April 2013

What’s in a name?
(Saturday, 13 April 2013 )

Actually, it seems that there is quite a lot in a name, if the scramble among both the Catholic people of the world and the media to interpret the decision of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio’s to be known to the world as Pope Francis is any guide.

While the name was announced on the evening of March 13, just prior to the new pope greeting the people as bishop of Rome and pope to the world’s Catholics, he said...

Religions must cooperate to remind humanity that God exists says pope
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The Catholic Church knows the importance of promoting friendship and respect among men and women of different religious traditions,” Pope Francis said during a March 20 meeting with the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Jain delegations that had come to the Vatican for his inauguration. 

He repeated the entire phrase twice to give it emphasis. 

Ninety-nine-year old bishop dies
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

XUZHOU (UCAN): Retired Bishop Thomas Qian Yurong, from the diocese of Xuzhou, eastern Jiangsu, died on March 22 at the age of 99.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1945, he was one of the two surviving self-elected and self-ordained bishops from the 1958 to 1963 era, a period of conflict between the government and the Vatican, before Church...

Myanmar’s war behind the screen
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

MYITKINA (SE): “First of all, it is painful for any Kachin to hear the word rebel being placed together with the word Kachin,” Bishop Francis Daw Tang, from the diocese of Myitkyina in war-torn Kachin state of the Union of Myanmar, said in summing up the conflict between the government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

“It is more correct to use the word rebel of the government soldiers, owing...

Young people urged not to miss the big picture
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

By Mika Gallardo

HONG KONG (SE): For today’s teenagers, the drive to succeed is constantly nagging them. However, success is only part of the big picture.


This was what Father Chad Boulton, senior chaplain of Ampleforth College, a boarding...

Death or resurrection for the Apostleship of Prayer
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): With the exception of the two world wars, there has arguably not been a time in living memory when the Vatican has bombarded the Catholic world with as many requests for prayer as during the period between the February 11 announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he would resign and the bunking down of the conclave to elect his successor.

History in the making: brothers in arms
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

In an historic photograph of a pope and former pope, Pope Francis embraces Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on March 23. The two spent several hours together, sharing prayer, a long meeting and lunch. “We are brothers,” Pope Benedict was told by his successor. This was their first encounter since Pope Benedict resigned on February 28.  Photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters...

Pope Francis makes his stand
(Saturday, 6 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): One event that Vatican-watchers know not to miss is the address of the pope to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, as it is the closest thing to a policy speech that any pope will give.

However, when a newly-elected pope is speaking, there is even more urgency to be there.