July 2015

Stripped of everything to be free and credible
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

In the first reading we come across two significant and opposite characters: Amaziah, the priest well integrated into the religious structure, full of merits and privileges and Amos, the rugged herdsman who suddenly began to be the prophet.

The first is a successful man, acclaimed and respected for being a friend of the powers that be and has achieved a prestigious position. He is not to be...

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

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

Amos 7:12-15; 
Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13.

Mass of the day (green).

Pontifical university to offer course in child protection
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

Rome (CNA/EWTN): The Centre for Child Protection of Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University will begin offering an intensive one-semester diploma course in the protection of minors. The first round of applicants will be welcomed in February 2016

“There are no courses like this in (the) pontifical universities in Rome,” said Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, the president of the centre, when announcing the course...

Communications secretariat to streamline Vatican media
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis issued a motu proprio (on his own initiative) apostolic letter dated June 27 establishing a new Secretariat for Communications in an effort to render the Vatican more effective in today’s digital world. The secretariat will coordinate and streamline the Holy See’s multiple communications outlets.

The pope wrote that the development of digital media, with its converging technologies...

Mideast faith leaders denounce immorality of international politics
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

BEIRUT (CNS): Bechara Cardinal Rai of Lebanon, patriarch of Maronite Catholics, denounced the “immorality of international politics,” which he said provides the opportunity for terrorist groups to reproduce the genocide committed in the last century against the Christian minorities of the Ottoman Empire.

Speaking on July 2 at a Faith and Martyrdom conference at the Holy Spirit University in Kaslik, Lebanon, the...

St. Therese’s parents to be first married couple canonised together
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877), the  parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will become the first married couple with children to be canonised in the same ceremony on October 18, during the Synod of Bishops on the family. Other married couples are among the blesseds of the Church.

Pope Francis issued the decree approving their canonisation on June 27, during the public...

Critics of Laudato Si’ are missing the essential point
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

John Gummer, the Lord Deben, chairperson of the United Kingdom’s independent Committee on Climate Change, writes in the Catholic Herald that both those who have welcomed Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ and those who have dismissed it have missed the point of its disconcerting and prophetic call.

Lord Deben asserts that the encyclical is an unforgettable document, with the truths of the gospel...

Summer vacation – a fruitful season for children
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

As summer vacation approaches, students are making intense preparations for their final exams. However, many parents have already been working since as early as May and June to select summer activities for their children so that they can fully utilise their leisure time and develop their talents. Many community centres, family life centres, youth centres and Church organisations are also offering a variety of well-designed summer activities for children....

Pope says countries owe debt to the poor
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

QUITO (Agencies): “I wish to embrace all of Ecuador. From the peak of Chimborazo to the Pacific coast, from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands, may you never lose the ability to thank God for what he has done and is doing for you,” said Pope Francis during a welcoming ceremony at Mariscal Sucre Airport in the Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, at the start of his July 5 to 12 swing through South America. He will also visit Bolivia and...

The books you read from Frankfurt to Hong Kong
(Saturday, 11 July 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): Imagine a book fair where books are not allowed to be sold over the counter. This is the case of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest trade fair for international deals and trading in the world, with more than 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and about 300,000 visitors every year. It is also a venue where the books that will be published the following year get their preview.

Chances are that the...