November 2018

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

Counter resignation and evil with ethics and passion
VATICAN (CNS): Break through every wall of gloom and resignation and help the world realise people need to take care of one another because they are all part of one human family, Pope Francis said during an audience with some 340 students, alumni and faculty representing the Institute for the Promotion of Young Journalists, based in Munich, Germany, on November 9. 
 
The pope also urged them to...

All life is sacred
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

Unless we take a stand for life, death will overwhelm us. That is the challenge that greets every one of us who has seen someone that we cared for and loved pass from this life. It is the memory of that person that draws us back to the place where we felt their genuine love. 
 
In our imagination, we can be with them again where we shared life and happiness with them. It is not the cold imperious presence of death in the cemetery among the silent tombs...

Caritas bazaars united to help
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The opening of the annual Caritas bazaar season on November 4 saw three football pitches at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, as well as Tuen Mun Cultural Square, lined with stalls and alive with people working in unity to raise funds to help those in need.
 
The bazaars are also scheduled to take place at Fa Hui Park, Boundary Street, and Caritas Chan Chun Ha Field Studies Centre, Cheung Chau, on November 11, while the bazaar at Sha Tsui Road Playground, Tsuen...

Two priests in Hebei detained
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Father Su Guipeng and Father Zhao He, of the unofficial Church in the diocese of Xuanhua, China, have been detained by authorities in Hebei province, according to a source.
 
The source said Father Zhao, who serves in the Dongcheng Catholic Church, was taken away by the personnel of the United Front Work Department of Yangyuan County on October 24.
 
Seven unidentified people went to the church and said they were taking the priest to talk...

Kennedy Town parish celebrates 65 years
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Kennedy Town marked its 65th anniversary with a Mass concelebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, parish priest, Father Pierre Lam Minh; assistant parish priest, Father Pierre Joseph Jeanne; Father Bruno Lepeu; Father John Zhang Xinghao; Father Joseph Yim Tak-lung and Father Mark Anthony Serna, on October 7. 
 
As it was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the bishop urged those present to make reciting the rosary...

Dedicated pastor goes to eternal reward
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Gabriel Lajeune of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris (MEP) passed away at St. Mary’s Home in Aberdeen on November 2 at the age of 92. He will be remembered as a pastor fully dedicated to his flock. 
 
In order to help people get to know each other, and pray and cooperate, he reorganised the parishes where he served to stimulate the apostolic spirit. He was the superior of the MEP in Hong Kong from 1980 to 1993. He welcomed seminarians...

Proposed Lantau reclamation a big mistake group warns
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Anthony Chang Sang-loi, president of the Messengers of Green Consciousness, urged the laypeople, sisters and priests not to be misled by claims by government officials that there is a need to increase the land supply through the Lantau reclamation project. He warned that the project will cause harm to future generations and will be a big mistake.
 
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, announced a massive reclamation project in...

Central American migrant caravan heads to Mexico City
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

CORDOBA (CNS): The caravan of migrants making its way through Mexico began arriving in Mexico City, where the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the world’s most-visited Marian shrine, opened its shelter for pilgrims to the weary Central American travellers.
 
On November 5, at least 1,000 people departed from Cordoba, around 300 kilometres southeast of Mexico City, hoping to make a final push to the nation’s capital. They were joined by another group departing...

Young people and the Synod of Bishops
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

The Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment concluded on October 28. Its final report reminded families and the entire Christian community that they must accompany young people in their faith journey.
 
The synod fathers encouraged greater involvement of young people in the Church, in particular, inviting those who have felt alienated to “return home.” The report pointed noted that all called to holiness and the...

Missionary sisters of the Immaculate celebrate 50 years in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

The first Missionary sisters of the Immaculate (PIME Sisters) first set foot on Hong Kong soil on 11 September 1968— an auspicious day. Since then, 50 years have passed and they are counting the blessings of God Almighty and the maternal care of the Immaculate Mother for them down the decades. 
 
Of the two pioneers who reached arrived in 1968, Sister Theresa Pathickal is still with us, having served in the vineyard of the Lord and becoming a...