March 2018

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Animo ay isang butil
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

Isang talinghaga ang muling ibinigay ng ating Panginoon upang lubos na maunawaan at matanggap ng mga tagasunod ng Panginoon ang kanyang kamatayan.  Ito ay ang talinghaga ng isang butil.  Sa mga taong may mga karanasan sa pagbubukid, ang pagsasaalang-alang, ang pag-tatabi ng mga butil na ipupunla, isasabog, o itatanim ay siyang susi ng magandang ani para sa kinabukasan.  
 
Sa ganitong paraan ay inihalintulad ito ni Kristo sa kanyang naiimbing...

Chinese bishops break silence on Vatican deal
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Chinese bishops have broken the taboo about rarely talking about Sino-Vatican relations by backing a proposed deal on episcopal appointments.
 
The bishops, who have government recognition, spoke at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) held recently in Beijing. They said the agreement is developing in a good direction and expressed support for the president, Xi Jinping, saying...

A Caritas spring
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas-Hong Kong (HK) brought together benefactors and well-wishers for its annual Spring Reception to celebrate the Chinese New Year on March 13, at the Community Hall of Caritas House, Caine Road.
 
Welcoming the guests to the tea gathering, students from Caritas Nursery School-Shatin, performed a lion dance and sang an action song.
 
The bishop of Hong Kong, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-chueng, together with the former bishop, John Cardinal...

Raising social awareness in the Year of Youth
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the diocesan Year of Youth, the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students is joining hands with the Diocesan Youth Commission and Commission for Justice and Peace to promote the social awareness among the young people through a series of formation activities. 
 
The series of activities, targeting working young adults and university students, kicked off with a two-day camp in mid-March. A one-day programme, scheduled for April 28, will...

Eternal rest for long serving sister
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Teresa Chow, of the Precious Blood Sisters died peacefully at the Bradbury Hospice, Shatin, on March 10, at the age 81 and after 60 years of religious life.
 
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on March 17 at 9.30am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei Street, Shamshuipo, followed by burial at St. Raphael’s Catholic Cemetery, Cheung Sha Wan. 
 
The family and relatives of Sister Chow and the Precious Blood Sisters...

Criticism against Pope Francis is foolish prejudice Pope Benedict says
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “These small volumes reasonably demonstrate that Pope Francis is a man with profound philosophical and theological formation and are helpful to see the interior continuity between the two pontificates, even with all the differences in style and temperament,” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote on the occasion of the launching of a new book collection titled, The Theology of Pope Francis.
 
Authored by several notable theologians and edited by...

Philippine priests advised to undergo lifestyle check
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

Manila (UCAN): Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos, the Philippines, head of the Episcopal Commission on Seminaries, prelate told a gathering of more than a hundred priests in early March that priests need to undergo a lifestyle check to see if they are living their mission as followers of Christ.
 
The bishop suggested that even their choice of gadgets should be scrutinised. “Are we satisfied with a workable phone or should I have the latest Blackberry or iPhone?...

Public healthcare stands wanting 15 years after SARS
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

Fifteen years ago, in March 2003, the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a serious form of pneumonia, claimed nearly 300 lives in the Hong Kong. With a concerted effort by medical staff and citizens, the deadly epidemic was brought under control. Many in Hong Kong still cherish the memories of sacrifices of medical staff who died on duty and the cleaning workers who performed their duties faithfully. 
 
Hong Kong has rebuilt its...

Pope asks young people to write meditations for Way of Cross
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): In light of this year’s Synod of Bishops on Young People, Pope Francis has asked that the meditations for Way of the Cross on Good Friday be written by a group of students Vatican News reported on March 8.
 
The pope wants today’s younger generation to reflect on the Passion of Christ. 
 
Each year, the pope asks a different person or group of people to write the meditations for the nighttime Holy Week event at Rome...