April 2019

Bishop calls for public consultation on Lantau Tomorrow Vision proposition
(Saturday, 13 April 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): In a forum looking at the Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation project proposed by the Hong Kong government, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, urged the government to make public welfare the top priority and undertake a thorough consultation with the people of Hong Kong before carrying out the development project.
According to the government, the ambitious project aims to build a new metropolis to the west of Hong Kong Island...

Church charity steps in to aid disaster-hit Filipino farmers
(Saturday, 13 April 2019 )

Carigara (UCAN): It took some time for Rosenda Apay, a 59-year-old farmer, to realise that she was finally tilling her own farm. It took more than 16 years of lobbying and asserting her rights to have land.
Today, Apay and 21 other farmers, affected by the disaster wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, are tilling a 25-hectare (.25 square kilometres) communal farm in the central Philippines.
They said their perseverance paid off as they admitted that...

Mass Readings for Fifth Sunday of Lent and Fifth Week of Lent
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface of Fifth Sunday of Lent (violet). 
Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11.
Mass of the day, preface of the Passion I (violet). 
Readings: Daniel 13: 1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; John 8:1-11.

Fifth Sunday of Lent - God saves he does not condemn
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

A woman is caught … not while she was reciting the rosary! It is strange that the man was not caught. Aggression, violence, passion are unleashed always on the weakest; the strong always manage to escape from the law.
There always have been people obsessed by the fact that others committed sexual sins. How do you explain this fanaticism in the defence of public decency? Are these moralisers really innocent and pure? Why do they enjoy putting in...

Fifth Sunday of Lent - Humayo tayo at huwag ng magkasala pa
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

Pag-ibig at hindi kaparusahan ang bigay ni Hesus sa atin. Pag-asa at lakas at hindi panghuhusga ang alay ng Panginoon sa atin. Pinatatawad niya tayo sa ating mga kasalanan at kamaliang nagawa. Ang tangi lamang niyang pabaon at hiling; Ang tayo ay huwag ng muling magkasala. 
Napakadali nga naman na humusga at pumansin sa mali ng ating kapwa.  Mas madali ang magturo at mambato sa kamalian ng iba. Mas madaling pag usapan o pag chismisan ang mali ng ibang tao kesa...

Spread mercy, fraternity have the courage to encounter others pope urges
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

RABAT (CNS): “I encourage you to continue to let the culture of mercy grow, a culture in which no one looks at others with indifference, or averts his eyes in the face of their suffering,” Pope Francis told Morocco’s small Catholic community during the closing Mass of his March 30 to 31 visit held at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium. 
He praised them for the many ways they “bear witness to the gospel of mercy in this land.”

La Salle celebrates 300 years
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

Over 300 years ago a young Frenchman, named Adrian, was on fire. He was on fire about education, especially education for the poor and the needy. He began to establish schools. The problem was that Adrian, while a good young man, tended to start things and then move on. He did not, or did not know how to, consolidate.
Enter another young man, a priest called John. Adrian was led to believe that John could help him. One day, as John was about to enter a...

Scrutiny for three thousand catechumens
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Eight ceremonies of scrutiny were scheduled by the diocese for catechumens on three consecutive Sundays starting March 24 to prepare them for baptism at Easter. More than 2,800 people will be baptised in the diocese this year.
A total of 1,720 catechumens, godparents and catechists attended two ceremonies of scrutiny at St. Francis de Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on March 24.
Apostolic administrator, John Cardinal Tong Hon, officiated the...

Largest annual event for developing the faith
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Office of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in California, the United States, claims to be the largest annual gathering in the world of bishops, priests, catechists, lay ministers and young people. The four-day event, held at the Anaheim Convention Centre from March 21 to 24 this year, attracted over 40,000 people. 
Begun in 1968 as a venue for religious education for...

Bishop and vicar general detained again
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Augustine Cui Tai of Xuanhua, Hebei, China, was detained again on March 29, while his vicar general, Father Zhang Jianlin was taken into custody by officials from the provincial religious department on March 28, amid a long-running dispute between a group of Beijing-affiliated priests and the unofficial community in the northern Chinese province.
A source in the unofficial Catholic community said that government officials took the bishop into...