March 2014

Greater recognition for role of women
(Saturday, 15 March 2014 )

Pope Francis’ universal prayer intention for March is, “That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.” This makes us wonder if today’s society has really achieved mutual complementarity and mutual respect between men and women or not. Do women now enjoy equal opportunity of participation and share in social achievements in the actualisation of their social role? Are they free to speak out in fighting for their own rights?...

Pope Paul miracle gets the nod
(Saturday, 15 March 2014 )

VATICAN (Agencies): The consulting theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, taking him one step closer to canonisation as a saint, CNA reported on February 24.

Andrea Tornielli, from the Vatican Insider, reported that the congregation has unanimously recognised the healing of an unborn child through the intercession of the late pope....

Synod presidents include one Asian
(Saturday, 15 March 2014 )

VATICAN (SE): One cardinal from Asia has been named among the three presidents to preside at the upcoming October Synod of Bishops which will meet in Rome.

The Vatican Information Service announced on February 21 that Luis Cardinal Tagle, the archbishop of Manila in The Philippines, is among the three. The other two are Andre Cardinal Vingt-Trois, the archbishop of Paris, France; and Raymundo Cardinal Damasceno Assis,...

High Court hears Allah case in Malaysia
(Saturday, 15 March 2014 )

KUALA LUMPUR (SE): The Church in Malaysia is involved in a case before the highest court in the land, which could serve as a litmus test on the multicultural health of its multi-ethnic and multi-religious population.

At stake is the right of the majority of Christians, who are Malay-speaking, to use the word Allah for God. The Christian Federation of Malaysia says that 64 per cent of Christians in Malaysia use Malay...

Pope dropped a note to Chinese president
(Saturday, 15 March 2014 )

VATICAN (SE): “We are close to China. I sent a letter to President Xi Jinping when he was elected, three days after me. And he answered me. The relationships are there. They are a great people whom I love,” Pope Francis told the Italian daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, which was published his comment in a much longer interview on March 5.

This is the third time that the pope has given a face-to-face...

Generous even in death
(Saturday, 15 March 2014 )

MARYKNOLL (SE): Maryknoll Sister Rose Duchesne Debrecht died peacefully on February 22 at the Maryknoll Sisters Home Care in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of America. She was 91 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 73 years.

Armella Elizabeth Debrecht, better known to her students and friends by her religious name, Sister Rose Duchesne, was born on 20 November 1922 to Aloys and Leona Schneider Debrecht in...

Spring is in the charity air
(Saturday, 15 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas held its annual Spring Reception at the Community Hall on Caine Road on February 26, as a gesture of thanks to benefactors and volunteers who have supported its work over the past 12 months.

In an afternoon that highlighted the value of involvement in the grassroots of society, a volunteer, Charles Wong, told the Sunday Examiner that he has found that doing volunteer work with Caritas not only...

Plea to keep the Ukraine blood-free
(Saturday, 15 March 2014 )

KIEV (SE): “With regret, we can say that Ukraine, unfortunately, has been pulled into a military conflict. So far no one is shooting, so far people are not dying, but it is obvious that military intervention has already begun,” Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, was quoted as saying from Kiev by the Religious Information Service of the Ukraine on March 1.

Patriarch Shevchuk...

Cardinal holds hopes for Matteo Ricci canonisation
(Saturday, 15 March 2014 )

ROME (SE): “China has already honoured him and now it is possible that the pope too will honour him declaring him a saint,” the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, said of the great Jesuit missionary to China, Father Matteo Ricci, who died in Beijing in 1610.

Speaking to Gerard O’Connell after the consistory in Rome for new cardinals in mid-February, Cardinal Tong said in an interview published...

The odds against us
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

In our baptism, we have been baptised into Jesus Christ. We walk the journey of life in Jesus’ life. For the next five weeks, we will journey with Christ to his death and resurrection. But this is not just a journey into the past—it is also a journey into the present.

Today’s scripture readings contain symbols. The first reading is set in the Garden of Eden. It is still an...