July 2018

Youth Festival on courage and love
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Young people were told to be brave to achieve their dreams and reach out to those in need during a Mass at Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tiu Keng Leng on July 15, which concluded the one-week Youth Festival organised in response to the Year of Youth.
The Youth Festival was held under the theme of Be Brave. The idea is adapted from the theme for the 33rd World Youth Day held in Rome in 2018 which says, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you...

Book fair a way of evangelisation
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung blessed the booths of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong during a prayer service held on July 18 to mark the opening of the seven-day annual Hong Kong Book Fair at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre, Wanchai.
Blessing the diocesan booths and the participants present, Bishop Yeung said that the diocese takes part in the book fair because Christians have to put into practice the ministry of evangelisation, and it is...

May God be glorified says jubilarian
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

Father Edward Yu Fook-min, at the age of 81, is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of his priestly ordination this year. People love him for his homilies laced with stories. His simplicity and soft-spoken demeanor make him endearing. His series of talks on the writings of St. John in the Bible made the gospel messages comprehensible to the ordinary faithful. 
Father Yu was born in Hong Kong in 1937 and joined the Holy Spirit Seminary to study for the...

More local books needed for young people
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Press in Hong Kong should publish more books to cater to the needs of young people as their interest in reading is still strong, which is a proven fact by the high turnout for the annual Hong Kong Book Fair. 
Josephine Lau Wai-ling, general manager of the Catholic Centre Bookstore, is of the opinion that although there are lots of good books published for children and adults, there is a scarcity of quality books for young people to help in...

Youth Commission promotes reading of DOCAT
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Youth Commission (DYC) is helping with the promotion of the newly published Chinese version of DOCAT as it can support the faith formation of young people on Catholic social teaching in Hong Kong.
In April this year, Claretian Publications Macau and Kuangchi Cultural Group, Taiwan have co-published the Chinese version of DOCAT. 
Francis Law Wai-chung, from the DYC, told Kung Kao Po that the DOCAT is a good...

Authorities seek to disqualify Chinese priest
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

SHAN XI (UCAN): Chinese religious affairs officials have recommended that a priest be disqualified for leading a pilgrimage.
Observers said it was believed to be the first such case under new religious regulations that came into effect nationwide on February 1.
The Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs maintained that the priest acted in contradiction of religious Sinicization that aims to supplant outside influences with Chinese cultural and social...

Liu Xiaobo remembered as Liu Xia off to ‘new life’
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): About 200 local Catholics expressed their respect and tribute for the late Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, on July 11, two days before the first anniversary of his death, at a Mass held at St. John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong. 
Liu died of liver cancer on 13 July 2017 at the age of 61, when serving a sentence of 11 years’ imprisonment. He was formally charged on “inciting subversion of state power”....

Ordinary men called to be heros
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

Last week, while the destiny of many football teams were rising and falling in the Moscow courts, and many people kept praying for the victory of one of the two teams in game, another game of a different jersey was unfolding in Thailand where everyone prayed for the success of both teams, at Tham Luang, “the cave of the sleeping lady” in Thailand. 
A British diving duo Rick Stanton and John Volanthen were leading a team of divers and all sorts of experts...

Revisiting the topic of reading
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

By the time this paper reaches your hands, the Hong Kong Book Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre will be entering its final days. The annual event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and has become a spectacular summer event over the years.
Outside of the book fair, many publishers and bookshops also made use of the period to organise related activities in other places in an attempt to promote people’s reading habits....

First Genfest in Asia calls on love and sharing
(Saturday, 21 July 2018 )

MANILA (Agencies): Some 6,000 young people from over 100 nations participated in a three-day youth festival of sharing, music, art and concrete actions from July 6 to July 8 in Manila. 
The 11th edition of Genfest, the international youth festival of the worldwide Focolare Movement is the first such rally held in Asia and outside Europe. 
Genfest 2018, held in the Philippine capital under the theme Beyond All Borders, allowed young people to...