March 2013

He has risen!
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

In a few short words, the evangelist Luke captures a wide range of emotional responses to the resurrection of Jesus. 

First, there is the sense of urgency of the women who rush to the tomb just as the dawn comes.

But this quickly changes—the women are stunned when the body of Jesus is not there. This is contrary to all their expectations....

Easter Sunday
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

Mass of Easter, Gloria, sequence (optional), Creed, Easter preface and prayers (white).
Acts 10:34a, 37-43;
Colossians 3:1-4; 
John 20:1-9.

Mass of the day, Gloria, Easter preface (white)....

Images of Holy Week
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )


A young girl lights a candle during the Easter Vigil Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem. 


Farewell to last secretly ordained bishop in the Ukraine
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

WARSAW (CNS): Bishop Julian Voronovsky, retired head of the Sambir-Drohobych Eparchy, the last Ukrainian Catholic bishop to have been secretly ordained during the Soviet-era persecution of the Church, died on February 28. He was 76-years-old. 

During a March 4 memorial service at the Transfiguration Church in Drohobych, Bishop Bohdan Dziurakh, the auxiliary from Kiev, said, “We thank God for this...

Maryknoll Sisters founder inducted into United States Hall of Fame
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

NEW YORK (SE) : The founder of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, has been named one of nine women from the United States of America (US) to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, it was announced on March 5.

The director of the Women’s Hall of Fame, Amanda Bishop, described the choice of Mother Rogers as recognising and applauding her extraordinary achievements...

A mission of love
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

At the Easter Vigil celebrations in Hong Kong this year around 3,560 adults were scheduled to receive the sacraments of initiation, baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist.

While the number of baptisms in recent years has indeed brought us joy, the challenge of spreading the faith must take on a broader and deeper approach to enable more people to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and allow our own faith to...

Vivid reminder from new pope that the Church is missionary
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): At his installation Mass, celebrated on the morning of March 19 in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Pope Francis reminded the world of the missionary nature of the Church, prompting Catholic people everywhere to remember that the Church is a Church of the poor.

Celebrating his election as the bishop of Rome and pope of the Catholic Church on the feast of St. Joseph—the foster father of Jesus...

Vietnamese authorities miffed over awards given to bloggers
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

Hanoi (UCAN): A Communist Party newspaper in Vietnam, Nhan Dan, criticised the United States of America (US) and two international organisations on March 15 for conferring awards on three Vietnamese bloggers, including one who is in prison.

In an editorial, the newspaper said the awards aim to “encourage anti-government activists and directly intervene in Vietnam’s internal affairs.”

Pope Francis faces tough road to dialogue with China
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

TAIPEI (SE): St. Francis of Assisi, from whom Pope Francis seeks the inspiration for his papacy, ran into brick walls in trying to enter into dialogue with Islam. He sent five brothers to Morocco in 1212, but they were murdered.

He tried to go himself, but poor health turned him back. He was also blocked by discord within his own ranks.

Father Jeroom Heyndrickx, writing from...

Marking Passion Sunday
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )