The University of Saint Joseph is a step closer to fulfilling its aim to demonstrate that it is “a university in, of and for Macau” and “in, of and for China”. The Catholic-run University announced recently that it has signed exchange agreements with two higher education institutions from the neighbouring province of Guangdong.
The Prayer Service for Christian Unity, that usually brings together the different Christian denominations of Macau, will take place this Saturday, but it will be conducted in a virtual format only. The decision was made by the organizers early in the week, following the aggravation of the epidemic in several cities of the neighbouring province of Guangdong.
The Society of Jesus is celebrating, until July 31st, the 500th anniversary of a personal transformation that changed the history of the Church. The example set by Saint Ignatius of Loyola will inspire, to a large extent, the activities that the Macau Ricci Institute intends to promote throughout the current year. The first activity – an online forum on “spiritual transformation” – takes place next Monday.
A bicycle ride bound for the campus of the University of Macau on Hengqin Island set, once again, the Lusophone Scouts Group (GELMac) in motion, after a short Christmas break. The Catholic Scouts movement celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022, but the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to overshadow the celebrations.
Bishop Stephen LEE announces that, with immediate effect, faithful who are unable to utilise the Macao Venue Code or whose Health Codes are Red or Yellow are dispensed from the obligation of attending Masses.
“To ignore the Word of God is to ignore Christ,” Father Eduardo Aguero declared, using the words of St Jerome. The Argentinian priest, who tends to the Portuguese-speaking flock that attends Sunday Mass at the parish of Our Lady of Carmel, created a Bible study group and provides the lectors in Taipa with workshops on the Holy Scriptures every month. This year, the Sunday of the Word of God will be celebrated on the 23rd of January. D. Stephen Lee Bun-sang will meet with local lectors at the Bishop’s Palace.
Caritas Macau has launched a fundraising campaign to help the population of Afghanistan, a nation that is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. The charity drive lasts for the next three months. The donations raised will be sent to Caritas Internationalis.
Starting from February and running until July, the Macau Catholic Family Advisory Council will promote a series of workshops dedicated to the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The first gathering will take place on February 12th, with Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang chairing the initiative.
The Prayer Service for Christian Unity 2022 will be held 19:30 on 22nd January at the Auditorium of Sheng Kung Hui Choi Kou Secondary School. Prayers for Christian unity should be included in the Sunday liturgies of 22nd-23rd January (Third Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Marco Carvalho Father Urbano Fernandes, a Goan priest who exercised part of his priestly ministry in South China, died on December 23rd at his residence in Agonda, India, after a short illness. In Macau, where he lived for 16 years, Father Fernandes is remembered as a man of God, “impeccable and helpful,” and as someone that was always available to…