January 2014

Lunar New Year
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

Now families are gathering for the Lunar New Year. For some, this will be a joy. However, for other families it will be extremely difficult, because some people are so easily be offended!

No matter what you say, touchy people will be offended. You can give them a compliment and they will hear it as a rebuke. Yet if you forget to compliment them, they will be doubly offended. You can never...

Presentation of the Lord
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

Gloria. Preface for the Eucharistic Prayer. 
Mass of the feast (white).
Malachi 3:1-4; 
Hebrews 2:14-18;
Luke 2:22-40.


Thinking twice about one child families
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

Chen Xiuxia, a mother of three, was desperate to have a baby boy a few years after China implemented the single child policy in 1980.

A resident of Zhaoqing in southern China, she was then living in a village on the outskirts of the city in the country’s most populated province, Guangdong. Like most Chinese women in rural areas, she felt under pressure to have a male child to continue the family bloodline....

Vatican considers papal trip to South Korea
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A possible papal trip to South Korea coinciding with the fourth Asian Youth Day scheduled to he held in Daejeon, South Korea, in August this year, is under consideration, the Vatican spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, told journalists on January 22. 


However, Father Lombardi added that the Vatican is not ready to confirm whether or not the trip will take place or announce dates....

John Paul’s personal notes in book form
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

ROME (Agencies): Pope John Paul II asked his trusted personal secretary, now Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz, to burn his personal notes after his death, but the dedicated secretary recognised a vast historical importance in the late pontiff’s personal scribbling and did just the opposite, the Vatican Information Service reported on January 18

In his will, to which alterations were made on a number of occasions throughout...

Ireland plans to reopen embassy to Holy See
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

DUBLIN (CNS): Just over three years after closing its embassy to the Holy See, the government of Ireland announced that it was preparing to reopen its diplomatic doors and and appoint a new...

What does Church teach on end of life?
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

BALTIMORE (CNS): There is great misunderstanding among Catholics and others about Church teaching on whether and when life-sustaining medical treatment can or should be withdrawn says Marie Hilliard, a leading Catholic bioethicist in the United States of America.


Lunar New Year and Christian Unity
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

The Lunar New Year and the ecumenical movement have one thing in common; they both offer an opportunity to people who share a profound interest in the same bonding ring to patch up frays in the rope that binds them, reach out across gaps that may divide and be reconciled over upset apple carts.

The Lunar New Year is a cultural recognition of the damage that divided families do to the fabric of society and all cultures have...

Vatican grilled on sexual abuse by United Nations
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican state underwent its second periodic review at the United Nations (UN) on January 16 on its implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, which it ratified in 1990.

The Vatican submitted its first report in 2004, before coming under criticism when reports of sexual abuse by clergy and Church personnel exploded in 2010. It submitted its second report for review in 2012.

Pope tweets message of support to pro-life march
(Saturday, 1 February 2014 )

Washington DC (Agencies): “I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers,” Pope Francis tweeted on January 22 in support of the annual pro-life rally. 

Tens of thousands braved the bitter cold and converged on the Washington Mall for this year’s event, run under the theme, Adoption: A Noble Decision, signalling a new approach as well as a focus on other issues besides abortion. ...