December 2018

US priest arrested in Philippines for sex abuse
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): An American priest, Father Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, was arrested on December 5 by Philippine police and immigration officials and United States (US) Homeland Security agents for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of boys over the last four decades.
The 78-year-old priest was detained inside the Catholic church in Naval, a town in Biliran province, in the Eastern Visayas region of the central Philippines.
The District Court of Ohio issued...

Born to change the world
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

Christmas is a festival of children. We see images of a child born in a stable surrounded by animals, Mary and Joseph by the crib. Although recalling the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is the purpose of Christmas, outside the church buildings, it is replaced by secular, non-Christian commercial money-making enterprises. The traders have kept Christ out of Christ-mas as they proclaim “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Holidays.” Have the pagans won?

Philippine dam project a disaster waiting to happen
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

What’s wrong with a Philippine government project to build a new dam to provide for the future water needs of millions of residents of the capital Manila and outlying provinces?
This is the US$226.4-million ($1.7 billion) New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project, which has been in the pipeline for three decades now.
To be built in the province of Quezon, the dam is expected to be completed by 2023 if started soon enough. It...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights hits 70
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

UNITED NATIONS (CNS): Seventy years after its adoption, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was held up on December 4 as a seminal, yet imperfect achievement of the nascent United Nations (UN).
At an event, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Foundations, Achievement, Violations, co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International, speakers at a panel honoured the foresight of the...

Sand Nativity at St. Peter’s Square
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Hundreds of people in St. Peter’s Square applauded as white curtains unfurled, revealing a 15.8 metre wide artistic representation of Jesus’ birth made entirely of sand and dubbed the Sand Nativity on December 7, at the annual unveiling of the Vatican’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene.

The bas-relief sculpture, which weighs over 700 tons, was made with sand from Jesolo...

Reading and living God’s word
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

Over 200 participants gathered for the Eleventh World Chinese Biblical Congress held from November 22 to 26 in Hong Kong, following the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Chinese Catholic Bible (Studium Biblicum version, 1968-2018), and committed to continue promoting the reading and living of God’s Word to nourish fruitful ministry in the Church.
The international gathering brought together Chinese communities and collaborators in the...

Consecrated life with a hopeful realism
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): “In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and this mindset, somehow, also affects the life of the Church,” Pope Francis said during a four-hour-long interview for a book on August 9 at Casa Santa Marta with Claretian Father Fernando Prado, director of the Claretian Publications, Madrid. 
The pope expressed grave concern over the issue of homosexuality among the clergy and stressed on the need to “discern...

Three ordained to permanent diaconate
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Andy Lau Wai-ming, Reverend Victor Lee Hon-kit and Reverend Simon Chan Yuk-keung were ordained permanent deacons by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on November 24. 
The Mass was concelebrated by the bishop with John Cardinal Tong Hon, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and other priests of the diocese. 
During the ceremony, vicar general, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming,...

Alarm sounded against editing people via genetic manipulation
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the controversy surrounding He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, who claimed he switched off an HIV-related gene in twins born this November, by modifying their embryos to prevent them from contracting the disease, Father Stephen Joseph Tham, a professor of Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Rome, said that the life of an embryo should be respected and warned against the pursuit of high genetic...

Macau hosts music festival
(Saturday, 8 December 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): With the joyful experiences of having successfully staged the Macau International Choir Festival over the past two years, the third edition of the Cantata Macau will be held from December 6 to 9. The event is co-organised by the parish choirs of the parish of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady and St. Augustine’s parish with the blessings of the Diocese of Macau. 
The Catholic Church has always been involved in the promotion of sacred...