April 2012

Religious hatred fanned by school syllabus
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

KARACHI (SE): The state assembly in the Punjab, Pakistan, passed a unanimous resolution on March 8 making the teaching of the Qu’ran a compulsory part of the school curriculum in the state.

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Pakistan condemned the move, calling it both a breach of the constitution of the country and a deliberate attempt to radicalise society.


The spirit of service celebrated at Easter
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

HONG KONG (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong described the gathering of priests around the bishop at the Chrism Mass as reminiscent of Jesus gathering with his disciples in the Upper Room for the Last Supper at the beginning of the celebration of the Easter Triduum in the cathedral on April 5.

John Cardinal Tong Hon reminded the packed cathedral that on that day the Church remembers the entrusting of the Eucharist by...

To the city and the world
(Saturday, 14 April 2012 )

vatican city (SE): “Christ is hope and comfort in a particular way for those Christian communities suffering most for their faith on account of discrimination and persecution,” Pope Benedict XVI said at his traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing of the city of Rome and the world on Easter Sunday, April 8.

“And he is present as a force of hope through his Church, which is close to all human situations of...

It is worth believing
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

Can you imagine the headlines? 

Empty tomb in happy valley cemetery!
Rumours of dead man walking

I don’t think that we will see such a headline in the South China Morning Post. Maybe it wouldn’t even cover it. It may well be written off as the hallucinations of a few late night revellers on their way home from...

Easter Sunday
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

Mass of Easter, Gloria, sequence (optional all week), Creed, Easter preface and prayers (white).

Acts 10:34a, 37-43;
Colossians 3:1-4;
John 20:1-9.

Mass of the day, 
Gloria, Easter preface (white).
Acts 2:14, 22-33;
Matthew 28:8-15.


Images of Holy Week
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

A woman prays during Passion Sunday Mass in Santo Domingo,
the Dominican Republic. Photo: CNS/Reuters

Young Iraqi women attend an Easter...

Illicit bishop ordains in Yunnan
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

 DALI (UCAN): Six deacons were ordained priests in Dali in the north-western Yunnan area of China in controversial circumstances on March 26.

The ordaining bishop from Kunming, who became the ordinary of the diocese without the approval of the Holy See in 2005, Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin, had been criticised both within and outside the country for agreeing to do the ceremony in the run up to the event.

It was...

Vatican pushing to make water run uphill
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican has embarked on its own project to try and make water run up hill, calling for the most basic of necessities to be recognised worldwide as a human right.

Although the United Nations (UN) has already declared it to be a human right, it too has discovered that cajoling nations into taking this seriously is like trying to make water run uphill.


The devil and the deep blue sea
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

The arrival of the chief executive-in-waiting of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, was greeted with demonstrations in various parts of the city, prayers for universal suffrage in churches and general skepticism among the public at large.

The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, called on people to pray on the morning of the March 25 for a system of one-person-one-vote to be introduced before the 2017 selection...

A vastly different Cuba welcomed this papal visit
(Saturday, 7 April 2012 )

HAVANA (SE): On March 26, Pope Benedict XVI found himself in a vastly different Cuba than the one that his predecessor, Pope John Paul II visited in 1998, when he touched down at the airport in Havana.

Pope Benedict described the visit of Pope John Paul II as a breath of fresh air that breathed a new spirit into Church-state relations, but added that there is still a long way to go.