October 2015

All papal documents on communication online
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): The Vatican presented a new online digital library geared to those interested and working in Catholic education and training centres at a press conference on September 30.

Known as the Baragli Project, the initiative makes the entire Pontifical Magesterium on communications from the first to the 21st century available online, featuring excerpts from more than 1,100 papal documents, including...

Our Asian Church
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

ROME (SE): “As Christians, we go to so-called mission territories, because we love all people and we want to share the great gift of Jesus and his gospel,” Luis Cardinal Tagle said in describing the context of the Asian Church at a vigil gathering marking Mission Sunday in Rome on October 16.

He described the fruit of mission as being a deeper communion, where people of different nations and languages...

Vatican and China Beijing meeting confirmed
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A second round of China-Vatican talks has been held in Beijing, the Hong Kong-based Catholic news agency, UCAN, has been informed.

It reported that the meeting was held amidst a tightening of the screws on religious freedom in China, as the central government has been upping the ante on its Sinicisation of Religion in...

China pledges to eradicate poverty by 2020
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): China will give its wholehearted support to the global challenge of eradicating poverty by the year 2030, as set down in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, pledging to lift a further 70 million of its own people above the poverty line in the coming five years.

Xinhua reported that the president, Xi Jinping, made the promise at the Global Poverty Reduction and Development...

Pope ticks Sustainable Development Goals
(Saturday, 24 October 2015 )

NEW YORK (SE): Pope Francis gave a tick to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were introduced by the United Nations during his visit to New York in the United States of America on September 25, to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire this year.

The Sustainable Development Goals are an inter-governmentally-agreed set of targets aimed at achieving a “world free of poverty, hunger,...

Of authorities and positions
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem. In the verses immediately prior to today’s passage, the teacher, for the third time, announces his fate: he will be insulted, condemned to death, scourged and killed (vv.32-34).

In response we expect the disciples would attempt to dissuade him from travelling, suggest he stop for a moment, wait for better times. But we find none of this.

Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16;
 Mark 10:35-45.


New global pact needed to deal with today’s refugee crisis
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

Great as the gesture of Pope Francis is to mobilise parishes in Europe to accommodate the influx of tens of thousands of asylum seekers from the Middle East (they call them migrants), the problem is more complex than offering immediate support to needy people.


Economy down industrial strife up
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Strikes and protests have increased in China during the third quarter of this year, especially in the manufacturing and construction sectors, the China Labour Bulletin reports.

The Hong Kong-based non-government organisation drew up a strike map that shows the extent of this trend during the third quarter of 2015....

Synod is a beginning not a final word
(Saturday, 17 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): A huge splash of green and scarlet welcomed the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on Family Life at St. Peter’s Basilica on October 4.

Pope Francis set the tone of the deliberations for the coming 21 days by reminding the fathers that the theme of the synod, The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world, is about solitude, love between man and woman and...