November 2017

The devout and religious may be far from God
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is talking about the behaviour of the Pharisees towards the crowds and his disciples. They too are people at risk of behaving like Pharisees. Today, there is danger for Christians of becoming Pharisaic.
 
The Pharisee is a stereotypical character: he represents a way of thinking, judging and acting which is opposite to the gospel; the arguments and beliefs of the Pharisees infiltrate subtly among the disciples and are...

Ang pagsasabuhay ng pananampalataya
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

Isang namumuno sa Simbahan ang nagsabi, “Eskandalo na hindi ko ginagawa ang bagay na aking itinuturo, ngunit mas malaking eskandalo kung ituturo ko ang bagay na aking ginagawa.” Bagamat pabiro ang pagkakabigkas nito, mayroon ding mahalagang punto ang napapaloob dito. 
 
Binatikos ni Hesus ang mga Pariseo at mga eskriba na “hindi nila isinasagawa ang kanilang ipinangangaral”(Mateo 23:3).
 
Ito ay hindi upang...

Caritas Bazaars a season for the common good
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): November is traditionally the month of the Caritas Bazaar Season in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Cheung Chau and the New Territories.
 
For three consecutive Sundays beginning at Fa Hui Park in Kowloon, thousands of people will give of their time, sweat and expertise in putting together a variety of stalls and entertainment areas for the tens of thousands who will come to search out a bargain, enjoy the atmosphere or just splurge a bit on a good cause.
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A month to get busy on mission
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): Speaking on World Mission Sunday at the Vatican, Pope Francis said that he is promoting October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month “to nourish the ardour of the evangelising activity of the Church ad gentes (to the nations).”
 
Mission Sunday, which is celebrated on the second last Sunday of October each year and this year fell on October 22, will become the centre-point of a whole month that will be focussed on the work of missionaries...

Workers offered a walking stick
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): While welcoming a plan to subsidise transport costs for working people presented by the chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, in her maiden policy address on October 11, the Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs is calling it a token gesture or cosmetic throwaway line.
 
In a statement released on the same day Lam addressed the Legislative Council, the commission said that the fundamental difficulties faced by working people involve long work hours,...

Two from Hong Kong ordained
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Francis Mahilum and Reverend Flavien Bouambe, both from the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), were ordained priests during October and although they are confreres in Hong Kong their ceremonies were far apart.
 
Father Mahilum was ordained by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung at St. Lawrence’s parish in Tsuen Wan on October 14.
 
Now 38-years-of-age, Father Mahilum, was born into a Catholic family in The...

Musical up in Veritas Cup
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

MACAU (UCAN): A contest calling for a new innovation in religious hymns and music in Mandarin sponsored by Radio Veritas Asia has once again attracted a wide range of classy entries, with a group from Malaysia taking out the top honours this time around.
 
Singing its own musical creation called God is Love, the group from Malaysia was announced as this year’s winner of the Veritas Cup at a Holy Music Festival held in Macau Diocesan Social Communications...

Nepal newest pariah on religious freedom
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

KATHMANDU (UCAN): Nepal has become the latest pariah state in the religious freedom field by making religious conversion illegal.
 
Seen as specifically aimed at the Christian faith, Kathmandu has now formed a bloc alongside its two neighbours, India and Pakistan, in which the small Christian minorities are facing increasing threats from the government against their faith.
 
“The Nepali government has taken a regressive step as this law severely...

Highs and lows of tertiary student organisations
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students held a Mass for the beginning of the academic year at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Shek Kip Mei on September 29, during which Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing spoke of the importance of putting their own concerns aside to some extent and making a deliberate effort to listen to the voices of the people at the margins of society.
 
The spiritual director of the federation, Father Martin Ip Po-lam; his outgoing...

Tough times for imams
(Saturday, 4 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Reports are emerging from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region that imams who are not toeing the Communist Party line have been sent to political re-education camps, which have proliferated at a clipped pace over the past several months in the western area.
 
With the promotion of the region’s hardline leader, Chen Quanguo, to the broader politburo during the October Party Congress—a move which many rights monitors both predicted and feared...