October 2012

World Mission Sunday
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Isaiah 53:10-11;
Hebrews 4:14-16; 
Mark 10:35-45.

Mass of the day (green).
Ephesians 2:1-10; 
Luke 12:13-21.


Are families chasing what they really do not want?
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )

SYDNEY (SE): The Australian bishops describe the modern economic environment as being not family-friendly in a 21-page message released on September 21 to coincide with the celebration of Social Justice Sunday, which was marked in the Land Down Under on September 23.

Launched under the title, The Gift of the Family in Difficult Times: The social and economic challenges facing families today, at the Leone Ryan...

Caring for others
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All people will know that you are my disciples if you love one another’

John 13: 34-35


Some babies have a hard...

Top agriculture accolade for Wen Jiabao
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )

Beijing (UCAN): On October 2, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) awarded the Agricola Medal, its highest recognition, to China’s premier, Wen Jiabao, for his dedication in promoting food security and poverty reduction in China and around the world.

He was presented with the medal by the general director, Jose Graziano da Silva, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. ...

Stop pushing us around Middle East priests urge
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )

ROME (CNS): “We don’t want protection from Europe or America; mind your own business,” Monsignor Mtanios Haddad, the representative of the Melkite Catholic Church to the Vatican, said at a function held at the Iraqi embassy to the Holy See on September 24.

The Syrian-born priest said the region can use help in negotiations and dialogue between conflicting parties, but that foreign help must come...

Messages of support flood in for detained Shanghai bishop
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )

Rome (UCAN): An Italian Catholic magazine has collected dozens of messages of support for Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai, who has been barred from ministry and not been seen in public since his ordination on July 7, when he announced his intention to quit his position in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

The monthly magazine, Mondo e Missione, published in Italy by the...

Students reflect on ferry tragedy
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )

Shung Tak Catholic English College:


Apple—Class 3S

From this accident, I learned a lot.

In the past, I always argued with my family. I feel extremely bad. It is because I can’t feel...

Rosary parish enjoys a good night out
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )



HONG KONG (SE): Autumn is a season of falling leaves in many parts of the world, but Father Des Cox lamented that incidents of HIV/AIDS, which had been falling, are now on the rise, at An Autumn Evening of Classical and Contemporary Music at St. John’s Cathedral on October 9.

The coordinator of the St. John’s HIV Education Centre said in his welcoming...

Pope puts married life at centre stage in opening the synod
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )


 HONG KONG (SE): “In every time and place, evangelisation has its starting and finishing points in Jesus Christ, the son of God, and the crucifix is the supremely distinctive sign of him who announces the gospel; a sign of peace and love, a call to conversion and reconciliation,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his address at the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in Rome on October 7.


Call for humility at biggest synod ever
(Saturday, 20 October 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): “To be an effective evangeliser,” Archbishop Luis Tagle told the biggest synod ever on October 9, “the Church cannot and must not pretend to have easy answers to the dilemmas of men and women today.”

The archbishop of Manila, The Philippines, is well remembered for his bold interventions in the last synod back in 2008 and was hailed by Philippa Hitchens, from Vatican Radio, as making the biggest impact on proceedings...