March 2014

First Sunday of Lent
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

MARCH 9 – FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT.
Mass of the day, Creed, preface of first Sunday of Lent (purple).
Readings:
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7; 
Romans 5:12-19; 
Matthew 4:1-11.

MARCH 10 – MONDAY: FIRST WEEK OF LENT.
Mass of the day, preface for Lent (purple).
Readings:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18...

Fukushima remembers The Philippines
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

NIIGATA (SE) : Bishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi, from the devastated diocese of Niigata in the heart of the area affected by the Great Eastern Earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2010, is encouraging his people not to forget those who reached out to them at the time and to remember to do the same favour for others who are suffering.

“During the Great East Japan Earthquake we were given courage by the solidarity that...

Valentine’s Day does belong in the Church
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE) : Rather than scorning secular celebrations, like Halloween and Valentine’s Day, and warning people off because of their secular appeal, some local Churches are encouraging parishes and schools to join in the fun by giving them their own religious flavour.

The chairperson of the Australian Commission for Pastoral Life, Bishop Eugene Hurley, says in promoting what he calls the St....

Catholic lawyer gets
wide support
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

HANOI (AsiaNews): Upwards of 3,000 people joined candlelight vigils organised on February 16 by the Redemptorist priests in Hanoi and Saigon to pray for the health of Le Quoc Quan and other rights advocates, dissidents, journalists and bloggers languishing in prison for their battle in defence of human rights and religious freedom in Vietnam.

The vigils were held prior to the scheduled February 18 hearing of an appeal for...

Okinawa frosty on United States base transfer
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

NAHA (AsiaNews): The new ambassador from the United States of America (US) to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, made her first official visit to Okinawa on February 12, which has hosted a large US military base since the end of World War II.

For the past few years, Okinawa has been embroiled in a controversy over Washington’s plan to move its sprawling base to a new location on the island.

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Pope John Paul to be patron of youth
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): April 22 this year will mark 30 years since the Cross of the Jubilee of Redemption was first entrusted to young people by Pope John Paul II.

It is called the Cross of Redemption, because it was presented at the first worldwide gathering in St. Peter’s Square at what is now recognised as the first unofficial World Youth Day at the end of the Year of Redemption in 1984.

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Upholding the truth
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

EVERY FRIDAY DURING Lent, parishes in Hong Kong observe the way of the cross. One of the aims is to learn from the suffering Christ the spirit of loving to the end. It also gives an insight into his unfailing resistance to evil and helps people to unite with him in their daily lives.

In fact, the earthly life of Jesus was a journey of suffering. In the eyes of the world he was a failure. However, he showed us a way to...

China’s seminaries 30 years after reopening
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): It is now just over 30 years since the seminary in Beijing opened its doors and began accepting students for the priesthood for the first time in decades. That was in 1982.

In subsequent years, 12 more seminaries were opened around China, as the country began to squeeze its way out of the grips of the Cultural Revolution.

The most modern of the seminaries in Beijing...

Jesuit TV cracks the big time in China
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): With its sprinkling of graffiti and grey, decades-old façade, the head office of Kuangchi Programme Service looks anything but like the home of a pioneer.

Yet the Jesuit television studio in central Taipei—now 56-years-old—remains light years ahead of the pack when it comes to gaining entry to the world’s most populous nation.

This summer,...

Call for Human Rights Ministry in China
(Saturday, 8 March 2014 )

HONG KONG (SE): More than 1,200 people have signed an open letter to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, calling for better protection of citizens’ rights under the law.

Radio Free Asia also reported on February 5 that they have combined the call with one for the establishment of a nationwide system to monitor human rights abuses.

The letter, which is entitled, Stability is...