April 2012

Xi Jinping hosted at Jesuit college in Dublin
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

DUBLIN (SE): The Jesuit-run Belvedere College hosted Xi Jinping, the vice president of the People’s Republic of China, to a performance of Riverdance during his visit to Ireland in February this year.

The Irish Jesuit News reported on February 29 that the headmaster, Gerry Foley, said that hosting Xi at the college was indeed a great honour and recognition of the course in Chinese studies that the college has...

Taiwan tourism may open other doors to Beijing
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): Less than a year since the ban on individual tourism from mainland China to Taiwan was lifted, the government in Taipei announced on April 2 that it wants to double the total number of individual tourists coming from China.

The Taipei government announced that its aim is to reach the 1,000 a day mark.

The Taiwan Council for Chinese Affairs explained that...

Chinese baptisms in New York at Easter
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

NEW YORK (SE): The Chinese Catholic Community in New York celebrated the baptism of 154 people and 216 confirmations in three parishes at the Easter Vigil on April 7.

A priest who works with the community, Father Giuseppe Rang, said, “In the church of St. Joseph and the church of Santa Teresa, 120 catechumens were baptised, 86 adults and 34 children, and 216 were confirmed.”

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United States bishops say threat to religious freedom threatens the common good
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

WASHINGTON (CWNews.com) : It is not just about being forced to provide contraception for employees of Catholic institutions, the bishops of the United States of America (US) say in a 4,000-word statement entitled, Our First, Most Cherished Freedom, released on April 12, to alert the country to what they call threats against religious liberty.

They point out that the threat to religious freedom is not only about...

Vietnamese bishop takes complaint to the top
(Saturday, 21 April 2012 )

HOCHIMIN CITY (Agencies) : “Religious freedom is not a favour, but a fundamental right,” Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh said in a letter addressed to the president of Vietnam, Truong Tan Sang, on April 4, complaining that local authorities were blocking priests from celebrating Easter with ethnic minority people in his diocese of Kontum.

UCA News reported that copies of the letter, in which the bishop...

Second Sunday of Easter
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

APRIL 15 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy Sunday).
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, sequence (optional), Creed, Easter preface (white).
Readings:
Acts 4:32-35;
1 John 5:1-6; 
John 20:19-31.

APRIL 16 – MONDAY: SECOND WEEK OF EASTER.
Mass of the day,...

The blessing of doubt
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

Jesus’ invitation to Thomas to place his finger in the wounds on his wrists and put his hand into his side can seem to be a bit like Jesus calling him to account for doubting what he had heard from the others.

It rings of the attitude, if you don’t believe what others have told you, come here and have a look for yourself.

However, a closer look at the story in...

Easter between checkpoints in the Holy Land
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

JERUSALEM (AsiaNews): “The witness of faith by Christians in the Holy Land is vital for the small communities that dot the Arab world at a time of shocks and a resurgent radical Islam,” Archbishop Antonio Franco, the apostolic nuncio to Israel and Palestine said on April 4.

“We need trust and hope so that faith in Christ will help Christians in the Holy Land and the Arab world to face their...

Dalai Lama awarded Templeton Prize for offering universal voice of compassion
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN (CNS): The Dalai Lama was awarded the 2012 Templeton Prize on March 29.

Each year, a nine-member panel chooses a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension to receive the prize. 

A statement from the John Templeton Foundation said his “long-standing engagement with multiple dimensions of...

One of thousands of journeys to the baptismal font this Easter
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 3,500 adults received the sacrament of baptism at the Easter celebrations in Hong Kong this year, as well as many children from their families and parishes.

Thousands of stories of the journey to faith are hidden within the lives of these people. In the case of children, the stories may be quite short, or predominately belong to their parents, but among the adults, each one has made a uniquely...