May 2015

We are loved—
that is why we love
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

Who is God? The disciple who, during dinner, rested his head on the breast of the Lord revealed to us that God is love, only love and everyone who loves is begotten of him. The disciple explains how he manifests himself: not as a legislator and judge, as the rabbis believed, but as love. “Let us love one another—he says—for love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Those who do not love have not known God,...

Sixth Sunday of Easter
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white).
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; 
1 John 4:7-10; 
John 15:9-17.

The perils of giving without thinking
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

A project I worked with that served homeless men in Tokyo once received a gift of a carton of bras for nursing mothers. People do not always use their heads when their hearts bid them to help the poor. As it turned out, one of the homeless men who did use his head figured out that by cutting the bras apart, the cups could be used as heel pads in worn-out shoes.

My UCA News colleagues Rock Ronald Rozario and Stephan Uttom...

Pope has most influential Twitter presence
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): When Pope Francis tweets, the world listens.

According to Twiplomacy, a study of the Twitter accounts of world leaders and their retweet rates, @BarackObama—Barack Obama, the president of the United States of America (US), has the most Twitter followers, but Pope Francis—@Pontifex—has the most influential Twitter account—his average retweet and favourite rate is more than eight times...

Christians obligated to fight human trafficking
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): Christian Churches can and must work together to educate their members about the reality of human trafficking and to provide assistance to victims of trafficking, said Antonio Maria Cardinal Veglio, head of Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.

The cardinal, officials of Caritas Internationalis and an ecumenical group, Christian Organisations Against Trafficking in Human Beings...

Will those who uphold traditional marriage be forced to act against faith and conscience?
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

Armagh (Agencies): Ahead of an upcoming May 22 referendum on legalising same-sex marriage in Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin from Armagh and primate of All Ireland, has warned that religious freedom will be in danger in Ireland if the referendum succeeds, reported CWNews on May 4. 

In a statement released through the Irish Bishops’ Conference, the archbishop said, “If society adopts and imposes a new...

Middle East’s future depends on dialogue and needs Christians
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): The international community cannot remain “inert or indifferent before the dramatic situation” unfolding in the Middle East because it has a special responsibility to “guarantee the presence of Christians and other minorities” in the region, said Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s foreign minister.

Speaking at an April 29 to 30 ecumenical conference, organised by the Sant...

Celebrating our mothers and Our Mother
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

Once again people in many parts of the world will celebrate Mothers’ Day today. You do not have to remember the date. The media, the shopping malls, businesses remind us with their advertisements touting the different ways to celebrate this day. Expensive gifts and grand banquets are common ways to mark this day dedicated to mothers. 

There is an interesting story behind the tradition of celebrating the Mother...

Time to sing songs of peace in troubled Sudan region
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

ABYEI (CNS): “We are often disappointed by our brothers in the international community. People know exactly what has happened here,” said Father Karlo Kaw from Abyei, the oil-rich region caught up in the unresolved border feud between Sudan and South Sudan. Catholic workers are wondering if the world has lost interest in the issue.

Although South Sudan achieved its independence from Sudan in 2011, several areas...

Two candidates for bishop elected in China
(Friday, 8 May 2015 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): Father Cosmos Ji Chengyi and Father Joseph Zhang Yinlin have been elected as candidate-bishops for the dioceses of  Zhumadian and Anyang. Voters backed the only candidates in ballots heavily controlled by the authorities on April 28 and 29. It is the first such occurrence since China and the Vatican resumed negotiations in June last year.

The two priests, who have Vatican approval, are expected to be...