September 2018

Mothers of young mothers biggest source of support
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Pressures faced by young mothers can be greatly reduced if they have a good relationship with their own mothers, a survey carried out by Project Hyacinth-Enrichment Service for Young Mothers, revealed. 
Project Hyacinth, run by Caritas Youth and Community Service, released the results of the survey at Caritas Community Centre, Tsuen Wan, on August 19, and encouraged the government and concerned groups to come up with measures to facilitate a healthy...

Seminarians walk to promote vocations
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Holy Spirit Seminary held a walk for vocations from Yuen Long to Aberdeen from August 28 to 31, to mark the beginning of the new semester.
The rector of the Seminary, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, together with the seminarians, walked to Ss. Peter and Paul parish, Yuen Long; Holy Redeemer parish, Tuen Mun; Ss Cosmas and Damian parish, Tsuen Wan; and the Cathedral of Immaculate Heart Conception parish, Caine Road. 
During the...

St. Paul Sisters celebrate religious professions
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

Hong Kong (SE): The Sisters of St Paul of Chartres celebrated with joy the perpetual vows of eight of their congregation: Sister Teresa Clara Nguyen, Sister Anna Cecilia Truong, Sister Therese Faustina Nguyen, Sister Anne Maria Bui, Sister Marie Elisabeth Nguyen, Sister Marie Augustine Do, Sister Anne Pauline Nguyen and Sister Marie Assumption Phan; and the first profession of four more: Sister Teresa Angela Tran, Sister Mary Thomas Truong, Sister Annie Nguyen and Sister Rose Mary Dang; on...

Zhejiang priest still missing
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Father Lu Danhua remains unaccounted for eight months after he was taken away from the dormitory of Qingtian Catholic Church in Zhejiang province, by personnel from Qingtian Religious Affairs Bureau. 
When he was detained on 29 December 2017, bureau personnel said they just wanted a brief chat and later said the priest had been taken to Wenzhou to study new religious regulations and return after legal registration.
Bishop Peter...

Young people hope to take Taizé spirit back to China
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Many participants from mainland China enjoyed the spiritual experience of the Taizé Community’s August 8 to 12 International Meeting of Young Adults in Hong Kong.
They said they hoped to share Taizé’s spirit of pursuing unity and reconciliation with other young people.
Maria, from Zhejiang province in eastern China, did a month of volunteering in Taizé, France, in August of 2011.

Spanish and Latin American bishops rebuke pope’s attackers
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): Bishops from Spain, Argentina and Peru s issued letters supporting Pope Francis in late August following fallout from allegations made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former apostolic nuncio to the United States claiming that the pope and others knew about abuse allegations involving Archbishop Theodore McCarrick (Sunday Examiner, September 2).
An introduction to the letter posted on August 30 on the Argentine Bishops’ Conference...

Protecting this precious earth
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

In response to Pope Francis designating September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation (as the Orthodox Church has done since 1989), local Church organisations are organising a number of activities this month to call the faithful to engage in ecological conversion.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of environmental protection. However, compared to the speed with which humanity is destroying the environment,...

Religious freedom report flunks 28 countries
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): The United States International Commission on Religious Freedom (USCIRF) singled out 28 countries for repression of religious liberty in its annual report, issued on August 29.
The 228-page report designated 16 countries as Tier 1—the harshest level of repression: Myanmar, Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

German Church leaders deplore xenophobic violence
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

WARSAW (CNS): “From a Christian perspective, violence cannot be an answer to violence. An offense must not be utilized to incite anger against entire ethnic groups,” Bishop Heinrich Timmerevers of Dresden-Meissen, said on August 28, as Germany’s Catholic leaders condemned anti-immigrant riots in Chemnitz, Saxony, that erupted after a man was killed in a brawl with migrants.’
“This deadly stabbing is a criminal offense which needs clearing up...

Appeal to Catholics to protect Indonesian diversity
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

JAKARTA (UCAN): Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, paid his first visit as head-of-state to the headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia in Jakarta, on August 24, to improve ties and to stress the need for religious institutions to preserve and maintain diversity within the nation.
The conference’s chairperson, Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta, and its secretary-general, Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunjamin of Bandung in West...