November 2016

Religious persecution happens online
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): Despite the popular claim that The Philippines is a Catholic country, Archbishop Socrates Villegas insists that religious persecution is very much alive and well, even within the Church.

In a statement on November 14, the president of the bishops’ conference says, “Bashing in social media where truth is made to appear a lie and a lie the truth is another form of persecution.”

Scoundrel above ground but hero under the dirt
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): Former Philippine president, Ferdinand Marcos, received a hero’s burial on November 18, digging deeper division in society.

The eight members of the senate who had voted against the controversial burial did not muster sufficient numbers to get a resolution filed by Risa Hontiveros on August 9 carried.

Hontiveros said that allowing a hero’s burial for...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

Cuba responds to pope’s jubilee request

HAVANA (SE): The government of Raul Castro in Cuba has announced the release of 787 prisoners on November 16 as a response to a request issued by Pope Francis for the Jubilee Year.

It was...

Pope warns new cardinals against polarisation
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): “The virus of polarisation and animosity permeates our way of thinking, feeling and acting,” Pope Francis said at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to elevate 16 bishops and one priest to membership in the College of Cardinals on November 19.

The pope described the polarisation he sees within the Church as being contrary to its richness and universality, which must be tangibly...

Guarded pessimism on Sino-Vatican talks
(Saturday, 26 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun expressed guarded pessimism over the negotiations currently being carried on between the Vatican and Beijing at an afternoon gathering at St. Vincent’s Chapel in Wong Tai Sin organised by the Justice and Peace Commission on November 13.

While saying that he believes that the Vatican does have some room to manoeuvre and a few bargaining chips on the table, Cardinal Zen...

Jesus smiles
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

Jesus Christ, I thank you for your powerful smile,

a sign of peace and understanding

for those who are in trouble,

which speaks a lot in one way or another.


Your smile brings love and hope for the broken-hearted

It heals and soothes...

A visit to the cathedral in the Year of Mercy
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

It was already October 1 and once again some 240 members of the English-speaking Community from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Tai Po set off on their Annual Pilgrimage; but this year was different because we were extremely fortunate that in this Jubilee Year of Mercy and our first stop was the cathedral.

The proceedings began with a most interesting and illuminating presentation by...

Looking back with a grateful heart
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

Greetings of peace! First of all I would like to thank the Sunday Examiner for being a partner in the spiritual walk in my journey of faith as I worked here in Hong Kong.

Since the Notre Dame parish, Ma Tau Wei, started receiving copies of the Sunday Examiner, I had been its avid reader. From cover to cover, I would read it through the whole week cutting out some articles that I...

Christ the King - Ang hari ng pag-ibig
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

Kapag nabanggit ang salitang “hari” naiisip agad natin ang isang tao na may magarang kasuotan, may korona sa ulo at setrong hawak sa kamay.  Tapos siya ay nakaupo sa trono at sa harapan niya ay ang mga mararangal na tao na nagpupugay sa “mahal na hari.”  Ang salita niya ay batas, at may kapangyarihan ng buhay o kamatayan.

Sa ebanghelyo sa Kapistahan ni Kristong Hari, ibang larawan...

Christ the King - A cross for a throne
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

The Israelites were expecting a great, rich, strong and eternal king, who would decimate the enemies of Israel. Our gospel reading for today presents a response to these expectations.

We are on Calvary. Jesus is crucified with a bandit on either side. An inscription nailed above his head reads, “The king of the Jews.” No throne but a cross, no servants but insults, no royal...