June 2013

The gift of a Filipino mother
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

My celebration of Fathers’ Day on June 16 brought back memories of a most touching experience I had when I attended Mass at St. Mary’s in Hung Hom on Mothers’ Day this year.

As the priest asked all the mothers present in the overwhelmingly female Filipino congregation to stand up for a special blessing, almost all the women rose from their seats—about 300 mothers in all, all of whom are enduring the...

Dhaka’s plans to take over pioneering micro-finance lender draws flak
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

Dhaka (UCAN): A recommendation by the government of Bangladesh to split up and take over the pioneering Grameen Bank micro-lending initiative has met with strong opposition from its Nobel Prize winning founder, Muhammad Yunus, who has alleged the move is politically motivated.

Yunus described the proposal, which would see the government raise its stake in the bank from five per cent to 51 per cent, as an “extreme...

Canonisation for Pope John Paul may be close
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

ROME (Agencies): A miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II has been approved by a panel of theologians, the Italian news service, ANSA, announced on June 18.

If the report is accurate, the approval could pave the way for the canonisation of Pope John Paul sometime this year. It is thought that October maybe the month for canonisation, as it is the 35th anniversary of his election to the papacy.


Put people at the centre of politics pope tells the G8 Summit
(Saturday, 29 June 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis told the prime minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, that all policy making must make reference to human well-being, in a letter sent during the run up to the G8 Summit held in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, from June 17 to 18.

The letter was sent in response to a message the pope received on June 5 regarding the British presidency of the G8, which was meeting under the theme, A G8...

Twelfth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Zechariah 12:10-11, 13:1;
Galatians 3:26-29; 
Luke 9:18-24.

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of St. John the Baptist (white)....

Keep us in your love
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

St. Paul offers us an understanding of our faith heritage. When we are baptised, we are clothed in Christ. We are recreated as members of the body of Christ. In this, St. Paul tells us, there are no distinctions, we are all equal and, therefore, we are all one in Christ. In this faith we are children of God.

The decision to be baptised and become a member of the body of Christ was for many...

Chasing Pope Francis a headache for Vatican media
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (SE): Every pope brings his own distinctive style to his job and Pope Francis has certainly given the media and the Catholic people of the world plenty of papal novelty.

From his down to earth style and tendency to wander among the public to his decision not to live in the traditional papal apartments, each day has had its share of little surprises.

But one of the most...

Pope invites world to join him for one hour of prayer
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): For the first time in history, thousands and thousands of cathedrals, monasteries and parishes around the world tuned in live to Pope Francis in Rome for one hour of Eucharistic adoration on the afternoon of Sunday, June 2.

The adoration service began at 5.00pm Rome time in St. Peter’s Basilica, or 11.00pm in Hong Kong.

“It will be an hour of prayer...

Pope decries the slavery of child labour
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “This is a plague,” Pope Francis said on the World Day Against Child Labour, June 12. He told people at his weekly general audience that he hoped the international community could find more effective means to stop the exploitation of boys and girls in jobs that are often dangerous and in situations where they are subjected to all kinds of abuse.

“These people, instead of letting them...

Catholics must aid and defend refugees
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The laity has an obligation to root out traces of xenophobia from their hearts and recognise refugees as their brothers and sisters—children of God, whose dignity must be protected, a new Vatican document, Welcoming Christ in Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Persons, released on June 6, proclaims. 

Published by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers and the Pontifical Council Cor...