Monday, December 31, 2012

100 million Bibles printed in China

The Amity Printing Press in Nanjing, where we print our Bibles, Daily Gospel, Bible Diaries and other books, has just celebrated the event of  100 million Bibles printed.

 This photo was published in the official newspaper of China with this caption:
Two matching workers in the  Amity
  Bible printing press... This company, the largest in the world to print Bibles, has printed more than 100 million since 1987 and has been exporting Bibles to over 70 countries and regions.

It took 20 years for the first 50 million; and in the last five years, there were  50 million Bibles
printed here. Incredible?! 

Of these, 60 million were in Chinese language and are distributed throughout the country, while another 40 million are in 116 languages, which are scattered over 70 countries and regions.

                            A moment in the celebration of the 100 million

We, at the Claretian Publications, have been been printing with Amity in the last 15 years and have printed several million copies by this time. We have printed Bibles in 12 languages. Around 200 guests met for this celebration. We have so much friendship with them that Fr. Alberto was invited to share with the visitors, his work experience. 

Divine , who works with us in Macao, with one of our friends of Amity

You see it is a very special relationship. Although the press is about 2000 kilometers from Macao, our communication is continuous over the Internet ... It's like having an office with them, available to assist us at all times, morning, noon and night. Though 60 million Bibles have been distributed in China in the past 25 years, the restrictions remain. Distribution is permitted only from the parishes or places of worship authorized. The public sale of the Bible is not allowed in libraries. It's time to wait and hope, also for the Word of God.


                          Our great friend and boss in Amity: Mr. Li Chunnong

  The Mr. Li and Mr. Hans , former director

                    Dvine and Fanny ... are like sisters. Fanny has just had her baby whom we call " CJ ". She is responsible for all our shipments abroad.
The 200 guests leave their signature and post in this panel.

Photo to remember: the 200 guests from around the world. 

A 'Claretian-hand' in the University of St. Joseph project


St. Joseph University is the Catholic University in Macao. This is a project that began 15 years ago as joint venture of the Catholic Church in Portugal and the Diocese of Macau. Recently, the university has signed a MoU with the Macau-SAR Government, through which the SAR Government will assist in setting up the required infrastructure for the purpose of the University. Upon request of the bishop of Macau, Fr. Alberto represents the Catholic Foundation for Higher Education - the apex body that supervises the University Project. The new contract signed with the SAR Government will make the new campus operational in two years.

Headlines in the local newspaper of Macau

Our friends from Hong Kong

When our Missionaries arrived in Hong Kong, we have found the generosity, support and accompaniment of a select group of lay people. Among them is Jessica Chan and her family. She often put aside her professional work to help us, especially in the distribution of our Bibles and books in English and Chinese, and has made us a bridge to public and religious institutions and even with the diocese.
For her birthday,  Jessica accompanied by her husband and son came
to Macau to celebrate with family
"Happy Birthday" = 祝你 生日快樂

The Small Christian Community

So are our Masses in our house Zhuhai, China.
 Readings are made ​​in Chinese
while homily is translated from English

In December we celebrated two birthdays in Zhuhai. This lady who is blessed on her birthday birthday has put at the disposal of the Catholics of Zhuhai a large room of her factory for the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist.
And this is Teresa, the team coordinator of the Chinese Bible Project in China. She has been a great partner in our Ministry for the past three years. Her commitment to the ministry of the Word of God enables us to move our Chinese Bible Project move smooth, with new notes and comments.

A Printing House that has printed 100 Million Bibles!

This Video on the Amity Printing Press was created when the press had completed printing 50 Million Bibles.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Welcome to the China-Macau Bulletin: Novemeber 2012

“May the Apostles Be Friends”

The Feast of St. Anthony M. Claret in Macau gathered many of our friends in a celebration of ‘friendship’ in the diocesan seminary. 

What unites the missionaries of different congregations in Macao is our common mission in this frontier of China; and we renewed our mission commitment from the very place, from the same chapel, where many of our older missionaries in the past started their journey of evangelization to China and other countries.
Fr. Beda Lau, SJ
The simple event started with the testimony of a convert to Christianity, the present Superior of the Jesuit Fathers in Macao, Fr. Beda Lau.

It was followed by a Eucharist concelebrated by 40 priests, including the Chancellor of the Hong Kong Diocese, the Administrator of the Macao Diocese (presiding), 17 Mainland Chinese priests who were attending a retreat and a good number of fellow priests. 
 Words of gratitude: Fr. Rossa

Fr. Peter Chao

 Forty concelebrants - missionaries in many countries.
Our ancestors - missionaries left
off this same chapel towards the evangelization
of China and other countries.
now our turn.
The presider emphasized the positive role of the Claretians in the diocese of Macao who in a short time have made their presence felt.
A Group of friends from Hong Kong with Fr. Ezakias
We ended the day with a joyous and abundant dinner where we served the 200 people who were in attendance.
        Frs. Jose, Simon Li, Alberto and Ezakias

[For more of the visuals from the Feast Day Celebrations, scroll down the page and enjoy the slides]
- Report Courtesy: EAD Bulletin 

Hong Kong hosts international lay ministry conference

About 170 Chinese Catholics from 27 cities around the globe gathered in Hong Kong to discuss their lay ministries and establish a world network during a six-day assembly from October 26 to November 1. The Hong Kong diocese has organized this Lay Ministries Plenary Assembly to conclude its Years of the Laity (2011 and 2012).
Fr. Dominic Chan Chi-ming, vicar-general of Hong Kong
Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, vicar-general of Hong Kong, said recently that there were at least three outcomes that they expect to achieve: to enhance understanding of lay ministries, to deepen friendships between Chinese Catholics around the world and to contribute to the evangelization work of the Church.

“In the past three decades, development of local lay ministries has put emphasis on liturgy. In fact, our Catholics also make witnesses in society. We have 13 years of service in prison visits and seven years in pastoral care in hospitals and for the bereaved,” he said. Eleven diocesan committees and organizations as well as 20 out of 51 parishes are involved in staging the assembly. 

Chinese Missionaries: With feet on the ground

Fr. Huang is a great friend of Claretians. He is one of our associates in China for over seven years, ever since he was a newly ordained priest and doing an English course in Beijing. He has been an exceptional bridge for our work in China. He has been in charge of the project "Parish Libraries - Sister-Parish". We helped him to travel to our institute in Manila and obtain his Masters' in missiology. Returning to China, he is now in charge of the formation of seminarians. Today he shares with us his missionary experience. Here it is:
 Our 'family': the seminarians and their formators
"On August 20 we begin our new school year. This year, three priests, one religious sister and three seminarians are responsible for our seminarians, and six teachers give high school courses. We have 42 seminarians this semester. Please pray for us and especially for our job training. We know this is not our job, rather it is God who forms them as followers of Jesus.
 The Province of Guizhou,  2000 miles away from our Centre
"In the summer, I went to a poor village in the Province of Guizhou,  2000 miles away from our Centre and we were in a small neighborhood for a week, along with three seminarians. All the people of this village are Catholics. Due to the remoteness of the village, a priest visits them only once a year. 
 This is the village church. It looks isolated, but is in the center of village
 The people live a simple and primitive life. No doctor, no medicine. There is a school, with one teacher for the first levels. 

 The people are very devout

A pleasant surprise! In the shelves you can see the Bible in Chinese, 
published by the Claretians!
For higher levels, the children have to go to another village and live there all week, because they have to walk for four hours from their village to the nearest school. 

 And these are my new friends
Their simple life, with a very sincere faith in God and warm hospitality, the lives of these people impressed me very deeply.
 "We had to make our food."

 Fr. Huang preparing his meal with the seminarians

People gave us plenty of vegetables: beans, peanuts, cucumber, bamboo shoots, potatoes, tomatoes, green corn and all the best from their farm-land. Almost every day, they offered us chicken. These are the best foods for the most honored guest.

Our bedroom: two beds and two on the ground ...
We were the 'richest' people of the village.
This is the best house in village: an unused clinic...
because there is no one to attend to.
 Help! ... we do dishes!!
Now two of them want to be priests
 We looking for possibilities to collect some second-hand clothes and are seeking ways to help. Another need is to find scholarships for some of these young people to be better educated. For higher education, they should move to a city.  Now, there are two guys who want to go to seminary once they finish their secondary education.

This picture is of the day we left the village. An old woman said tearfully: "Thank you Father for coming. We will missed you. We could not eat for 15 days. Will you come again? "

                     I had to answer: "Yes, we'll see next year." 

Project aid:
If any of the readers of this blog
would like to help with small contributions 
for the educations of these children, you may write to:

Frankfurt Book Fair

A group of Claretian editors from the Philippines, Argentina, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Brazil and China have come together again for the annual Frankfurt Book Fair.

This is our little place at the Frankfurt Book Fair-the largest book fair in the world.

The contacts we have in Frankfurt mark the next year's work. They buy and sell rights and offer our books for distribution elsewhere.

There was time for celebration ... Our friends from the press in China we were treated to a nice dinner. We have been for long 15 years working with them and we have printed millions of Bibles in Amity.

From Our Publications

We await the New Testament and Psalms with Lectio Divina in Spanish to be out of the Press soon:

Audio Recording of the New Testament in English

Claretian Publications, Macau comes
 online with free audio recording
of the New Testament (English)
from our own Christian Community Bible.

This Catholic Bible recording  is done
in order to help the faithful 
to love the Word of God better.
We owe this work to our friend
from Australia, Paul Ginivan .
We would appreciate a prayer 
as he is battling a cancer.

China: the missing piece of the Synod of Bishops

262 bishops from all five continents. The largest number ever invited to a Synod. From the Holy Land, where it all began two thousand years ago, to the newest nation, South Sudan, which only gained independence last year. The sense of a truly universal Church is one aspect of this meeting which many participants find really rewarding. Yet there is one country where the Catholic Church is growing, where bishops are regularly invited to Rome, but where their government does not give them permission to travel. That country is China. Half way through this 3 week meeting, the archbishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal John Tong appealed to the government in Beijing to grant greater religious freedom for all…..
John Cardinal Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong at Synod of Bishops
“I think it’s a pity that no Chinese bishop is allowed out to attend the Synod….we must all pray that one day they will enjoy full religious freedom and the government would enjoy a greater reputation worldwide… more dialogue between the Holy See and the Chinese government is needed”

In his own diocese of Hong Kong, Cardinal Tong said, the Catholic Church is thriving with over 3.000 adult baptisms each year. Speaking of the importance of lay people and especially the family, which is emerging as a key theme at this synod, the cardinal said the family is an important part of traditional Chinese culture and customs. Our ancestors, he said, teach that we must first convert our own hearts, then care for our families, and from there reach out to bring peace and harmony to our society and to the wider world. That’s what the Church in mainland China is trying to do.
- Report and Photos Courtesy: Kung Kao Po

New Center for Seafarers and Migrants at Keelung Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

 Frs. Mario and Bobin together with the faithful in front 
of the Sacred Heart Church, Keelung, Taiwan 
The Keelung Seafarers Center (KSC) was inaugurated on Taiwan’s Migrants Day at the Sacred Heart Church. The center is sponsored by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) to assist seafarers, migrants and youth. The KSC, though simple compared to other centers in the different ports in Taiwan, responds to the need of seafarers, migrants and youth, even as it shows our concern for their welfare.

The inauguration began with the celebration of the Mass in English presided by Fr. Bobin Punnackapadavil, and with the participation of a lot of migrants. During the eucharistic celebration, special prayers were said for the welfare of the migrants in Taiwan, as well as acknowledging their contribution to the development of the society and the local church.  

The Keelung Seafarers Center has officially opened its doors to the public on October 21, on the occasion of World Mission Day, coinciding also with the day our parish celebrated the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret.