December 2011

Christmas Day
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface for Christmas (white).
Readings (Midnight): 
Isaiah 9:1-6;
Titus 2:11-14;
Luke 2:1-14. 

Readings (Morning): 
Isaiah 62:11-12;
Titus 3:4-7;
Luke 2:15-20; 


Around the Traps
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )

Arabic edition of pope’s book

VATICAN ( An Arabic-language edition of Light of the World, the book-length interview with Pope Benedict XVI published last year, went on sale on December 5.

It was launched in Beirut at the Arabic Book Fair. The book, which was first launched last year, is the result of extensive...

Missionary to the mountains and streets dies quietly
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )

MELBOURNE (SE): “I am sure that the old men and women of the Sierra Madre Mountains are telling and retelling the stories of the big, white, generous man of faith who once dwelt among them,” Father Joey Echano said of Redemptorist Father Peter Robb at his funeral Mass in the Melbourne suburb of Deepdene on December 13.

In the eyes of all he met, Father Robb would search for the fire of the Holy Spirit,...

Christmas a time of outreach and unity
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )

Many Catholics make Christmas a time to introduce the faith to their neighbours. The festivities on snowy, wintry days always attract the young and the curious to the churches to experience the Christmas atmosphere.

In a village church in a mountainous area of Lanzhou diocese in Gansu province, Brother Peter prepares liturgies and cultural performances for Christmas Eve. 


Christmas and peace in the Church in China
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )


Christmas is a good time to reflect upon our relationship with God and with others. Christians, like others, long for the absence of conflict and long to prepare for the coming of the peace of Christ.

The year 2011 in the Church in China has been a difficult one, complicated by two illicit ordinations of bishops, one in Leshan, Sichuan province, on June 29; and the other in Shantou, Guangdong province, on...

We are all in 
the big picture
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )

Jesus was born on Christmas Day in humble circumstances, of a mother temporarily displaced from her home and without even the most basic amenities available, either for the birth or looking after her newborn child.

She and Joseph were people on the move, a tag that describes an ever increasing number of people in our world today that has been used by successive popes to describe their greater than usual need for the...

Former Vatican communications head and Mideast advocate dead at 76
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )


DARBY (CNS): John Cardinal Foley of the United States of America (US), the head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications from 1984 to 2007 and later active on the desk for the Church in the Middle East, died on December 11 after a battle with leukaemia. He was 76-years-old. 

Cardinal Foley was noted for his media-friendly style and quick sense of humour. He often spoke of the joys of working...

Shanghai bishop in hospital
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )

SHANGHAI (UCAN): The 95-year-old Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, from Shanghai, fractured a rib during a fall at his residence and was hospitalised on December 7.

Although his injury is not life-threatening, he will probably remain in the hospital for a few months.

Bishop Jin does have Vatican approval and was named honorary president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic...

Priest and seminarians die in car crash
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (UCAN): Six seminarians and a priest from the unofficial community of the Catholic Church in northern Hebei province were killed in a road accident on December 11 and one seminarian is in a serious condition in No. 3 Hospital in Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital.

He was thrown from the minivan, which was badly damaged in an accident along the Jinzhou section of the provincial highway.

Meditation movement celebrates fifth anniversary
(Friday, 23 December 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): Members of the Worldwide Christian Meditation Group (Hong Kong) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its foundation and the 20th year of the movement with an afternoon seminar on contemplation given by Father Laurence Freeman, its current world director, and a dinner at restaurant in Central on December 10.

The convener of the group in Hong Kong, Lina Lee, said at the dinner, which was attended by...