February 2016

The road to justice and equality
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

In late January, Luis Cardinal Tagle raised a few eyebrows in Cebu during the Eucharistic Congress when he spoke directly about the greed and corruption of Philippine politicians, who are so much a part of the throwaway society of greed, corruption, materialism and waste.

“Politicians, will you throw away people’s taxes for your parties and shopping, or guard them as gifts for social service?” he...

Endangered species can get a second chance
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

One of the great strengths of the encyclical, Praise Be: On care of our common home (Laudato Si), is its extensive treatment of the importance of biodiversity. Before the publication of the encyclical there had been little writing on biodiversity in Catholic social teaching.

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (2004), published 11 years before the encyclical, does recognise the “...

Go help them understand…
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

MEXICO CITY (SE): Papal tours tend to have a sameness about them, with the regular round of visits to government, bishops and leaders of other faiths, as well as Masses celebrated for huge adoring crowds, but each one also has at least one unique event to focus the attention and leave a memorable impression.

The visit of Pope Francis to Mexico from February 12 to 18 was no exception, but it featured two events, both of...

A message from the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign – Third Week
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

Make God’s mercy known through charitable work

The theme for the third week of the Lent, Make God’s mercy known through charitable work, has been chosen in response to Pope Francis’ proclamation of The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

This Sunday’s gospel reading from St. Luke recounts the...

Pope commissions his Missionaries of Mercy
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): At a commissioning ceremony on February 9 held at the Vatican for a team of priests from around the world to whom Pope Francis has given the authority to absolve most sins normally reserved to the Holy See, they were told to cover those who come to them with a blanket of mercy.

Known as Missionaries of Mercy, the priests are just one initiative for the Jubilee of Mercy.


Lunar New Year mercy style
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

BEIJING (SE): “Being a Catholic is wonderful!” a woman exclaimed in astonishment when she saw some priests and parishioners visiting the sick in hospital on February 8, the eve of the Lunar New Year.

Fides reported that the Chinese Catholic community celebrates this event according to its custom of carrying out works of charity and mercy, bringing the peace and love of Christ to the sick, the lonely...

Beijing ups the ante against religious belief
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Leaders of various faith groups have been told by Yu Zhengsheng, a Politburo official, that all religious groups in China must promote Chinese culture and become more compatible with socialism.

UCAN reported Yu as saying that religious leaders are required to form a bridge between the Communist Party and the hundreds of millions of Chinese people that follow the country’s five officially...

Naming the Dalai Lama is not China’s business
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

BEIJING (UCAN): Lobsang Sangay, the exiled political leader of Tibet’s government in exile, likened an announcement that Beijing would appoint the successor to the Dalai Lama as equivalent to Cuba’s one-time dictator, Fidel Castro, appointing the next pope.

Sangay’s comment follows insistence by the Communist Party of China that it alone will decide who is the reincarnation of the ailing 80-year-old...

Bibles galore
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): China remains by far the largest bible factory in the world, with latest statistics released by the Amity Printing Company showing that over 12 million copies were churned off the presses in China during 2015, the majority for export, the China Christian Daily reported on January 21.

Amity Printing Company is by far the world’s largest producer of bibles, with over 142 million published since...

To the least the last and the lost…
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE):  Caritas-Hong Kong hosted a spring reception at the Caritas Community Hall on the afternoon of February 19 for people who give significant structural support to the huge network of specialised services and educational facilities for those with special needs that it runs.

In gratitude to those who contribute to cherishing the last, the lost and the least in society, a traditional welcome was given by...