
Gabriella Gambino, a professor from the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute, will be the undersecretary for the section on life and Linda Ghisoni, who is now a judge on the marriage tribunal for the Rome archdiocese, will be undersecretary for the section on the laity....

Concrete love and realistic action
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

World Day of the Poor is being marked by the worldwide Church today. It was instituted last year not only as an extension of the spirit of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, but also as a reminder of the our obligation to serve the poor, both in word and deed.
Running under the theme of Let us love, not with words but with deeds, the first World Day of the Poor reminds us that loving the poor is the mission of Christians and also an essential part of the...

Lord heal our broken land
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

MANILA (SE): Thousands of people flocked down EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos) Avenue in Manila on November 5 retracing the footsteps of the massed crowds that formed the giant demonstration of People Power in 1986, forcing the president at the time, Ferdinand Marcos, to allow himself to be removed from the country by the United States of America.
Photographs show thousands of people processing with the famed statue of Our Lady of Fatima that had galvanised solidarity among...

Cardinal may renege on Saudi invitation
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

BEIRUT (AsiaNews): In what is being hailed as a first and breakthrough in religious relations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the king, Salaman, and prince with right of succession and currently number two in the political pecking order, Mohammad bin Salman, have issued an invitation to the Maronite patriarch of Lebanon, Bechara Cardinal al-Raï, to pay a state visit to Riyadh.
It will be the first time a Church leader from Lebanon has visited the ultraconservative and...