October 2015

Leave the goods to get the good
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

In the first part of the passage a rich young man enters the scene fast seeking advice to inherit eternal life. He is a just person and is conscious of having led a blameless life. Yet one feels that there is a deep concern in him that makes him suffer as if it were a spiritual infirmity. 

Jesus responds with a counter question that can be paraphrased thus: You already have “an...

Pope meets with two poles of same-sex relationships
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis met around a dozen people at the Vatican nunciature in Washington during his tour of the United States of America (US), the Holy See spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, told a media conference on October 2.

While he chatted briefly with a conscious objector to the same-sex marriage court decision requiring marriage licences to be issued to same-sex couples by all states in the US, Kim...

An Asian challenge to the Synod on Family Life
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): In October last year, the same month the Vatican held an extraordinary synod as a prelude to the current Synod of Bishops on Family Life, Japan released a survey revealing the most skewed demographics on earth.

Some 26 per cent of Japanese are over 65, compared with just 11 per cent worldwide. Only South Korea has a lower fertility rate, 1.1 births per woman. China, with the world’s largest...

Russian Orthodox leader backs military intervention in Syria
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

Moscow (CWNews): Patriarch Kirill from Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has lent his support to Russia’s military intervention in Syria, the Interfax news agency reported.

“The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision on the use of armed forces to defend the people of Syria from the sorrows caused by...

Pope’s gesture to China returned
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE) : “I would love to go to China, which has a great culture and a lot of good things,” Pope Francis said during an in-flight press conference on his way back to Rome from the United States of America on September 28.

Pope Francis continued, “China is a great nation that offers the world a great culture, so many good things. I said once on the plane when we were flying over China when...

Grim job of mopping up after flooding
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

MANDALAY (SE): The young novices giggled at the convent door as they donned big rubber boots. These are not the normal wear for a young woman in the Union of Myanmar.

But their laughter was brief, as both the older sisters and the novices took the task of bringing help to the victims of the devastating floods of late August seriously.

They had been packing bags with supplies...

What language will the synod speak?
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

The doctrine of marriage is not at stake, but the family as an irreplaceable resource in human society is.

This was the conundrum facing the synod when it convened on October 4 under the theme, The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world, after probably one of the most intense periods of lobbying from a wide spectrum of Catholic society ever seen.

Three-pronged vision
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The mystery of life is not about human perfection; it is about faith and being humble enough to open the door for God’s abundant grace to flow in,” Father Laurence Freeman said at a gathering sponsored by the World Community for Christian Meditation Hong Kong at the Honeyville Retreat House from September 12 to 13.

A Benedictine priest from Ealing Abbey in London, England, Father...

Myanmar butts into pope’s conversations
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

YANGON (AsiaNews): A couple of days before departing for Rome, Charles Cardinal Bo, from Yangon, was asked by government officials not to use the word Rohingya when speaking about the Rohingya people with Pope Frances.

It was reported by Muzzimi News that officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs in the Union of Myanmar...

Communist Party seeks more grassroots influence
(Saturday, 10 October 2015 )

BEIJING (SE): New, and what has proven to be controversial legislation covering the operation of both local and foreign non-government organisations (NGO) in China, was expected to be passed into law in the early days of August, but to date remains in a state of limbo.

The large number of complaints coming from foreign representatives has been cited as one reason for the delay in promulgating the new law and it was...