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St. Marguerites and Montreal

Montreal, Canada was very different from what it is now when the city was first founded more than 370 years ago. The cross at Mount Royal reveals the deep Catholic roots of this city. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how two saints, both named Marguerite - St. Marguerite Bourgeoys and St. Marguerite d'Youville - contributed to the early developments of Montreal.
Publish date: 2019 - 11 - 2


 
Defenders of Human Dignity: St. Martin de Porres Hospital and Sisters of Our Lady of China Foundation

Since 1950s, the Sisters of Our Lady of China have been responding to needs of the society. Started by founding clinics to building a hospital, they ultimate set up a foundation that serve different people. They even introduced mobile bathing vans to Taiwan to provide bathing care for bedridden patients. Fountain of Grace takes you to Taiwan to see how the sisters work tirelessly to uphold the dignity of human lives.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 19


 
Pope Francis: The ecclesial method for conflict resolution is based on dialogue and on discernment carried out in the light of the Holy Spirit

(CNA) - Pope Francis said Wednesday that the first Christian evangelization of the pagans opened up “a very lively controversy” as the early Church discerned how to absorb new members from outside the people of Israel.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 23


 
Two Heroes of Macau – Frs. Caetano Nicosia and Luis Ruiz

In the mid-20th century, two European missionaries went to Macau to serve the poorest of the poor. They were Fr. Luis Ruiz, who was regarded as the Father of the Poor in Macau; and Fr. Caetano Nicosia, who was termed the Angel of the Lepers. How did they dedicate their whole lives to rewrite the stories of the lives of the marginalized in Macau and in Mainland China?
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 28


 
Fellowship through the Bible

Among the ministries of the Chinese Catholic community in San Francisco is a long-running Bible study group. What moviates the group to study the Bible together? What have they gained from the Bible?
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 21


 
Pope Francis : slander is a ‘diabolical cancer’

Pope Francis said Wednesday that slander is a 'diabolical cancer' that seriously damages the Church.
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 25


 
Pope Francis : Through sin and scandal, God’s Church remains

Because of sinfulness, human projects will always fail, but the Church remains steadfast, even in times of scandal, because she is sustained by the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 18


 
A Burning Heart for Souls: St. Francis Xavier

In January 2018, a precious relic of St. Francis Xavier - his right forearm which he used to baptize more than 100,000 people - was on tour across Canada. One of the churches even attracted 13,000 people to venerate the relic in one day. Fountain of Grace takes a look at the life of St. Francis Xavier, as well as Catholic Christian Outreach - the group of modern missionaries that organized the relic pilgrimage.
Publish date: 2019 - 9 - 7


 
Pope Francis: Being members of the body of Christ makes believers co-responsible for each other

(CNA) Pope Francis decried hypocrisy and self-interest Wednesday, saying that Christian community should always be characterized by generosity and solidarity.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 21


 
Fr. Ho talks about the Apostles’ Creed

The Catholic Church has two main creeds: the longer Nicene Creed and the shorter Apostles' Creed. The Apostles' Creed mentions "the communion of saints", which refers to how the Church is the mystical Body of Christ, whose life is the Spirit, flowing like blood and enabling the baptized to help each other. The members of this Body also include the saints in heaven too, who care for and pray for us. We can also pray for the souls in Purgatory and help them enter Heaven earlier. Our communion with other humans reflects the communion enjoyed by the Three Persons of the Trinity. Traditionally, the Church comprises of three parts: the souls in Heaven, known as the Church Triumphant; the souls in Purgatory, known as the Church Suffering; and the souls on Earth, known as the Church Militant. Furthermore, there are three categories of saints: Biblical, Traditional, and Ecclesiastical saints.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 17


 
Fr. Ho talks about the third mark of the Church – Catholicity

The third mark of the Church is its catholicity, a term that means "universal". Since the Catholic Church must endure until the end of the ages and proclaim the Gospel to all nations, the Church welcomes everyone, whether poor or rich, educated or uneducated, people from different ethnicities. As a result, the Catholic Church translates catechism texts in different languages and sends missionaries around the world. In the past, agricultural societies were largely illiterate, so old European churches are filled with stained glass instead. The fourth mark is its apostolicity; the priests and bishops of the Church are consecrated by preceding bishops. And if we read the Church fathers, people are often surprised to find that the early Church worshipped much in the same way as the Catholic Church today.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 10


 
Fr. Edward Chau: Harmony in Diversity

Fr. Edward Chau has served as the chairperson of the Hong Kong Diocesan Commission for Interreligious Dialogue for nearly 20 years.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 8


 
【Spiritual Talk】 Fr. Ho talks about the four marks of the Catholic Church

The Church is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” – these are her four marks. She is one because she is led by the same Pope, believes in the same doctrine, and celebrates the same Sacraments. She is holy because her founder is Christ and her Pope is Christ’s Vicar on earth, teaches doctrine to sanctify people, and provides the means for people to become saints. The Church is, in a sense, a hospital: we are patients who can get better if we obediently listen to the doctors’ advice. But no one can force us – we have the freedom to disobey and hamper our recovery. In the Church, we see many faithful who have refused to live like Christ but also many who have, the saints. These lives of faithful witness show in a visible way the holiness of the Church.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 3


 
Fr. Edward Chau: The Intersection of Eastern and Western Cultures

Fr. Edward Chau, a specialist in Chinese philosophy and culture, has been promoting the inculturation of the Catholic faith. Some people think that the practice of venerating of one’s ancestors is against the Christian faith. What is his view on this topic? Fountain of Grace has invited him to share with us how he integrates his interest and knowledge in Chinese philosophy and culture into the Catholic faith.
Publish date: 2019 - 8 - 1


 
Spiritual Talk – Fr. Ho talks about the infallible of Bible and Church teaching

The writers of the Bible could not write errors into the Bible because they wrote under the inspiration of God. But outside of writing the Bible, the writers could sin, make mistakes, even write errors. The Popes are the same – there were many saintly Popes and many criminal Popes. But in deciding matters of faith and reason, God guarantees that they will not err. The teachings of Christ are transmitted to us through the written Scriptures and the oral Tradition. The Church also teaches through the Magisterium: the Pope with his bishops make a final decision in cases of disagreement on faith and morals. These infallible decisions must have four conditions: (1) it must be related to faith or morals, (2) the Pope must proclaim it in his capacity as Pope, (3) it must be proclaimed to the entire Church, and (4) the Pope must make his intention clear. The infallibility of the Pope is not to make his person infallible but is meant to help him serve the Church and preserve the true faith.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 27


 
Chinese priests do not need to register with government, Vatican says

(CNA) The Vatican issued new guidance for priests and bishops in mainland China on Friday, addressing government requirements that clergy register with the Communist government.
Publish date: 2019 - 7 - 4


 
Pope Francis: There is no room for selfishness in the Christian life

(CNA) Pope Francis said Wednesday that there is no room for selfishness in the Christian life, pointing to the example of the lives of the early Christians in the Acts of the Apostles.
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 26


 
Pope Francis: The union among all Christians is based on one Baptism and is sealed by the suffering in the dark times of persecution

(CNA) Pope Francis Wednesday reflected upon his recent apostolic visit to Romania, where he beatified seven Greek-Catholic bishops martyred under Soviet occupation. The pope said June 5 that the beatified bishops were “witnesses to the freedom and mercy that comes from the Gospel.” “One of these new blesseds, Mgr. Iuliu Hossu, during his imprisonment wrote: […]
Publish date: 2019 - 6 - 5


 
Pope Francis: There is a need for passionate and creative evangelizers

(CNA) Like Saints Cyril and Methodius shared the Gospel with the Slavic people in the 9th century, today the world is still in need of Christian evangelization, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
Publish date: 2019 - 5 - 8


 
Small Town, Big Mission: Everyone is Missionary

What does the word "missionary" call to mind? In the 21st century, how do missionaries live their lives? Missionaries from four Catholic churches in Macau share with you their stories.
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 6


 
Ask Fr. Francis – Sacrament of Reconciliation

Fr. Francis will address questions about the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Publish date: 2019 - 4 - 6


 
Small Town, Big Mission: Chapel of St. Joseph’s Seminary and St. Lazarus’ Church of Macau

Similar to the Ruins of St. Paul's, the Chapel of St. Joseph's Seminary has been a cradle of missionary formation for over two centuries. St. Lazarus' Church, nicknamed Lepers Temple, used to be the chapel of a lepers' hospice, which developed into a community of Chinese Catholics that put faith and love into practice. Both churches give rise to numerous true stories of evangelization and charity work, reflecting the spectrum of Catholicism from contemplation to action, knowledge to charity.
Publish date: 2019 - 1 - 12


 
Joyful Servant of the Poor: Fr. Ho Lung

Fr. Richard Ho Lung is a Chinese priest from Jamaica. He is the first Chinese to have founded a religious order. More than three decades ago, together with two other priests who shared his vision, he started living among the poor, ministering to them. Fountain of Grace invited him to share how he founded the Missionaries of the Poor, as well as his spiritual journey of serving the poor.
Publish date: 2018 - 11 - 10


 
A Century of Grace

It takes decades for an oak tree to mature. It also takes decades for a community to mature and contribute to the society. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how the Montreal Chinese Catholic Mission faced different challenges over the past century, and responded to the needs in the society.
Publish date: 2018 - 10 - 20