October 2015

A reading from the bible according to Zen
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun has taken to the air on Radio Television Hong Kong to tell bible stories in a way you have never heard before.

In a programme that will run for 13 weeks Cardinal Zen said, “I hope to bring the Church’s message to the Hong Kong people through the telling of bible stories.”...

New studies on Matteo Ricci
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): A three-day seminar on some of the, to date, less considered aspects of the life of the 16th and 17th century missionary to China, Father Matteo Ricci, has been described as one of the most important studies on his life up to this point.

The seminar ran under the theme, New perspectives in the study of Father Matteo Ricci, from October 21 to 23. It looked at the little researched area of both...

World’s bishops sign climate petition
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): On the morning of October 26 an appeal by bishops across the world was made to the delegates to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 21), which is scheduled to begin on November 30 in Paris.

Bishops representing all continental groupings of national bishops’ conferences signed the appeal.


Vatican’s secret meeting in Beijing
(Saturday, 31 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The unpublished meeting between a delegation from the Vatican and representatives from the Chinese government that took place in Beijing on October 11, is being seen as a sign that negotiations are moving forward, as Pope Francis commented on his return flight to Rome from the United States of America on September 27.

While the makeup of the Vatican delegation is not known, a press release from the...

Inadvertent missionaries
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

October 25 completes Mission Week, the only celebration in the liturgical calendar that runs for a full eight days, from Sunday to Sunday.

With the major exception of Korea, where local people received the faith in China and brought it home, Churches across Asia were founded by missionaries, mostly from Europe. Stories of their heroic deeds abound and indeed they punched well above their weight, often at great cost...

YOUR DAILY MASS GUIDE: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Readings: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52.
Mass of the day (green).
Readings: Romans 8:12-17; Luke 13:10-17.
Leave the mantle to see the light
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

On the occasion of the Passover, the Jews felt compelled to involve the disadvantaged in the joy of the feast. 

So beggars sat at the exit of the city of Jericho, where the road begins to climb toward Jerusalem, waiting for help from the well-disposed pilgrims.

Among these beggars was a blind man, identified by his surname, Bartimaeus. Mark’s...

Synod’s confusion puts it in real life
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): Interest in a quiet week at the Synod on Family Life being held at the Vatican from October 4 to 25 was sustained with the revelation a private letter was spirited to Pope Francis containing rumblings about rigged procedures in the synod to ensure the working paper has excessive influence on the final document (Relatio Finalis).

While there was some dissention about the accuracy of the contents of the...

What do families need?
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

The wisecracking American baseball player and coach, Yogi Berra, once said: “If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.” 

This October, the world’s bishops, together with experts and 18 married couples, 17 individual auditors (among them 13 women) as well as fraternal delegates from other Churches gathered at the Vatican for the Synod on Family...

Surviving and prospering in an interfaith marriage
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): “If not for my husband’s tolerance and love of Christianity and my love and understanding of where he comes from, we would never been able to celebrate our life and inter-community differences,” Penelope Bajaj, an auditor at the Synod on Family Life, said during her time at the microphone on October 10.

 Bajaj said that she and her husband, Ishwarlal Bajaj, have been married for...