December 2017

Testament to a dream that is no utopia
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): “All indicators available to the international community suggest that global migration will continue into the future. For my part, I ask you to view it with confidence as an opportunity to build peace,” Pope Francis says in his Message for the 51st World Day of Peace, which is marked on 1 January 2108.
Addressing the theme, Migrants and refugees: Men and women in search of peace, Pope Francis says, “Among those who I constantly keep...

Tread carefully around #me too
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): As the #me too campaign sweeps the globe, Hong Kong celebrities who have to date disclosed stories about sexual abuse they have been subjected to have been both criticised and praised.
Hurdling champion, Vera Lui Lai-yiu, revealed on her Facebook page that she was sexually abused by her coach when she was a teenager, saying said she made the revelation on her 23rd birthday in an attempt to graduate from being a victim to becoming a survivor.

Called to be children of God
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Charismatic Services Committee held an Advent reflection day attended by some 400 people from both Chinese- and English-speaking communities on December 3 at the Caritas Community Hall in Caine Road.
The Sowers Catholic Charismatic Committee gave the day a start with some rollicking songs before the guest speaker for the day, Peter Ho Man-hong, was introduced by Maria Raichandani, the chairperson of the Committee.

Good-bye from the editor’s desk
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

An issue of the Sunday Examiner goes out and in the words of poet, John Kelly, “… the word, released, rooted and roaming now, God knows what streets, hearts, homes...” And it cannot be taken back.
However, today, it is not just the paper going out, but the editor as well. After 15 years at the desk fresh blood is coming in to fill the position and take up the challenge of putting out Hong Kong’s Catholic News of the Week....

Welcome to new editor
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

Hong Kong (SE): Claretian Father Josekutty Mathew will be taking on the position of deputy-editor-in-chief of the Sunday Examiner.
Father Jose—as he likes to be called—was born in Kerala, India, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. 
He arrived in Hong Kong in 2009 and after Cantonese study became the parish priest of Mui Wo on Lantau.

Top prize to Philippine movie
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

MANILA (SE): Ignacio de Loyola has become the first Philippine-produced movie to receive the Best Film Award at the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in the Vatican.
The story of the life of the founder of the Society of Jesus, the organiser of the festival, Liana Marabini, said, “The most important thing to say about Ignacio de Loyola is that… it is the first time in the history of the festival that this happened. There were no...

Confessional seal again comes under scrutiny
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): With the release of the findings of one of the most significant investigations into Church practice this year, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia has some damning things to say about the structural weakness of the governance of the Church and its inability to manage its own affairs.
But perhaps one of its most controversial recommendations is that a new law be passed requiring priests to report cases of...

A New Year a new leaf?
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

As one year dissolves into another the pessimist bemoans that the world is in worse shape than it was 12 months ago and, despite the good intentions of New Year resolutions, the upcoming months look grim.
However, the optimist may look back and see that amidst the grim realities of the previous year there were some bright spots and while not placing great faith in the New Year resolutions either, see some hope for the future.
But neither...

Is booing the national anthem really a mortal sin?
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): As the Hong Kong Football Association is being fined for a second time over the behaviour of some fans during the playing of the Chinese national anthem prior to international soccer matches in the city, an evening seminar organised by three Church groups on December 14 said it does not believe that people are booing the country of China itself, but rather its system of governance.
While it remains obscure as to under exactly what rule the Asian Football...

Cost of trauma delayed
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A gunfight resulting in three brutal deaths took place in the Barangay Mansangaban Playground of Bais City, Negros Occidental, on 25 April 1993, in full view of around 100 people, including the children and families of the dead and the daughter of a barangay captain, who was later to be found guilty of the multiple murder.
Nancy Ambos was 20-years-old on that fateful day. Later in life she came to Hong Kong as a migrant worker, but 15 years after she...