September 2011

Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Isaiah 55:6-9;
Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a;
Matthew 20:1-16a.

Mass of the memorial (green).
Ezra 1:1-6;
Luke 8:16-18.


First do no harm
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )


Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year


Readings: Isaiah 55:6-9; Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a; Matthew 20:1-16a

In his letters, St. Paul can suddenly vary. In the midst of an ordinary passage about Christian living, we often find a wonderful hymn of praise. Or, from a reflection on one topic, he will...

We came to see the pope but instead saw the face of Jesus
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Man makes plans and God smiles,” goes the old saying.

A group from the English-speaking community of Stanley parish reflected on this adage as they trudged back to their accommodation after the August 20 overnight vigil at the climax of World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, when it seemed that anything that could go wrong did.

Maybe the experience of...

World’s largest cultural festival dwells on certainty
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

  RIMINI (SE) : It is estimated that the Rimini Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples held in northern Italy attracted over 800,000 participants from 38 different countries between August 21 to 27 for its annual gathering organised on the basis that culture expresses itself through experience.

Running under the theme, And existence becomes an immense certainty, the Vatican secretary of state, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, said, “Today more than...

Vatican champion of world’s media and communications dead at 87
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): Andrzej Cardinal Deskur of Poland, a longtime promoter of media and communications and close friend of Pope John Paul II died at his home in Vatican City on September 3 at the age of 87. 

Cardinal Deskur was a staunch supporter of the world’s journalists and photographers, calling those who died on the job modern-day martyrs who died not “out of curiosity or for some other...

The Caritas Bazaar is a 
celebration of service
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

In the 1950s, tens of thousands of people swarmed into Hong Kong from mainland China. The diocese appealed for help. The international Church responded generously and this contributed to the establishment of Caritas-Hong Kong in 1953, which hoped to coordinate relief efforts and organise rehabilitation activities.

Today in our rapidly changing world, assistance provided for the last, the least, and the lost must...

Japan must lead in building a culture of peace
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

HIROSHIMA (Agencies): “As an American, visiting Hiroshima can be very difficult,” the first director of the Peace Museum in the Japanese city of Hiroshima from the United States of America (US), Steve Leeper, told the National Catholic Reporter on August 26. 

Speaking in the wake of the 66th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on 6 August 1945, Leeper quoted a former mayor of the city as...

New Japanese bible translated from original languages
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

TOKYO (SE): The publication of a one-volume translation of the complete bible into colloquial Japanese has marked the end of a 55-year-long project.

The translation and footnotes are the work of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (Franciscan Biblical School) in Tokyo, which was set up in Japan in 1956.

At a Mass in Tokyo Cathedral on August 18, members of the Franciscan,...

Japanese bishop calls for new Church-state relations
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

NIIGATA (Agencies): The newly-elected prime minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, was described as “a young politician, who gives us much hope, especially in the present difficulties,” by Bishop Isao Kikuchi, the president of Caritas Japan.

“The former prime minister, Naoto Kan, was not so quick in managing rescue operations in the aftermath of the (March 11) earthquake and tsunami. We hope that the...

Banned Chinese novelist gets chance to talk
(Thursday, 15 September 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Liao Yiwu, who spent four years in prison after writing a poem called, Massacre, in the wake of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 4 June 1989, finally got the opportunity to speak publicly in the United States of America (US) at the New York New School on September 13, at a function organised by PEN, an international human rights organisation.

Liao was barred by Chinese authorities from travelling to...