February 2016

If you love the environment you better watch your back
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

DAVAO (UCAN): The Church is warning environmental advocates to watch their backs, as they have again become the target of the mining company goons in recent weeks. Father Edwin Gariquez said on February 2 that the worst of it is that the government is not doing anything to prevent the murders or bring those responsible to justice.

“We must stop this impunity,” the secretary of the Social Action, Justice and...

New Year gift for imprisoned pastor
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Pastor Huang Yizi, who was arrested in September last year on charges of endangering national security when he opposed the removal of crosses from Church buildings in Zhejiang, received a New Year gift when he was released from detention on February 11, during the Lunar New Year holiday period.

Pastor Huang said that he had been kept for five months in what is referred to as a black jail, a place of illegal...

The Herods of our day
(Saturday, 27 February 2016 )

LIMA (SE): Encouragement from the United Nations to the government of Brazil to give pregnant women free access to abortion to obviate the danger of the Zika virus causing any abnormality in new-born children was called an act of the Herod of all Herods by Juan Cardinal Cipriani Thorne, the archbishop of Lima, Peru.

Breitbrat reported Cardinal Cipriani as saying on February 10 that Herod, “Since he didn’...

A message from the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign – First Week
(Saturday, 13 February 2016 )

The Saviour sacrifices his life for humankind

Lent is an excellent opportunity for us to give time to reflection on the passion and...

A message from the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign – Second Week
(Saturday, 20 February 2016 )

The follow on


The redemption journey of Jesus is moving towards Jerusalem and his identity as the Son is manifested in...

Pagbabagong anyo
(Saturday, 20 February 2016 )

Kamanghamangha ang mga ‘magic picture’ na doble ang larawan sa loob. Kung titingnan mo ito sa isang anggulo ay may makikita kang larawan, halimbawa ay Sacred Heart of Jesus. Ngunit kung ibaling mo naman ang iyong pagsipat mula sa ibang anggulo ay biglang ibang larawan ang makikita mo, halimbawa, ito ay nagiging imahen ng Immaculate Heart of Mary. Isang larawan ngunit dalawa ang pangitaing iyong naaaninagan. ...

Following Jesus in his exodus
(Saturday, 20 February 2016 )

In today’s Mass we focus on some significantly particular aspects of the transfiguration that are found only in Luke’s version of the gospel. This evangelist alone specifies why Jesus goes up the mountain: he goes to pray (v.28).

During prayer, the aspect of his face changes (v.29), but not in the way the other evangelists narrate. Luke does not speak of transfiguration, but of a...

Second Week of Lent
(Saturday, 20 February 2016 )

FEBRUARY 21 – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT. Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for Sunday in Lent (violet).
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18; Philippians 3:17 – 4:1; Luke 9:28b-36.

FEBRUARY 22 – CHAIR OF ST. PETER. Mass of the feast, Gloria, preface of the Apostles (white). 
Readings: 1 Peter 5:1-4;...

Reactions to pope’s New Year overture reflect its complexity
(Saturday, 20 February 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): There was a quick response from China to an overture from Pope Francis when he sent greetings for the Lunar New Year to the president, Xi Jinping, and the people of China in an interview published in the Hong Kong-based Internet news outlet, Asia Times, on February 2.

Pope Francis said, “On the eve of the New Year, I wish to convey my best wishes and greetings to President Xi Jinping and to all...

Vatican display in Taipei museum
(Saturday, 20 February 2016 )

TAIPEI (AsiaNews): The National Palace Museum in Taiwan is holding a special exhibition entitled, Treasures from Heaven: A Special Exhibition of Artifacts from the Holy See, featuring beautiful works of art from the Vatican.

Organised by the Vatican Office of Liturgical Celebrations in conjunction with the museum, the exhibition, billed as one of the largest in the world, opened on...