July 2012

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Amos 7:12-15; 
Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13.

Mass of the day...

Church in Mongolia celebrates its first 20 years
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

ULAANBAATAR (AsiaNews): “A small but lively community, thanking God for the great things he has done for her,” Bishop Wenceslao Padilla said in describing the Church in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, during the preparation for the celebration of the first 20 years of its life in the country.

The actual celebration took place on July 10 and 11 in the presence of Hong Kong-born Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai,...

Trading human rights for money muddies western hands as well
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

BRUSSELS (SE): The human rights situation in China has been rapidly deteriorating because, among other things, “The United States (of America – US) and European countries reduced pressure against the Chinese government,” Wei Jingsheng, a long time critic of the human rights record of his country told the European Parliament on June 21.

He added, “This will bring an even more extensive...

President-elect meets bishops in Cairo
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

CAIRO (AsiaNews): The president-elect of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, met with the Catholic hierarchy in Cairo on June 25 and promised them that he will work to resolve the problems facing the Church in the Muslim-majority country.

On the previous day he had also met with the Coptic Orthodox Catholic bishops.

Morsi was declared the next president on June 23 after garnering 52 per...

Holy See budget loss despite up in donations
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Holy See sustained its largest budget deficit of the past decade in 2011 as a result of global financial trends, the Vatican said on July 5.

But Vatican City State, which includes the income-generating Vatican Museums and Vatican Post Office, ended 2011 with a surplus of €21.8 million ($209.3 million). 

The budget, which includes the offices...

Dilemmas in examination 
criteria on sensitive moral issues
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

Results of the first Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education will be announced on July 20. Although results do not tell the whole story about the new senior secondary system and curriculum, they do influence students’ future opportunities, especially in the four core subjects of Chinese, English, mathematics and Liberal Studies.

The first three are traditional subjects, so strictly speaking the marking...

Opus Dei looks at a second saint
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

VATICAN (Agencies): A second member of Opus Dei is being put up for canonisation with the approval of a decree by Pope Benedict XVI declaring Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the successor of the founder of the prelature, St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, a person of heroic virtue.

“Bishop Alvaro is remembered by so many men and women as a priest of peace, loyal to his commitment of love to God, very united to the...

Vatican gets new spin doctor in face of VatiLeaks
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): In the face of several months of bad press most of which has been directed at its Secretariat of State, the Vatican has employed Greg Burke, a correspondent with Fox News to act as communications advisor to the Vatican department.

The new spin doctor at the Vatican media operating table is from the United States of America and compared his position with that of a communications adviser at the While...

Chapel cruises to help needy children
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): Bishop Martin Su Yao-wen signed a memorandum of cooperation recently with a local ship-building company to produce a floating chapel in his diocese of Taichung, Taiwan.

Able to hold 48 people, the chapel will be designed to sail on Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan’s second-largest body of water. The diocese has tourists and pilgrims in its sights as possible clients.


Arms trade robs the poor Asian bishops say
(Saturday, 14 July 2012 )

NEW DELHI (AsiaNews): “Arms trade is a major cause of human rights abuses,” said Archbishop Charles Bo, from Yangon in the Union of Myanmar.

In an appeal to the bishops of Asia, the president of the Office of Human Development of the Federation of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences is calling on world leaders to sign the Arms Trade Treaty.

Between July 2 and 27...