June 2013

Vatican not foreign soil to the archbishop of Canterbury
(Saturday, 22 June 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): “Your steps have not brought you to a foreign dwelling... we are pleased to open the doors to you and with the doors, our heart, pleased and honoured as we are... to welcome you, not as a guest or a stranger, but as a fellow citizen of the saints and the family of God,” Pope Francis said in greeting the Primate of All England and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Archbishop Justin Welby, to the Vatican on June 14.

To sin is to suffer too
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

After journeying through Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Eastertide, St. Luke seems to be reinforcing the truth that God’s ways are not our ways. By aligning Simon, the Pharisee, with the woman and with Jesus, he helps us to understand the way in which God’s ways are different from ours.

Allowing a woman to come and share a meal that he had invited Jesus to was unheard of in the...

Eleventh Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13; 
Galatians 2:16, 19-21; 
Luke 7:36 – 8:3.

Mass of the day, (green). 

The lie of history eroding moral fibre of China cardinal says
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Why can’t we just let go of the annual commemoration of what happened 24 years ago in Tiananmen Square on June 4?” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, asked at a Mass attended by about 300 people at Holy Cross parish in Shaukeiwan on the evening of June 3.

In answering his own question, the cardinal said that it is necessary to seek justice for the students and...

First Catholic university for Jordan
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

AMMAN (AsiaNews): “By transmitting knowledge and instilling in students a love of truth, it will greatly enhance their adherence to sound values and their personal freedom... The result of this process will be a university that is not only a platform for consolidating adherence to truth and to the values of a given culture, but a place of understanding and dialogue,” Pope Benedict XVI wrote on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone of the...

Solving scandal of worldwide hunger should be priority
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

UNITED NATIONS (CNS): “Hunger is one of the world’s most solvable problems,” Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations (UN), said.

He pointed out that “per capita food production has steadily risen and total world food production now exceeds what is needed to give every person sufficient food and nutrition.” 


Father Andrew Greeley author and scholar dead
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

CHICAGO (Agencies): Father Andrew Greeley, who is described as being a controversial priest and a prolific writer with over 120 books to his name, died in Chicago in the United States of America on May 30 at the age of 85 after a long illness.

A sociologist, who taught at the University of Arizona and University of Chicago, Father Greeley worked with the National Opinion Research Centre and produced dozens of studies on...

Australia examines child sexual abuse
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

MELBOURNE (Agencies): The archbishop of Sydney, Australia, George Cardinal Pell, told an inquiry being conducted by the state parliament of Victoria into child sex abuse in the state, that he is “absolutely sorry” for the abuse committed by clerics against minors, the Vatican Insider reported on June 1.

However, Cardinal Pell said he does not believe there was ever a culture of abuse within the Church....

Ask first about the 
labour not the label
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

The collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory resulting in the deaths of over 1,100 people and injuries to almost 2,000 of the 3,000 who were on the job on April 24 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has at least sent a wakeup call to the shopping denizens of the world that in choosing a purchase they should ask first about the labour not the label.

The director of Caritas in Dhaka, Father Benedict D’Rosario, reflected, “...

Christians are the big losers in the Arab Spring
(Saturday, 15 June 2013 )

HAIFA (SE): “Arab Spring is not the right term. This was no spring. It was a monumental bloodbath. So many died, but the biggest losers are the Christians…” Archbishop Elias Chacour, from Akko, Haifa, Nazareth and All Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, told the Vatican Insider.

Archbishop Chacour is an elder in one of the largest communities of Arab Catholics in Israel. The Church has 80,000...