November 2018

World has not learned lessons of World War I
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said on November 11, Armistice Day.
World War I is a chapter in history that serves as a dire warning and a call for world leaders “to reject the culture of war and to seek every legitimate means to put an end to the conflicts that still stain many regions of the world with blood,” the pope said after praying the Angelus with people gathered in St....

Tribal groups protest visit of Xi Jinping to Philippines
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Tribal groups in the Philippines have vowed to hold protests when China’s president, Xi Jinping, visits from November 19.
His visit is expected to herald more development aid and progress on joint undersea fuel exploration for the Philippines.
However, the Network Opposed to Kaliwa-Kanan-Laiban Dam, an alliance of tribal groups, called on the Chinese government to pull out of committed loans and projects that will have a...

Centre for the disabled marks silver jubilee
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the Disabled, Homantin, celebrated its silver jubilee on October 27 with an open day.
During a sharing session, Peggy Fung Pui-kay, chairperson of the centre, talked about its services, which include a Mass for the physically disadvantaged on the first Sunday of the month followed by lunch. She invited people to volunteer to help.
Veteran volunteers then spoke about the skills needed to help physically...

Canossian sister returns to the Lord
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Susanna Yeung of Canossian Daughter of Charity, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of October 25, at the age of 71, at the Jesuit retreat venue, Xavier House, in Cheung Chau, just a few days after starting her month of Spiritual Exercises.
Born in Hainan, China, on 11 October 1947, Sister Yeung joined the Canossian religious family in Hong Kong in 1967 and made her first profession on 14 September 1970. 
In 1976, she...

Musical about Matteo Ricci coming soon
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): A musical production about the life of Jesuit Father Matteo Ricci, scheduled to be performed at Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsimshatsui, from April 20 to 28 next year. Intercultural Dialogue Limited, who are behind the musical, signed up volunteers to assist with production and  backstage work during a briefing at the Po Chiu Catholic Secondary School, Yau Tong, on October 21.
Damian Lau Chung-yan, the director and the scriptwriter, said that while...

Is targeting of Catholics pushback from low-level officials?
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

BANGKOK (CNS): Although China and the Vatican signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops in September, persecution of Chinese Catholics continues.
Some believe there is considerable pushback against the Vatican-China deal from inside China’s United Front Work Department (UFWD), the Communist Party-controlled religious bureaucracy, especially at a more localised level.
“Many officials at a local level feel they need to change...

Beijing symposium marks 50th anniversary of Chinese-language bible
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Various Church groups from mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan have been organising seminars and symposiums in honour of the 50th anniversary original translation—of the Bible from Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek sources into Chinese by the Studium Biblicum OFM in Hong Kong.
The Studium Biblicum Version, is the predominant Chinese-language translation of the Bible used by Chinese Catholics.
Blessed Gabriele Allegra, a...

Cry of the Poor
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

Two years ago, at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis issued the Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera (Time of Mercy), to underscore the need to encourage the spirit of mercy in the Church and declared that the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time every year would be celebrated as the World Day of the Poor.
The World Day of the Poor is arguably the best preparation for the celebration of the feast of Christ the King on...

Scientists must help health of planet and its people
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Speaking on November 12 to members and experts invited to the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis called on scientists worldwide to serve humanity and the health of the planet, which means they must also propose viable solutions to problems and persuade government leaders and policy makers to implement them.
The academy met from November 12 to 14 to discuss the importance of all scientific fields and how scientists should...

Imelda Marcos found guilty of graft charges
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): The Sandiganbayan 5th Division (the special appellate collegial court) of the Philippines has ordered the arrest of Imelda Marcos, widow of late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, after she was found guilty on seven counts of graft.
The 89-year-old was found guilty of corruption for using her cabinet position during the rule of her husband to maintain Swiss bank accounts.
She was minister of Human Settlements, governor of Metro Manila, as well as...