April 2013

I am the good shepherd
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

Unity in diversity is first found in the divine union of the Trinity. This is the basic model from which all others flow. Both the first and the second readings in the liturgy for today’s liturgy depict communities that are made up of people from every nation, race, ethnicity and language, both Jews and Gentile alike.

Looking at worshipping communities in our churches today, it is rare to find a...

Fourth Sunday of Easter
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white).
Acts 13, 14: 43-52;
Revelation 7, 9: 14b-17; 
John 10: 27-30.

Mass of the day, Easter preface (white).
Acts 11:...

Sacredness of creation to be priority at World Youth Day
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): When hundreds of thousands of young people gather for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 23 to 28, reflections on the sacredness  of creation and importance of safeguarding the environment will be part of the programme. 

Like previous Youth Days, the celebration in Rio de Janeiro will include morning catechetical sessions and afternoon cultural events. ...

Challenge is to bring freedom to inherited land not expand repression
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )


HONG KONG (SE): “It seems their strategy is to win the hearts of the people by proving that they love their country more than the Communist Party does,” Martin Chung Chi-kei, a doctorate in philosophy candidate in European Studies at the University of Hong Kong, says of the group from Hong Kong that erected a Chinese flag on the disputed Diaoyu Islands, or Senkaku Islands as the Japanese call them, in August last year.

Justice and Peace Commissions want more accountability
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

OXFORD (CNS): “Consultations are under way and Church interventions are having a real impact,” Dominican Father Henrik Alberius, the Swedish coordinator of the Paris-based Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions, said.

He welcomed interest in a new Church-backed report, which demands tougher government action against tax evasion and financial dishonesty. 


Pope meets with head of United Nations
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis and United Nations (UN) secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, met at the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on April 9, to discuss common efforts to promote peace and protect human dignity. 

“The United Nations and the Holy See share common goals and ideals,” the secretary-general told the pope as the two sat across from each other at a desk in the papal library. Reporters...

Novelty or good pastoral practice?
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): While it is well known that you cannot please all of the people all of the time, Pope Francis seems to have done pretty well, as judging from his press, he has managed to please most of the people most of the time.

However, one group that seems particularly displeased with the new pope comes from elements within the fans of the Tridentine Mass.

Writing for...

Labouring under illusions
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

In the business world, companies sell their products or services for as much as they think people will pay. This is a fundamental principle of a market economy and is regarded as a right.

However, they are not the only ones who sell their wares. Workers sell their labour and expertise and, in the same way as any commercial enterprise, are entitled to go for the highest price they think they can get.

Franciscan gets pope’s first Curia job
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): While all eyes have been on Pope Francis to see how he will tackle his big job of reshuffling the Roman Curia, he has begun with a surprise, appointing the worldwide head of the Franciscans (OFM), Father José Rodriguez Carballo, as the secretary of the Vatican Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated life and the Societies of Apostolic Life on April 6.

The 59-year-old Spaniard was minister...

System failure not mediaeval law cause of mother’s death
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE) : An inquiry into a controversial death of dentist, Savita Halappanavar, at a hospital in Galway, Ireland, on October 28 last year, has cited system failure in diagnosis as the cause of death, rather than the construct of the nation’s abortion laws and influence of the Catholic Church, as widely published in November 2012.

As journalist, Tim Stanley, pointed out in his blog last December, the...