January 2013

China honours far-sighted missionary
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

SWANSEA (Agencies): A delegation from the Union Hospital in Wuhan, China, travelled to Swansea in England in order to erect a memorial to the Welsh founder of the institution, Griffith John, to mark the centennial of the death of the 80-year-old deceased missionary.

The delegation from what today is a major medical research centre in China, donated a bust to the town where John was born on 14 December 1831. It will...

Hope for human rights or window dressing?
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

ROME (AsiaNews): New laws that came into effect in China on 1 January 2013 provide for people picked up by the police to have immediate access to a lawyer; immediate notification of relatives of their whereabouts; and a limit on detention without trial to six months.

Bernardo Cervellera, from AsiaNews, points out that this should also apply to bishops and priests who have been imprisoned without trial, some for...

Report on the 2012 Lenten Campaign
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

Hong Kong (SE): In response to the Lenten Campaign of 2011, the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee reported that $6.56 million was raised. Bernard Chan, chairperson of the committee said that the collection represented a slight increase of two per cent over the previous year. 

He expressed his gratitude to all donors and volunteers who contributed their effort and sacrifice to help the needy in a...

Peace won’t come without openness to God pope tells diplomats
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )


VATICAN CITY (CNS): Peace-building requires charity, religious liberty, a proper understanding of human rights and an openness to divine love,  Pope Benedict XVI told diplomats accredited to the Vatican in his annual address to the diplomatic corps on January 7. 

Deploring war, civil conflict and poverty around the world, he spoke to the gathered diplomats of global troubles, including endless...

Shanxi seminary to close for two years
(Saturday, 19 January 2013 )

TAIYUAN (UCAN): The embattled Montecorvino Major Seminary in Shanxi province, China, which has been embroiled for years in internal leadership disputes, will suspend operations for two years while structures and staff are reorganised.

Local Church people told UCA News that Bishop John Huo Cheng, from Fenyang, the former chairperson of the board, announced the closure on January 7.


The Epiphany
(Saturday, 5 January 2013 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface for Epiphany (white). 
Isaiah 60:1-6; 
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; 
Matthew 2:1-12.

Mass of the day, preface for Christmas or Epiphany (...

Follow that star
(Saturday, 5 January 2013 )


During the rite of baptism, we are reminded that Jesus was anointed as priest, prophet and king, whilst in the gospel reading today we are told that the Three Magi presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

We know that the gold is the gift for a king. It was the custom that no one could ever approach a king without a gift. And gold, the king of metals, has always been the fit gift of the people for a...

Free market does not justify poverty and violence
(Saturday, 5 January 2013 )


ISTANBUL (AsiaNews): “Glory be to God on high and peace to people of good will,” the angels sang in announcing the birth of Our Lord, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople notes in his Christmas homily for 2012.

He goes on to say that sadly, our earth is still a battleground, because humans continue to reject the message of the Lord, which urges us to obey his will and message of peace....

Christmas celebrated in hope and fear
(Saturday, 5 January 2013 )


HONG KONG (SE): While Christians in Iraq faced the Christmas season of peace and joy in fear and trepidation, Catholics in Nepal reported that they were looking forward to their first Christmas in many years without threats of violence from Hindu fundamentalist groups.

Then, in normally peaceful Japan, people faced the festive season in a mood of crisis and worry, as Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, from...

Putting others first
(Saturday, 5 January 2013 )



Putting others first can be such a natural, beautiful part of life.

The heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God