November 2013

Medjugorje still on suspect list
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the United States of America (US), issued a reminder that the Vatican has not recognised supposed Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as being authentic.

The nuncio wrote that it was not yet possible “to state that there were apparitions or supernatural revelations” by visionaries in Medjugorje in Yugoslavia. ...

Will Putin and pope form an unlikely friendship
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is scheduled for an historic meeting with Pope Francis on November 25, the Vatican Information Service announced, adding that details of time and place have still to be set.

Russia is no longer the Russia of old, ruled by a government demanding atheism from its people, but one that is witnessing a new surge in religious practice, as evidenced by the over 1,000 churches...

A chapter of Church history closes with death of Bishop Liu
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (Agencies): The Church in China is mourning the death of Bishop Peter Liu Guandong, who died at the age of 94 on October 28. UCA News described him as having been a key figure in the establishment of the conference in 1989, quoting a priest as saying, “He contributed to the continual existence in China of a Church that is loyal to the Holy See.”

AsiaNews reported a priest from the unofficial Catholic...

Chastity is not a list of don’ts but really is something worth having
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Chastity, like peace, is more often described or defined by what it is not rather than what it is. But around 25 young people from various parishes around Hong Kong gathered at Ned Kelly’s Last Stand in Tsimshatsui for an afternoon of Theology on Tap on October 12, heard Stephanie Brown, from Generation Life, say, “Chastity is not no sex, no fun, no joy, no friends… but it is an embrace of human dignity and self-fulfillment....

Caritas bazaars full steam ahead under threatening skies
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): The opening of the annual Caritas bazaar season on November 3 saw the football pitch at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, as well as the Tuen Mun Cultural Square and the grounds of the Pak Tai Temple in Cheung Chau lined with stalls and alive with performances, music, vocational skill demonstrations and fun games to play.

With the preparations dampened by a number one typhoon warning, worried officials...

Punishing Filipinos
(Saturday, 16 November 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): In the wake of the strafing of a Taiwanese fishing boat by the Philippine Navy on May 9, the mayor of Taipei, Hau Long-ping, urged people not to take out their fury on local Filipinos, saying that they are innocent in the matter and not in a position to do anything about it (Sunday Examiner, June 9).

What are you really asking?
(Saturday, 9 November 2013 )

Recently I was in a school and the children were asking questions about God and all sorts of things that are related to religion.

Some excellent questions came out of the mouths of the young, including some really difficult and thoughtful inquiries.

However, the curiosity of children cannot be brushed off with a casual phrase or a thought for old time...

Thirty-second Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 9 November 2013 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; 
2 Thessalonians 2:16—3:5; 
Luke 20:27-38.


Pope sends blessing to World Council of Churches
(Saturday, 9 November 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): On October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the saint who has inspired the spirit of his papacy, Pope Francis wrote to Kurt Cardinal Koch, as the Catholic representative to the World Council of Churches Assembly which was held in Bussan, South Korea, from October 28 to November 8, asking him to convey his personal good wishes to the gathering.

“I assure you of my close pastoral interest in the...

Running for their lives
(Saturday, 9 November 2013 )

BEIJING (SE): A grand total of 85 sisters, five priests and what was described as a big number of people from parishes across 11 provinces turned out in the streets of Beijing on October 20 to Run for the Poor.

Fides reported that they entered the Beijing International Marathon to “run of for the social outreach of the Catholic Church, run for the poor, elderly people, orphans and the sick.”