November 2018

First Sunday of Advent - The true prophets infuse hope
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

Many interpret the dramatic expressions described in today’s gospel as information on what will happen at the end of the world. The thought of the end of the world scares many. Jesus does not intend to provoke fear, but to get just the opposite. He wants to free us from fear, inspire joy and infuse hope.  
 
First of all, the elements mentioned here (the sun, the moon, the stars, the powers of the heavens, the sea) are the same ones that appear in...

First Sunday of Advent - Paghahanda sa pangako ng Diyos
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

Lagi nga bang napapako ang mga pangako? Tanong lamang ito sa kasabihan na ang pangako ay laging napapako. Nangangahulugan na ang isang tao ay hindi tumutupad sa isang kasunduan, sumpa, o pangako sa kanyang kapwa. Marami sa atin sa pagpunta natin sa Hong Kong ay nag-iiwan ng pag-asa sa mga mahal natin sa buhay sapagkat para sa atin, ang 
pag tratrabaho sa ibang bansa ay siyang tugon sa ating mga pangarap.  Ang ating salita ay pumupuno ng pag-asa sa mga taong...

Celebrating a Columban century: Everyone is a missionary
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): “All of us then are missionaries, whatever our path in life, or whatever our stage of life, or whatever country we live in,” Father Tim Mulroy, the new superior general of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, said at a Mass to conclude the centenary celebrations of the Missionary Society of St. Columban at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on November 23, the feast of St. Columban.
 
The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop...

Shelter for the homeless opens on Day of the Poor
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Sant’Egidio Community in Hong Kong observed the World Day of the Poor with the opening of the Home of Mercy, a shelter for the homeless and the former prison inmates in Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui, on November 18. 
 
The 1,000 square foot centre can accommodate eight residents. The inauguration, officiated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong, marked the golden jubilee of the community in Rome.  
 
The...

Catholic and Methodist dialogue commission meets in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue, formed by representatives of the World Methodist Council and the Catholic Church, met in Hong Kong from October 12 to 19 for the second time to look into the ministry of reconciliation and the unity of different Christian denominations. 
 
The second plenary meeting, hosted by the World Methodist Council with support from the Methodist Church in Hong Kong, took place at Wesleyan House in...

God’s ways are not our ways
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

Advent takes us into the season of expectant waiting. You can expect a friend’s visit but not be able to meet him. This happens when you are in the wrong place or time for the appointment. It could be our case with God. He has already come many times in human history. He showed the place where he can be met, but perhaps we have not understood well because we end up waiting for him where he does not come.
 
This is an attempt to list a few places where...

Islamic extremism spreading with defeat of IS in Mideast
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

LONDON (CNS): The threat to religious freedom from Muslim fundamentalists is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon following the military defeat of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said a new report from Aid to the Church in Need, published on November 22.
 
The Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report noted that Islamist extremists have increased violence in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia corresponding to their loss of territory in the Middle East.
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Provoke an uprising of change pope urges young people
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “Dear young people, take courage, enter within yourselves and ask God: ‘What do you want from me?’ Allow God to answer you. Then you will see how your life is transformed and filled with joy,” Pope Francis said in a video message for the upcoming World Youth Day, released by the Vatican on November 21.
 
The pope called on young people to provoke an uprising of change by serving others. He said that in helping those who are suffering,...

World Youth Day officials release pope’s Panama itinerary
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): When Pope Francis visits Panama for World Youth Day from January 23 to 27, he will meet with young people unable to attend the festivities: some in jail and with some living with HIV.
 
He also will dedicate the altar of Panama’s newly renovated 400-year-old cathedral, meet with bishops from Central America and have lunch with some of the young people attending the youth day gathering, according to the schedule released by the Vatican November 20....