June 2015

Upon awaking we look at the ripe ears
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Jesus narrates a parable of the small seeds that grow into large trees to signify the growth of the kingdom of God. 

In the parable, Jesus is anxious to emphasise one thing: the irresistible force of the seed that, when thrown into the ground, grows by itself. The time for man to stop working comes after the planting season (vv. 27-28). Days and nights follow and the...

Eleventh Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Ezekiel 17:22-24; 

2 Corinthians 5:6-10; 
Mark 4:26-34.

Mass of the day (green).

Church growth rates highest in Africa and Asia
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): The results of a study released on June 1 by the Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate, based at Georgetown University, revealed that the highest growth rates in Catholicism are in Africa and Asia.

The study, Global Catholicism: Trends & Forecasts, looked at five specific regions: Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania, noted that, “Overall, the global Catholic population has...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Vatican ready with decision on Medjugorje

Rome (CNS): On the flight back to Rome Pope Francis said the Vatican was ready to make an announcement concerning the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje. He told journalists that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met recently to discuss the issue and “we’ve reached the point of making a decision and then they will say.”


Education should focus on the person says cardinal
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): “The current context of hatred and contempt among people is constituted by a radical rejection of humanity in the other,” said Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, on June 3. “The acceptance of diversity is therefore fundamental for mutual respect and for the freedom to express one’s own ideas and religious convictions.”

The cardinal was speaking at an event in...

We are facing a kind of Third World War pope say
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

SARAJEVO (CNS): Pope Francis paid a one-day visit to Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on June 6, the 71st anniversary of the’ D-Day landings in Normandy, France, in World War II. 

He said that the world today is facing “a kind of Third World War being fought in piecemeal” amidst “an atmosphere of war” worldwide. 

At an outdoor Mass in the capital...

The refugee at our door
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

We are halfway through 2015 and around the world it is turning into a year of refugees and migrants. Millions of people have been displaced or forced to flee their homes due to war, religious or ethnic conflicts and abject poverty.  But since proximity is a news value; we in Hong Kong are least touched by the stories from afar of the huge humanitarian crises in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, or by the stories from...

Absence of political will leads South Sudan Church to take peace initiative
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

CAPE TOWN (CNS):  “We wish to inform our leaders, our people and the regional and international community that the Church is now taking serious steps to bring about a homegrown solution for peace and reconciliation,” the Church leaders of South Sudan said in a statement on June 7, noting that this would start with a “process of advocacy” in the war-torn country.

Twenty-five representatives from...

Writer jailed for criticising religious extremism in Myanmar
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Mandalay (UCAN): A court in Chaung-Oo township, central Myanmar, sentenced Htin Linn Oo, a prominent writer and former opposition official, to two years in prison with hard labour on June 2 for insulting religion in a speech that urged tolerance among the country’s hardline Buddhists.

Linn Ooo was arrested in December on charges of violating of Article 295a—offending religious feelings—after an excerpt of...

Pope prays for victims of Yangtze River shipwreck while government censors coverage
(Saturday, 13 June 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on June 3, Pope Francis said, “I wish to express my closeness to the Chinese people in these difficult moments after the ferry disaster in the Yangtze River.  Pray for the victims, their families and for all...