May 2019

How Church has grown with Hong Kong
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 80 people attended seminar about the role of the Catholic Church in the development of Hong Kong over the past century, organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on April 27.
 
Father Louis Ha Ke-loon, director of the centre and the diocesan archivist, talked about the relationship between the Catholic Church and the city. 
 
He said the number of Catholics increased rapidly after the...

Newly-baptised urged to build up the Church
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Newly-baptised Catholics were urged to be part of the family of the Church and participate in building it up during an orientation programme organised by the Hong Kong Central Council of Catholic Laity at Southorn Stadium, Wanchai, on May 1. They were encouraged to put faith into action through prayer, getting involved in parish life, studying the scriptures, joining faith communities, as well as showing concern for the needy and social justice.
 
The newly-...

Sri Lankan community thanks diocese for support
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Sri Lanka was in a civil war for 33 long years. There is no exact casualty toll, but the United Nations has suggested that as many as 40,000 civilians were killed in the last stage of the war alone. The civil war ended in 2009 after a large-scale operation by the army. 
 
Just as Sri Lankans were beginning to heave a sigh of relief after three decades of war, tragedy struck the country again on Easter Sunday, April 21, in the form of suicide bombers....

Church faces demolition in Jiangxi
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Diocese of Yujiang, in Jiangxi province, China, in the has been notified by government officials that the Annunciation Church of the unofficial community is slated for demolition. This comes in the wake of newly-revised Jiangxi Provincial Regulations on Religious Affairs which came into effect in the province on May 1.
 
A source from the diocese, who identified himself as Paul, said that officials did not give a specific date on which the...

Plea for missing Chinese bishop
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Su Tianyou, the nephew of Bishop James Su Zhimin of the unofficial Church in Baoding, Hebei province, has appealed for information about his whereabouts. The bishop has been missing for 23 years.
 
“His whereabouts are unknown and I don’t even know if he is alive or not. I am upset with tears every time I think of this 87-year-old man. Please pray for him,” Su said.
 
Bishop Su was arrested in 1996 and deemed a counter-...

Pilgrimages to Medjugorje allowed but no ruling on apparitions
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the pope’s apostolic visitor to Medjugorje, and Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, the nuncio to Bosnia-Herzegovina, announced on May 12 that Pope Francis has decided to allow official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
 
However, Alessandro Gisotti, the interim director of the Vatican press office, confirmed the change, but said care must be taken to ensure the pilgrimages are not “interpreted as an...

New norms on mandatory abuse reporting and accountability
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): “The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful,” Pope Francis said in a new document motu proprio (on the pope’s own initiative) with revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.
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Catholic education ethos
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

ON MAY 16, over 10,000 teachers from schools run by the Diocese of Hong Kong, Caritas, and the 24 religious congregations in Hong Kong, gathered at the Asia World-Expo convention and exhibition centre at Check Lap Kok, to take part in Catholic School Teachers’ Day, organised by the Catholic Education Office, to celebrate and reflect on the core values of Catholic education the mission of leading children to Christ. 
 
The theme this year was...

Women religious called to service not servitude pope says
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): “You did not become a religious in order to become the maid of a priest,” Pope Francis told some 850 superiors general of women’s religious orders from around the world taking part in the May 6 to 10 plenary of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Rome. The union represents more than 450,000 sisters in more than 100 countries around the world. 
 
Speaking on May 10 at the Paul VI audience hall, the pope said hat there...

Nations which stir up nationalism betray their mission, pope says
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): “The Church notes with concern the reemergence, a bit everywhere in the world, of aggressive currents against foreigners, especially immigrants, as well as that growing nationalism that overlooks the common good,” Pope Francis said on May 2 in a lengthy speech to members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
 
The academy held a plenary meeting from May 1 to 3 at the Vatican on the nature and role of the nation-state, the development of...