March 2012

Passion Sunday
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface of Palm Sunday (red).
Isaiah 50:4-7;
Philippians 2:6-11;
Mark 14:1—15:47.

Mass of the day (purple).
Passion preface II. 
Isaiah 42:1-7; 
John 12:1-11.


Why have you 
abandoned me!
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

On his cross, Jesus cried out “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which has been translated as, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

Usually this sentence is understood as complete, as an expression of Jesus’ agony on the cross. We can understand Jesus’ words as an expression of the well-known experience of the absence of God.


A different take on fasting comes out of the Byzantine Church tradition
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): An afternoon of instruction on Lent and Easter, or Pasqua, as practiced in the Byzantine rite of the Catholic Church, began and ended with a bit of hands-on prayer, Byzantine style.

Father Richard Soo, a Jesuit priest from the Catholic Byzantine Ukrainian Tradition in Canada, introduced the 30 or so people present at the Diocese Centre in Hong Kong on March 9 to his tradition of prayer.

Church still showing overall growth
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (AsiaNews): The Catholic Church appears to be in good health, with a global increase in membership, as well as in bishops and priests, especially in Asia, deacons and seminarians, according to statistics published in the Pontifical Yearbook 2012 and the annual Church statistics publication.

While the decline of men religious seems to have halted, women religious numbers continue to drop, except in...

Bishop calls for prayer for universal suffrage
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Let us pray for the progress of political reform in Hong Kong. May universal suffrage be implemented as soon as possible, so that all citizens of Hong Kong may fully exercise the civil right of taking an active part in politics,” reads a prayer that the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, asked to be included at Mass on March 25, the day of the closed circle-selection process for the next chief executive.

Pope gives thumbs up to administering confirmation before communion
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

ROME (Agencies): Bishop Samuel Aquila said that Pope Benedict XVI gave him the thumbs up for his sacramental programme which places the reception of confirmation before first communion, during the ad limina visit of the bishops of the United States of America in early March.

The bishop of Fargo told CNA News on March 8, “I was very surprised in what the pope said to me, in terms of how happy he is that the...

Belgian Trappists’ brew voted world’s best on beer-lovers website
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

OXFORD (CNS): A hearty dark brown beer produced at the Trappist Abbey of St. Sixtus of Westvleteren, Belgium, has been rated the world’s best brew by an online community of beer lovers. 

The Westvleteren 12 brew— with an alcohol content of 10.2 per cent—was rated the best in the world by the United States of America (US)-based, which offers connoisseurs the chance to discuss and...

A cardinal’s prophetic voice
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

The periodic rumble about domestic worker litter in the city reared its ugly head again in late February with complaints about the crowded public parks, facilities, nooks and crannies.

On March 4, the Sunday Morning Post went to bat for the migrant workers, editorialising that they have as much right to public facilities as anyone else. It suggested that instead of complaining, it would be more constructive to look...

Italian couple prepare pope’s Good Friday meditations
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Benedict XVI has chosen an Italian couple to write the meditations for the traditional way of the cross to be held on Good Friday each year in the Roman Colosseum, in Rome, Italy.

Ninety-one-year-old Danilo and 82-year-old Anna Maria Zanzucchi will compose the meditations around the theme of family life for this year’s reflections to be held on April 6.


Mass with Pope Benedict XVI at Bicentennial Park in Silao
(Saturday, 31 March 2012 )

People wait for the start of Mass with Pope Benedict XVI at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Mexico, on March 25. In his homily, he said, “When addressing the deeper dimension of personal and community life, human strategies will not suffice to save us.” The Vatican estimated that around 640,000 people attended the celebration. The pope arrived in Mexico on March 23 and headed for Cuba on March 26. Photo CNS