October 2013

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Sirach 35:15b-17, 20-22a; 
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; 
Luke 18:9-14.

Mass of the feast, Gloria,...

Religion is not just about me
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

In his parable presented in the gospel reading of today’s Mass, Jesus sets out to shake the complacency of the people who think that following the rules is all they have to do in order to be his faithful follower, or lead a good life.

He points out to them that simply following the rules, even to the letter of the minutest directive, does not mean much except in the context of the...

A dream reborn in a distant descendant
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): In the early 19th century, Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice, a successful business entrepreneur in Ireland, dreamed of setting up an educational system for poor children.

His dream materialised in the foundation of the Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers’ Schools, which today can be found operating in almost every country in the world.

Over 150 years...

Plight of children left behind
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

How often have you found yourself or others talking about something, someone, a crisis, a disappointment or a bad experience; of being left behind? The experience might still arouse positive or negative feelings in you. 

Nowadays, we read and hear about children being left behind! This usually refers to the fact that many families in China have to find employment in the big cities and cannot bring their children with...

A Church in 
the world
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

On the surface, there may be few surprises in the 270-word message Pope Francis broadcast to the 6,000 delegates from across Asia on October 18, the closing day of a new evangelisation conference in Manila, The Philippines—other than that he spoke publicly in English and of Asia for the first time in his pontificate.

But after greeting the people of the “great continent of Asia that is close to my heart,...

Pope moves on pastoral care of divorced and remarried
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

 VATICAN CITY (SE): Pope Francis made a call for an extraordinary synod of bishops on October 8, giving the world’s bishops exactly one year’s notice as it will not take place until October 5 to 18 next year.

He wants the theme of the synod to be on the family and family life. Its official title was announced as being, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelisation....

World Mission Day is the universal Church in communion
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): At his angelus message for World Mission Day on October 20, Pope Francis told the 100,000 or so people gathered in St. Peter’s Square that mission is not just about making Catholics.

“The method of the Christian message is not proselytising,” he said, but fanning “the flame of faith that Jesus has kindled in the world.”

The pope’s...

Go on a mission
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): Bishop Joseph Li Liangui, from the diocese of Xian Xian and Cangzhou, counselled newly ordained priests and two deacons to walk in the footsteps of St. Therese, the patron of the mission, on their ordination day, October 1, the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux.

“Go on a mission!” the bishops said, stressing that this is a highly significant thing to keep in mind at the beginning of October,...

The cradle of my faith and life revisited
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

Atrip to the capital of the south of China to discover the roots of the Catholic faith brought me to the place where the great Jesuit missionary, Father Matteo Ricci, lived and preached the gospel for three years while he was preparing for his mission to the Imperial Court.

Nanchang is the capital of Jiangxi province with a population of five million people. Four hundred years ago, Father Ricci debated with local scholars...

Bishop Ma speaks from his cage in Shanghai
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

SHANGHAI (SE): Maybe more significant for the fact that it has been released and is available on the Internet, at least outside China, than for its content, Fides has published reflections on Pope Francis’ first encyclical, The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei), written by the out-of-circulation Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin.

Fides received the text from Bishop Ma on October 8 and quotes him as saying, “Faith is the...