September 2013

Festivals can make a home sweet home and a sweet Church sweeter
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

 by Logos

Since 2003, the year I began my journey to follow my priestly vocation, I have not had the opportunity to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with my parents.

This festival of the full-moon is one of the traditional Chinese celebrations that call for families to come together for a reunion, as well as eat together in thanksgiving for what they have received....

Call to exorcise Pinochet from Chilean life
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

SANTIAGO (SE): On September 11, the 40th anniversary of the military coup which saw the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, ousted and killed by the butcher general, Augusto Pinochet, the president of the Episcopal Conference of Chile, Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, called on the nation to commemorate the tragic event by persevering on the path of truth, justice and reconciliation.


Pope puts a freeze on monsignors
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

VATICAN ( Pope Francis announced on September 13 that he will stop conferring the title monsignor on priests. 

The Italian daily, Il Messagero, reported that shortly after his election, the pope instructed the Secretariat of State to stop approving requests for priests to be given the rank of monsignor.

The pope added that the moratorium on granting the title...

Japan pushes samurai as its first individual saint
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

OSAKA (AsiaNews): The Japanese Church has finished preparing the application for the beatification of Ukon Takayama, a feudal lord, or daimyo, who, after his conversion to Catholicism, played a pioneering role in the spread of Christianity in Japan in the 16th century.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan presented a 400-page application to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints containing the results of...

Sesquicentennial of Society of 
St. Vincent de Paul
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

 The Society of St Vincent de Paul celebrated the sesquicentennial of its foundation in Hong Kong at its annual meeting and Mass on September 17.

In 1863, when the society launched its service, it was strongly supported by the missionary priests and sisters in the colony.

One hundred and fifty years ago, the society began by providing relief to eight poor families, a...

Interesting appointments at the Roman Curia
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

VATICAN ( The Vatican announced a series of key appointments in the Roman Curia on September 21, as Pope Francis began assembling his own Vatican leadership team.

The pope confirmed incumbent prefects of two Vatican congregations in their positions; Archbishop Gerhard Müller, in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; and Fernando Cardinal Filoni, head of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of...

Pyongyang re-fires nuclear reactor
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

SEOUL (AsiaNews): The government of North Korea has authorised the resumption of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor, which is said to be capable of producing about six kilogrammes of plutonium per year

White smoke has been spotted in recent satellite images spilling out from the smokestacks of a colour and texture that has been identified as one that is issued by the steam driving the turbines in the complex, according to the...

Talking faith in art
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): “To communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art,” Pope John Paul II wrote in a letter to artists in 1999.

It has also been used over the centuries as a form of catechesis and in China, the famed Jesuit missionary of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Father Matteo Ricci, used both painting and cartography to convey his message.


Sri Lanka quizzes priest after talk with United Nations
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): Security personnel questioned Father Veerasan Yogeswaran, a Jesuit priest who runs the Centre for Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in northeastern Sri Lanka after meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, during the last week of August.

Father Yogeswaran received a late night visit from five police at his office in Trincomalee, 260 kilometres northeast of...

Let’s talk about sex
(Saturday, 28 September 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The common wisdom of wider society and the teaching of the Church on sex can be miles apart, creating a serious dilemma for young Catholics in today’s world.

In addition, it is difficult for them to find an appropriate forum to discuss sexual mores and values in either the Church or in society, often having to rely on their friends, who can be great pillars of support at times, but not always full of...