January 2014

Heightened security as Egyptian Coptics celebrate Christmas
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

Cairo (Agencies): Thousands of Coptic Orthodox Christians attended a Christmas vigil Mass celebrated by Pope Tawadros II on January 6, at the Cathedral of St. Mark, in the Abbassia district of Cairo, Egypt.

According to a Reuters report, acting president, Adly Mansour, visited the Coptic pope at the cathedral on January 5 in a highly symbolic gesture that could help bolster Christian support ahead of the January 14 to 15...

Two Asians in new list of cardinals
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

VATICAN (CNS): Two bishops from Asia are among 19 new cardinals named by Pope Francis at his midday angelus on January 12.

South Korea now has a new cardinal with 70-year-old Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, from Seoul, named to receive a red hat and the 74-year-old Filipino from Cotabato, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo.

While Archbishop Yeom is from the biggest diocese in Korea, Seoul...

Pope Francis draws huge crowds in 2013
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In the first nine-and-a-half months of Pope Francis’ pontificate, more than 6.6 million people participated in papal events at the Vatican, including weekly general audiences, group audiences, liturgies and recitations of the angelus and Regina Coeli on Sundays and holy days. 

The statistics, compiled by the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household and released on January 2, do not include...

China sticks up for Muslims
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): A stampede in which 14 people died at a mosque in Ningxia province, China, on January 5, has once again prompted people to question whether Islam is a violent religion or not.

People had gathered at the Beida mosque in the town of Xiji for a ceremony to commemorate the death of a Muslim leader, UCA News reported on January 6. In addition to the dead, 10 people were hospitalised, but a local government...

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

Is Christ divided? (1 Corinthians 1:1-17)

Every year, during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Christians from different denominations gather together to prayer for the unity of the Church. We strive to live in harmony and be united, so as to bear God’s witness to love one another. However, we should also view this as a chance to confess our failure to live up to the call of unity.

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Death in golden year
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

Hong Kong (SE): With deep sorrow the Precious Blood Sisters announce the death of Sister Johana Lo, who passed away peacefully in Indonesia on January 8 this year at the age of 79 after 50 years of religious life.

A funeral Mass was offered on 12 January 2014 in Indonesia followed by cremation. 

A memorial Mass will be offered in Hong Kong on Saturday, January 18, at 10.30am...

Use of word Allah leads to investigation for sedition
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

KUALA LUMPUR (CNS): Malaysia’s inspector general of police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, said he would continue investigating a prominent Jesuit Father Lawrence Andrew, editor of the Catholic Herald, under the country’s Sedition Act, but would not recall the priest for questioning. 

Father Andrew is under investigation for telling the online news portal, The Malaysian Insider, that the word, Allah, would...

Singapore begins Year of the Catechist
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

SINGAPORE (SE): “I call on you to build a deep communion with young people so that you may evangelise them,” Archbishop William Goh told the catechists of the diocese on January 10 in preparation for the opening of the Year of the Catechist on January 12.

“Young people need us to feel with them,...

In protecting life speak only 
when necessary
(Saturday, 18 January 2014 )

VATICAN (CNS): On the morning of January 25 last year, people taking part in the annual March for Life through the streets of Washington DC in the United States of America (US) were buoyed when they received a Twitter message from Pope Benedict XVI.

“I join all those marching for life from afar and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life,” the then-pope wrote on his...

One of us
(Saturday, 11 January 2014 )

The brief reading from St. Matthew’s gospel in today’s liturgy conveys the essentials of our faith and spirituality
with...