August 2015

The religion of the lips and of the heart
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

The first part of the gospel today, refers to a heated dispute between Jesus and some Pharisees and scribes, who came from Jerusalem. 

The fault that they reproach him of is that his followers do not respect the distinction between the sacred and the profane: “They were eating their meal with unclean hands” (v. 2) and this casual and provocative behaviour they can only have...

Twenty-second Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

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

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6b-8; 
James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27;
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

Mass of the day (green)....

Missionary gets credit from Taiwan’s oldest newspaper
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

TAIPEI (SE): In celebrating its 130th anniversary, the Chinese-language Taiwan Church News—the first newspaper ever published in Taiwan—launched a commemorative pen as a tribute to the British missionary, Thomas Barclay, who founded the publication in 1885 and devoted his life to the people of the island.

In memory of Barclay, each pen carries a carving of his signature and is housed in a box covered with a...

China and the cross
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

Since 2014, an official campaign carrying out the demolition of crosses on Christian churches has been conducted, primarily in Zhejiang province.

Chinese authorities do not like to see crosses dotting the skyline of their country: the cross is a religious, Christian symbol which they see as contradictory to their atheistic ideology.   

And yet, the cross has played a...

A veiled call to arms
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

In both mainland China and Hong Kong, September 3 has been designated as a public holiday to mark 70 years since Japan put down its arms and China claimed victory over its forces.

In gazetting the holiday, Beijing announced that it would allow people to participate in activities marking China’s conquest over Japan in what is officially known as the 70th Anniversary of Victories in the Chinese People’s War of...

Solution to refugee plight is in home countries
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

LONDON (SE): “I am deeply concerned over the deepening humanitarian crisis involving thousands of migrants unfolding in Calais,”  Bishop Patrick Lynch, from the Office of Migration Policy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, says in a statement released on August 8. 

“The crisis has developed over a decade and challenges us all, both as Christians and as Europeans. We...

Priests suspected of trafficking in India
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

KERALA (UCAN): Police in the southern Indian state of Kerala say they have intensified their search for Father Stanislaus Theesmas of the Latin-rite Trivandrum archdiocese, who is accused of trafficking nine people to Jordan under the cover of conducting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Jawahar Janardh, the assistant police commissioner, said that Father Theesmas and tour operator, Kiran Mohanan, went missing after the...

Good roads put toll on pastoral ministry
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): As China mulls a new policy that would allow the limits on the duration of expressway tolls to be increased, Church personnel across the country have joined the general population in protesting against a scheme they say may be financially crippling.

China has developed the most extensive expressway network on earth. It has given priests and lay catechists a greater scope for their pastoral ministry, but...

Missionary to China and Hong Kong bids final farewell
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

Maryknoll (SE): Maryknoll Sister Julia Hannigan died on 15 August 2015, at the age of  99, just six-and-a-half weeks shy of her 100th  birthday. 

A missionary to China, Sister Hannigan was born on 30 September 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, and was one of five children: three daughters and two sons.  

She joined the Maryknoll Sisters on 8 December 1933 with a...

Pakistan Supreme Court puts black spot on justice
(Saturday, 29 August 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): “August 5 will be remembered as a black day in the constitutional history of Pakistan,” the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission says, calling the judicial acceptance of military courts by an 11 to six majority of the full bench of the Supreme Court a black spot on the already dark judicial history of the country.

Earlier this year, the parliament made an amendment to the Pakistan Army...