May 2012

Health policy goes against concience and religious freedom say United States bishops
(Saturday, 26 May 2012 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): “As a practical or moral matter, none of (the approaches proposed by the administration) will solve the problem that the mandate creates for nonexempt religious organisations with a conscientious objection to contraceptive coverage,” said attorneys for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on May 15 in a 21-page comment was filed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
The comment was...
Feast of the Ascension
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )


Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Ascension (white).
Acts 1:1-11; 
Ephesians 1:17-23; 
Mark 16:15-20.


Our own Acts 
of the Apostles
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

The feast of the Ascension marks the end of the ministry of Jesus on this earth, but more importantly, it also marks the beginning of our ministry.

It is the turning point in history when the disciples took up the challenge from Jesus to announce the good news of salvation to all people, without distinction of race, creed or colour.

However, the bottom line question that the...

Reconciliation worth the wait says archbishop of Havana
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

HAVANA (Agencies): The archbishop of Havana, Cuba, Jaime Cardinal Ortega, came under fire on April 28 in Boston, the United States of America, for his stand on achieving reconciliation with the government of Rául Castro rather than taking the hard line that many exiles in the US are calling on him to do.

Speaking at a function organised by the Harvard University and the David Rockefeller Centre for Latin...

Diplomatic blunder by United States could spell disaster for human rights in China
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

The fate of the sight impaired and self-taught legal advocate, Chen Guangcheng, and his family was under the spotlight as secretary for state of the United States of America (US), Hillary Clinton, was in Beijing in early May for the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

As of May 8, Chen’s future remained uncertain. Despite reports that he would be allowed to study overseas at New York University, the only...

Al-Qaida call to target Catholics for conversion
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

DUBLIN (CNS): An official of the al-Qaida organisation in the United States of America, Adam Gadahn, said he had written to Osama bin Laden in January 2011, to tell him that he believed that Catholics were fertile ground for conversion as a result of rage against the Vatican, resulting from policies that are unacceptable to many of its members and the spate of scandals that have rocked the Church in recent times.


Church can help educate and blow the whistle on human trafficking say police
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The Catholic Church has a huge role to play with 1.1 billion Catholics across the world. With their networks they can make (society) hostile to traffickers and be safe havens for victims,” said a young British woman who was tricked into prostitution in Italy. She was one of a number of speakers at a May 8 Vatican conference on combating human trafficking. 

Organised by the...

The silent word of the media
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

In the context of advanced digital age information technology, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen silence as the theme of his message for the 46th World Communications Day.

The pope says in Silence and Word: Path of Evangelisation, that he believes that human relationships can be deepened through silence, making human and media communication more meaningful and valuable, with a more profound human dimension.

Caritas Internationalis brought into the Vatican fold
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has published a decree establishing new statutes and norms for the governance of Caritas Internationalis, which attribute to Vatican offices, including the Secretariat of State, greater authority over the work, direction and policies of the Catholic aid agency.

The decree strengthens the roles Vatican offices play, as well as giving the pope a stronger hand in naming and approving new...

People troop to Sheshan shrine
(Saturday, 19 May 2012 )

SHANGHAI (SE): More than 8,000 people attended the opening of the Marian month of May at the Our Lady of Sheshan Shrine on the outskirts of Shanghai on May 1.

The shrine was earmarked by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 as the focal point for World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which is celebrated each year on May 24.

Fides reported that 90-year-old Bishop Aloysius Jin...