May 2015

Church needs women’s voices pope says
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “Women should be promoted,” said Pope Francis on May 16 during an audience with an international group of men and women religious working in the Diocese of Rome.

He said women can be appointed heads of some offices of the Roman Curia, but that will not be enough to “recover the role” women should have in the Catholic Church, pointing out that assigning a certain number of women to leadership positions is “simply functionalism.”...

Tagle elected first Asian Caritas leader
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

ROME (Agencies) : Luis Cardinal Tagle of Manila, The Philippines has been elected as the new president of Caritas Internationalis at the confederation’s 20th General Assembly in Rome. He is the first Asian cardinal elected to head the confederation of global Catholic charities.

The Filipino cardinal was elected with 91 votes out of 133 over the other candidate, Maronite Archbishop, Joseph Soueif of Cyprus, at the...

The Spirit: fancy to power
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

Pentecost was an ancient Jewish holiday. It commemorated the arrival of the people of Israel at Mount Sinai where, God handed the 10 Commandments to Moses. The Israelites were really proud of this gift. They said that before them, God had offered the Law to other peoples. They had refused it, preferring to continue with their vices and excesses. To thank God for this predilection, the Israelites had set up a feast: the Pentecost....

Pentecost Sunday
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

MAY 24 – PENTECOST SUNDAY.
Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Sequence, Creed, preface for Pentecost (red).
Readings:
Acts 2:1-11; 

1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13; 
John 20:19-23.

MAY 25 – MONDAY: EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.
Mass of the day (green).
Readings: 

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Australia backs turning away boats as Asian migrant crisis deepens
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

Sydney (Agencies): “Like Australia, countries in the region have a sovereign right to respond to these matters as they see fit,” Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on May 19 as the country’s government reiterated its backing of its regional neighbours’ efforts to stem a surge in boatpeople in Southeast Asia by turning back vessels, according to a report by AFP.

Indonesia,...

Why is Pope Francis taking so much flak over the encyclical on the environment?
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

by Russell Shaw 

Not long after St. John XXIII’s social encyclical Mater et Magistra (Christianity and Social Progress) made its appearance in 1961, a wisecrack began making the rounds among Catholics who’d taken umbrage: “Mater, si; magistra, no”—mother, yes; teacher, no. In other words, the Church has a maternal relationship with her members but is not its teacher on matters of...

Building a sense of hope for Nepal 
in a moment of crisis Bangalore Cares for Nepal
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

Kathmandu (SE): It has been four weeks since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25 and just under two weeks since a second, magnitude 7.4 tremor struck the country leaving a death toll that is now approaching the 9,000 mark. 

Speaking to Catholic News Service on May 13 following the second earthquake, Bishop Paul Simick, the vicar apostolic of Nepal, said, “The death and devastation may be less,...

The suffering and joy of the Church in China
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

Today, May 24, we celebrate Pentecost Sunday as well as the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians. In 2007, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, in his letter to the Catholics in China, called for this day to be an occasion for of the whole world to be united in prayer with the Church in China. 

Each May, the Marian Shrine of Sheshan near Shanghai becomes a major focus of pilgrimage for faithful from around China. However in...

Vatican-Palestine accord envisions a two-state solution
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

VATICAN CITY (Agencies): Representatives of Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine announced at the end of a plenary meeting on May 13, that they had reached an accord on the text of a formal Comprehensive Agreement, according to Vatican Radio. 

The agreement recognises freedom of religion in the State of Palestine and outlines the rights and obligations of the Catholic Church, its agencies...

Tibetans urge China to release Panchen Lama
(Saturday, 23 May 2015 )

Beijing (UCAN): “The sole purpose of abducting the Panchen Lama is to deprive him of Buddhist studies and thereby hindering his spiritual influence on the future Tibetan generations,” Penpa Tsering, speaker of the Tibetan parliament in exile, said in a speech on May 17 in Dharamshala, India. 

Tibetans were marking the 20th anniversary of the naming of then-six-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the Panchen...