January 2013

Third Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10;
1 Corinthians 12:12-30; 
Luke 1:1-4, 4, 14-21.

Mass of the memorial (white).
Hebrews 9:...

A down-to-earth ministry
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

Today’s reading from the beginning of the gospel according to St. Luke tells us that his intention is to write an ordered account of the story of Jesus.

He is doing this so that there will be a record of how well founded the account of the doings and teachings of Jesus is and stress the point that it has been handed on and received by the community of faith over successive generations.

Does the world need a saint like Dorothy Day?
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

WASHINGTON (SE): Billed as a saint to transcend partisan politics, the champion of the Catholic Labour Movement in the United States of America (US) from the time of the Great Depression of 1929 to 1932 through to her death on 29 November 1980, Dorothy Day was put forward by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a candidate for sainthood in December 2012.

Unlike the recently canonised Filipino...

Mission from France to Japan and back
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

YOKOHAMA (UCAN): Bishop Yoshinao Otsuka paid a visit to the town of Digna in the French diocese of Saint-Claude during August last year to visit the grave a long-forgotten supporter of the Japanese Church, Father Leon Robin of Saint-Claude (1802 to 1882).

The connecting link between the current bishop of Kyoto and the long-departed parish priest is a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that St. Francis Xavier is said...

Italian workers push for a shopping-free Sunday
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

ROME (Agencies): The Catholic Church in Italy has joined unions and small business associations in a bid to keep the country free of Sunday shopping.

Religion News Services reported on December 21 that the outgoing prime minister, Mario Monti, backed a new law that would allow shops to open on Sundays in a bid to spur economic growth.

But Sunday traditions are strong in the...

Vatican laments denial of right to conscientious objection
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican applauded the European Court of Human Rights’ recognition, on January 15, of the right of a British Airways employee, Nadia Eweida, a 60-year-old Coptic Christian, to wear a crucifix on her uniform, but lamented the court’s denial of the full right of conscientious objection in other cases claiming religious discrimination in the United Kingdom. 

Eweida’s case...

Freedom of the press
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

The feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron of writers and journalists, is on January 24. Known as The Gentleman Saint, This gentle and humble Doctor of the Church is well known for his writings on spiritual formation and pamphlets in defence of Catholic doctrine. As a Chinese saying goes, “A person of noble virtue speaks with actions and acts for a just cause.” St. Francis is also an inspiration and reminder to be righteous in word and deed,...

New head of Coptic Catholic Church welcomed by pope
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican announced on January 18 that Pope Benedict XVI had extended ecclesial communion to the newly-elected head of the Coptic Catholic Church, 57-year-old Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak of Alexandria.

Requesting communion is customary for the patriarchs of the Eastern Churches in union with Rome. 

Patriarch Sidrak was elected on January 15 by...

Bishop in Mali says people are deeply anxious
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

OXFORD (Agencies): “People are hiding in their homes, unable to venture out,” Bishop Augustin Traore, from Segou, Mali, told Catholic News Service by telephone on January 16, just as French combat troops prepared to Islamic insurgents at Diabaly just 144 kilomtres to the north. 

“Although our churches are still intact, people are becoming afraid to enter them. Our entire Catholic culture will...

Internet restrictions in China tighten
(Saturday, 26 January 2013 )

ROME (AsiaNews): People in China who want to use the Internet must now be clearly identified, according to an official announcement published through the official news agency, Xinhua.

All anonymous surfing of the Internet is now banned, which AsiaNews believes casts a sinister light on respect for human rights by the new leadership of Xi Jinping.

The Xinhua report says that...