November 2017

Diocese to oppose gender reassignment
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): At what was billed as a consultation on proposed changes to the law regarding recognition of gender for people commonly referred to as transgender on September 30, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing said that the diocese wants to convey a united stance opposed to any recognition.
 
A working group was set up by the diocese in mid-August to come up with a response to the government working paper prepared by an Inter-Departmental Working Group on Gender Recognition....

Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

NOVEMBER 12 – THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Wisdom 6:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13.
 
NOVEMBER 13 – MONDAY: THIRTY-SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Wisdom 1:1-7; Luke 17:1-6.
 
NOVEMBER 14 – TUESDAY: THIRTY-...

Enough is never enough
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

When Matthew writes to a despondent community disappointed that the second coming of the Lord had not happened as they expected, he repurposes the original story that Jesus had addressed to Israel to sooth the despair of the glum and disappointed Christians.
 
The 10 virgins no longer refer to Israel, but the Church (the bride) that awaits the return of her Lord, her bridegroom. Matthew says that there is a logical explanation for the bride’s no show:...

Laging Handa sa Pagdating ni Hesus!
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

Narito na ang lalaking ikakasal! Salubungin ninyo!’ Agad nagbangon ang sampung dalaga at inayos ang kanilang mga ilawan.”
 
Sa ating ebanghelyo ipinahiwatig ang pagdating ng Panginoon. Walang nakakaalam sa kanyang muling pagbabalik sa mundong ito. At dahil walang nakakaalam sa kanyang pagbabalik, dapat maging handa tayo. Paano ba natin ihanda ang ating sarili sa pagbabalik ni Hesus?
 
Una ay ang walang patid na panalangin. Ang...

Of ambassadors, war, peace and politics
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

ROME (SE): Pope Francis has put together two seemingly disconnected issues in the past weeks.
 
He has agreed to accredit the least approved of any ambassador the United States of America (US) has ever offered to the Holy See and chosen the Sicily-Rome American War Memorial Cemetery near Rome, a memorial to some 7,861 US military service personnel who died during World War II, as the site for his Mass for the Faithful Departed on All Souls Day.
 
The...

Tiananmen and riots not history
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A revised curriculum for the teaching of Chinese history in junior secondary schools in Hong Kong was opened up for consultation to the public on October 3, but unlike that presented in 2012 when the content was the contentious issue, this time around it is more likely to be the lack of it that will draw flak.
 
In a decision made by the chief executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, to make Chinese history a compulsory subject for students...

Shoes galore
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): An appeal made in Hong Kong for secondhand shoes for the poor of his diocese in Cameroon by the director of Caritas in the rural district of Bamenda, received such an overwhelming response that Father Njokikang Paul Fru was left scrambling to collect enough money to enable him to get them transported back home.
 
What began as a simple drive by the Caritas Community Centre and the Hong Kong Lasallian Family to collect around 3,000 pairs in good condition,...

A half-way house in Cheung Chau
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A constant visitor to the prisons of Hong Kong, Father John Wotherspoon, has become the inspiration behind the opening of the Mercy Centre, a half-way house for people who have been released from prison and facing difficulties in reestablishing themselves in society.
 
The Australian Oblate of Mary Immaculate priest is a well-known personality among the non-Chinese prison population of Hong Kong and has been a constant campaigner for foreign prisoners, most...

Espionage in the lecture hall or bewildered students?
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The machinations of the United Work Front Department outside of China and meddling in local affairs by Beijing are currently being criticised at both a high level and with great seriousness in Australia.
 
Speaking at a Confucius Institute in Adelaide in October, the country’s top ranking diplomat, the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, warned international students that freedom of speech is a highly treasured...

Rethinking Europe
(Saturday, 11 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the Commission of Episcopal Conferences in the European Union held a gathering in the Eternal City from October 27 to 29, the final day of which included an audience with Pope Francis.
 
Meeting under the theme of Rethinking Europe, the bishops chose the anniversary for their gathering because they believe that the treaty that was signed in 1957 marked the beginning of the integration...