May 2016

Stay true to your faith bishop tells couples
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Dili (UCAN): “Spouses are the role model in family and society and they must always articulate the promises they made when they received the Sacrament of Matrimony,” Bishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva, from Dili, Timor Leste said during a special Mass on May 15.

Coinciding with International Day of Families, the celebration at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral brought together 20 couples—10 married for...

Rohingya still a dirty word in Myanmar
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Mandalay (UCAN): The Muslim minority in Rakhine, Myanmar, identify as themselves as Rohingya, a term that the country’s new civilian government, just like the previous military regime, refuses to acknowledge.

The government instead insists on referring to the Rohingyas as Bengalis, implying that they are, instead, illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh. This is despite the fact that the Rohingya have lived...

Pastor opposed to cross demolitions released
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Beijing (Agencies): Zhang Chongzhu, who protested against the government’s cross demolition campaign, was released on May 9. 

Zhang, the pastor of the Pyongyang Three-Self Patriotic Movement Church in Zhejiang province, had been detained since August 2015. 

He made a lot of noise last year when the government notified churches in the province that the crosses on...

Contraceptive requirement case sent back to lower courts
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): In a victory for the Little Sisters of the Poor and other plaintiffs, the Supreme Court of the United States of America (US), sent the Zubik v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts on May 16.

Five appeals courts had ruled in favour of the contraceptive mandate and one against. But now, in light of new information...

The whys and why nots regarding Catholic women deacons
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

The question the ordination of women has been a contentious issue for years. Women’s rights groups have been vociferous in their arguments for ordination of women in the Catholic Church. But, Canon Law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church state that: “Only a baptised man validly receives sacred ordination.” Thus, as per the Church teaching, this requirement is a matter of Divine Law and thus...

Right to conscientious objection must be recognised pope says
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis told the French Catholic newspaper La Croix that national governments “must be secular. Confessional states end badly.” He added, however, that a truly secular democracy fully respects the religious freedom of its citizens, including their right to publicly express their faith. 

In an interview published on May 16, the pope said, “Everyone must have the freedom to...

Pentecost Sunday and Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, sequence, preface and prayers of Pentecost (red).
Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13; John 20:19-23.

Mass of the day (...

Maraming kaloob ng iisang Espiritu
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

Kapag Holy Spirit ang napag-uusapan, kagaya ngayong Pentekostes, “Charismatic” ang naiisip natin. Mga “alleluia,” “amen,” mga dila na nangungusap ng makalangit na diwa, masayang papuri at naka- dadalang pananalita ng mga nilukoban na ng Espiritu Santo. 

Tunay na nakikilala ang Espiritu Santo sa pamamagitan ng mga pa- latandaan at epekto sa mga taong...

The Spirit— hope of a new world
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

We are at the Last Supper and Jesus promises not to leave the disciples alone, without protection and without guidance. 

He will pray to the Father, and he “will send another Paraclete” that will remain with them forever (v.16). It is the promise of the gift of that Spirit that Jesus possessed
in fullness (Luke 4:1,14,18) and that will be poured out on the disciples....

How can we build a family of joy?
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

To build a family of joy, we must put God first as the centre of our family by having a daily prayer with our children. We must learn to be contented and count our blessings so that we will appreciate how amazing God is. We must find time to listen to our children, communicate and play with them. 

For our parents, we must respect them. We must also find time for them. Remembering their...