April 2018

Fourth Sunday and Fourth Week of Easter
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

APRIL 22 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER. 
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 4:8-12; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18.
 
APRIL 23 – MONDAY: FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER. 
Mass of the day, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 11:1-18; John 10:1-10.
 
APRIL 24 – TUESDAY: FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER. 
Mass of the day,...

Fourth Sunday of Easter: Tawag para sa kabanalan!
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

Ang ikaapat na linggong muling pagkabuhay ay linggo rin sa panalangin para sa bokasyon. Lahat tayo ay tinawag ng Diyos para sumunod sa kanya, at para magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan. Si Hesus lamang ang nagbibigay ng buhay na walang hanggan. Siya ang ating Mabuting Pastol. Sabi sa ating ebanghelyo, “Ako ang mabuting pastol. Iniaalay ng mabuting pastol ang kanyang buhay para sa mga tupa.” (John 10:11). Iniaalay ni Hesus ang kanyang buhay sa krus para sa ating...

Fourth Sunday of Easter: The shepherd
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

In the Old Testament, God is often portrayed as a shepherd who guides, protects, and nourishes his people (Psalms 80:2; 23); “he gathers the lambs in his arms, and gently leading those that are with young” (Isaiah 40:11). He takes care of Israel that has been brought to ruin by unworthy kings and promises: “I will gather the remnant of my sheep from every land to which I have driven them and I will bring them back to the grasslands. They will be fruitful...

A pastoral letter from our bishop on Good Shepherd - Vocation Sunday
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

Responding to God’s call with courage and joy!
 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Rejoice in the Risen Lord, the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep! (cf. John 10:7). On the 4th Sunday of Easter the Church celebrates Good Shepherd Sunday together with the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, reminding ourselves at the same time that the Synod of Bishops will be meeting in Rome...

Bring hope to those living in despair
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): “We need to help people. We have the ability granted by God to do so and we should use this to bring hope to those in despair,” Father Louis Ha Ke-loon urged at a prayer service for the housing problem in Hong Kong, held at New Asia College Memorial Garden, Sham Shui Po on March 22. The event was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission under theme, Remain hopeful in face of despair.
 
Former legislator, Edward Yiu Chung-yim, a chartered...

Diocesan priest embarks on new missionary journey to Cambodia
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong’s first diocesan missionary priest, Father Paul Kam Po-wai, is embarking on another three-year mission on April 23, this time to Cambodia. He previously worked in Tanzania, in Africa, from 2003 to 2006.
 
A commissioning ceremony was held on April 15 at a packed St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Tsing Yi. 
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-chueng, the bishop of Hong Kong, concelebrated the Mass with parish priest, Father Joseph...

Registration of religious communities enforced in parts of Henan
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Chinese government has ramped up efforts to tighten control over religions in the Pengyuan district of the populous central province of Henan.
 
On April 4, local authorities posted a notice demanding those who follow the officially listed faiths—Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism—register with the residents’ committee.
 
Authorities in Henan, which has an estimated 300,000 Catholics, have been...

Cardinal Zen receives human rights award
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, received the human rights award from the Stephanus Foundation on April 7.
 
Past recipients include Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Sako, Syriac Orthodox Sister Hatune Dogan, and Brother Andrew, nicknamed God’s smuggler for his exploits in smuggling Bibles into the countries behind the Iron Curtain.
 
Cardinal Zen noted that those who received the award before him suffered...

Cardinal Zen receives human rights award
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, received the human rights award from the Stephanus Foundation on April 7.
 
Past recipients include Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Sako, Syriac Orthodox Sister Hatune Dogan, and Brother Andrew, nicknamed God’s smuggler for his exploits in smuggling Bibles into the countries behind the Iron Curtain.
 
Cardinal Zen noted that those who received the award before him suffered...

Top religious affairs official promoted in new structure
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The long-standing director of China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), Wang Zuo’an, has been formally transferred to the United Front Work Department (UFWD), as the religious affairs bureau is officially absorbed into the latter office.
 
While Wang will be promoted to deputy director of the UFWD, he will his retain his SARA title to prevent confusion in dealings with other nations on religious matters.
 
China...