September 2016

China first with Saint Teresa of Kolkata parish
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

CANGZHOU (SE): The first parish church in the world dedicated to Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata was dedicated on the day of her canonisation in Rome, September 4, in Cangzhou, in the diocese of Xi’an, China.

It has been officially named the parish of Saint Teresa of Kolkata. Although several other parishes in China have already been dedicated to Mother Teresa, this is the first one to be able to add the title ...

Former bishop of Zamboanga dies
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

MANILA (SE): The former archbishop of Zamboanga, Archbishop Carmelo Morelos, died from an age-related illness on the afternoon of September 17 at the age of 85.

He began his career as a bishop in Butuan in 1967, where he remained for 27 years before being transferred to Zamboanga until his retirement in 2006. Archbishop Morelos was the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines from 1991 to 1995...

A weekend to show off Mother Teresa’s charism
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): An exhibition on the life of Mother Teresa of Kolkata was held from September 3 to 4 at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tseung Kwan O, to help people to understand and appreciate the life of the woman known to the world as the Saint of the Poor better.

Organised by the Ad Hoc Committee for the Jubilee of Mercy, it featured the foundation years of the Missionaries of Charity and the...

Sticky politics around bishop’s funeral
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

WENZHOU (SE): While many more than the limited number the government was willing to allow to attend the funeral of the late Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, from Wenzhou in Zhejiang province of China, turned up at the church on September 13 for his requiem Mass and at his home village of Ma Qiao for the burial of his ashes, the day was overshadowed by controversy over the absence of the new bishop of the diocese, Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin.

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Mongolia through the eyes of a new priest
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

ULAANBAATAR (UCAN): The ordination in Ulaanbaatar of 29-year-old Reverend Joseph Enkh Baatar as the first local person recorded as becoming a priest in 1,000 years in the Catholic Church in Mongolia on August 28 was a historic moment.

“I hope Father Enkh will be a Good Samaritan to the people of Mongolia,” Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik, from the diocese of Daejeon in South Korea, where Father Enkh had done his...

Looking at possibility of sacraments for divorced
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): The bishops of Argentina issued a pastoral letter in August this year containing guidelines for priests accompanying the divorced and remarried, including a guarded, but at the same time clear statement of the possibility of readmission to the sacraments in some circumstances.

Pope Francis had hinted that his mind is not closed to this when he told journalists on a flight from Lesbos to Rome in April this...

A jubilee for catechists
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

The celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy draws to a close in two months’ time. However, the celebratory spirit of the universal Church is not winding down. This Sunday has been designated as the Year of Mercy Jubilee for Catechists. The Diocesan Ad Hoc Committee for the Jubilee of Mercy has invited catechists to celebrate together and reflect on this special day for which we all have much to be thankful.

In invoking...

Legion honours the pioneering inspiration of Frank Duff
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass to mark the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Mary was celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi parish, Sham Shui Po, on September 4.

Led by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing; Father Francis Tam Kam-wing, the spiritual director of the Legion of Mary Hong Kong Comitium; together with a number of spiritual directors from the legion; over 1,000 legionaires attended the celebratory Mass....

Holding the fort in South Sudan
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

JUBA (CNS): While most expatriate workers have left South Sudan since a brutal attack was carried out by what The Associated Press described as 80 heavily armed men, Brother Bill Firman says he believes it is a good place for a religious to be.

Reports say that the 80 men raped several women, especially singling out the Americans, beat and robbed people and carried out mock executions over nearly four hours....

Pay day for the slave trade
(Saturday, 24 September 2016 )

GEORGETOWN (SE): While the Jesuits have been known to be involved in an extremely wide variety of endeavours, in 1838 in the United States of America (US) they had their fingers stuck in one that today they cannot hold their heads up about—the slave trade.

CWN reported on September 9 that the descendants of 272 slaves that were sold by the founders of Georgetown University have approached the governors of the...