September 2015

Open your ears to open your heart
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

Today’s gospel story is set in the Decapolis (v. 31), the region where Jesus drove from a possessed person a legion of demons that then entered the pigs, and then rushed down into the sea (Mark 5:1). We are therefore in a pagan land and this geographic location, placed deliberately by the evangelist to show that it has a definite theological significance.

 The sick to be healed is...

Twenty-third Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Isaiah 35:4-7a; 

James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Mass of the day (green).
Colossians 1:24—2:3; 


Ex-nuncio charged with sex-abuse dies
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

VATICAN ( Jozef Wesolowski, the former papal nuncio who was laicised after being found guilty of having sexually abused minors while serving as the papal nuncio in the Dominican Republic, died in a hospital in Rome while under house arrest at the Vatican on August 28.

Sixty-seven-year-old Wesolowski was facing a criminal trial before a Vatican tribunal on charges of the possession of child pornography and the...

Japanese sister remembers the war
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

The Good Samaritan Sisters in Australia posted the memories of Japanese Sister Theresia Hiranabe
on their website on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II

On 8 December 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour. I was eight-years-old and living in Manchuria, China, at the time. My family had moved there from Tokyo in 1938 when I was six-years-old.

We lived...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

Colombian rebels ask to meet pope

BOGATA (CNS): Representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army, a leftist rebel group currently engaged in peace talks with the Colombian government, have requested a meeting with Pope Francis during his September apostolic journey to Cuba.

The conflict between revolutionary forces and the government has claimed...

Pope Francis is not in
the mood to tolerate
 resistance to change
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

 BANGKOK (UCAN): Pope Francis is intent on ending resistance to changes that came with the Second Vatican Council and that includes a Church that is open to all and building a society that cares for the environment, the president of the Jesuit Provinces in the Asia-Pacific Region, Father Mark Raper, says.

Father Raper said that he believes that the fundamental difference between Pope Francis and his...

A hard time of year for students
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

The summer vacation may seem long to students as they look forward to it, but can then pass in a flash and, in seemingly no time they are back to the daily grind of hefting bags, homework and the challenge of a new school year.

However, those who took the public examinations last year may still find themselves wondering if they should opt to look for work or further their studies. Even those who are able to keep studying...

Memorial Mass for Father Walling SJ
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Society of Jesus in Hong Kong will celebrate a memorial Mass for Father Norman Walling at 7.00pm on September 7 at St. Ignatius’ Chapel in Wah Yan College, Kowloon. The Mass is open to all.

Father Walling died peacefully on August 28 at the Cardinal Tien Hospital in Taipei, Waiwan, at 1.58am.

Born in Beresford, California, the United States of America, on...

Angry crowd burns eight police alive
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

 KATHMANDU (SE): Amidst discontent surrounding the gazetting of a draft of the long overdue new constitution for Nepal and increasing anger at the brutal manner in which police have suppressed rallies and demonstrations against various sections of the draft, an angry mob set upon the police in the district of Kailali, then beat them and burned eight officers to death on August 24.

AsiaNews reported...

Indonesia honours two Jesuits
(Saturday, 5 September 2015 )

JAKARTA (AsiaNews): Indonesia is recognising two Jesuit priests for the dedication they have shown to the development of the nation with the 2015 Mahaputera Award, among the highest honours the country can bestow.

The president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, announced on August 13 that the late Dutch priest, Father Peter Joseph Zoetmulder, and a German, Father Franz Magnis-Suseno, are to be honoured this year.