April 2013

Third Sunday of Easter
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white).
Acts 5: 27b-32, 40b-41;
Revelation 5: 11-14; 

John 21: 1-19.

Mass of the day, Easter preface (white).

Abortion clinic nurse quits after Pancake Mass
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

SYNDEY (SE): Many hundreds of people joined what is known as the Pancake Mass and Procession on Shrove Tuesday, often called Pancake Tuesday, because of the custom of eating them on the evening prior to the beginning of Lent.

The inner Sydney parish of Surry Hills celebrates a Mass in the evening to launch the 40 Days for Life Lenten Vigil, which is held outside the Surry Hills PreTerm Foundation, the city’s...

Dutch martyr in China and pioneering missionary up for canonisation
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Two causes for canonisation of priests who laboured on mission in China are currently under consideration in Europe.

Though widely separated in time and experience, the pioneering Jesuit of the 16th and 17th centuries, Father Matteo Ricci, and nine victims of the Japanese occupation in the 1930s may yet share recognition for holiness from the Catholic Church.


Old church in Hainan reopened
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

HAIKOU (SE): The old church in the city of Haikou in Hainan, which has been undergoing extensive restorations, was opened on March 9.

Fides reported that the church is dedicated to St. Joseph and up until May 17 last year, when the Sacred Heart of Jesus church was consecrated (Sunday Examiner, 3 June 2012).

Fides quoted the parish priest as saying, “The opening of the...

Can a Jesuit pope make headway in China?
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

WASHINGTON (SE): Jesuits in the United States of America have expressed hopes that the presence of a Jesuit pope in the Vatican may have a positive effect on the stalled relations between the Holy See and China.

Father Mark De Stephano sj, the chairperson of the Catholic China Bureau, said that unlike his predecessors, the newly-elected Pope Francis is part of a religious order, which to this day operates exchanges...

The driest land can become a garden
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): “What does it mean that Jesus is risen?” Pope Francis asked at the beginning of his first To the City and the World (Urbi et Orbi) address on Easter Sunday, March 31.

In answering his own question he said that it means that God’s love is stronger than evil, even death itself. “It means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom,...

An evangelisation of listening
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

From its very beginnings people have tried to kill off the Church and extinguish the flicker of faith in the hearts of the people. The Romans tried persecution, but failed. It ended with the Edict of Milan signed in 313AD, which sealed a long lasting relationship between Church and state.

However, at the same time, an unhealthy trend was introduced into the Church, political power, with the cozy relationships and...

Middle East patriarchs call for end to war in Syria
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

BEIRUT (CNS): The Easter message from the leaders of the Church in the Middle East centred on a strong appeal to end the war in Syria.

Bechara Cardinal Rai, the Maronite patriarch, made a pointed plea to those groups in the country that are so intent on demolishing the homes of peaceful citizens, institutions and history, as well as killing dozens of innocent people to put away their arms and refuse to accept money...

Hopes pope can shake up Church pastoral practice
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

ROME (SE): The Church in the United States of America (US) welcomed a comment from Pope Francis on March 27, when he said that we must not be content to remain in the enclosure with the 99 sheep, but need to step outside and search for the lost sheep with the Lord.

Pope Francis’ insistence on a ministry characterised by mercy, has elicited a long list of what have been seen as pastoral limitations that people...

Seminary rector in India murdered
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

MUMBAI (AsiaNews): People from around Mumbai in India gathered on April 2 for a morning Mass offered in memory of the rector of the seminary in Bangalore, Father K. J. Thomas, who was murdered in the predawn of the previous day.

Police are continuing their investigation into what has been described by Archbishop Bernard Moras as a brutal, terrible and senseless murder.