December 2015

Philippine Church bans ivory statues
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

MANILA (UCAN): Priests in The Philippines have been asked to stop installing new statues or images made out of ivory as objects of veneration in their churches.

The bishops’ conference issued a directive on November 4 prohibiting priests from blessing any new statue, image or object of devotion that is made of or crafted from ivory, or incorporates any material from endangered or protected wildlife in its...

Same-sex marriage sticky topic for Catholic politicians
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): Being a high-profile Catholic and favoured candidate for vice president in the upcoming January 16 elections in Taiwan, Philip Chen Chien-jen has become something of an intrigue in public life in the island nation.

Mainstream media in Taiwan have focussed attention on Chen, a former public health official and academic, since it was announced on November 16 he would run alongside presidential candidate...

YouCat in Tagalog
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

QUEZON CITY (Agencies): Kenneth Baluyot, a social studies teacher from Krus na Ligas National High School, has translated the Youth Catechism (YouCat) into Tagalog and hopes that it will reach many young people as it is now available in a language they can easily understand.

“I notice that many of our young people care little about...

Veloso still in limbo
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Ruperto Santos is calling on the Philippine authorities to speed up the trial of drug recruiters accused of duping a Filipino migrant worker, Mary Jane Veloso, who has been condemned to death by an Indonesian court for carrying drugs.

Jakarta has indefinitely postponed her execution while the Philippine authorities try those accused of tricking her into carrying the drugs without knowing....

Chance for migrant workers to make a future at home
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The youngest senator in the Philippine congress, Benigno (Bam) Aquino, was in Hong Kong on November 22 to talk up a bill he authored, dubbed Go Negosyo (Go Business), that was passed into law in July last year.

Aquino described the bill as being designed to ignite fresh sparks in the overall development of the Philippine...

Hope lies in balanced relationships
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): During the first days of a three-nation swing through Africa from November 26 to 30, Pope Francis spoke on three basic themes into which he wove his favourite topics of care for the earth, human rights and interreligious harmony.

In Kenya, he expressed the hope that his time with the people would be a sign of the Church’s esteem for all religions.


Second Week of Advent
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for Advent I (violent).
 Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6. 


The message of liberation
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

We reflect on John the Baptist and his mission on this second Sunday of Advent. 

John begins his mission in the desert (v. 2), a place full of memories and deep emotional resonance for the Israelites. In the desert, they learned to break away from all that was superfluous; they learned to be in solidarity and to share their goods with each other; they learned, above all, to trust God. ...

Tinig ni San Juan Bautista
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

Maraming mga bagay na maaring magpaalala sa atin na ang Pasko ay malapit na.  May mga ilaw, parol, Christmas tree, belen, at iba’t-ibang dekorasyong pampasko  ang...

The reason to be happy at Christmas
(Saturday, 5 December 2015 )

Christmas is the time to invite Jesus into our hearts. Christmas is about Jesus. He is the son of the invisible...