November 2016

Murder of faceless barangay captain
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

MIDSALIP (SE): “He was one of our best barangay captains and a great servant of the people,” Father Sean Martin said from his parish in Midsalip in Misamis Occidental of Jovani Romo, who was shot 14 times by unknown assailants and died on the road just 30 metres from his home in Barangay Kanokano on July 29.

Romo is one of the faceless deaths in a Philippines swamped in a frenzied daily attack on the poor being...

Caritas Bazaar Season up and running
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The first two of six in the annual Caritas Bazaar Season were kicked off at Tuen Mun and Victoria Park on November 6.

The season was formerly opened at Victoria Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the secretary for development from the Hong Kong government, Paul Chan Mo-po, flanked by the chairperson of the Caritas Council, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung; and the executive director of the...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

Earthquakes are God’s punishment

ROME (SE): Father Giovanni Cavalcoli earned himself a rap over the knuckles from the Vatican when he told La Zanzara talk-back radio on November 4 that he believes two devastating earthquakes in central Italy that claimed almost 300 lives were the result...

A hero to the court a villain to others
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

MANILA (SE): A vote of nine to five, with one abstention, saw the Supreme Court of The Philippines rule on November 8 that the body of the former president, Ferdinand Marcos, can be buried in the Heroes Cemetery (Libingan ng mga Bayani) in accordance with the wishes of the powerful Marcos family and as ordered by the incumbent president, Rodrigo Duterte.

The ruling has been met with jubilation by the band of Marcos...

Guidelines on cremation off kilter in Asia
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

TAIPEI (UCAN): New guidelines published by the Vatican on October 25 concerning the resting places of the dead are causing some unease and even dilemmas in and around Asia, as the guidelines, To Rise with Christ (Ad resurgendum cum Christo), advocate that the deceased should be treated with respect and laid to rest in consecrated ground.

They also express a preference for burial of the body in the ground, listing...

Fatal split of prayer and action
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): As echoes of The Last Post wafted away on the gentle breeze, some 2,000 people observed a two-minute silence in remembrance of the fallen service men and women who died during World War I and World War II, as well as later conflicts, as they gathered around The Cenotaph in Central on November 13 to mark Remembrance Day Sunday.

The traditional Armistice Day is commemorated at the eleventh hour of the...

Prayer rally prior to Beijing interpretation
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): In anticipation of the bombshell dropped by Beijing in interpreting the fate of two newly-elected members of the Legislative Council (LegCo), Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung Chung-hang, the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong organised a prayer rally on November 6.

Beijing had announced that it would hand down an interpretation of Article 104 on November 7, preempting a ruling from the Court of First...

Katapusan hindi katatakutan!
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

Sa ating pagbasa sa Linggong ito ay nagpapahiwatig ng katapusan ng mundo. Mara-ming mga palatandaan ang sinasabi sa ating pagbasa; “Makikipagdigma ang bansa laban sa kapwa bansa at ang kaharian sa kapwa kaharian. 

Magkakaroon ng malalakas ng lindol, magkakagutom at magkaka-salot sa iba’t ibang dako. May lilitaw na mga kakilakilabot na bagay at mga kagilagilalas na tanda buhat...

Have courage and lift up your head!
(Saturday, 12 November 2016 )

Luke wrote his gospel around the year 85AD. In the fifty years that had passed since the death and resurrection of Jesus, tremendous events occurred. There were wars, political revolutions, catastrophes and the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed.

Christians became victims of injustices and persecutions. How to explain these dramatic events?

Someone appeals to the words of the...