April 2018

Sharing the joy of the gospel through art
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Marie-Anastasia Carré, a nun from the Community of the Beatitudes, in association with the Hong Kong Diocesan Audio Visual Centre (DAVC) opened an exhibition of paintings, titled, Journey of the Heart: A pilgrimage from within, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Wanchai, on March 23. 
Sister Carré has already held four exhibitions of her works in watercolour, acrylic, ink and mixed media in France, Macau and Hong Kong....

Laity Council set to mark diamond Jubilee
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Laity Council should focus on helping in the formation of young people and discerning their mission during the Year of Youth, Father Benedict Lam Cho-ming, vicar general of the Diocese of Hong Kong, told council members and parish representatives during its annual general meeting at Holy Cross Church, Shau Kei Wan, on March 8.
Father Lam expressed his appreciation for the work of the council over the past year. He encouraged members to read the...

Easter farewell to long-serving Jesuit
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Joseph Mallin (連民安神父), of the Society of Jesus, retuned to the Lord he served on April 1, Easter Sunday. He was 104-years-old.
Born in Ireland on 13 September 1913, he joined the Jesuits on 7 September 1932 and was ordained on 31 July 1946. He made his final vows on 8 December 1976.
He arrived in Hong Kong and proceeded to Canton (Guangzhou) in 1948, returning to the then-British colony in 1949.
Between 1950 and...

School showcases joy of learning
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

Hong Kong (SE): Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School in Pokfulam, welcomed parents and students from primary schools in Hong Kong’s Southern District to its Spring Open Day on Saturday March 10.
The event showcased various workshops organised by subjects and groups, including school-based projects based on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) education; a Nerf Hunt, a fun sport activity; handicrafts and cooking, to name a few. ...

China’s Muslims feel crack of Sinicization whip
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): On March 12 photographs began circulating on the Internet showing domes and religious motifs being removed from mosques in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of northern China, as officials imposed the new religious regulation that came into effect on February 1.
Netizens in Yinchuan, the capital of the autonomous region, shared photos of a crane being used to dismantle elements of Islamic buildings deemed to breach China’s Sinicization directive....

Bishop of Mindong detained again
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin of the unofficial Church in Mindong, Fujian province, was taken from his home on March 26, according to AsiaNews
The 59-year-old bishop received a call from the local Administration for Religious Affairs on March 26 asking to meet at his office. 
After least two hours of talks, the bishop returned to his home at 7.00pm where packed his bags before being taken away at 10.00pm.

Share the gospel by living it bishop says
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Sharing the gospel does not mean merely sharing the knowledge of it, instead it invites the faithful to share their lives lived according to gospel values,” said Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the bishop of Hong Kong, in his homily during the Chrism Mass on March 29. 
Over 1,000 people packed the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road for the celebration on Holy Thursday. 
Mass was concelebrated by...

Give to the poor
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

A couple of months ago, an immigrant family, including a year old girl, approached a shelter home in Hong Kong. They had lost their travel documents and had served jail terms for couple of weeks and were helpless in the city. A priest offered them shelter, but not long after they decided to leave because they couldn’t abide by the regulations at the shelter home and were back on the streets with their kid. 
Now the question before us was whether or not to help...

Rohingya remaining in Rakhine face uncertain future
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

YANGON and DHAKA (UCAN): Mohammad Salim and his family were packing their belongings and getting ready to flee when the violence erupted on 25 August 2017 in the north of Rakhine State, Myanmar, as the military sought to target Rohingya Muslim militants.
However, unlike hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have left the strife-torn state to live in camps in neighboring Bangladesh for fear of ethnic persecution at the hands of the army, Salim decided to stay put.

Movie on domestic worker sheds light into their struggles
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong celebrated National Women’s Month with the screening of Martika, a movie highlighting the struggles of both overseas workers and their employers on March 25. 
The 60-minute feature film, directed by Wong Fei-pang, calls attention to Filipino domestic workers, whose presence may have been ignored but exposes that they matter to Hong Kong in more ways than is currently thought of.