May 2013

Who eats this bread will live
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

At the preparation of the gifts, we the God of all creation, his goodness and the food given by the earth, but produced by the work of human hands.

Although this prayer is short, there is a wonderful depth of meaning in it.

The bread and wine of the Eucharist are the simple symbols, chosen by Jesus to become the offering of the new covenant.

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Body and Blood of Christ
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

JUNE 2—BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.
Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, optional sequence, Creed, with Preface of the Eucharist (white).
Readings: 
Genesis 14: 18-20
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26;
Luke 9: 11b-17.

JUNE 3 – Ss. Charles Lwanga & Companions.
Mass of the memorial, (red)....

A retreat amidst the clatter
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Snuggled comfortably among the glittering pubs and restaurants of Soho, the Culture Club Gallery offers something of a quiet corner away from the blasting stereos and prying glare of television screens that invade conversation in the area.

“I imagined it as a place where people could display their talents and interests where they could be appreciated,” owner, Aruna Rana Ale, told the Sunday...

Relic of Archbishop Romero presented to pope
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

Rome (CathNews): Pope Francis received a bloodstained relic of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, from San Salvador, as a gift from El Salvador’s president, Mauricio Funes Cartagena, according to a report in The Catholic Herald.

The president told the media before his May 23 meeting with the pope that the aim of his visit to the Vatican was to express his gratitude that the archbishop’s canonisation process had...

China-Church relations snag Ricci canonisation
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

VATICAN (Agencies) : Part of the beatification depends on the political relations between China and the Vatican,” Father Anton Witwer, the postulator of the cause of the Italian Jesuit missionary, Father Matteo Ricci, explained.

Father Witwer told EWTN News in a May 15 interview, “It is possible to wait, even if all things are clear for a beatification, something like five years, to see if the political...

Survey shows majority of priests dislike new Mass translation
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): A majority of priests in a new survey conducted in the United States of America (US), said they dislike the translation of the Roman Missal introduced at the beginning of Advent in 2011. 

All 178 Latin-rite dioceses in the US were invited to participate in the survey; 32 dioceses accepted the invitation. Out of 14,000 priests, a total of 1,536 participated; a response rate of 42.5 per cent....

Man commits suicide in Paris cathedral
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

PARIS (Agencies): Right-wing French historian and essayist, Dominique Venner, committed suicide in the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, France, i front of some 1,500 horrified people on May 21. 

The Guardian newspaper cited local media reports as saying that the 78-year-old Venner, walked into the building at 4.00pm and placed a letter on the altar before shooting himself through the mouth. Visitors were...

Worldwide Church numbers steady as she goes
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): The Catholic population of the world rose marginally during 2011, statistics published in the 2013 edition of the Pontifical Year Book released on May 13 at the Vatican show.

From the end of 2010 to the end of 2011, the Catholic population grew from 1.196 billion to 1.214 billion, representing a growth of 1.5 per cent, the Vatican Information Service reports.

While...

New president of Vatican bank out to dispel a few myths
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Ernst von Freyberg was appointed president of the Institute for the Works of Religion, also known as the Vatican bank in February this year,

He met employees on May 13 and announced that, as part of ongoing efforts to promote transparency and chip away at the myths surrounding the bank, he will launch a website by the end of the year and publish its annual report. 

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Can law change nature?
(Saturday, 1 June 2013 )

On May 14 the Court of Final Appeal ruled the current laws governing marriage in Hong Kong are unconstitutional, as they bar transsexuals from tying the knot.

Although some media in Hong Kong have touted this decision as a step in the right direction, it could also be argued that it may be a step backwards.

Kemel Justice Bokhary was quoted in the media as saying that the decision...