November 2015

Plea to APEC to empower the poor not use them
(Saturday, 28 November 2015 )

MANILA (SE): The president of the bishops’ conference of the host nation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held in Manila from November 18 to 19, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, called on global leaders to concentrate on formulating policies that can empower the poor and the marginalised.

Archbishop Villegas said that in the face of rising income gaps in most parts of Asia, APEC should roll out...

Subduing evil with mercy
(Saturday, 28 November 2015 )

THE NOVEMBER 13 terrorist attacks on Paris have made the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy all the more relevant.

Mercy is fundamental to resolving violence. Mercy, rather than pity, allows lives to be linked with each other and bridges of peace to be built. In the fight against systematic violence, mercy must be proclaimed through dialogue and collaboration.

Other attacks are...

No second-tier members in Church
(Saturday, 28 November 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis said that the laity are not second-tier members of the Church, automatons at the service of the bishops, whose role it is to carry out blindly orders that come from on high.

Rather, he said that as disciples of Christ and their natural insertion in the world, they are called to animate in the spirit of the gospel every environment, activity and relationship, which otherwise may go...

China pounces on double standards on terrorism
(Saturday, 28 November 2015 )

BEIJING (UCAN) : The president of China, Xi Jinping, reacted angrily to accusations that his administration would use the terrorist attacks on Paris to further clamp down on Muslim rights in Xinjiang.

Xi called for an end to what he termed double standards in the west on global terrorism.

Speaking on the sidelines of the G20 summit on November 15 from Anyalya in Turkey,...

Intra-generational solidarity
(Saturday, 28 November 2015 )



Action on climate change is underpinned by an ethical principle called inter-generational justice.

Traditional ethical concerns normally dealt with the impact of our behaviour on individuals or communities in the here-and-now or in the...

Indonesia mourns its most colourful bishop
(Saturday, 28 November 2015 )

SEMARANG (AsiaNews): Always known as a colourful character and perhaps the most controversial of the bishops in Indonesia, Archbishop Johannes Pujasumarta, from Semarang in Central Java, died on November 11 at St. Elizabeth Hospital from lung cancer.

Ordained a priest in 1977, he became a bishop on 2008. He is described as a simple, kind, humble and hospitable person. He was well known for his revolutionary style of...

Ivory trinkets
(Saturday, 28 November 2015 )

Recently, our newspapers and other media have been bringing to our attention the terrible slaughter of many animals—especially in Africa—which, like us, were created by a loving God.


Christ the King
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the solemnity (white).
 Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37.

The triumph of the defeated
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

At the dawn of the eve of the Passover, the Jews took Jesus and accused him of being a criminal.

The question formulated from the very first interrogation that the prosecutor puts to Jesus is the most delicate, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

The Jews had a gut hatred towards the foreign rule of the Romans, who had been ruling over Israel for...

Greetings to the Hindu world
(Saturday, 21 November 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican sent a message to all people of the Hindu faith during the preparation period for the celebration the festival of Deepavali or Diwali, which this year fell on November 11.

The message reinforces the call to care for the environment and directly links our ability to live in harmony with nature with our ability to live in harmony with each other, saying that it is a key to creating a...