May 2019

Biblical formation a must for Christians
(Saturday, 1 June 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Bible formation is a must not only for missionaries but for every believer because every Christian is a missionary. Biblical inspiration of our life and ministries as listeners and servants of the Word was the guiding theme for a five-day Bible seminar in Hong Kong organised by the Claretian Missionaries in East Asia from May 13 to 18. 
Claretian Father Henry Omonisaye, a biblical scholar from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome who...

Equal dignity for men and women Vatican message for Vesakh says
(Saturday, 1 June 2019 )

The Vatican released a special message on the occasion of Vesakh, the observance of the birthday of the Buddha,
marked this year on May 19, signed by the head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot,
titled, Buddhists and Christians: Promoting the Dignity and Equal Rights of Women and Girls.

Religions have a role in Myanmar’s development
(Saturday, 1 June 2019 )

Charles Cardinal Maung Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, has played a leading role in bringing religious leaders together as they seek ways to help the strife-torn country piece itself back together and move forward.
A May 7 to 8 event brought over 200 interfaith leaders and representatives from the government, parliament, military, ethnic organisations, the United Nations and non-government organisations to Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s remote capital. It was the...

Sixth Sunday and Sixth Week of Easter - Mass readings
(Saturday, 25 May 2019 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter Preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29.
Mass of the Easter Weekday, Easter Preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 16:11-15; John 15:26—16:4a.

Sixth Sunday of Easter - Functions of the Holy Spirit
(Saturday, 25 May 2019 )

In the latter part of today’s gospel Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will come, “The helper will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have told you” (v.26).
There are two functions of the Spirit. Let’s start from the first, to teach. Jesus said it all; he did not leave out anything. Yet there is need for the Spirit to continue to teach. Jesus was not able to explain all the consequences and the practical applications of...

Sixth Sunday of Easter - Mga habilin ni Hesus
(Saturday, 25 May 2019 )

Anak, huwag mong pababayaan ang iyong pag-aaral.” “Mahal na mahal kita, huwag mo akong kalilimutan kahit magkalayo tayo”; “Inay, bahala na po kayo kay itay at sa mga kapatid ko”; “Huwag po kayong mag-aalala, ok naman po ako sa Hong Kong.” Ang mga ito ay ilan lamang sa mga habilin ng isang taong pupunta sa isang lugar at hindi kaagad-agad makababalik. Marami sa ating mga kapatid na OFW ang gumagawa ng ganito. Sa ganitong pagpapaalaman...

A Message for Pro-Life Day 2019
(Saturday, 25 May 2019 )

We celebrate our third Pro-Life Day on the Feast of the Visitation at the end of May. The choice of this Feast to promote the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death is particularly appropriate, in that the reality of the unborn Word of God having been brought to visit and to bless his cousin John the Baptist, causing the latter to leap in the womb for joy, to emphasise the human dignity and rights of the unborn, which we can now visualise with 4D ultrasound...

Passing on the value of justice
(Saturday, 25 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): During a talk marking the 30th anniversary of the Tiananman Square massacre, Father Louis Ha Ke-loon urged people to live out the value of justice in memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the patriotic and democratic movement in Beijing in 1989.
The talk was held at St. Benedict Church, Shatin on May 19 in conjunction with a weekend exhibition of the historical Church events in 1989. The exhibition was organised by the Union of Hong Kong Catholic...

Washing the feet of the prisoners
(Saturday, 25 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Nourish hope and do not give up,” was the Easter message of Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, for the inmates of the correctional institutions in Hong Kong. He was addressing a group of inmates and volunteers at Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, Chai Wan, on Easter Monday, April 22. 
During his visit, Bishop Ha washed the feet of 12 inmates and said the ceremony was meant to encourage them to follow the...

Authorities kept from demolishing shrine
(Saturday, 25 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Authorities in the Diocese of Xiwanzi, in China’s Hebei province, were prevented from demolishing statues at Shengdiliang Shrine on May 13 by local Catholics who slept at the site to protect them.
The shrine has representations of Jesus the Good Shepherd; Lazarist Bishop Joseph-Martial Mouly, the first bishop of Xiwanzi; and Lazarist Father Mathew Shi, the first parish priest of Xiwanzi Church.
As of May 15, about 20 people were...