July 2015

I am the bread that gives eternal life
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

The final scene of last Sunday’s gospel marks, according to human criteria, the pinnacle of Jesus’ success. A huge crowd cheers him and, moved by an irrepressible enthusiasm, try to take him to make him king. 

What looks like a triumph is, however, for Jesus, the most disappointing of results. His gesture, the sign, is misunderstood. He proposes sharing and they...

Eighteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).

Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; 
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; 
John 6:24-35.

Mass of the day (green)....

Where encyclical hits the 
nail on the head
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): One of the criticisms directed against the recently released encyclical penned by Pope Francis entitled, Laudato Si’: On care for our common home, is that he does not adequately take the ingenuity of the human being into account.

But the type of ingenuity displayed by logging and mining companies on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao that uses every trick in the book to get around national...

Around The Traps
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

Jesus’ baptism site declared World Heritage

JERUSALEM (CNS): UNESCO has declared Bethany Beyond the Jordan, believed to be the site of the baptism of Jesus on the eastern side of the Jordan River, a World Heritage Site.

“The decision is logical. The eastern side is where all the Byzantine antiquities and churches are located,” Franciscan Father Eugenio Alliata, professor...

Church has difficult time in Greece
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

LONDON (Agencies): Archbishop Frangiskos Papamanolis is accusing the Socialist-led government of Alexis Tsipras in Athens of mishandling the current crisis that has seen European Union ministers announce a new rescue plan in return for far-reaching reforms.

An article by Jonathan Luxmoore in the July 15 edition of the English journal, The Tablet, quotes the president of the bishops’ conference as saying, “The...

Vatican man sticks up for the United Nations
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): “The United Nations is not the devil,” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told a press conference at the Vatican on July 15.

As a result, he said that he believes that a papal think tank is free to collaborate with the international body as well as people of any political persuasion.

He added that the Church...

Spoiling for a showdown
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

Within a 10-day period, two bishops’ conferences in Asia have issued warnings that current tensions among Asian countries could well boil over into violence.

Highly aware of the friction between their own country and China over sovereignty of the Sentaku or Daioyu Islands, the bishops of Japan interpret the national security laws passed by the administration of the current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, as spoiling for...

Repairs to fire-gutted church begin
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Reconstruction of the 143-year-old former Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Ningbo, China, which was gutted by fire just one year ago, has begun.

It is a famous church in China. The parish priest, Father Jin Yangke, said that the cause of the blaze is still not known.

Explaining that although a lengthy investigation was carried out by government officials...

Walking for peace in Korea
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

SEOUL (SE) : The People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy has organised a six-day march for peace on the Korean Peninsula, beginning at the City Hall in Jeju on Korean Armistice Day, July 27, and finishing in Gangjeong village, the site of resistance to the building of a giant naval base on the island province, on August 1.

That date marks the 3,000th day of continuous resistance to the building of the naval...

Hot sun heralds summer camps for the young
(Saturday, 1 August 2015 )

BEIJING (Agencies): The summer vacation in China is always a busy time around parishes. With people having some free time on their hands, it is an opportunity to gather people together for a bit of getting to know you better, as well as partake in activities that contribute towards the quality of faith life.

The focus is usually on the knowledge of the faith, prayer and reflection, as well as spiritual direction. Because...