December 2013

A blessed Christmas from the staff at the 
Sunday Examiner
(Saturday, 21 December 2013 )

‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take 

Mary your wife into your home. 

For it is through the Holy Spirit that 

this child has been conceived in her. 

 

She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,...

A Christmas pastoral letter from John Cardinal Tong
(Saturday, 21 December 2013 )

Dear brothers and sistersin Christ,

 

Christmas is coming. During the Octave of Christmas each year we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, which this year falls on December 29. Such a liturgical tradition clearly reveals to us the importance of...

Third Sunday of Advent
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

DECEMBER 15 – THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT.
Creed, preface for Advent I (rose). 
Readings: 
Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10; 
James 5: 7-10; 
Matthew 11:2-11.

DECEMBER 16 –  MONDAY: THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT.
...

Obama quotes the pope
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

WASHINGTON (SE) : The president of the United States of America (US), Barack Obama, quoted the recent exhortation of Pope Francis on December 4 when addressing the problem of inequitable distribution of wealth in his country.

A press release from the White House says that Obama pointed out that since 1979, when he graduated from high school, productivity in the US has risen by more than 90 per cent, but the income of the...

Mandela’s death a challenge to nurture the hope he enkindled among people
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Let us now sing the praises of famous men, great men in their generations… They ruled their governments wisely, were known for their valour. Their counsel displayed wisdom, they saw things from afar” (Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3), the bishops of South Africa wrote in a tribute on hearing of the death of the most revered son of their land, Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela.

“The Catholic Church...

Existence of unborn child recognised
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

SYDNEY (SE): The lower house of the New South Wales parliament in Sydney, Australia, passed a law recognising the unborn child as a person on November 21 by a majority of 63 to 26.

Known as Zoe’s Law, it is the result of a bill filed by Chris Spence, who was prompted...

Existence of unborn child recognised
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

SYDNEY (SE): The lower house of the New South Wales parliament in Sydney, Australia, passed a law recognising the unborn child as a person on November 21 by a majority of 63 to 26.

Known as Zoe’s Law, it is the result of a bill filed by Chris Spence, who was prompted...

Exploring ethics and morality through the beauty of art
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “I have painted a young couple who could not have a baby receiving a surrogate child,” Cheung Ka-wun told a press conference announcing the winners of the 2013 UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation) Bio-Ethics and Human Rights Art Competition at the Inno Centre in Kowloon Tong on November 25.

“They are not ecstatic, as they have not really taken part in the...

A century of 
war and peace
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

As 2013 comes to an end, the world is preparing to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. While war is not exactly something to be celebrated, the half century since Pope John XXIII penned his watershed encyclical, Peace on Earth (Pacem in Terris), is.

In a Church which today dedicates itself to preaching a message of peace, finding an appropriate way to remember war can be difficult.

...

Year of Consecrated Life
(Saturday, 14 December 2013 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): Pope Francis has dedicated 2015 to consecrated life, as he says that it is prophetic in nature.

The pope made the announcement at an audience with 120 superiors general at the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superiors General that ended on November 29 in Rome.

During the three-hour meeting, the union said in a press release, “Pope Francis gave a...