October 2013

Not fooled by self-criticism
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): A campaign of criticism and self-criticism launched by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, in Hebei, has sparked both irony and anger from the inhabitants of cyberspace, who compare government clamps on corruption with “two children fighting without ever touching or, much ado about nothing.”

The campaign is one of the flagships of the new Chinese president, who imposed it on the 25 permanent...

Vatican shores up dot catholic domain name
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

VATICAN (CNS): As top-level domain names are being rolled out and put up for grabs, the Vatican has scored control of the dot catholic domain.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, has been allowing entities to apply for ownership of hundreds, and soon it will be thousands, of new domain names, such as dot london,...

Developing the pastoral dimension of liturgy
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Charged with the challenge of developing the pastoral dimension of the liturgy, the 17th annual meeting of the Asian Liturgy Forum was opened by the bishop of the host city for the event, John Cardinal Tong Hon, who welcomed delegates to Hong Kong at a dinner held on the opening night, October 21, at the Caritas Community Hall in Central.

Cardinal Tong quoted from the statement produced at the last...

Mission Sunday
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Exodus 17:8-13; 
2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:2; 
Luke 18:1-8.

Mass of the day (green).

Act of goodness is act of happiness
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

For Jesus, faith was and is, primarily, the trust we put in God’s love for us and a measure of how willing we are to serve others.

Today, as the worldwide Church marks Mission Sunday, this is truly an appropriate theme for people
to reflect upon, as it asks the question of how strongly we believe that
God will act in history and how determinedly we are convinced

World Mission Day a challenge to place truth before the eyes of the world
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Each community is mature when it professes faith, celebrates it with joy during the liturgy, lives charity, proclaims the word of God endlessly, leaves its own place to take it to the peripheries, especially to those who have not yet had the opportunity to know Christ,” Pope Francis says in his message for World Mission Day, which is celebrated this year on October 20.

He further describes the...

Two firsts for Vatican Bank
(Saturday, 26 October 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): October 1 became an historic day for the Vatican Institute for Works of Religion, more commonly referred to as the Vatican Bank, when for the first time in its 125-year history it published its annual report for 2012.

Posted on www.ior.va, the report is over 100 pages long and reveals a net profit of €88.6 million ($112.58 million). It also reveals...

Trailblazers in Habits—
more than a Maryknoll story
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The silver screen may affect the hue of life, but the images it reflects can be as removed from the reality they portray as the human imagination desires them to be.

The screening of Trailblazers in Habits on the lives and work of the Maryknoll Sisters held at the Rayson Huang Theatre at Hong Kong University on October 7 was followed by a panel discussion comparing the presentation of the real life ...

Mission Sunday
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

In his exhaustive interview with the editor of La Civittá Cattolica, Pope Francis speaks of the fragrance of the good news of Jesus Christ, appealing to the sense of smell to warn that a Church that gets too tied up in its own issues and forgets those of its people can really be on the nose.

At the blessing of the oils on the morning of Holy Thursday at the beginning of the Easter celebrations, the bishop of each...

Holy See and Palestine move toward final agreement
(Saturday, 19 October 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): The Holy See Bilateral Commission and the State of Palestine signed a Basic Agreement on 15 February 2000.

On September 27 this year, representatives of the two entities met at the Vatican to acknowledge progress to date and have an informal catch up since their last meeting on January 30 in Ramallah, the Vatican Information Service reported.

The agenda for the...