September 2015

Twenty-seventh Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

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

Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews: 2:9-11; Mark 10: 2-16.


Indissolubility is a necessity of love not a precept
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

There are situations in which both spouses are wondering, with good reason, whether it is still worthwhile to insist on trying to fix a relationship gone bad and that is proving to be irremediably broken. 

They don’t love each other any more, there are character incompatibilities, annoyances, they speak only to offend and even the children are involved in the failure of the parents....

Tomb of last Persian rite bishop in India found
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

Thiruvananthapuram (UCAN): The recent discovery of the tomb of Chaldean Metropolitan Mar Abraham, the last Persian rite bishop to serve the Christian community in southern India, could help the country’s different Churches work more closely together.

“Bishop Abraham, who governed a unified Church, is a landmark find in Church history,” George Cardinal Alencherry, who heads the Syro-Malabar Catholic...

Nationality does not protect from exploitation by labour brokers
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Something seems out of sync watching a young man from Hong Kong crying on Australian television as he tells the story of how he had been trafficked to labour on a Queensland plantation.

The young man paid money to a labour broker to take advantage of the short term employment visa programme the Australian government offers to young people from overseas to work in the farming, food packaging and...

China tightens screws on religion
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

BEIJING (UCAN) : The United Front Work Department, which manages relations with all religions in China, has a new charter which will place fresh hurdles in the face of religious freedom.

In seeking to entrench its control of all religious activity, the Communist Party has issued new rules to be followed by faith groups and other sectors of society.

In a move that fits with...

Chinese Catholic group protests in New York against Xi’s visit
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A group of Chinese Catholic people in the United States of America (US) planned to protest against the visit of the president of China, Xi Jinping, outside the Chinese consulate in New York on the day that he arrived in the country, September 22.

The group, all of whom live in New York, said that as expatriates living the US they are discontented with the deteriorating situation of religious life...

Welcoming the stranger — a counterpoint to violence
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

AS THE NUMBERS of people fleeing violence and war in Syria, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East swell beyond what may have been imagined even six weeks ago, Pope Francis has asked every parish and religious house in Europe to adopt a refugee family.

He has also led the way by inviting one family from Syria to settle in the Vatican.

While in terms of the sheer numbers...

Demagogues should not hijack refugee response
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): Fences going up along Hungary’s border with Serbia, with its rolls of razor-sharp tiger wire and fortified foundations suggest that the band of desperate refugees, mostly from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, with a few from Eritrea, intend great harm to its citizens.

Popular reporting suggests that Europe is facing an invading horde, whose numbers may run well over the one million mark....

Legal defence of crosses tumbles
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): While some counsel caution for Churches affected by the government war on crosses in Zhejiang province in China, other communities have been aggressively pro-active in defence of the sacred symbol that adorns the spires and walls of their houses of worship.

The Hong Kong-based Initium Media reported on September 2 that a gathering of around 100 pastors, ministers and Church elders at an...

Canossians celebrate jubilees
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

Hong Kong (SE): The Canossian Sisters celebrated with joy and gratitude the 60th anniversaries of Sister Giulia Brivio and Sister Maria Nichetti, and the 50th anniversary of entry into religious life of Sister Cecilia Lam on September 12.

Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung concelebrated the Mass with three priests at the Canossian Missions Chapel at 3.00pm. 

They were...