August 2019

Prayers for peace as the city witnesses increased protest violence
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, led around 800 people in a prayer for peace and healing during a Mass concelebrated with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, Father Peter Choy Wai-man and nearly 20 priests from the diocese at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on August 23..
 
In the face of the ongoing crisis caused by the now-suspended extradition bill, the congregation was reminded to stay rooted in faith and...

Centenarian Salesian marks jubilee the goes to final rest
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Salesian Father Paul Fong Ting-chung (100 years old) passed away on the evening of August 16 at St. Paul’s Hospital, Causeway Bay, the 204th birthday of Don Bosco. 
 
John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, presided over the concelebrated funeral Mass held at St. Antony’s Church, Pokfulam, on August 24. Father Fong, who was 100-years-old, was then laid to rest at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Happy...

Give your lives to the young people says Salesian rector major
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Ángel Fernández Artime, rector major of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), officiated at a ceremony marking the birth anniversary of St. John Bosco as well as the anniversaries of religious professions on August 16 in Hong Kong, during his trip to the China province from August 11 to 17. 
 
Father Artime arrived on August 15 to a warm welcome by members of the Salesian Youth Movement at the Salesian Missionary House in Shau Kei Wan....

Church bells chime for Hong Kong
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Church bells across Hong Kong will ring out at 1:00pm on Sunday, September 1 to call on the faithful to pray for the city and especially for its young people. Lee Sen, the media person who launched the campaign, said she chose the date as it is the last Sunday of the summer holidays. 
 
The Churches of different denominations have agreed to ring the bells of their churches in unison to remind people of their duty to care for their fellow human beings....

First bishop ordained since Sino-Vatican deal
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Father Anthony Yao Shun of the Diocese of Jining, Inner Mongolia, was ordained at the Our Lady of Rosary Cathedral on August 26. It was the first episcopal ordination since the 2018 China-Vatican provisional agreement on the ordination of bishops.
 
Concelebrating were Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu of Hohhot, a vice-chairperson of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA); Bishop Matthias Du Jiang of Bameng, also in Inner Mongolia; Bishop Paul Meng...

Rohingya refuse repatriation again
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

DHAKA (UCAN): A second attempt to repatriate hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees from camps in Bangladesh failed after they refused to return unconditionally to Myanmar. Bangladesh and Myanmar had agreed to repatriate 3,540 Rohingya from three camps in Cox’s Bazar district starting on August 22.
 
The refugees were picked from a list of 22,000 that was handed to a Myanmase delegation in July. A similar repatriation attempt on 15 November 2018 failed following protests...

Call to action to save burning Amazon rainforest
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

SAO PAULO (CNS): “Crying out to the world for solidarity,” leaders of CELAM, the Latin American bishops’ council, urged international action to save the Amazon rainforest as massive fires continued to burn.
 
“We urge the governments of the Amazonian countries, especially Brazil and Bolivia, the United Nations and the international community to take serious measures to save the lungs of the world,” said the statement on August 22 by the top...

Troubled summer, new school year
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

SCHOOL RESUMES THIS  September and education workers face a big challenge in accompanying students, helping them soothe emotions affected by this summer’s social unrest and redevelop their passion for learning. They also have to respond to how social events impact the campus. As for the schools, they need wisdom to help students to distinguish right from wrong so they can strike a balance in every aspect. 
 
What will the youngsters be feeling heading back to...

Hypocrisy the worst enemy of Christian community pope says
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): People “who are always passing by but never enter the Church” in a fully communal way of sharing and caring engage in a sort of “spiritual tourism that makes them believe they are Christians but instead are only tourists of catacombs,” Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience on August 21.
 
“A life based only on profiting and taking advantage of situations to the detriment of others inevitably causes inner death,...

Pro-life leaders block Australian abortion bill
(Saturday, 31 August 2019 )

SYDNEY (CNS): Thousands of pro-life supporters gathered for the Stand for Life Rally in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia, on August 20, expressing their opposition to a bill in the New South Wales state parliament that would permit abortion until birth for any reason.
 
The demonstrators called on members of parliament (MPs) to defeat the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill that was introduced on August 1. The rally brought together secular pro-life groups and...