March 2013

Young Lebanese to write way of cross
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

VATICAN (CWN): On January 29 the Vatican announced that two young Lebanese people had been asked by Pope Benedict XVI to prepare the meditations for the annual way of the cross which is held each Good Friday at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy.

The Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai was commissioned to supervise the preparation of the meditations, but the young people who will write the texts have not been publicly...

Path of Peter a wakeup call to everyone
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): An open air exhibition called The Path to Peter opened at the Vatican on February 6.

The exhibition has been put together as a collaborative effort by nine different countries and features items ranging from the fourth to the fifth centuries, the Vatican Information Service reported.

At a press conference in the Vatican media office on February 5, Archbishop...

Fasting in Lent and faith
in the public forum
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )


The question, “What are you giving up for Lent?” is a common enough prompt to a conversation among Catholic people, one which, as often as not, rambles drearily through preferred diets, bad habits and delicacies that may well be done without for a bit.

But does that add up to using the time constructively? Maybe there is something that could be taken on during Lent that may not just result in a...

I will not renounce the cross
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

POPE BENEDICT XVI held his final general audience in St Peter’s Square a day before his resignation took effect on February 28. In front of about 200,000 people, including some Chinese, he recalled that the acceptance of God’s call to serve as the successor of St. Peter had taught him not to renounce the cross.

The pope pointed out that while his eight-year papacy held moments of joy and light, he also...

Last train for St. Pius X Society
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The exiled Society of St. Pius X was invited to be on the last train to arrive at the Vatican on February 22, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, by the prefect for the Congregation the Congregation of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller.

The train tickets were issued on January 8, after what was described by journalist, Andrea Tornielli, as a personal and highly spiritual letter from...

A future pope’s prophecy and the dawn of a vision
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )


HONG KONG (SE): As the turbulent pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, which has been dogged by a series of crises beginning with his address on Islam at Regensburg in 2006, to the current surmising on an in-house Vatican scandal of a magnitude reminiscent of bygone days, comes to a close, it is fair to ponder whether Pope Benedict ever dreamed he would leave the Chair of Peter in this way.

No doubt he expected...

Bishop of the young mourned in Shandong
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

ZHOUCUN (SE): Bishop Joseph Ma Xuesheng, from the diocese of Zhoucun, in Shandong province of mainland China, died on February 8 just a little bit shy of his 90th birthday, Fides reported on February 22.

Born on 16 September 1923 in the district of Zouping, the late bishop started his vocational path at the local minor seminary.

After completing studies in philosophy and...

Sri Lankan clergy ask for independent inquiry
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

MANNAR (UCAN): Christian clergy from the Tamil-majority north of Sri Lanka have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to push for an independent international inquiry into atrocities they say were committed during the country’s 30-year civil war.

In a letter dated February 18, signed by 133 Catholic and Protestant priests and sisters, the clergy said the government lacks the political will to...

World’s biggest Internet prison
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

HONG KONG (Agencies): “China is the world’s biggest prison of journalists and netizens,” Radio Free Asia said in a new report from Reporters Without Borders on January 30.

“China has one of the world’s worst records on press freedom, with controls on state-run media and netizens showing no signs of abating,” it quoted the report as saying.


Hong Kong joins China in prayer for Pope Benedict and his successor
(Saturday, 9 March 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): In response to a letter sent by the Vatican secretary of state, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, to all dioceses and religious houses in the world on February 21, passing on a request from Pope Benedict XVI for Catholics everywhere to be with him in prayer during the last days of his pontificate, Hong Kong diocese called people to come together at a Mass offered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of February 27....