October 2015

All Saints Day and Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the solemnity (white).
Readings: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14;
 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a.

The feast of our family
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )


oday’s liturgy invites us to reflect on the proposals of blessedness from Jesus. They are the ones that the saints in heaven have put into practice and that the saints on earth, encouraged by their example, are encouraged to follow.

The gospel of blessedness is preached from the top of a mountain. More than a real place, the mountain refers to any place or time that...

A listening synod can be a sign to the nations
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis has described the process of synodal gatherings as a sign for our times, saying, “A synodal Church is a sign lifted up among the nations in a world which—while invoking participation, solidarity and transparency in public administration—often consigns the fate of entire populations into the greedy hands of small power groups.”

Although Pope Francis’ words may...

Call to push for a value added synod
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): “My father was a Christian political leader, who was imprisoned for 17 years by the Communists. My parents were engaged to marry, but their wedding took place 17 years later,” Anco-Maria Cernea, the president of Catholic Doctors of Romania, said in what many described as the best input at the Synod of Bishops on Family Life on October 15.

“My mother waited for my father, although she...

Mercy and marriage
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

The three-week Synod of Bishops on Family Life was marked by fervent discussion among the synod fathers. Meeting under the theme, The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World, the gathering took place in what is described as a protected space where the Church can experience the action of the Holy Spirit.


Betting on the Church or the people?
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

CIGOLA (CWNews.com): Whether it is a matter of the Church betting on the people or the people betting on the Church, a parish in Cigola in northern Italy has asked its parishioners to donate scratchie lottery tickets to help pay for repairs.

The parish is asking for scratch and win tickets to help with fund raising. No doubt the parish priest is hoping to learn something about the numbers on the tickets that...

With the horse about to bolt
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Sitting members of the Conservative government attacked their own party during question time in the British parliament on October 22, voicing fears that rights and religious freedoms were being forfeited during negotiations with the visiting president of China, Xi Jinping, in the name of closer business ties.

With the horse about to bolt for Beijing at the completion of the first state visit to the...

Refugee sailing season just beginning
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

SITTWE (UCAN): The season has arrived for thousands of Muslim Rohingya from the divided Rakhine state in the Union of Myanmar to once again risk an ocean voyage to Malaysia, potentially reigniting southeast Asia’s biggest refugee crisis since the Vietnam War.

Plans are being hatched inside 10 desperately poor displacement camps outside the state capital, Sittwe, and there are reports that boats left South...

Blockades to protect Church buildings
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

HO CHI MINH (Agencies): In an open letter to the local authorities, Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh, from Kontum in Vietnam, defended a campaign run by local Catholic people defending themselves against ongoing attacks on religious freedom in the Central Highlands in early October.

The most recent episode was a decision by the provincial administration to demolish a house church in a small village located in a remote...

Magna Carta exhibition in China
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

LONDON (SE): An exhibition of the famed Magna Carta manuscript, recognised as the beginning of the development of modern democracy, has gone on display at the home of the British ambassador to China in Beijing, as part of the 800th anniversary of its signing by the king of England, John, in 1215.

On display is a version made in 1217, which is kept at Hereford Cathedral in England, one of only 17 surviving examples...