June 2015

Rescued from death by God of life
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Like all sick, marginalised, or despised people the unclean woman in today’s gospel feels inside her, an irresistible impulse to get closer to Jesus, to “touch him.” “If I just touch his cloak—she thinks—I shall get well” (v. 28).

The woman advances “in fear and trembling,” as if being sick, feeling unclean, feeling the need of resorting...

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; 

2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15; 
Mark 5:21-43.

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the solemnity (...

Encyclical calls everyone to account for wellbeing of the planet and each other
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited papal encyclical, Laudato Si’: on the Care of Our Common Home, was finally, officially, presented to the world at the Vatican on June 18 by Peter Cardinal Turkson of Ghana, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, reported Vatican Radio.

The 184-page encyclical, which has been published in eight languages, focusses on the idea of integral...

Pope and Orthodox patriarch commit work for unity
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): “We express our desire and readiness to look for new ways that will bring our Churches even closer to each other, paving the way for Antioch and Rome, the only two apostolic sees where St. Peter preached, to establish full communion,” Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II said at the Vatican on June 19, following after his first official visit with Pope Francis. 

The pope and the patriarch of the...

Every step counts in campaign for solid climate change action
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): The People’s Pilgrimage, a global campaign for climate action was launched on June 7 in the cyclone devastated island nation of Vanuatu, by Yeb Saño, the former climate change commissioner and chief climate negotiator for The Philippines.

Initiated by the interfaith climate change campaign, OurVoices, in partnership with numerous faith and spiritual groups, People’s Pilgrimage will see...

The earth was here before us 
and it has been given to us
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

“Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” Has there ever been another encyclical that has so grabbed the world’s imagination and the attention of the media? Laudato si’—the encyclical titled after the words in St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures—urges the world to embark upon a revolutionary ethical rethink and change of heart in its relationship with planet earth...

Silence of international community over displaced in Iraq rebuked by patriarch
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

BERUIT (CNS): “Our main demand is that they return to their homes and lands in dignity,” said Bechara Cardinal Rai of the Maronite Catholic patriarch during a visit with displaced Christians in the Kurdistan region of Iraq on June 19.

“We have trusted the international coalition in that. But, unfortunately, the terrorist groups are still growing and advancing,” he said.


Calls for justice after arson attack damages church in Galilee
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

JERUSALEM (CNS): “We don’t seek revenge, but justice,” said Archbishop Michel Sabbah, the former Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem said at a Mass concelebrated with Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo from Jerusalem, at the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha, along the Sea of Galilee.

Only three days prior, on June 18, an arson attack seriously damaged the church, injuring an elderly monk...

New group seeks to jump start interfaith dialogue in Malaysia
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Kuala Lumpur (UCAN): The newly-formed Christians for Peace and Harmony Malaysia (CPHM) has planned a roundtable discussion and dinner in July with Perkasa, the Malay rights group which has accused Christians of proselytising among Muslims and has even called for the burning of bibles.

The group’s chairperson, Reverend Wong Kim Kong, indicated that it also planned to break fast with Muslims during the month of Ramadan...

Islamic institution calls on China to lift restrictions on Muslims during Ramadan
(Saturday, 27 June 2015 )

Cairo (Agencies): “Al-Azhar and its grand imam, Ahmed Al-Tayeb condemn the Chinese authorities’ ban on Muslims from fasting and practicing their religious rituals during Ramadan in some parts of the western Xinjiang region,” said a statement from the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.

The AsiaNews agency reported that Islam’s leading seat of learning called on the government in Beijing to allow...