June 2012

Owning our faith
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )


This means that we have more to hear, more to experience. We have journeyed through the time of Lent and experienced the blessings of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the suffering and death of Jesus and the resurrection.

These are amazing experiences that make us Easter people. And at the end of the Easter season we have experienced the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and have heard the words of...

Feast of the Holy Trinity
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface for solemnity (white).
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40;
Romans 8:14-17; 
Matthew 28:16-20.

Mass of the day (green).
2 Peter 1:2-7; 

Increasingly on their own women migrants face special dangers
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

ROME (CNS): Increasing numbers of women are migrating alone, a situation that makes them vulnerable to violence and exploitation, but one that often shows their courage and commitment to making a better life for their families, said speakers at a conference in Rome. 

About 214 million people live outside their country of origin and half of all migrants are women, noted Miguel Diaz, the ambassador of the United...

Melkite patriarch of Damascus makes plea to save Syria
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

BEIRUT (CNS): Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham, from Damascus, Syria, said that the country’s  2.5 million Christians are being pushed into an exodus from their own land out of fear of chaos and crime. 

In a report, An Experience of Current Life in Syria, from the Melkite archdiocese of Homs, distributed by the patriarchate, Patriarch Laham urged the international community to save Syria. “...

States must not force Church health care providers to violate morality
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

GENEVA (CNS): Governments also should recognise and support the work of nongovernment organisations, including the Church, in their efforts to provide wider health care access “without obliging them to participate in activities they find morally abhorrent,” said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, head of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry.

The archbishop made his comments to senior government...

Greek Orthodox leader accused of intolerance and fanaticism
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

oXFORD (CNS): Greece’s Catholic Church accused Orthodox Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus, of intolerance and fanaticism after he sued a Catholic archbishop for illegal proselytism. 

Nikolaos Gasparakis, spokesperson for the Greek Bishops’ Conference, said, “I hope the court rejects his petition, which has no legal or juridical basis. It is a pity he doesn’t say more about the plight of...

Children and faithful citizenship
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

With a good foundation in the social teaching of the Church, people stand a better chance of evaluating policies and actions of government and political parties, and consequently play a more responsible role as citizens of the state, the bishops of the United States of America (US) say in a paper entitled, Faithful Citizenship.

They add that as Catholics, people have the responsibility to play an active role in...

Vatican calls publication of VatiLeaks letters a criminal act
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Italian television journalist, Gianluigi Nuzzi, who set off the VatiLeaks controversy by releasing private letters to Pope Benedict XVI and between Vatican officials, published a large collection of leaked documents in a new book called, Your Holiness, on May 17. 

On May 26, the Vatican confirmed that the pope’s private assistant had been arrested in connection with the leaked...

President of Vatican bank fired
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

vATICAN CITY (CNS): The board of directors of the Vatican bank ousted the bank’s president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, on May 24. It voted to censure him “for not having carried out various functions of primary importance to his office” amid worsening management problems, but did not specify the functions in question.

The board, formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion, issued an...

Chemical castration sparks controversy
(Saturday, 2 June 2012 )

Seoul (UCAN): “(Sexual violence) is not an action prompted by the impulse of the moment, but a carefully planned and continuous crime fostered by a distorted perception of sex and social attitudes that tacitly approve of violence,” said Theresa Kim Doo-na, coordinator of the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center, in reaction to the announcement by South Korea’s Justice Ministry on May 22 that the libido of a 40-year-old sex offender, name...