May 2016

Election comes with responsibilities cardinal says
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Before the Philippine electorate took to the polls on May 9 to elect Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s next president, Luis Cardinal Antonio Tagle delivered a message on servant leadership to the candidates for national positions during a Mass at the Manila Cathedral on May 2.

Of the five presidential candidates, only outgoing vice-president, Jejomar Binay, and administration bet, Mar Roxas, were...

Promises of change can be misleading cardinal says
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): “Do not be mesmerised by surveys and claims of change by any means. Follow the road of the Christian disciple, faithful to the Lord Jesus and to the teachings of his Church,” Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, from Cotabato, The Philippines, said as he cautioned people not to be affected by promises of change made by those who ran for public office in the May 9 elections. 

“Sadly, a candidate...

Calls for independent inquiry into murder of environmental advocate
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

SANTO DOMINGO (CNS): Authorities arrested four men implicated in the murder of Honduran environmental advocate, Berta Cáceres Flores (Sunday Examiner, March 27) on May 2. However, family members and Catholic organisations continue to call the international community to carry out its own investigation in one of the world’s most murderous countries.

In early morning raids, police captured the men, two of...

Former Vietnamese boat refugee to head up Australian diocese
(Saturday, 14 May 2016 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, a former refugee who had fled war-torn Vietnam by boat, has been named by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Parramatta in Australia, the Vatican announced on May 5.

The 54-year-old Conventual Franciscan has been working in Australia since 1989 and has been auxiliary bishop of Melbourne since 2011. 

Born in Dong Nai province...

The Ascension of the Lord / Seventh Week of Easter
(Saturday, 7 May 2016 )

Mass of the Solemnity, Gloria, Creed, Preface of the Ascension (white).
Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23; Luke 24:46-53.

Mass of the Easter Weekday, Easter or Ascension Preface (white).
Acts 19:1-8; John 16:29-33.

MAY 10 – TUESDAY:...

Sakripisyo bago ang langit!
(Saturday, 7 May 2016 )

Anak, huwag mong pababayaan ang iyong pag-aaral.” “Mahal na mahal kita, huwag mo akong kalilimutan kahit magkalayo tayo.” “Inay, bahala na po kayo kay itay at sa mga kapatid ko.” “Huwag po kayong mag-aalala, ok naman po ako sa Hong Kong.”  Ang mga ito ay ilan lamang sa mga habilin ng isang taong pupunta sa isang lugar at hindi kaagad-agad makababalik. Marami sa ating mga kapatid na OFW...

The reasons for hope and joy
(Saturday, 7 May 2016 )

Luke’s Gospel ends with the story of the Ascension (vv. 50-53). Before entering the glory of the Father, Jesus blesses the disciples (v.51). 

At the end of the liturgical celebrations in the temple, the priest came out of the holy place and pronounced a solemn blessing on the faithful gathered for prayer (Sirach 50:20). After the blessing they returned to their jobs, confident that the Lord would bring to...

Notice Board
(Saturday, 7 May 2016 )



Bishop denounces hostage beheading
(Saturday, 7 May 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga has condemned the beheading of a Canadian tourist held hostage for months by the Abu Sayyaf in Mindanao.

The bishop, who chairs the bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, expressed outrage over the execution of a 68-year old Canadian man, John Ridsdel, who was abducted from a resort along with three others in September last year.

Pope gives a new slant on facing difficulties
(Saturday, 7 May 2016 )

Several weeks ago Walter Cardinal Kasper predicted that Pope Francis’ much-awaited document on the family would be the beginning of the biggest reform in 1,700 years.

He probably jumped the gun. But then again, it all depends which of those words you stress—beginning, biggest or reform.

The recently released apostolic exhortation called,...