September 2016

Official Church facing authenticity crisis
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): St. Joseph’s Church in Beijing towers over busy Wangfujing Street, not far from Tiananmen Square. 

On an uncharacteristically humid afternoon in July this year, the courtyard is abandoned, save for three men sleeping on benches.

The church doors are shuttered, but not locked. Outside the main gate, another four homeless people take refuge from the...

Ignorance makes Church its own worst enemy
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Churches must share some of the blame for the widespread anti-religious feeling that many in Chinese society hold against them, a pastor in Xiamen told the Gospel Times, as what he calls an anti-intellectualism is common in some Churches that leaves people thinking that the Church is silly.

In an article published on the China Church Voices website on August 23, the pastor points out that...

Vatican walks a diplomatic tightrope
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A talk given by the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, in the Italian town of Pordenone on August 27 was described by Francesco Sisci, from Renmin University in Beijing, as a hint to how much the Vatican is prepared to suffer in order to achieve peace and establish a more workable relationship with China.

Sisci, who was the primary author of a Lunar New Year greeting from Pope Francis to the people of China...

Share on #BeMercy
(Saturday, 17 September 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): Everyone who takes care of a friend or sister. Everyone who helps people daily, in silence, in a concrete way, visits the sick, prisoners, or reaches out to the poor and hungry is being invited to tell their story and post it on Facebook, Twitter, Snapshot, Instagram or any social media using the hash tag #BeMercy as part of the Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy.

Launched during the September...

Twenty-fourth week of the year
(Saturday, 10 September 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed,
preface of the Sunday (green).
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32.


Mass of the day (green).

Maawaing Diyos!
(Saturday, 10 September 2016 )

Ang mga publikano at ang mga makasalanan ay nagsisilapit upang makinig kay Hesus. Nagbulung-bulungan ang mga Pariseo at mga Eskriba. Ang sabi nila, ang taong ito’y nakikisalamuha sa mga makasalanan at nakikisalo sa kanila,” (Lc. 15:1-2).

Naiskandalo ang mga Pariseo ng nakita nila si Hesus na nakisalo sa mga makasalanan. Para sa mga Pariseo pag ikaw ay nakipagka-ibigan sa mga kasalanan, ikaw din ay...

A lost person is God’s defeat
(Saturday, 10 September 2016 )

Two parables of mercy will be offered to us in this Sunday’s gospel, that of the lost sheep and the lost coin.

The parables are addressed to the Scribes and Pharisees rather than the tax collectors and sinners who were seeking Jesus eagerly to hear what he had to say.

They frowned at this, muttering, “This man welcomes sinners and eats...

A song of thanksgiving
(Saturday, 10 September 2016 )

Thanks for each raindrop that nourish lives.

Thanks for the sunlight that warms us up.

Thanks for our parents who bring us up.

Thanks for all teachers who help us grow.

Thanks for all people who show us God’s love we know.


We don’t need to be rich before we help
(Saturday, 10 September 2016 )

It broke my heart to see the picture and read the story of a seven-year-old little girl who pedaled uphill to help her grandfather sell fruits in Chongqing in South China Morning Post on June 27 this year. It is touching to know about her care for her grandfather at a really young age.

Many people, seeing her picture, which has gone viral over the social media, want to help her. I...

Should Marcos be buried at the Heroes Cemetery?
(Saturday, 10 September 2016 )

Marcos is not a hero. He stole many things. He ordered many killings and his henchman killed many people. He had many innocent people imprisoned, snatched, tortured and many women were raped by his soldiers and brutally killed. These are all documented. It is not merely a story made up or a work of the imagination.