June 2018

Young adults less religious than their older counterparts
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): A study by the Pew Research Centre found that young adults worldwide are generally less religious than their older counterparts by a variety of measures.
The study, published in mid-June, which drew upon previous surveys by Pew, concluded that this was true regardless of the predominant religion in the country, its level of economic development, or its level of religiosity. It defined young people as those under 40 years of age and older people as those...

Nativity of St. John the Baptist and Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of St. John the Baptist (white). 
Readings: Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18; Matthew 7:1-5.

Nativity of St. John the Baptist - A courageous witness of the light
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

Today’s Gospel presents the birth of John the Baptist. In the event of a birth, every believer wonders what God has planned for this event and what dreams he raises on each creature. 
Luke was a believer; he wrote fifty years after the events and recalled John’s birth and interprets it as an act of “mercy” of the Lord on Elizabeth. The term “mercy” in the Bible indicates Yahweh’s attention, his tender love for...

Nativity of St. John the Baptist - Anong pangalan mo?!
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

Ang pangalan natin ay nagbibigay sa atin ng pagka-kakilanlan. Naalala ko noong bago pa ako dito sa Hongkong, sa unang araw ng aming klase sa Kantones (Cantonese language) tinatanong kami, ano ang aming pangalan sa Chinese. At ang sabi ng aming guro na ang bawat pangalan para sa mga Intsik ay mahalaga at may kahulugan. 
Sa Linggong ito ay ipinag-diriwang natin ang Kapistahan ni San Juan Baustista. Sa ating ebanghelyo sinabi, “Ngayon sa ikawalong...

The saint who made China his home
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN/SE): This year marks the 15th anniversary of the canonisation of St. Joseph Freinademetz of The Society of the Divine Word, and the society staged a musical to reflect the spirit of his mission in China the 140th anniversary of which will be marked next year
The musical was performed in Putonghua at St. Margaret’s Church, Happy Valley, in April, to mark the fifth anniversary of its Putonghua-speaking community, then in Cantonese at the Sai Wan Ho...

Young Catholics need listening Church
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Young Catholics are looking for a Church that listens to their concerns, accompanies them in discerning their vocations and helps them confront the challenges they face, said the instrumentum laboris (working document) for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on young people.
Publisdhed by the Vatican on June 19,the document stated that young people “want to see a Church that shares their situations of life in the light of gospel rather than by...

Precious Blood sisters mark anniversaries
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Sisters of Precious Blood celebrated its 96th anniversary as well as the platinum, diamond and golden jubilees of 10 sisters at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on June 3.
The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-chueng and over 20 priests from the diocese. Over 1,000 people, including the family and friends of the jubilarians, as well as the alumni of the schools run by the congregation, attended.

Many beaten and injured as police suppress protests in Vietnam
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

HANOI (UCAN): In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, around 200 protesters were detained, beaten and interrogated by police on June 17, in a crackdown aimed at suppressing opposition to a proposed special economic development plan and the approval of a controversial cyber security law.
Eyewitnesses said the police action was aimed at stopping any demonstration talking place. 
As in other parts of the country, protesters were protesting a newly passed cyber...

A charismatic servant returns to the Father
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

Hong Kong (SE): Dominican Father Everett Allen Roman Carter, a friend of many in Hong Kong, died on the afternoon of June 16 in Avila, Spain. 
In accordance with tradition, a requiem Mass was celebrated the next day, June 17 at the priory of the Convent of Santo Tomas, after which he was buried with his confrérès in the cemetery at Avila.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, the United States of America, on 10 October 1932, he attended...

Final farewell to PIME missionary
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Luciano Lazzeri of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), died on June 11 at the PIME Rest House in Lecco, Italy.
Born in 1940 in a mountainous village in northern Italy, near the Swiss border know to be rich in vocations, Father Lazzeri completed his secondary education at the seminary of the Diocese of Como before joining the PIME Institute. 
He was ordained a priest in 1964 and spent a few years teaching in...