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Pope focuses on nonviolence in 50th world day of peace message

– Announced Friday 9 Dec 2016, the theme Pope Francis selected for the 2017 World Day of Peace focuses on nonviolence as a political solution to what he has frequently termed a “piecemeal World War III” being waged throughout the globe.

“Violence and Peace are at the origin of two opposite ways to building society,” an Aug 26 communique from the Vatican’s Council for Justice and Peace announcing the theme read.

“The proliferation of hotbeds of violence produces most serious negative social consequences…Peace, by contrast, promotes social positive consequences and it allows the achievement of real progress.”

Therefore, “we should act within what is possible, and negotiate ways of peace even where they seem tortuous and impractical,” the message attached to the theme said

By doing so, non-violence can take on “a more comprehensive and new meaning” composed not only of mere desire or a moral rejection of violence, barriers and destructive impulses, but also “of a realistic political method that gives rise to hope.”

Titled “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace,” the theme for 2017’s World Day of Peace marks the 50th anniversary of the celebration, and the fourth of Pope Francis’ pontificate.

Instituted by Bl Pope Paul VI in 1968, the World Day of Peace is celebrated each year on the first day of January. The Pope gives a special message for the occasion, which is sent to all foreign ministers around the world, and which also indicates the Holy See’s diplomatic tone during the coming year. – CNA/EWTN News

KK Archdiocese bids farewell to last China-born priest


The priests pay last respects to their senior confrere at the end of Mass, 9 Dec 2016, SHC.

KOTA KINABALU – Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese bade farewell to its last China-born priest at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here on 9 Dec 2016.

Over a thousand faithful joined Archbishop John Wong and over 30 priests in saying farewell to the late Father Aloysius Tung Chien Chee who died Dec 7, aged 90.  With his death, the era of the Chinese missionaries came to an end.

The deceased’s nephew, two nieces and a grandnephew from China were present at the funeral Mass.  Several young priests accompanied the coffin as it moved from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel to the cathedral before the bilingual Mass (Chinese and English) began.

Born in Hubei China in 1926, the deceased was ordained priest on 27 Dec 1953.  Shortly after, he was sent to serve in North Borneo (now Sabah) .  He retired from active ministry in 2009.  He had served the church in Sabah for 63 years.

His remains were buried at the Catholic Cemetery at Mile 4.5 Jalan Penampang Lama.

The remains of Fr Tung transferred to SH Chapel

KOTA KINABALU – The remains of the late Father Aloysius Tung were transferred to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Sacred Heart Cathedral here on 8 Dec 2016.

Archbishop John Wong was on hand to receive the remains of the deceased who died the day before on Dec 7.  There was a one-day lying-in-state at Fook Lu Siew Parlour Jalan Tuaran.

Abp Wong officiated the rite of reception of the body, followed by sprinkling of holy water and incensing of the coffin.

Among those present at the reception of the body were the assistant pastors of the cathedral, religious sisters, aspirants and lay people.  All the parish groups, communities and ministries took turns to keep vigil at the chapel through the night before its burial the next day Dec 9.

Franciscan Sisters hold three-in-one celebration


PURAK, Papar – The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC) held a three-in-one celebration on 8 Dec 2016 at their Pace Bene Spirituality Centre here.

Their patronal feast day – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – was held in conjunction with the 138th birth anniversary of their founder, Msgr August Wachter, and the 80th foundation anniversary of the congregation.

In his address after the Mass, Archbishop John Wong touched on the recently ended Year of Mercy.  He quoted Pope Francis: “Mercy cannot become ‘ a mere parenthesis’ in the life of the church.  Her very existence is mercy itself.”

Then the prelate said that since the Franciscan congregation has the biggest number of Sisters in Malaysia [over 100], it meant that the congregation has a “bigger opportunity to portray the merciful face of God” through their apostolate.

He exhorted them to benefit from the guidance of their retreat master, Fr Jerry Lobo ofm, in the preparaton of their General Chapter next year.

In her turn, Sr Grace Deosing, superior general, thanked everyone who have helped the sisters in their monthly outreach to remote places.  She said the 80th founding anniversary coincided with the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

“Our celebration is a year-long celebration with those in the outskirts and peripheries of our lives.  A monthly outreach to remote places: going out of our boundaries to be with them.  Our stay was brief …but enough to be in their midst, sharing God’s word, experiencing their conditions of simple living and listening to their life stories,” said Sr Grace.

Joining Abp Wong at the altar were Archbishop Emeritus John Lee, Msgr Primus Jouil, Father Lobo and Father Aloysius Fidelis.

Other guests included members of the La Salle Brothers, Daughters of St Paul, Franciscan Seculars, and lay benefactors, collaborators and friends.

Last of China-born priests dead at 90

Fr Tung (R) with his good friend, Fr Chi, whom he persuaded to come to North Borneo in 1954.

Fr Tung (R) with his good friend, Fr Chi, whom he persuaded to come to North Borneo in 1954.

PENAMPANG – The last of the China-born priests serving in Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese died at 6 am on 7 Dec 2016.  He was 90.

Born on 15 Aug 1926 in China, Father Aloysius Tung Chien Chee was the eldest in a brood of two boys and one girl.  He seemed to have been marked by God for God’s service: An Lu Minor Seminary (1942-1945), Han Kuo Major Seminary (1946-1949) and Aberdeen Regional Seminary Hong Kong (1950-1953).  After priestly ordination on 27 Dec 1953 in Macau he was sent to North Borneo (now Sabah).

In Sabah he served as Bishop’s Procurator (1954-1966), pastor of Labuan (1967-1969), Limbahau/Papar (1972-1980), Sandakan (1980-1984), and Tawau (1984-2000).  His last post was a return to Labuan (2001-2010) before he retired from active ministry.  He was the first to stay at the newly constructed clergy retirement home, Vianney Home, in Dontozidon.  In June 2016 he became bedridden due to cancer of the bones.  He died peacefully at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday.

His remains will be at Fook Lu Siew Parlour (2C, 1st floor) until Dec 8 (Thursday) when it will be transferred to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing at 4 pm.  The funeral Mass will be at 10 am on Friday, Dec 9, at the cathedral.

The other China-born priests serving in Sabah were Fr John Baptist Yong (1914-1977), Fr John Tsung (1918-1993), Fr Tobias Chi (1924-2010) and Fr Peter Ma (1925-2013).  With the exception of Fr Ma, the rest all died in Sabah.  Fr Ma died in New York in 2013.

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