March 2014

How about a drink?
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

This lengthy gospel account of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well is a story rich in lessons that are as relevant to life today as they were in the era of Jesus.

We can also apply them to the everyday situations that we encounter in our own era. Let’s look at three key elements of this account of a meeting with Jesus.


Third Sunday of Lent
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

Mass of the day, Creed, preface of third Sunday of Lent (purple).
Exodus 17:3-7;
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; 
John 4:5-42.

Mass of the day, preface for Lent (purple).
2 Kings 5:1-15a; ...

Praying with Mozart for Fukushima
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

ROME (SE): A concert was held under the name of Mozart’s Requiem for Japan from the Vatican at the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls in Rome on March 11 to commemorate the third anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that wreaked havoc in Fukushima.

Organised under the patronage of the Japanese embassy to the Holy See, the musical evening asked for prayer for the victims of the disaster, the Vatican...

Theological institute milestone for Singapore
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

SINGAPORE (AsiaNews): In an effort to dispel what is described as an attitude of distrust of Catholic doctrine among people in Singapore, Archbishop William Goh described the opening of a new Theological Institute as an extremely valuable asset to the archdiocese.

At the January 22 opening, the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, said it will offer people an opportunity to learn about their faith in a more...

Preparing for Lent in China
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

BEIJING (SE): In the run up to Lent, 300 people gathered in the cathedral in Wenzhou in China on February 28 for a faith information session around the theme of Living an authentic life in Jesus.

People had been invited to bring their friends along with them and parish staff estimated that about 40 people who are not Catholic also attended.

Fides reported Father Zhong Jinxing as...

Christians call for peace and conversion after Kunming massacre
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

KUNMING (SE): On March 1, a group of assailants launched a terrorist attack on passengers at the Kunming train station in the Yunnan province of China.

By the time police arrived and put an end to the carnage by killing four of the attackers, 29 people were dead and over 100 injured.

Calling it China’s Nine/Eleven, the Chinese government labelled it as a terrorist attack,...

Will the Pope Francis breeze reach Asia?
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

TOKYO (SE): “Pope Francis, who became the first Latin American and the first Jesuit to assume the papacy in March last year, immediately won the hearts of many and continues to exert a powerful presence,” the former ambassador to the Vatican from Japan, Kagefumi Ueno, says in an essay published by the English-Speaking Union of Japan on March 5.

Yet he says that he believes the true significance of the rise of...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

Archbishop Sheen miracle ticked

PEORIA (SE): Bishop Daniel Jenky, from Peoria in Illinois, the United States of America (US), announced that a Vatican medical panel has unanimous approved a miracle attributed to the television and radio personality of the 1930s, Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Archbishop Sheen has already been declared a servant of God and the approval of...

Abyss separating Church teaching from Catholics causes great suffering
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): While few countries have published extensive reports on the results of a survey carried out by their bishops’ conferences at the request of the Vatican on family life in preparation for the Synod of Bishops to be held in October, Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri, the general secretary of the synod, told L’Osservatore Romano that what they do show is that there is much suffering among the laity.


Changing bad habits
(Saturday, 22 March 2014 )

Although we are more than half way through Lent, we still need to continue to pray, fast, act charitably and repent. On March 5, Pope Francis told a general audience: “We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us and thus we leave behind old habits….” 

If we can get rid of these habits, we can “look with new eyes at our brothers and sisters and their needs”. In this...