Daily Archives: January 4, 2019


Aurelio Porfiri

In the past weeks I had been reading an interesting book about the Rosary. The book was written by the American Father Donald Calloway, belonging to the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Calloway is a sort of world expert on the Rosary, this prayer that is also an invincible weapon against the enemies of our spiritual life. So I put to him a few questions.

FATHER JOÃO ELEUTÉRIO – “Future of the Church depends on ecclesial maturity of all its members”

Marco Carvalho

A consolidated entity, but bold and active. This is the vision of the Church that Father João Eleutério nurtures. The former Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies of the University of Saint Joseph will return to Portugal in the end of January, after almost a decade in Macau. With a PhD in Theology and another one in History of Religions, the cleric will coordinate the PhD programme of the Catholic University of Portugal. From his years in Asia, João Eleutério takes home the memory of a challenging reality, but also an undeniable fondness for a society that has hope as one of its driving forces. Father Eleutério believes that the agreement between the Vatican and China that was announced in September will pave the way for the reconciliation of the Catholics in China. The Holy Spirit, he maintains, is the greatest asset of the Church and the one that truly allows it to reach the heart of the faithful.

BEGINNING AGAIN – A repentant sinner’s litany

Lord, you said that you will not abandon the lost sheep. I am lost, keep looking for me without getting tired; arise and do not let my soul end up in perdition, lost among the storms of the tempest. I know my weakness, I want to put it in front of you, never lost to your sight because I know You alone can understand, You alone can save. For this I beg you:

Chancery Notice


Chancery Notice

The Most Reverend Michael YEUNG Ming-cheung, Bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong, has passed away at Canossa (Caritas) Hospital at 1:30p.m. on 3 January 2019, aged 73.

The faithful are kindly requested to pray for the repose of Bishop Michael YEUNG.

On Tuesday, January 8 at 8p.m., at the Cathedral, Bishop Stephen LEE will preside at a Requiem Mass for Bishop Michael YEUNG.


Given at the Chancery Office, 4 January 2019.

Fr. Manuel Machado, MCCJ


YOUTH FORUM – Macau Diocese kicks off three-year Year of the Youth

In order to respond to the summons of the Final Document of the Synod of Bishops, held in Rome last October, the Diocese of Macau organized a Youth Forum to kickstart its own three-year Year of the Youth. The Final Document revolved around three themes taken from the Gospel scene of the disciples of Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35): “he walked with them,” “their eyes were opened,” and “they left without delay.”

BITE-SIZE THEOLOGY (14) – What happened after Peter’ death?

Rev José Mario O Mandía


Let me point out two more instances of Peter’s primacy over the other apostles. Chapter 12 of the Acts of the Apostles tells us how Herod, after executing John’s brother James, arrested Peter (verses 1-3), “but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church” (v 5). Peter was released by an angel, and when he visited those who were praying for him, he gave them instructions to tell the other disciples that he had been freed (cf Acts 12:17).

ST ELIZABETH ANN SETON – A saint from New York

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the upper class of New York society. She was a prolific reader, and read everything from the Bible to contemporary novels.

BENGAL AND THE KINGDOM OF THE DRAGON (34) – Great Figures of the Missionary Work

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

Sangay takes us directly to the local monastery, the Chhuka Dzongkhag, after decades of total carelessness, recently rehabilitated. Seriously wrecked by an earthquake in 1978 – the cracks in the walls of a surrounding stupa is a good proof of it – it has been in imminent danger of overthrow all these years, calling into question the safety of the children of a nearby school that made of that ground their ball field. However, in the last fifty years a few researchers visited Chapcha – “two Japanese and two subjects of another country, I do not remember which” – and in 1988, a ray of hope would emerge with the interest manifested by Pierre Richard, representative in Pondicherry of the prestigious French School of the Far East, who in Chapcha carried out a study and without success tried to obtain funds of the Eliseu for a rehabilitation that would arrive already in the second decade of the 21st century. This, after a crash seriously injured one of the schoolboys.