December 2015

Military bullets leave two more dead as others flee
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

DAVAO (SE): Some 200 indigenous people have flocked to Davao City in the southern Philippines, saying that they had been forced to flee their homes in Compostela when they were intimidated by the Armed Forces of The Philippine in the Mangayon village area at the end of November.

UCAN reported they said that government soldiers had occupied the community school and their homes, claiming that they were looking...

Manila’s black hole is a health hazard
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

MANILA (UCAN): On the eve of the culmination of the climate summit in Paris, members of the Urban Poor and some Church groups in Manila joined hands in protest against the operation of a coal dust storage facility in the middle of the Philippine capital.

“It is terrible that these poor people are exposed to such dangerous health hazards,” Notre Dame Sister Anne Brittain, said.


When praying is a crime
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

Beijing (AsiaNews): Shandong Yingcai College in Shandong province, eastern China, has expelled five Christian students for engaging in prayer in a private room, ChinaAid reported on December 19.

Local police came for Li Binbin, Zhang Yaqi, Chen Huiyun, Ni Wangjie and Chen Ping after receiving a picture of them in prayer. A sixth student who was with them, Jia Rong, was not punished.


Face with a familiar sound nets Caritas million peso Christmas
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

PASAY CITY (Agencies): A one million peso ($165,000) bonanza came the way of Caritas Philippines when a face with a familiar sound took out the first prize of two million pesos ($330.000) in the Your Face Sounds Familiar talent quest in Pasay City on December 13.

Singer-actor, Denise Laurel, who donated half of her prize money to Caritas...

Rejoice—Christmas is present in the waiting
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Christmas celebration begins well before the December 24 Vigil Mass and the parish of St. Benedict in Shatin put the first touches on its celebration on December 13 with the lighting of the Christmas tree.

At 5.00pm, Reverend Pio Ng Wan-hang led the Youth Band in a recital of Christmas carols during an hour-long ceremony featuring the Christmas story depicted in an amusing drama in the entrance...

A faith life turned upside down
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): People at an Advent Recollection Day said that they are more proud of being Catholic than ever after listening to Noe Dura, a former Evangelical pastor, tell the story of his long journey to the Catholic Church.

At a recollection day organised by the Chaplaincy to Filipinos at Sing Yin Secondary School, New Clear Water Bay Road, on December 13, Dura said that he used to feel ashamed when he was being...

Vietnam’s draft law on religion bereft of progress
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

LONDON (Agencies): What is religious freedom? This is the question posed in a documentary recently posted on Facebook, which includes interviews with members of the public, as well as religious leaders, lawyers and rights advocates.

Remarkably, the video was made in Vietnam, a country that continues to restrict freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief.


Eucharistic Congress is for the whole world
(Saturday, 26 December 2015 )

manila (SE): The International Eucharistic Congress scheduled to be held in Cebu from January 24 to 31 is an activity of the worldwide Church, not just The Philippines.

Luis Cardinal Tagle described it as being a search to find ways to address modern problems in the world, which can make a real difference, especially in the areas of violence and climate change.


Fourth Week of Advent / Christmas
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

Mass of the Sunday,
Creed, preface for Advent II (violet).
 Micah 5:1-4a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45.


Mary—the New Ark of the Covenant
(Saturday, 19 December 2015 )

If we pay close attention to the references in the Old Testament, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth could surely nourish our faith. The encounter begins with: “She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth” (v.40) and “the Baptist leapt for joy” (v.41). 

The Jews of that time like today’s, when they meet, greet each other with: Shalom-Peace. The prophet,...