July 2019

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - To inherit life
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

Today’s gospel reading begins with two questions from Jesus: What shall I do to inherit eternal life? What is written in the law?
 
The rabbi promptly appeals to two biblical texts. The first is well known, because every pious Israelite recited it at morning and evening prayer: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
 
The second, on which...

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Pagmamahal ni Kristo paglilingkod sa kapwa!
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

“Sino naman ang aking kapwa?” (Lc. 10:29). Sa ating ebanghelyo sa Linggong ito, tayo ay tinuturuan ni Hesus na ang tunay na pakikipag-kapwa ay hindi lamang yaong kalahi natin, kaibigan natin, kakilala natin. Ang tunay na pakikipag-kapwa ay ang pag-galang at respeto ng iba tao. Madaling paglingkuran o pagsilbihan ang taong kakilala natin. 
 
Madaling paglingkuran ang ibang tao kung may kapalit na pera. Tayo ay naglilingkod sa ating mga Amo...

News suppressed as China’s Christians come under increased pressure
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): As the Chinese government continues to suppress religious freedom, Christianity is facing the forcible removal of crosses and demolition of churches across the vast nation.
 
However, threatened by the authorities and fearing retaliation, some members of Catholic Church dare not disclose what is happening to the outside world, causing a blackout of all news on the subject.
 
The communist regime began to severely suppress the Church in...

Women named full members of congregation for religious
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis named six superiors of women’s religious orders, a consecrated laywoman and the superior of the De La Salle Christian Brothers as full members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life the Vatican announced on July 8. Previously, members had all been men.
 
The women named by the pope are: Sister Kathleen Appler, superior of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul; Sister Yvonne Reungoat,...

Faith and Light community remembers Jean Vanier
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over 60 members of the Faith and Light Community of Hong Kong celebrated a Mass at St. Bonaventure Church, Tsz Wan Shan, on June 9, the Pentecost Sunday, in memory of its founder, Jean Vanier who passed away on May 7 (Sunday Examiner, May 12). 
 
Father Giosue Bonzi, who celebrated the liturgy, expressed his appreciation of Vanier, who served the weakest and the disadvantaged people and lived a fruitful life driven by the Holy Spirit.
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Caritas raises record amount in 2018
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas-Hong Kong held a closing ceremony of its 2018 fund raising campaign on May 30 at Caritas Hall, Caine Road at which it announced that a record-high $35.5 million was raised in the last year. 
 
Among those present at the event were John Cardinal Tong Hon, apostolic administrator of the Hong Kong; Father John Baptist Tsang Hing-man, chairperson of the Caritas Council; Father Joseph Yim Tak-lung, chief executive of Cartias-Hong Kong; Peter Leung...

Caritas raises record amount in 2018
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas-Hong Kong held a closing ceremony of its 2018 fund raising campaign on May 30 at Caritas Hall, Caine Road at which it announced that a record-high $35.5 million was raised in the last year. 
 
Among those present at the event were John Cardinal Tong Hon, apostolic administrator of the Hong Kong; Father John Baptist Tsang Hing-man, chairperson of the Caritas Council; Father Joseph Yim Tak-lung, chief executive of Cartias-Hong Kong; Peter Leung...

Farewell to the refugee who became a priest
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Oblate Father Peter King passed away on June 22. He was born in Shanghai in 1924, the Year of the Rat. According to the traditional Chinese zodiac, those born in that year are often described as social, quick-witted, always on the go and hard-working. In many ways, this is an apt description of his life and ministry over the past 61 years. 
 
As a young child, he and his family fled the fury of the Japanese invasion of China. It was in those dark days of...

Tracing the history of Catholic finances in China
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Kang Zhijie, a scholar of Chinese Christian studies, has published Financial and Economic Studies of Chinese Catholicism (1582-1949), the first book on the finances of the Catholic Church in China prior to 1949, which also covers tensions between a sacred religion and a secular economy.
 
“There were very few studies in the past. Even if there was related research, it was limited to a specific missionary congregation or a certain historical...

Musical of China missionary saint now online
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A video of St. Joseph Freinademetz: The First Saint to Ever Serve in Hong Kong, the musical depicting the history of the first saint to have been based in Hong Kong is now available online with new subtitles in a bid to reach a broader audience and can be watched on YouTube.
 
The musical is about the life of the Austrian priest (1852 to 1907), a Society of the Divine Word missionary in China who believed that “love is the only language that...