April 2012

Presence of illicit bishop puts spanner in the works at ordination
(Saturday, 28 April 2012 )

NANCHONG (SE): An illicit bishop in China put another spanner in the works at the ordination of Father Joseph Chen Gong’ao as the bishop of Nanchong diocese in south-western Sichuan province on April 19.

The sticking point was the presence of Father Paul Lei Shiyin, who was illicitly ordained a bishop in Leshan for the neighbouring diocese of Yibin on June 29 last year.


Are you seeing clearly?
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

Our post-Easter liturgy is full of stories of surprise. Last Sunday we read about the disciples locked in the upper room and the surprise they received when Jesus appeared in the midst of them.

This week, we have a similar theme. Some of the disciples were gathered together. They were still troubled and mystified by the death of Jesus, and no doubt disappointed. There was also fear, as they had left Jerusalem....

Third Sunday of Easter
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white).
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 
1 John 2:1-5a; 
Luke 24:35-48.

Mass of the day, Easter preface (white).
Acts 6:8-15;...

Priest put on leave for denying communion
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

WASHINGTON DC (SE): Bishop Barry Knestout, the auxiliary in Washington DC in the United States of America, has suspended Father Marcel Guarnizo for denying communion to a same sex attracted woman, Barbara Johnson, at her mother’s funeral Mass.

The diocese announced that Father Guarnizo “has been placed on administrative leave with his priestly faculties removed.”


Patriarch of Jerusalem reflects on Arab Spring
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

JERUSALEM (SE): “In the early days of the Arab Spring, a link can be seen between the requests of the youngsters with the petitions we presented during the Synod for the Middle East,” the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, told Andrea Torneilli, from Vatican Insider, in early April.

“It is a phenomenon which started in Tunis, where I lived for 13 years. It was a healthy, sincere...

Keeping World Youth Day in focus
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

The euphoria of last year’s World Youth Day in Madrid was still building when the announcement came that the next gathering would be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one year ahead of schedule.

The other part of the message was to start making plans to be there.

World Youth Day has developed a time-proven path of extensive preparation done in the home diocese,...

World Youth Day to get a facelift in Rio de Janeiro
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

ROCCO DI PAPA (SE): Rio de Janeiro plans to give World Youth Day 2013 a facelift.

At a planning session held in Rocca di Papa, Italy, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko, said that gone will be the Days in the Diocese segment, as it will be replaced by a Mission Week, or a time of immersion in the varied life of different echelons of society the Brazilian city....

Nobel laureates appeal for the Dalai Lama
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Twelve Nobel laureates have written to the president of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, urging him to open talks with the Dalai Lama in the light of the series of self-immolations carried out by Tibetan people living in China over the past 12 months.

More than 30 Tibetans, most of them Buddhist monks and nuns, have set themselves on fire in Tibetan-inhabited areas of the mainland...

Illicit ordination is bullet in disguise
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): A priest in China has written to UCA News in the wake of the March 26 ordination of six deacons to the priesthood in Kunming, Yunnan province, by the illicitly ordained Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin, lamenting that warnings from both inside and outside the country did nothing to wake up the consciences of the people involved.

He notes that the unlawful ordination was described by local people as a joyful...

Veneer of democracy not even skin deep in new style Myanmar
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Despite the hype surrounding the April 1 elections in the Union of Myanmar, which saw democracy icon and long time political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi elected to parliament, the process has been mostly dogged by accusations of irregularities at polling booths and questions about monitoring procedures, military violence and dashed hopes.

The ambition of the government of Thein Sein in Naypyidaw seems...