April 2019

Third Week of Easter - Mass Readings
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 5: 27b-32, 40b-41; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19.
Mass of the day, Easter preface (white). 
Readings:  Acts 6: 8-15; John 6: 22-29

The invitation to the shore
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

John, the evangelist narrates another manifestation of the Risen Lord to his disciples and this episode is full of symbolisms.
There are seven occupants in the boat. This number represents perfection, completeness. Peter and the other six represent all the disciples who make up the entire Christian community. The symbolism could go even further to seize the identity of those disciples, an image of the various types of Christians who, despite their...

Ang mabuting balita ng Panginoon ayon kay San Juan
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

Iniibig mo ba ako Simon Pedro?”
Sa Ebanghelyong ito, makikita natin na nagsibalik na sila Pedro sa dati nilang gawain, ang mangisda. Nagsibalik na sila sa dati nilang lugar. Parang wala lang. Maaaring may alinlangan o takot pa din sila kahit na nagpakita na si Hesus ng ilang beses. Sa sandaling ito nagpakita uli si Hesus sa kanila kung saan din sila unang nakilala at tinawag ni Hesus na sumunod sa kanya. At muli ay ipinakita niya na siya ang anak ng...

Tens of thousands march to protest against extradition bill
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 130,000 people joined a rally on April 28, organised by the  Civil Human Rights Front, to express their opposition the proposed extradition law which they believe will undermine the right of Hong Kong people to a fair trial and jeopardise the principle of One Country, Two Systems. Organisers of the rally said the turnout was 130,000.
Before the rally, a short prayer service was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission near Paterson...

New measure might force breaking of confessional seal
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): On April 23, the 155-member Chilean House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure that would add clergy and religious men and women to the list of police, members of the armed forces, teachers and civil servants who are obliged to report all crimes under article 175 of Chile’s penal code.
However, while Chile’s bishops expressed their support, the also they expressed concerns that the update to the country’s current law would...

People urged not to lose hope for democracy
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The people of Hong Kong were urged not to lose hope and to keep fighting for democracy during a candlelight vigil outside the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre where four leaders of the Umbrella Movement in 2014 (Occupy Central), who were convicted on public nuisance charges, were detained after their sentencing.
In a decision handed down by Johnny Chan Jong-heng at West Kowloon Court on April 24, two founders of the movement, Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Chan Kin-man...

New provincial council for Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The general council of the Sisters of St Paul de Chartres (Rome) has chosen a new provincial superior and provincial assistants for the Hong Kong Province. From left to right: Sister Winne Marie Yau; Sister Lily Antonia Fung; Sister Joanna Marie Cheung, provincial superior; Sister Marie Timothee Chow and Sister Ophelia Marie Lui. 

Propaganda in the name of Confucius
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

Benedict Rogers
China is waging a global propaganda war in an attempt to silence overseas critics at a time when it has unleashed the most repressive crackdown on internal dissent since the Tiananmen Square massacre 30 years ago.
Its soldiers include Chinese state media reporters, diplomats and students studying overseas, recruited to do the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The most recent example has been...

Run to announce the living Word pope tells Bible congress
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

VATICAN (Agencies): “I wish you to be good bearers of the Word, with the same enthusiasm that we read these days in the Easter stories, where everyone runs. They run to meet and announce the living Word,” Pope Francis told around 160 participants at the International Congress of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF), which took place in Rome from April 23 to 26.
This year’s congress also marked the golden jubilee of the federation, which was founded in...

Occupy activists found guilty but the conflict remains unsettled
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

On April 24, a judge at the West Kowloon Court passed sentence on four of the nine leaders of the Umbrella Movement, including the Occupy Central trio of Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, for their role in the 79 civil disobedience protest more than four years ago. Tai and Chan were both jailed for 16 months, Shiu, who is an incumbent Legco member, and Raphael Wong Ho-ming received eight-month sentences while Reverend Chu’s 16-month sentence was suspended for...