October 2016

Thirtieth Week of the Year
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

OCTOBER 23 – MISSION SUNDAY.
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: 
Sirach 35:15b-17, 20-22a; 2 Timothy 4:6-9, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14.

OCTOBER 24 – MONDAY: THIRTIETH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.
Mass of the day (green).
Readings: 
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Panalanging nagpakumbaba
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

Ano ba ang tunay na panalangin? Sinabi sa ating Katesismo (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2098)...prayer is an indispensable condition for being able to obey God’s commandments. (We ought always to pray and not lose heart. Lk. 18:1).

Ang panalangin ay mahalaga sa ating buhay, ito ay nagbibigay ng direksyon at kabuluhan ng ating paglalakbay sa mundong ito.

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God doesn’t look at merit certificates
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

The parable in today’s gospel is directed at Christians of all times. The idea of gaining merit before God is profoundly rooted in our thought patterns. 

From the outset, we dislike the hypocritical, disagreeable, proud and presumptuous Pharisee. Our sympathies are all with the publican who, poor guy, did something wrong, but has a heart of gold. 

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Duterte gives bishops a lashing
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): The president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, lashed out at retired Archbishop Fernando Capalla for criticising his war on narcotics that has resulted in the death of more than 4,000 people, who have been accused of being involved in the drug trade.

Archbishop Capalla is the former bishop of Davao, Duterte’s heartland. He lost his own brother to a bullet of an assassin in an extrajudicial in 2014...

Why are God’s people silent?
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

The Catholic Church in The Philippines, which means not just the leadership, but the people of God who believe in Jesus of Nazareth and his teaching on the sacredness of life, mercy, compassion and understanding, are being challenged in this day and age by the War-on-Drugs.

God’s people in the Church need to take a stand alongside and reach out to those in need of healing, care and help. Drug dependents are the victims of bandits,...

Appeal for devastated Haiti
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

PORT-AU-PRINCE (SE): “Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. This is the biggest disaster since the 2010 earthquake when 100,000 people died. People need food and water immediately. Materials to repair houses…,” Caritas Haiti said in a press release on October 6.

The director of Caritas Haiti, Father Jean Hervé François, said that the poverty of the people and the lack of...

Death penalty just a vote puller
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

MANILA (SE): The Prison Ministry of The Philippines called on the president, Rodrigo Duterte, and the congress not to give the people false hope by pretending the death penalty will do anything to lessen the crime rate in the nation.

Rodolfo Diamante, from the Prison Ministry, called the death penalty an affront to human dignity and a slick political move to give the impression that the government is doing something about...

Korean Missionary Society signs with Hong Kong
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): An agreement was signed between the Hong Kong diocese and the Korean Missionary Society on September 12 facilitating the congregation in sending missionaries to Hong Kong and accepting duties at the discretion of the diocesan authorities.

Father Andrew Kim Young-jae, the secretary general of the Korean Missionary Society, signed the cooperation agreement at the Diocese Centre on September 12.

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No teeth no bite in workplace compensation
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The restricted compensation coverage offered to workers in Hong Kong for occupational injuries and the limited power over proceedings of the authorities add up to a lack of on-the-job protection, a report released by the Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs, together with the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Employees (New Territories) on October 3, claims.

The report states that, unlike Hong Kong,...

300-year-old church celebrated in China
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

XI’AN (UCAN): With a splash of red silk, Bishop Anthony Dang Mingyan and three other bishops unveiled a tablet in the grounds of St. Francis Cathedral in Xi’an marking the 300th anniversary of the church in Shaanxi, China, and installed a relic of its patron, St. Francis of Assisi, at the culmination of what was a four-day gala event beginning on October 1 and concluding on October 4.

The fiesta-style...