August 2013

Ten Days of Peace for the protection
of Japan’s precious world treasure
(Saturday, 17 August 2013 )

TOKYO (SE): In launching Ten Days of Peace, which runs from August 6, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Japan, to August 15, the anniversary of the Japanese surrender to the Allied Forces, the bishops of the nation have released a translation of Pope John XXIII’s landmark encyclical, Peace on Earth (Pacem in Terris).

In a message to mark the launch, Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada draws attention to...

Be ever vigilant
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

In the middle of the ordinary Sundays of the liturgical year, the readings for this week make a sudden shift in theme.

This week, the theme is about being vigilant in anticipation of the second coming of the Lord, rather something we would expect to find in the liturgy in the days prior to Advent—at the end of the liturgical year.

However, it reminds us that we need to...

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Wisdom 18:6-9; 
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19; 
Luke 12:32-48.

Mass of the day (green).

Pope sends personal message at end of Ramadan
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): In his message to mark the end of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, during which Muslim people fast from dawn to dusk, Pope Francis spoke personally to all Muslim people, addressing them as Dear Friends.

The message which was published on August 2 to coincide with the feast of Id al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fast, is signed personally by Pope Francis. It normally goes out under the name of the...

What the Jesuits did next
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

A joke did the rounds of the Sistine Chapel among the electing cardinals when Jorge Bergoglio became the first Jesuit to be elected bishop of Rome.

Would he pay homage to the founder of the Jesuits and become the first Pope Ignatius, or would he have the last laugh on the pope who suppressed the Jesuits 240 years ago—Clement XIV—by becoming Pope Clement XV?

The present...

Age and wisdom
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )


The bible has much to say about caring for elderly parents and other family members who are not able to care for themselves.

In the New Testament, we read, “Honour your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“that it may go well with you...

Read behind the price tag
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

The tremendous loss of life that resulted from the collapse of a clothing manufacturing plant in Bangladesh in May has led to a worldwide call from labour representatives, religious leaders and even government officials urging consumers to ask about the labour not the label.

This is a call to sourcing companies as well as people in the street to use their consumer power for the common good and is also a recognition that...

Impassioned plea from Egypt’s bishops
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

CAIRO (SE): The bishops of Egypt have “acknowledged with great ease the support of the armed forces and the second wave of the Egyptian revolution.”

They are also calling on the international community to reconsider its opinion of what transpired on June 30 in Cairo and across the country, and embrace what they describe as a peaceful revolution.

In a statement released...

Following the rite way
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

Pope Francis has appointed eight cardinals to assist him in reorganising Vatican administration. One is the archbishop of Sydney, Australia, George Cardinal Pell, whom many think was chosen simply because he is the only cardinal in Oceania.

When asked by the Italian daily, La Stampa, what the two or three main reforms may be, Cardinal Pell said that an increase in the number of typists in the Curia would be a good example...

Youth Catechism released in Chinese
(Saturday, 10 August 2013 )

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): The first release of The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church in Chinese took place in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 23, and has been warmly welcomed by many young people in the Chinese-speaking world.

Commonly known as YouCat, the catechism had its first release in European languages during World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011.

Published in traditional Chinese...