January 2014

Respect for nature and human dignity at root of the peace process
(Saturday, 25 January 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Everywhere, the way to resolve open questions must be that of diplomacy and dialogue,” Pope Francis told a gathering of diplomats accredited to the Holy See in his first address to the group on January 13 in the Vatican Apostolic Palace.

The annual address to diplomats is always a much anticipated event, as it is the closest thing that the Vatican has to a policy cum state of the nation address from the pope.


Thy will be done
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

After Jesus was baptised in the Jordan he returned home to Galilee to commence his ministry. Shortly after that there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee.

The mother of Jesus was there and so was Jesus, with a few of his disciples.

The story of what happened at this wedding found its way many years after the event into the Gospel according to St. John....

Second Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the day (green).
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; 
1 Corinthians 1:1-3; 
John 1:29-34.

Mass of the day (green).

Non-believers challenge us to live up to our faith
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

Some non-believers seem to have noticed that there is something good about regularly coming together as a community on the basis of shared commitments and ideals. 

Atheists in London recently began to hold weekly gatherings for the sake of mutual support, inspiration, encouragement, assistance and service. In other words, a sort of non-believers’ Church. 

Now, a CNN...

What’s in a title?
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): What’s in a title? Well, according to Pope Francis quite a lot and very little.

In an article published in La Stampa in Italy on January 4, it was announced that the title of monsignor will no longer be handed out with the ease it once was.

The article says that it is well known that the pope has always been adverse to ecclesiastical titles and when he was...

Jesuits mark 400 years in Vietnam
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

 HO CHI MINH CITY (AsiaNews): The Jesuits in Vietnam are began a Holy Year on 18 January to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first missionaries from the order on 18 January 1615.

The first members of the Society of Jesus reached Vietnam on ships that docked in the port of Hoi An as part of a delegation of Japanese Christians who had fled their homeland because of an ongoing...

Church of England revamps baptismal language
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

London (Agencies): The Church of England has rewritten its text for rite of baptism, dropping all mention of sin and the devil. 

The new wording is designed to be easier to understand–but critics are stunned at such a fundamental change to a cornerstone of their faith, saying the new, “dumbed-down” version “strikes at the heart” of what baptism means. 


Pope to bail out World Youth Day debt
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis has dug into his own resources to help defray the debt run up by the archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro in paying for the cost of staging World Youth Day in 2013.

CWN reported on January 6 that the archdiocese is looking down the barrel of a US$20 million ($155 million) debt and after running a public campaign managed to decrease it by US$2.6 million ($20.2 million), which still leaves a sizeable hunk...

New rules on relations between bishops and religious
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis said a set of directives issued jointly by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for Religious in 1978, Mutuae Relatione, needs to be revised to address what he called outdated Vatican norms on the relations between religious congregations and local bishops to better promote an appreciation of the distinctive missions of the congregations.

The pope’s comments, made at a...

An ecumenism of sacrifice
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

Every year, January 18 to 25 marks the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This Sunday is a designated day of prayer for Christian unity.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio), which points out that in the past, Christians differed in mind and went their own ways, “as if Christ himself were divided.”