January 2012

Consecrated Life: 
A witness to the gospel
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )

February 2 is World Day of Consecrated Life in the universal Church, a day on which people are encouraged to pray for people in religious life.

Members of both male and female congregations have chosen to live the evangelical virtues of chastity, poverty and obedience by making a lifelong response to God’s call to their vocation. This is a special gift offered by God the Father through the Holy Spirit to some...

Hope and fear amid uncertainty in the Middle East
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )

JERUSALEM (CNS): “There is a fear among the Christians (in Egypt) whether they will be given human rights and whether they will be treated as equal citizens. There is a sense of wait and see,” said Bishop Gerald Kicanas, the chairperson of the board of  Catholic Relief Services in the United States of America (US).

Almost a year after the eruption of the Arab Spring uprisings, the Middle East is a...

Anwar’s acquittal is sign of hope for Malaysia’s judiciary
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )


KUALA LUMPUR (SE): The acquittal of the leader of Malaysia’s political opposition, Anwar Ibrahim, on sodomy charges on January 9, took everyone by surprise, according to Joy Wilson Appukuttan, the president of the Catholic Lawyers Society of Malaysia.

Appukuttan told UCA News on January 16 that although this one case does not by any means prove that the judiciary in Malaysia has become totally...

Pushing for sobriety in Church-state relations in China?
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, an editorial in the official newspaper, The People’s Daily, criticised the ingrained drinking culture in which government officials indulge in lavish spending of public funds.

In some official circles, drinking with guests and other officials has become an important part of their job, inducing unhealthy tendencies of corruption, ignorance, perverseness and...

Bishops and priests currently being held in china
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )

Bishop James Su Zhimin, from the unofficial community of Baoding, is nearly 80 years of age and was arrested by police on 8 October 1997. The charge that led to his arrest has never been revealed, news of a trial has never been released and the place of his detention is unknown.

Before his last arrest...

2012 Lunar New Year message from the Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders of Hong Kong
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )


Bauhinia blossoms usher in the New Year. The Colloquium of the Leaders of the Six Religions in Hong Kong takes this opportunity to wish prosperity and peace to the country of China, as well as a thriving in business and harmony in society in Hong Kong, together with good health and auspiciousness for the people of Hong Kong.

Currently, a severe financial crisis is plaguing the international community. State...

Church in Myanmar hopes for peace in Karen state
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )

Yangon (UCAN): Representatives of the Church in Karen state, the Union of Myanmar, remain hopeful that an end to the region’s decades-long civil war may be near, after the signing of a truce between the government and the Karen National Union (KNU) on January 12.

Bishop Raymond Po Ray, of Mawlamyine, the chairperson of the Peace and Justice Commission at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar, said...

Appeal to Hu Jintao to release priests from Chinese prisons
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )


ROME (AsiaNews): Saying that it would be an appropriate gesture of friendship and good will, the Rome-based agency, AsiaNews, is calling on the Chinese government to release all priests who are currently being held in detention or under house arrest on the mainland.

In a letter sent to the president of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, and the Chinese ambassador to Italy, Ding Wei, on January...

Service is the way to Christian unity
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): “It is a time to reflect more deeply on what it means to win and to lose,” Reverend John Menear said in welcoming the 50 or so people present at St. Andrew’s Church in Tsim Sha Tsui to mark the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on January 18.

The rector of the Anglican Church noted that we often think of winning in terms of triumph, but the life and death of...

Fourth Sunday of the Year
(Thursday, 26 January 2012 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface for the Sunday (green).
Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 
1 Corinthians 7:32-35; 
Mark 1:21-28.

Mass of the day (green).