August 2012

How’s your health?
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

One of the important legacies of Vatican II is a renewed stress on the scriptures, to the extent that the council fathers said, “Ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

The Constitution on Divine Revelation tells us that the gospels are the principal witness for life and the teaching about the Incarnate Word, Jesus.

We need to listen to and read...

Twenty second Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 1 September 2012 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; 
James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27;
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

Mass of the memorial (white).

When people really need a break
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

KOBE (UCAN): While it may not be payback time in Kobe in Japan, people still remember the shock and uncertainty of life in the wake of the 17 January 1995 earthquake that practically destroyed the whole city, and especially how important the helping hands that reached out to them were.

So this summer, 11 parishes in the city invited people from radiation threatened Fukushima to come and spend a bit of time at the...

Christians begin to emerge in Myanmar
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

YANGON (UCAN): In a sign there is a push for change in the Union of Myanmar, 450 Christian people met with the opposition leader and national democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, on July 20 to discuss the role of young people in the nation.

Social commentators say that such a gathering would have been unthinkable even a year ago in the predominantly Buddhist country, as most Christians belong to minority groups, whose...

South African bishops call for inquiry into mine violence
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

CAPE TOWN (CNS): “We cannot allow this violence to escalate and become a normal part of our society,” said South Africa’s bishops in condemning the August 16 killing of 34 workers at a platinum mine in Marikana, 96.5 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg. 

They called for a judicial inquiry into the circumstances that led to the violence. 


Russian Orthodox and Polish Catholic leaders sign appeal for reconciliation
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

WARSAW (CNS): “We enter a path of honest dialogue in the hope that it will heal the wounds of the past, facilitate our overcoming mutual prejudice and misunderstanding and strengthen us in our pursuit of reconciliation,” says a reconciliation message, signed by Patriarch Kirill, of Moscow, and Archbishop Jozef Michalik, of Przemysl, president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. 

The heads of...

A star not only of the screen but also in many 
a heart in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

A familiar face at anything to do with faith and human development in Hong Kong, and doyen of the Catholic Women’s League for decades, Pacita Francisco Roads breathed her last on August 4, after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow) at the San Ramon Regional Medical Centre, California, the United States of America (US).

Every inch a woman of the community, the first female...

Family life and the common good
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

Traditionally, the family has always been regarded as the nucleus of society. This is demonstrated in the reflections of philosophers and religious people over past millennia and in modern times in the documents of national constitutions, the United Nations, Churches and a plethora of community and religious organisations.

As a basic social unit, the family has also been understood as a basic economic unit and,...

Pope mourns passing of Ethiopian Orthodox patriarch
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Abune Paulos, the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, a strong voice for peace and development in Africa, died on August 17 in Addis Ababa at the age of 76. He was also a leader in the worldwide ecumenical movement. 

Offering his prayers and condolences to the 40 million members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the patriarch’s visits to the Vatican...

Cautious welcome for moves by Egyptian president
(Saturday, 25 August 2012 )

ANTAKYA (CNS): Father Rafic Grieche, a spokesperson for the Egyptian Bishops’ Conference, gave a cautious welcome to the reshuffling of top military officials by the president, Mohammed Morsi. 

He said that Morsi’s decisions are “positive in the sense of politics, but we have to see how he uses these new powers.” 

Father Grieche noted,...