December 2017

Stop the creeping tryanny
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Dressed in black with only red handkerchiefs as a prop, four barefooted women danced the drama of the killing fields of The Philippines at a candlelight vigil held in Chater Road, Central, to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
The four, with a bit of help from two extras, put on a dramatic depiction of a typical police street execution of a drug suspect, which has...

Second Week of Advent
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

Creed, preface for Advent I (violet).  
Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8.
Mass of the day, preface for Advent I (violet). 
Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 5:17-26.
Mass of the day, preface for Advent...

Ang daang matuwid
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

Parang tunog politiko ano po? Ang daang matuwid ay hindi isang pangako o plataporma sa isang kampanya ng isang tatakbo para sa pagpangulo (na naging pangulo nga) bagkus ay panimula ito ng isang pagninilay para sa ating pagpasok sa panahon ng Adbyento.  
Ito ang panahon na kung saan tayo ay naghahanda ng paggunita sa kaarawan ni Kristo at ganon din ang kanyang ikalawang pagbabalik.  Itinatampok ng ebanghelyo si Juan Bautista na siyang itinuturing...

A prophet like Elijah preparing his way
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

This is the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” This is a carefully composed verse by Mark wanting to draw his readers’ attention to the beginning of the book of Genesis: “In the beginning when God began to create the heavens and the earth.” 
The world, which came out good from the hand of God, was then corrupted. 
The Israelites, for centuries, were waiting for God to fulfill...

Pope asks forgivness from Rohingya
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The presence of God today is also called Rohingya,” Pope Francis said on December 1. The BBC reported that the pope’s unscripted comment was made during an interfaith meeting in Dhaka during his visit to Bangladesh when he also met with a group of Rohingya refugees and listened to their stories.
“In the name of all of those who have persecuted you, hurt you, I ask forgiveness,” the pope asked the refugees. “I...

Caritas bazaars for a better world
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Caritas Charity Bazaar season got under way this year on November 5 with the secretary for education, Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, cutting the ribbon at Fa Hui Park in Boundary Street, Kowloon, on November 5.
At a short opening ceremony with Father John Baptist Tsang Hing-man, the chairperson of the Caritas Council, and other guests, Father Tsang encouraged all sectors of Hong Kong to work towards creating a society earmarked by the hope that young people can...

Emotional needs of the terminally-ill
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The fifth Bioethics Conference is scheduled to be held at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Tseung Kwan O from December 9 to 10 with a focus on the care of the terminally-ill.
The conference is being organised by the Bioethics Resources Centre of the Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy in cooperation with some other organisations.
Government statistics show that over 30 per cent of the total population will be in their...

Lenten Campaign distributed
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Lenten Campaign for 2017 raised a grand total of $7.445 million, the chairperson of the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee, Bernard Chan, reported at the conclusion of the year.
Running under the theme, Upholding marriage and family values with the love of God, Chan pointed out that the financial result from the 2017 campaign represents a 5.2 per cent increase over the previous year.
In attributing the increase to a...

Excitement at beginning nostalgia at ending
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The education of a child begins not with acquiring knowledge, but with the challenge of learning how to learn and, as the principle of St. Paul’s Convent School in Causeway Bay, Sister Margaret Wong, pointed out at speech day on November 23, it is a challenge that never goes away.
Sister Wong counselled the roughly 150 graduates from school life that as they set out on the new path they are choosing to follow, to always remember that knowledge is an...

Get out and support the pope
(Saturday, 9 December 2017 )

ROME (SE): Pope Francis has been criticised for some time now by a small group of people, including a handful of bishops and even some red-hatted cardinals, who got the ball rolling earlier this year when they served a please explain or else note called a dubia on the pope.
Now the most recent attack has come from an American Capuchin, Father Thomas Weinandy, a former adviser on doctrine to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, accusing the pope of...