October 2016

Clandestine ordination in unofficial Church
(Friday, 14 October 2016 )

ROME (SE): Father Dong Guanhua was reported by the Rome-based Vatican Insider to have been ordained as a bishop in the unofficial Church diocese of Zhengding, China, in late September.

The report says that he did not consult the local, legitimate bishop, or have permission from the pope or Holy See.

The Vatican Insider report published on October 10, says that Father...

Petition for release of Wenzhou bishop
(Friday, 14 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): More than 22,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that China release Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who has been taken away from his diocese to one of the country’s more remote, albeit more picturesque provinces.

The signature campaign for the release of Bishop Shao, who belongs to an unofficial Church community but was also coadjutor to the late Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the...

The poor will shape the new Asian Church
(Saturday, 15 October 2016 )

FREISING (UCAN): At a gathering in Freising, Germany, in early September, the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, said that the Lord’s call to bring peace and mercy is urgent and significant in today’s world.

Addressing the missionary context of the Church, he said that working for peace and sowing the seeds of mercy is a call to all Christians, especially those who have left the comforts of...

Learning curve on both sides of the bars
(Saturday, 15 October 2016 )

KANDY (SE): Billed as the Mandela Shield, a debate between inmates at the Bogambara-Dumbara Prison in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and the prestigious law faculty of the University of Perandeniya on September 8, saw the prison team show there are talented people behind bars deserving the same respect and dignity as anyone else in society, and the students come away with a deeper understanding of the problems that exist on the other side of the law.


Rent a Priest picks up the slack
(Saturday, 22 October 2016 )

KOCHI (UCAN): Former Catholic priests in the southern Indian state of Kerala have launched a Rent a Priest service which aims at filling the gap for people who do not want to go to their parishes.

People who can’t stand their parish priests can hire a former priest through the service who is listed under an association called Catholic Priests, Ex-Priest and Nuns Association.


China contributes to Vatican consultation on environment
(Saturday, 15 October 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): “The long term task of building a harmonious society and the understanding that to be truly and enduringly harmonious, the harmony must not only extend beyond the borders of China and include all peoples of the world, but above all, it must include harmony between humans and nature,” Hu Deping, the head of a delegation from China to a consultation prior to the Conference of Parties 22 on the environment held at the Casina Pio IV at the...

How about peace drug zones?
(Friday, 14 October 2016 )

MANILA (SE): The Church in The Philippines, which collapsed into a stunned silence as the newly-elected president, Rodrigo Duterte, began his systemic attack on the poor of the country in the guise of a war on drugs, has gradually awoken from its daze, opening a few centres for the drug addicted and condemning the campaign in no uncertain manner.

In its latest appeal, Bishop Antonio Tobias, from Novaliches, has asked...

A precious gift
(Friday, 14 October 2016 )

A few weeks ago Hong Kong hosted the 26th International Congress of The Transplantation Society from August 18 to 22, the first by a Chinese city, indicative that the significant increase in organ donations in China has come under the spotlight.

Last year, 2,766 donors...

Twenty-eighth Week of the Year
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).  

Readings: 2 Kings 5:14-17; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19.

Mass of the day (...