December 2018

Rights group calls for release of Protestant pastor
(Saturday, 22 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Human Rights Watch called on Chinese authorities to immediately release Pastor Wang Yi and scores of members of the Early Rain Covenant Church, in the southwestern city of Chengdu in Sichuan province.
On December 9 and 10, police in Chengdu arrested Pastor Wang Yi and more than 100 member of the Protestant Church which is not registered with the government.
Human Rights Watch said on December 14 that authorities should also return...

Boxer Rebellion resurfaces in China
(Saturday, 22 December 2018 )

China’s Xinhuanet published an article at the end of November titled, Awakening of National Consciousness—Yihetuan (Boxer Rebellion) —Anti-imperialist Patriotic Movement.
It recalled the history of the siege of international legations in the summer of 1900 in Peking (Beijing), the capital of the former Qing dynasty, during the Boxer Rebellion.
Starting with the lyrics of a folk song that has allegedly...

China leads the way in religious persecution
(Saturday, 22 December 2018 )

Michael Sainsbury
In 2018, the Vatican finally signed its long desired deal with China’s ruling Communist Party on the appointment of bishops, yet it did so in a year when Beijing significantly escalated its religious persecution.
The deal appears to have emboldened Beijing in its desire to crush all of its enemies, both real and imagined, including non-compliant religious groups.

Third Sunday of Advent and Third Week of Advent
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for Advent I (rose). 
Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18a, 10-11; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18. 
Mass of the day, preface for Advent II (violet). 
Readings: Genesis 49:1-2, 8-10; Matthew 1:1-17.

Third Sunday of Advent — Joy - a gift to be received
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

In today’s Gospel there are three groups — the people, the tax collectors, the soldiers — who go to the Baptist to have concrete directions. They ask, “What should we do?” 
Let’s imagine that one of us, eager to prepare well for Christmas, asks this same question to those we consider “experts” in the field of religion (catechists, pastoral worker, the nun, the priest). What would they tell us? ...

Pagbabago para kay Kristo!
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

Napansin ko, na sa panahon ng Adbiyento parang kaunti lang ang nangako na may babaguhin sila sa kanilang buhay o sa kanilang ugali. Pero pag Bagong Taon, o New Year, maraming nangangako na magbabago, maraming mga New Year’s Resolution. Ang tanong, ano ba ang dahilan bakit ang isang tao ay nagbabago? Ang pagbabago ba ay para kay Kristo? 
Sa panahon ng Adbiyento tayo ay pinaalalahanan sa ating mga pagbasa tungkol sa pagdating ni Hesus. Darating...

Jubilarians encouraged to live forward and pass on the mission
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocese of Hong Kong paid tribute to 49 priests and religious celebrating their 25th, 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries of ordination or religious profession on December 7, a day before the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, together with his two predecessors John Cardinal Tong Hon and Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, along...

Accord on migration comes at critical time
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

MARRAKESH (SE): One hundred and sixty-four countries agreed to adopt the nonbinding United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Migration on December 10, at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, held from December 10 to 11 in Marrakesh, Morroco, UN News reported on December 11.
Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, told the conference on December 10 that, “The adoption of the...

Beloved Jesuit mourned
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Alfred Deignan of the Society of Jesus died in the early hours of December 11 at St. Paul’s Hospital, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. He was 91-years-old.
Father Deignan was born in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland, on 25 March 1927.  He entered the society at Emo Park, Portlaoise, Laoise, on 7 September 1945 and was ordained to the priesthood on 31 July 1959 in Dublin. He professed his final vows on 5 November 1977 at Ricci Hall, where he was...