July 2013

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Deuteronomy 30:10-14;
Colossians 1:15-20; 
Luke 10:25-37.

Mass of the memorial (white).
Exodus 1:8-14, 22; 

Priest under money laundering inquiry
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): “As already known from the past few days, Monsignor Nuncio Scarano has been suspended from duty at the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See for over a month, as soon as his superiors were informed that he was under investigation,” Vatican press officer, Father Federico Lombardi, told the media on June 28.

Father Scarano was initially arrested on charges of corruption and fraud for...

No cross no Church
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (SE): During his morning Mass on May 20, Pope Francis warned his congregation of the risk of thinking about Christianity without any reference to the cross.

Concelebrating with Bishop Valério Breda, from Penedo in Brazil, and Bishop José Manuel Garcia Corderon, from Bragança-Miranda in Portugal, Pope Francis reflected on Jesus walking ahead of his disciples who are described by Mark as...

Historic abortion ruling raised more questions than it resolved
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

NOTRE DAME (CNS): “Abortion itself remains perhaps the most unresolved of all modern public issues,” Richard Doerflinger told participants at a June 19 lecture in the Notre Dame Vita Institute, Indiana, the United States of America (US). 

The associate director of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities said that in 1973, many people thought the Supreme Court’...

Joint marking of Reformation planned
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

GENEVA (SE): Lutherans and Catholics have pledged to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation jointly in 2017.

The two sides agreed that while this means that both groups will have to set aside centuries of hostility and prejudice, they will do it.

The Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation released a joint document entitled, From Conflict to Communion, in...

Christians join Egypt’s call
to end exclusionist politics
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

CAIRO (SE): “The army chose to protect a peaceful revolution led by young Egyptians and followed by millions of people all over the country,” AsiaNews reported Father Rafic Greiche, from the Greek Melkite Catholic Church in Cairo, Egypt, as saying on July 4.

He pointed out that the army did not install a military government, but appointed an interim leader from the judiciary.


The pleasure 
of reading
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

Reading brings pleasure. Books, in either printed or electronic form, can also bring enjoyment. The key lies in making the effort to think about the contents and comprehending what the writer is trying to say.

Vatican Radio and the Vatican Information Service both publish summaries of Pope Francis’ morning homilies. The pope uses real life examples in his daily chats to point out that the Church needs to be simple...

South Africa facing life without its patriarch
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

As the end of life approaches for Nelson Mandela, South Africa faces life without the fatherly figure of the man who presided over the demise of the country’s divisive Apartheid Policy.

Thoughts inevitably turn to what lies ahead and also to what has gone before, to the experiences that made the life of the iconic leader what it was.

It is not only the departing individual...

Two popes get sainthood
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII got the all clear for canonisation from Pope Francis on July 5, when he approved the promulgation of a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to Pope John Paul as being valid.

Both of the late popes have already been declared blessed, a process which requires the recognition of at least one miracle.

Pope John Paul was...

China whacks death penalty on environmental pollution
(Saturday, 13 July 2013 )

BANGKOK (UCAN): The Supreme Court in China has announced that serious environmental offenders will, from now on, face the death penalty, it was reported on June 20.

The announcement came only days after Beijing set 2017 as the date by which harmful emissions had to be cut by 30 per cent.

The court called the decision to impose the death penalty a powerful legal weapon for the...