September 2015

Top religious affairs official faces corruption probe
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

BEIJING (UCAN): Zhang Lebin, a deputy director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs in Beijing, is facing investigation as part of the far-reaching anti-corruption drive of the president, Xi Jinping.

It is the first such case against a top party member from a bureau responsible for the management of religion in China.

A brief announcement on September 22 from the...

Bishop Ma dreams of a handshake changing the world
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

SHANGHAI (SE): The birdcage bishop in Shanghai, Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, has a dream. He dreams that the president of China, Xi Jinping, and Pope Francis will at least have the opportunity to shake hands while the two men are in the United States of America (US) this September.

Pointing out that Pope Francis and Xi were both scheduled to be at the United Nations, although on different days, the bishop, who has been...

God bless America and the United Nations
(Saturday, 3 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): As the first pope in history to address an assembly of the United States Congress in Washington DC, Pope Francis concluded his address with a resounding, “God bless America.”

Throughout his visit to the United States of America (US), he remained his usual self, praising what he sees as life-giving and warning about what he sees as life-threatening.


Cardinal John Tong’s Pastoral Letter - Human Ecology and The Family
(Saturday, 26 September 2015 )

Strengthen Marriage; Not Redefine it!


Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

May you live and proclaim with love and joy the Gospel of the Family! That was the core message in my Pastoral Letter issued on 29 September 2014, the eve of the Extraordinary Synod which was convoked by Pope Francis to focus on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization ...

Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 26 September 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Readings: Numbers 11:25-29;
 James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48...

We are given the Spirit but not exclusively
(Saturday, 26 September 2015 )

Mark narrates, deliberately and provocatively, two episodes in the same chapter. 

In the first scene a man comes to Jesus and says, “Master, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit, deaf and mute. Whenever the spirit seizes him, it throws him down and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth and becomes stiff all over. I asked your disciples to drive the spirit out, but they could...

Churches skeptical of Suu Kyi’s overtures
(Saturday, 26 September 2015 )

Mandalay (UCAN): Church personnel in the heavily Christian Kayah state of the Union of Myanmar expressed scepticism at overtures from Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, during a September 11 visit to drum up support for candidates in the upcoming elections in November.

The vicar general of Loikaw diocese, Father Celso Ba Shwe, said that Suu Kyi urged people to vote according to party lines, because...

Accept a refugee family pope says
(Saturday, 26 September 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis called on every parish and religious house in Europe to adopt at least one refugee family on September 6.

He said that as the United Nations is reporting that a record number of people are pressing on the borders of European countries, mostly from war-torn Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, it would make a big difference.

“Every parish, every...

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life
(Saturday, 26 September 2015 )

Education Day 2015 - Sunday 27 September 2015 


Jesus is Life


Life has its ups and downs. It is full of uncertainty and surprises, both good and ones we would rather do without. But by embracing life in times of doubt and uncertainty, the richness...

Supporters of Cuban dissidents arrested
(Saturday, 26 September 2015 )

HAVANA (Agencies): While all may have seemed calm as pope Francis sat peacefully with the Cuban revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, those who represent the people who suffered under his rule were being prevented by Cuban police from attending public events, even though some of them had been invited by Vatican diplomats to attend a papal function.

Members of the well-known Women in White group, made up mostly of the...