July 2019

Mass Readings - Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).  
Readings: Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13.
Mass of the memorial (white). 
Readings: 1 John 4:7-16; John 11:19-27.

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time — A struggle with God
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

No evangelist insists so much on the subject of prayer as Luke. He remembers that Jesus prayed seven times. 
In addition to these records, Luke also reports five prayers of Jesus including, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34) and—his last words before he died—“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). 
It is enough to show that the...

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Ipalaganap mo ang Kaharian ng Diyos!
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

Ano ba ang tunay na panalangin? Alam nyo ang mga alagad ni Hesus ay nahirapan ding manalangin. Sila’y lumapit sa kanya at nagpaturo sila kay Hesus kung paano manalangin. “…Panginoon, turuan po ninyo kaming manalangin…”(Lc. 11:1). Sinabi ni Hesus sa kanila, “Kung kayo’y manalangin, ganito ang sabihin ninyo: “Ama, sambahin nawa ang ngalan mo. Magsimula na sana ang iyong paghahari.” (Lc. 11: 2). 

Church condemns Yuen Long violence
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocese of Hong Kong as well as the Justice and Peace Commission issued statements on July 22 seriously condemning the violence that occurred in Yuen Long on the night of July 21.
“We are greatly aggrieved by the outbreak of violent assault at our citizens at the Yuen Long MTR Station,” said the statement of the diocese.
“We condemn violence of any nature and means, and earnestly hope that the offenders will be...

Catholic presence at annual book fair
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over 10 Catholic organisations, including the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family, Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness, the Central Council of Catholic Laity, the Media Centre of Daughters of St. Paul, the Christian Life Community and the Catholic Centre, joined the annual Hong Kong Book Fair, held from July 17 to 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai this year, to promote the reading of books for spiritual formation....

Survey shows more concern needed for mental health
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): A report, released by the School of Public Health under the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong on July 11, showed that the number of people suffering from depression has increased in June and July when various incidents related to the now-suspended extradition bill happened. The team urged people to pay more attention to their mental wellbeing and avoid unnecessary conflicts with family or friends.
The study, which aims to follow up the...

Canada to rescue Pakistani Christian forced into hiding in Bangkok
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

BANGKOK (CNS): Canada has been asked to rescue a Pakistani Christian refugee after a viral video calling for his death swept through the refugee community in Bangkok, Thailand.
The appeal by Australian Jesuit Father Michael Kelly was made to Canada’s ambassador to Thailand, Donica Pottie, after Australia rejected an emergency asylum appeal from Faraz Pervaiz, a prominent defender of Christian rights. 
It comes two months after Canada gave asylum to Asia...

Graduation at Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School held its year-end graduation ceremony on July 6. Invited guests included Paul Zimmerman, a member of the Southern District Council for Pokfulam; Paulinus Lo, the school’s acting supervisor; Wing Sze Chau, principal of St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School; and Chiu Koon See, principal of Pui Tak Canossian Primary School
The event began with a prayer and readings from the Bible. Thanks were expressed to the...

Hotline to report unsanctioned religious activities launched
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Officials in charge of religious affairs in the city of Xingtai, in China’s northern Hebei province, have urged members of the public to report banned religious activities. Concerns have been raised that the Cultural Revolution-style move would strangle Church activities.
The July 10 announcement of a two-phone number hotline to report unsanctioned religious activities was made by the United Front Work Department and the Department of Ethnic and...

Abortion and same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

MANCHESTER (CNS): The House of Lords in London, the United Kingdom (UK), voted 182 to 37 in favour of permitting abortions for Northern Irish women up to 28 weeks of pregnancy.
The July 17 vote came just two weeks after the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favour of an amendment to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill to permit both abortion and same-sex marriage in the province. The House passed the amendments July 18.
Both changes...