September 2016

Black Nazarene gets home in Northern Samar
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

CATARMAN (SE): The St. Rock the Healer Mission Centre located in Barangay Cawayan on the outskirts of Catarman in Northern Samar was elevated to the level of Diocesan Shrine of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno on September 12 at a Mass celebrated by Luis Cardinal Tagle.

CBCP News reported that the dedication and blessing is the first of its kind in the diocese.

It means that...

From migrant shelter to the United Nations
(Saturday, 1 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Sixteen years ago, Eni Lestari was a lost and bewildered soul taking shelter in a migrant worker refuge in Hong Kong from an abusive employer.

But in those short 16 years, her life journey has taken her from the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge to stand on the podium at the United Nations in New York and present a contract migrant worker’s perspective on life to representatives of 193...

Twenty-sixth Week of the Year
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).  
Readings: Amos 6:1a, 4-7; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31.

Mass of the day (green).

Tayo ay may pananagutan sa ating kapwa!
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

Sa ating Ebanghelyo sa Linggong ito ay tungkol sa kwento ng isang mayaman at sa isang mahirap, na nagngangalang Lazaro. Ayon sa ating pag-basa,

“May isang mayamang nagdaramit ng mamahalin at saganang-sagana sa pagkain araw-araw. 

At may isa namang pulubing nagngangalang Lazaro, tadtad ng sugat, nakalupasay sa may pintuan ng mayaman upang mamulot kahit mumong...

Inequality of wealth is not God’s plan
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

In ancient Israel, it was not possible to enrich yourself at the expense of the others because, at the coming of the jubilee year, in fact, all must be returned to the legitimate owners (Leviticus 25). 

Those who are not afraid of the punishment of God had already begun to add house to house and join field to field (Isaiah 5:8).

The small family properties got gradually...

Mother Teresa saw in humanity a family
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

The canonisation of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata is a joyful feast for the Church and all humankind. Since her death, the spiritual stature of this extraordinary woman has been becoming ever clearer to the benefit of so many souls.

In 2003, St. John Paul II invited all of us to reflect on her message of service and charity. How much good comes from getting to know her biography, her writings and thoughts. The untiring...

Children in crossfire of Philippine Inquisition
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

The death of two small children caught in the gunfire of the vigilante assassins sent to kill suspected drug users and peddlers is an unfolding tragedy. The shoot-to-kill policy that has claimed at least 2,500 lives in the past few months is a descent into hell. 

Five-year-old Danica Mae Garcia was shot dead when two men on a motorcycle stopped at the house of Maximo Garcia while he was having lunch with his...

New saint venerated at the cathedral
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 1,000 people joined the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity at a thanksgiving Mass expressing their joy over the canonisation of St. Teresa of Kolkata at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Caine Road on September 11.

The Mass was organised by the diocese and celebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing,...

A satanic death
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): “This is the thread of a satanic persecution,” Pope Francis said at a Mass celebrated on September 14 in memory of Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest who died on the sanctuary while he himself was celebrating Mass on July 26.

In speaking of the death of the 86-year-old Father Hamel, Pope Francis said that he saw this tragedy coming in the midst of the difficult time that he lived in. Nor did...

Praying with Assisi
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): On September 30, Pope Francis was to journey to Assisi in Italy to join with leaders of world religions to pray for world peace.

The question that participants were asked to address during the choral prayer at Assisi this year was, “What are the principles acknowledged by all religions for peaceful coexistence? What contribution to politics, science and culture in general can we propose to draft a ...