March 2013

Wanted: A man of unfailing fidelity
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )

Father Gianni Criveller


As the conclave convened officially on March 12 to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI—and set the future direction for the Universal Catholic Church—I find myself hoping as never before that the cardinals choose wisely.

It is my hope that the next pope will guide the Church according to the principles on which...

Easter pastoral 
letter from our bishop | Our Christian life— a lifelong catechumenate
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )


Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,


May you have a Happy Easter! I am happy to share with you the good news that at the Easter Vigil on March 30 this year our diocese will be blessed as 3,560 adults receive the sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion) and join our family of the Church.

Our diocese is...

Common search for religious harmony
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )


JAKARTA (UCAN): More than 100 representatives from 16 Asian countries attended the Fourth Conference of Muslim-Christian Religious Leaders of Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, beginning on February 25.

“Bringing Common Word to Common Action is our theme now. In order to bring common word to common action, we must overcome and solve many problems—religious, political and social,” Hasyim Muzadi, the...

Thousands sign for release of jailed Catholics
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )


HANOI (AsiaNews): Family and friends of Catholics sentenced to prison in Vietnam for subversion in January have launched a public awareness campaign, which includes a petition signed by Christian and Buddhist religious leaders.

Organisers say the goal is to spread awareness of the case among the civilian population and win, first of all, the interest and the commitment of the Vietnamese people.

Pope Francis set for World Youth Day
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )


VATICAN (SE): At the beginning of this year, one strange omen that did appear is that World Youth Day was the only thing entered on Pope Benedict XVI’s international itinerary.

Then, as a consequence of his February 11 announcement of his pending resignation, it was scratched out of the dairy.

However, within the first few days of his papacy, Pope Francis has...

Pope Francis wants Church on the streets
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )


HONG KONG (SE): A slightly stunned-looking Jorje Mario Cardinal Bergoglio sj, stood on the balcony in St. Peter’s Square on the evening of March 13 when he appeared to greet the crowds for the first time as Pope Francis.

But as the anthems of Italy and the Vatican died in the chill evening air, a smile broke the solemnity of his face and the simple greeting, “Brothers and sisters, good evening,...

Pope Francis brings high pedigree to the job
(Saturday, 23 March 2013 )


HONG KONG (SE): “Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio sj, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an ordinary of their own rite, was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires,” the official biography of the newly-elected pope released by the Vatican press office begins.

He became the first pope from Latin America on March 13. Born to Italian parents...

Beginnings and endings
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

Ash Wednesday is not a day of obligation for Catholics. Yet it is traditionally one of the best-attended liturgies of the year. It is surprising how many people will make the effort to begin Lent well by going to Mass and receiving the ashes.

The symbol or image of the ashes has gone deep into our culture. Many people cannot explain why, yet they know that it is the most important day of Lent.

Fifth Sunday of Lent
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface of Fifth Sunday of Lent.
Isaiah 43:16-21; 
Philippians 3:8-14;
John 8:1-11.

Mass of the day, preface for Lent (purple).
Daniel 13: 1-9, 15-17, 19-...

Without prayer we do our own thing not God’s says new Serra president
(Saturday, 16 March 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “As the first Serra Club in Asia, Hong Kong has made a huge contribution to the promotion of religious vocation throughout the whole continent,” John Woodward, from Serra International headquarters in Chicago, the United States of America (US), told the Sunday Examiner at the celebration of the local branch’s golden jubilee on February 24.

“It has also been a trail blazer, as...