October 2018

Ordained to the diaconate
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Diocesan seminarian, Timothy Yan Ho-fung, was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on October 27. 
Around 800 people attended the ordination Mass which was concelebrated by Bishop Yeung, John Cardinal Tong Hon, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary, as well as a number of priests of the diocese. 
Bishop Yeung encouraged...

Music to celebrate 130th anniversary of the cathedral
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): A thanksgiving concert was held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on October 14 to celebrate its 130th anniversary.
A number of Catholic musicians, the Cathedral Joint Choirs, the Good Hope School Choir as well as the Chummy Choir were invited to perform that day.
Under the leadership of musical director, Viola Yuen Wing-ling, the concert featured performances on instruments such as the trumpet, violin, cello, pipe...

Employers get a glimpse of parish life
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The employers of the Filipino community at St. Alfred’s parish, were invited to an Employer’s Day on September 30 to introduce to them to the church and the Sunday parish activities of their employees. Altogether 38 employers and their families attended. 
After a welcome message of the parish priest, Father Slawomir Kalisz, employers and employees introduced themselves to parishioners who attended the event and shared about their...

Celebrating the Transitus of St. Francis
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Franciscan congregations in Hong Kong and Macau celebrated their annual Transitus (passage through death to life) of St. Francis of Assisi on September 29 in Macau. 
Upon arrival in Macau, the group visited Our Lady of Fatima Girl’s School, then after lunch, they proceeded to the community of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels in Toishan. 
Our Lady of Fatima Parish was the next stop. 

Farewell to Canossian centenarian
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

Sister Yu was born in Macau on 25 September 1915. In 1944 she joined the Canossian religious family in Macau and made her first profession on 14 August 1947. Her entire life was dedicated to education as a teacher and an administrator in Canossa Convent School and St. Mary’s Canossian School (Chinese Section). 
In Macau, she worked at Sacred Heart Canossian College (Chinese Section), Escola Canossa and in Magdalene School, in Fai Chi...

Young people called to mission
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): For the Diocesan Year of Youth, the deaneries of the Church in Hong Kong invited young people to come together and take part in Mission Sunday activities on October 21 and to help proclaim the Good News to others.
In his Message for World Mission Day 2018 titled, Together with young people, let us bring the gospel to all, Pope Francis encouraged young people to look into their mission. He also told them that, the Synod of Bishops, held in Rome this...

Bauhinia Star award for selfless priest
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Among the 282 people named in the Hong Kong government’s 2018 Honours List on July 1, was Father Giosuè Bonzi, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), who was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) along with 39 others, for outstanding service over a long period of time. 
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor, presented the honours and awards during a ceremony at Government House on October 27.

Amnesty India says raid aimed at silencing government critics
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

BENGALURU (SE): The bank accounts of human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, in India have been frozen, effectively stopping its work, after the government’s financial crime investigating agency, the Enforcement Directorate, carried out a 10-hour raid at the group’s Bengaluru office on October 25, Vatican News reported on October 26.
“Amnesty India’s bank accounts have been frozen by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), effectively stopping our...

Miscarried babies and the mercy of God
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

In her 2018 Policy Address, Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor mentioned the handling of the remains of miscarried babies, saying, “… the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Hospital Authority have already implemented various administrative measures to facilitate the handling of abortuses. The government is examining proposals to further improve such arrangements in a holistic manner, including provision of facilities” (...

The Church and the world need you synod tells young people
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): At the end of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, the synod fathers writing to the world’s young people, said, “Our frailties and sins must not be an obstacle for your trust. The Church is your mother; she does not abandon you; she is ready to accompany you on new roads, on higher paths where the winds of the Spirit blow stronger—sweeping away the mists of indifference, superficiality and discouragement.”