November 2018

Solemnity of Christ the King - Tuloy sa kaharian ni Hesus!
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

Sumagot si Hesus, “Ang kaharian ko’y hindi sa sanlibutang ito. Kung sa sanlibutang ito ang aking kaharian, ipinakipaglaban sana ako ng aking mga tauhan at hindi, naipagkanulo sa mga Judio. Ngunit hindi sa sanlibutang ito ang aking kaharian!” (Jn. 18:36).
 
Sa linggong ito ay ating ipinagdiriwang ang dakilang kapistahan ng Kristong Hari. Si Kristo ay tunay na Hari at pumarito S’ya sa sanlibutan, para tayo ay akayin at dalhin sa kanyang kaharian. Gusto...

Knowing the reason behind poverty
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the second World Day of the Poor, the Commission for Labour Affairs in Hong Kong organised a series of activities under the title, Wages and Poverty, during the months of October and November to address the situations of the grassroots, particularly cleaning workers employed under the government’s outsourcing system.
 
Addressing a forum organised by the commission on November 18, the World Day of the Poor, at St. Bonaventure...

Judge stymies Trump’s asylum ban
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

WASHINGTON (Agencies): Even as the caravan of refugees and migrants encountered a rough reception in Tijuana, Mexico, and continued on to the reinforced border of the United States of America (US), district judge, Jon Tigar, of the Northern District of California, placed the clamps—at least temporarily—on the Trump administration’s new rules limiting asylum for undocumented immigrants, the Catholic News Agency reported.
 
The judge said that the...

Final farewell to Maryknoll sister
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Barbara Ann Walenty died on October 24 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of America. She was 90-years-old and had been a sister for 61 years.
 
Born in Detroit, Michigan on 26 May 1928, with four brothers and two sisters, Sister Walenty attended Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit, Michigan, becoming a registered nurse. She then worked at the Detroit Memorial Hospital for two years and at...

Gambling addicts seek redemption through faith
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Compulsive gambling is not only ruining the lives of the gambling addicted but destroying families as more victimised spouses seek help from support agencies, according to a recent survey by the Caritas-Hong Kong Addicted Gamblers Counselling Centre.
 
The centre released the results of the survey at a press conference on November 8 which found that an increasing number of spouses had sought its help since the agency was launched in 2003, with many wives...

Wenzhou bishop detained again
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): For the eighth time since he was ordained a priest in 1999, Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of the unofficial Church in Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, China, has been detained by the authorities.
 
A source called John, said that the 55-year-old bishop was taken away on the morning of November 9 by personnel of Yueqing Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau.
 
“The authorities did not explain the reason, only saying that the bishop would be...

Memorial for priest dead under mysterious circumstances
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Around 100 people attended a memorial service held for Father Pedro Wei Heping of the unofficial Church in China, who died three years ago under mysterious circumstances.
 
Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun the former bishop of Hong Kong, led the service at St. Bonaventure Church, Tsz Wan Shan on November 15.
 
The body of the 41-year-old Father Wei of Ningxia Diocese, was found in a river in Taiyuan, in Shanxi province, northern China, in...

New archbishop named for Hanoi
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

HANOI (UCAN): Pope Francis named 58-year-old Bishop Joseph Vu Van Thien of Hai Phong, to lead the Archdiocese of Hanoi on November 17.
 
Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, said in a November 18 announcement that Archbishop-elect Thien would succeed 80-year-old Peter Cardinal Nguyen Van Nhon, whose resignation has been accepted by the pope. He was also named apostolic administrator of Hai Phong. 
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Leave your comforts behind and reach out to the poor pope says
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “We Christians cannot stand with arms folded in indifference” or thrown up in the air in helpless resignation, Pope Francis said in his homily on November 18, the World Day of the Poor, noting that as the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day.
 
“As believers, we must stretch out our hands as Jesus does with us,” freely and lovingly offering help to the poor and all those in need, the pope...

The permanent diaconate
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

The Church in Hong Kong will celebrate a joyous occasion on November 24 (this Saturday), when, after years of formation, three men will be ordained to the permanent diaconate.
 
The Diocese of Hong Kong, which ordained the first cohort of two permanent deacons in 1997, became the first local Church to restore the permanent diaconate within the Asian region. The permanent diaconate was revived by the Second Vatican Council in 1967. 
 
Since 1997, 28...