January 2018

Help young people recognise marriage as a great joy
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Catholic Church must dedicate itself to properly forming and safeguarding the conscience of the faithful, especially young people so they can see God’s plan for the sacrament of marriage as a great joy for the Church and all of humanity, Pope Francis told members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, on January 29.
 
The recent synods on marriage and the family, as well as the apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of...

Support families and human dignity pope tells Davos meeting
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “If we want a more secure future, one that encourages the prosperity of all, then it is necessary to keep the compass continually oriented toward ‘true north,’ represented by authentic values,” Pope Francis told people attending the World Economic Forum in Davos,
 
In a message delivered by Peter Cardinal Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, on January 22, the pope urged global leaders to...

Choose appropriate and good songs for Mass
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around two hundred liturgical music lovers and Church choir members in Hong Kong attended a music workshop by Franciscan Brother Rufino Zaragoza, held at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kennedy Town, on January 21 to brush up on their skills in liturgical singing. The event was organised by the Chaplaincy for Filipino Migrants and co-sponsored by the Franciscan House in Kowloon.
 
Brother Zaragoza was on a tour giving liturgical music seminars in Saigon,...

Sunday Examiner should go digital
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Josekutty Mathew, who took over Father Jim Mulroney as the deputy editor-in-chief of the Sunday Examiner, said he hopes to strengthen the readership of the newspaper by making good use of the Internet as well as mobile media. 
 
Father Jose, a Claretian Missionary, was born in Kerala, India. The 44-year-old joined the congregation in 1988. 
 
Besides studying theology and philosophy at St. Peter’s Pontifical...

Strong turnout for final service of Christian Unity Week
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

The final service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was held on the evening of January 24 at the Community Church Hong Kong in Sheung Wan, with strong participation of both Catholic and Protestant Christians. 
 
The hour-long English worship featured music, prayers and a sermon on the theme, Your Right Hand, Lord, Was Majestic in Power (Exodus 15:6). The event was co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Christian Council and the Catholic Diocesan...

Will cloning make a monkey out of humanity?
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): A group of Chinese scientists have cloned two macaques monkeys using the same process that led to the birth of Dolly the sheep 20 years ago. 
 
The two, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua (Zhong Hua means the Chinese homeland), were born at the Neuroscience Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai and are the result of years of research on a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer.
 
Pu Muming, director of the...

Farewell to faithful and generous missionary
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Maria Pizzagalli, of the Canossian Daughters of Charity, died peacefully in the Villa Bakhita Community on Caine Road, Hong Kong, on 23 January 2018, at the age of 89.
 
Born in Como, Milan, Italy on 29 April 1929, Sister Pizzagalli she joined the Canossians at the Missionary Novitiate of Vimercate, Milan, and made her first profession on 18 March 1955.
 
In 1957, she was sent to Hong Kong where she worked as assistant novice mistress...

Theology must accompany cultural and social processes
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The study of theology “is fruitful only if it is done with an open mind and on one’s knees,” so it must be based both on sound academic investigation and a deep faith, Pope Francis wrote, In the apostolic constitution, Veritatis Gaudium (The Joy of Truth).
 
The document comprises revised norms for what are known as “ecclesiastical universities and faculties”—those that grant Vatican-recognised degrees, which are...

Honouring young people as leaders of the Church
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

Celebrating the Year of the Youth is a lovely way to honour the young people of the Church and also recognise them as leaders of not just tomorrow, but today. This should be a big year for the Catholic youth of Hong Kong and they need to capitalise on it and make the Church visible in this city. 
 
The Church is in a season of discernment, with young people as crucial part of that journey. The diocese began the year on the front-foot with a three-day...

Vatican laments confusion and controversy over Church in China
(Saturday, 3 February 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office, has denied recent allegations of the Vatican selling out the Catholic Church in China in a statement published on Zenit.org on January 30.
 
The Vatican spokesperson denounced the widespread news of a presumed difference of thought and action between the Holy Father and his collaborators in the Roman Curia on issues relating to China.
 
A report on AsiaNews.it said that a Vatican...