August 2019

Mass Readings - Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).  
Readings: Isaiah 66:18-21; Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8b-10; Matthew 23:13-22.

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time - All are welcome but don’t be late
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

In today’s passage, Luke presents a Jesus with threats and condemnations. His advice is even strange—strive to enter through the narrow gate!
In Luke’s communities, laxity, fatigue, presumption of being right with God, arrogance, the belief that good intentions are sufficient and that salvation can be obtained cheaply have infiltrated. Luke realises that the risk of being excluded from the kingdom looms over many Christians. 

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time - Pananampalataya — ang daan para sa kaligtasan
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

Ginoo, kakaunti po ba ang maliligtas?” Sinasabi niya, “Pagsikapan ninyong pumasok sa makipot na pintuan. Sinasabi ko sa inyo, marami ang magpipilit na pumasok ngunit hindi makapapasok.” (Lc. 13: 23-24).
Ang kaligtasan ay hindi madali, dahil sabi ni Hesus, “pagsikapan ninyong pumasok sa makipot na pintuan.” Ibig sabihin ang pagsunod sa Panginoon ay hindi lamang sa pagtanggap ng sakramento, hindi lamang sa ating pagdadasal,...

Will there be dialogue after weekend of peaceful rallies?
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): After nearly two million people flooding the streets of Hong Kong in peaceful protest yet again, the territory’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, emerged on the morning of August 20 to tell the press that she is willing to create a platform for dialogue but was not inclined to start an independent inquiry into police actions during a political crisis now entering its 12th week.
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported Lam as...

Mosaic a sign of parish unity
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

 A mosaic of St. Thomas made up of pictures of parishioners was unveiled in a ceremony on August 10 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Tsing Yi, to mark the 20th anniversary of the parish. Father Joseph Chan Wing-chiu, parish priest, said work on the mosaic began during the parish’s 10th anniversary. Now over 1,200 pictures of parishioners and their families have been added to the new mural. ...

Caritas building tear gassed during Tsuen Wan protests
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): A total of 13 teargas rounds were fired by accident into the Caritas Jockey Club Tsuen Wan Social Service Building on August 5 while the police were attempting to disperse protesters. No one was hurt.
Kenneth Pang Che-chung, senior social work supervisor of Caritas Community Centre, Tuen Wan, told the Kung Kao Po that he could see from the balcony that many tear gas canisters fell into the building.  
He explained that...

Hong Kong in the heart
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

Gianni Criveller
For more than two months, Hong Kong has been in the hearts of millions of people around the world who love the city. Something serious happens every day; every Sunday there is a protest with hundreds of thousands of people. 
No one knows how it will end. It seems that the situation has gotten out of hand. There is no one able to control events and incidents, which increase in number and intensity....

Summer of discontent spreads to Australian winter
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

MELBOURNE (SE): On August 16, young Hong Kong people living in Australia took the call of their compatriots at home into the streets, holding simultaneous rallies in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide calling for support among the local community for the 11-week long summer of discontent in the special administrative region.
While the Adelaide and Sydney turnouts mostly passed without incident, Melbourne saw clashes with students from mainland China who tried to disrupt...

The Sinicisation of priestly formation
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

Following is a translation from the Chinese original of the report on concerning
formation courses held in Beijing for the priests of the Diocese of Mindong (Fujian)
who joined the Patriotic Association.
It was drafted by Deng Wenlong, a member of the Patriotic Association of Fujian
ROME (AsiaNews): Thirty-three priests from various parishes in the diocese of Mindong and over 20 religious...

Mighty show of peace at rain drenched rally
(Saturday, 24 August 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over 500 people joined a prayer service, organised by the Justice and Peace Commission and the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students, at the music kiosk of Victoria Park on August 18 at 2.00pm before a peaceful rally against the now-suspended extradition bill and police brutality against protesters. 
Father Carlos Cheung Sam-yui reminded those present that the fight for justice is a long-term one, so even if the government does not listen to the...