July 2013

Faith without deeds is dead
(Saturday, 27 July 2013 )

The first encyclical to bear the name of Pope Francis, The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei), was published on July 5. It is a continuation of Pope Benedict’s first two encyclicals, God is Love and In Hope We are Saved.

The Light of Faith serves as a completion of a reflection on the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. It is truly a gift to round out the Year of Faith.


Pilgrimage to St. Francis Xavier’s resting place
(Saturday, 27 July 2013 )

JIANGMEN (SE): A pilgrimage organised by parishioners from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Mary in Jiangmen, Guangdong, visited the Sanctuary of the Island in Shangchuan on July 13, where St. Francis Xavier died in 1552.

Travelling under the theme, Pray for the Church in China and for the universal Church so that the mission of evangelisation in the world and China may take its course and strengthen faith—...

An Urgent Call for Earnest Dialogue and Responsible Action
(Saturday, 27 July 2013 )

Regarding universal suffrage and civil disobedience

Statement of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong

In recent months there have been growing concerns that “genuine universal suffrage” for the election of the Chief Executive in 2017 might not be achieved. In particular, there are worries that Article 45 of the Basic Law might be...

How’s your image of God?
(Saturday, 27 July 2013 )

Today’s liturgy reminds us of our close relationship with God. The disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray, how they can talk to God.

Jesus advises them to call God, Father, which must have been a big surprise to them all. They must have asked, “Can we really address God in such intimate and loving terms?”

This prompts us to...

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 27 July 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Genesis 18:20-32; 
Colossians 2:12-14; 
Luke 11:1-13.

Mass of the memorial (white).
1 John...

Breaking the mould
(Saturday, 20 July 2013 )

Martha wants to cook a fantastic meal for Jesus. To do so she needs a little bit of help from Mary.

At this point in the story, there is a clash of interests, as Mary wants to listen to what Jesus has to say without the distraction of Martha organising the kitchen or the rattle of utensils.

Indeed she assumes the position of a disciple by sitting at...

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 20 July 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Genesis 18:1-10a; 
Colossians 1:24-28; 
Luke 10:38-42.

Mass of the memorial, (white).
Song of Songs 3:1-4a; ...

Vatican state gets a legal update
(Saturday, 20 July 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): A Motu Proprio (papal order) signed by Pope Francis on July 11 will update criminal and civil law within the Vatican State and is specifically aimed at incorporating provisions of international conventions that the Vatican has put its name to.

They include the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 on the conduct of war crimes; the 1965 convention on racial discrimination, the 1984 convention against torture and the...

New encyclical is a balm for
a humanity lost in crisis
(Saturday, 20 July 2013 )

ROME (AsiaNews): The first encyclical released during the pontificate of Pope Francis, Light of Faith (Lumen fidei), can be described as a healing balm for the wounds of a humanity lost in the crisis of the world today.

With a change in language from the heavily scholarly style of the past to a more everyday structure with some poetic climaxes, the text unfolds in four chapters, revealing the power that faith in God and...

Mentality of division leads to attack on sacred Hindu place
(Saturday, 20 July 2013 )

Rome (Agencies): The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences condemned a terrorist bombing of the Bodh Gaya (Mahabodhi) temple complex in Bihar, India.

A series of nine small blasts rocked the site injuring two monks on July 7.

Father Nithiya Sagayam, the executive secretary of the Office for Human Development, told Fides news agency, “The Asian bishops strongly...