August 2011

The humanity of suffering
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )


 Twenty-second Sunday of the Year

Readings: Jeremiah 20: 7-9; Romans 12: 1-2; Matthew 16: 21-27.


We suffer, don’t we! It is part of our human experience. Sometimes we suffer at the hands of others, even through things like gossip, sometimes we suffer at our own...

Twenty-second Sunday of the Year
(Tuesday, 30 August 2011 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time.

Jeremiah 20: 7-9; 
Romans 12: 1-2; 
Matthew 16: 21-27.

Mass of the memorial (red...

One Church where young people are not from Mars
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

MADRID (SE): “Faith is a decisive factor in each person’s life,” Antonio Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the hosting body for this year’s World Youth Day, told hundreds of thousands of young people basking in the respite of an inky, cloudless sky as the burning rays of a hot afternoon sun gave way to the stars as the opening Mass got underway in the Plaza de Cibeles in downtown Madrid...

The journey of the soul on pilgrimage at World Youth Day in Spain
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

MADRID (SE): “Today is really a thanksgiving day for me. Lots of tears and reflection, especially during the adoration of the blessed sacrament. And lots of new learning experiences about life skills and relationships for group living on a pilgrimage,” one delegate from Hong Kong to World Youth Day said as her group arrived in Madrid from Crenca for the official August 16 opening Mass.

“I remember...

World Youth Day is a microcosm of today’s Catholicism amidst the secular
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Although World Youth Day has become a repetitive event and, even though it stretches over a whole week and still hangs onto the misnomer of day, which derived from the initial single-day celebration launched by Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1985, it remains a call to young Catholics the world over to carry their Catholic identity with pride.

A 26-year-old Filipino woman, Kritzia Santos, put her finger...

The most recent are often the most unwelcome
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )


LEAVE FOR THREE judicial reviews on right of abode granted to Filipino migrant, or former migrant workers in Hong Kong, one of which began on August 22, has prompted extreme interest in the territory in almost every echelon of society, with government departments, political parties, trades union, employers’ groups, government ministers and people in the street all having their say.

With the bulk of...

Life after the space shuttle
(Tuesday, 30 August 2011 )

CAPE CANAVERAL (CNS): Unemployment and the economy dominate the news, but on Florida’s Space Coast, in the United States of America (US), which has been hit hard by the shutdown of the space shuttle programme, efforts to make something better for the future are already under way. 

Robert Cabana, the Kennedy Space Centre director, said, “Change is what you make it. It is hard because people become...

The difficulties of ministering in Iraq
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

  NEW YORK (Agencies): “When the bombs started falling in Baghdad and people started to flee, we opened our convents to families,” Dominican Sister Maria Hanna told the Catholic Near East Welfare Association on August 12, describing the beginning of the Iraqi War in 2003.

“We gave them a place to stay or we connected them with families that could shelter them for a night. We did not wait for people to come to us. We went to...

New study finds religious repression on rise
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

  WASHINGTON (SE): A recent study done by the Pew Forum Research Centre on Religion and Public Life has revealed that in 23 countries of the world between mid-2006 and mid-2009 repression of religious freedom increased.

Of the 198 countries surveyed, 162 remained more or less unchanged and 23 showed an improvement in their religious freedom situation.

However, the study, carried out by the Washington DC-...

Taiwan’s Jesuit university to recruit in Beijing
(Thursday, 25 August 2011 )

  BEIJING (SE): In an effort to recruit more students from the mainland, the Jesuit-run Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan, opened an office in Beijing on August 13, the mainland Chinese news service, Xinhua, reports.

Xinhua describes Fu Jen University as being one of the island’s most prestigious universities.

It quotes the university’s office of academic affairs as saying that Fu...