March 2013

Illicit ordinations on the day of papal inauguration
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

Kunming (UCAN): Coincidence or not, the illicit ordination of two priests in Yunnan province, China, on March 19, the same day that Pope Francis was installed in the Vatican, has raised hackles in the Holy See.

The renegade Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin, from Kunming, who himself was illicitly ordained as a bishop in 2006, raised new questions about Beijing-Holy See relations when he ordained two priests on the same day...

We welcome Pope Francis
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )

As Christians we are invited to participate in God’s mission. The mission entrusted to us by God, in the words of Pope Francis, is, like St. Joseph, to be a protector. “Joseph is a protector, because he is able to hear God’s voice and be guided by his will; and for this reason he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his safekeeping.”

Pope Francis says that the vocation of...

Papal motto and coat of arms
(Saturday, 30 March 2013 )


VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis will fundamentally stick to the same coat of arms as the leader of the Catholic Church that he used as a bishop in Buenos Aires, the Vatican Information Service reported on March 19.

The coat of arms, which features a shield in a bright blue background with the radiance of a yellow sun shining from the middle, in the centre of which is the Jesuit christogramme, IHS, representing...

I’m in this too!
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )

Our preparation during the period of Lent draws to a conclusion on the second Sunday of the Passion, which we commonly refer to as Palm Sunday, because we are asked to hold the palms, reminiscent of Jesus’ grand welcome from the people, during the procession into the church and while the passion of Jesus is being read.

The story is full of contrasting positions over the person of Jesus...

Palm Sunday of the Passion
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface of Palm Sunday (red).
Isaiah 50:4-7; 
Philippians 2:6-11; 
Luke 22:14-23, 56.

Mass of the day, preface for Passion II (purple).

The new pope and the Church in China
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )


HONG KONG (SE): In welcoming Pope Francis to the Chair of Peter as the leader of the Catholic people of the world, a vicar general from the Hong Kong diocese, Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, called on people to pray for him, as he comes to leadership of the Church in extremely difficult times.

Speaking at a press conference held in the Diocese Centre in Caine Road on March 14, Father Yeung added that he...

The honeymoon is over
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): It seems the honeymoon is over for Pope Francis within two days of being elected to the Chair of Peter and even before his official installation on March 19.

On March 15, the Vatican press officer, Father Federico Lombardi, read a statement in response to accusations that as the Jesuit superior he failed to support two priests working in the slums during the government of the military junta in the...

Stench of police collusion in land grab as Christian village is burned
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Police collusion is strongly suspected in a massive arson attack on the Christian Joseph Colony in the Pakistani city of Lahore on March 9 and legal people are questioning whether there is a property-related agenda behind the attack.

The chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry, rejected the police report on the incident during a hearing in the Supreme Court on March 11, accusing them of...

Francis the pope
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )

 The founder of the Franciscans, St. Francis of Assisi, came into this world in 1189. St. Francis Xavier, from the Society of Jesus and patron of Catholic Mission, was born in Spain in 1506.

Our new pope—Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina—chose the name Francis after being elected as the 265th successor to St. Peter.