February 2017

The silence of the people is the big killer
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The bishops of The Philippines issued their first joint statement condemning the war on the poor being waged by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, at the conclusion of their 112th Plenary Assembly held at Cebu City during January.

In a statement that was read at all Masses across the country on February 5 the bishops say, “This traffic in illegal drugs needs to be stopped and overcome. But the solution does...

Reject prejudice pope tells media
(Saturday, 11 February 2017 )

VATICAN (UCAN): Pope Francis says in his message for World Communications Day that at a time when the media seem to feed on a vicious cycle of anxiety and a spiral of fear, Christians should respond with honest stories that identify the problems and name the evil, but also inspire real solutions.

“Every new tragedy that occurs in world history can also become a setting for good news, inasmuch as love can find a way...

Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 4 February 2017 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the day (green).
Isaiah 58:7-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16.

Mass of the memorial (red).

Pamayanang Kristiyano bilang Asin at Ilaw
(Saturday, 4 February 2017 )

Ilang taon na ang nakalilipas ng ipagdiwang ng  Simbahang Katoliko ang Taon ng mga Layko o yung “Year of the Laity.” Ang pagdiriwang ay nagmistulang  pagpaparangal sa mga layko na siyang masasabi nating buhay ng Simbahan, sapagkat sa kanila masasalamin ang  buhay ng komunidad na itinatag  ng ating Panginoong Hesuskristo.   

Ngayong taong ito ay binibigyang pansin naman ang...

How to become salt and light
(Saturday, 4 February 2017 )

In today’s gospel, Jesus uses the images of salt and light to define the disciples and their mission. 

The rabbis of Israel used to say: “The Torah—the holy Law given by God to his people—is like salt and the world cannot live without salt.” Jesus applies this image to the disciples.

The first and most immediate use of salt is that of...

The take-home gospel
(Saturday, 4 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Remember that the most important gift you can bring home to your family at the New Year is the gospel,” pastors in urban Churches in China have been telling their parishioners, something they say that is especially important for the young and unmarried.

As China geared up for the biggest holiday season of the year and braced itself for what is listed as the largest migration of people in the...

Vatican diplomacy at Davos Forum
(Saturday, 4 February 2017 )

DAVOS (SE): Cardinal Pietro Parolin listed what he called the three priorities for Vatican diplomacy during a discussion panel at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland on January 18, saying that fighting poverty, building bridges and achieving peace in concrete situations sit at the top.

Although he admitted that the Vatican has only a tiny representation on the world stage, he said that he believes it is well...

A new found poet among us
(Saturday, 4 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Many people in later life decide to try their hand at something new and De La Salle Brother Patrick Tierney, the principal of La Salle College in Kowloon and director of the Lasallian Family in the city, has, during the past few years, turned his way with words into poetry.

He has recently published a collection of 100 poems and on January 16 a display featuring 16 of them was held at the offices of the...

China and Vietnam are unrelated realities
(Saturday, 4 February 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Government-sanctioned Catholic organisations in China held their Ninth National Congress for Catholic Representatives in December 2016.

What is worrying is that this congress claims to be the supervisor of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, while the conference itself claims authority over individual diocesan bishops.

Neither of these...

Bishops talk peace with Suu Kyi
(Saturday, 4 February 2017 )

MANDALAY (UCAN): Ethnic minority groups in the Union of Myanmar have always regarded Aung San Suu Kyi, the state counsellor of the nation, as having little interest in their fate, so they believe the challenge of bringing peace to their country necessitates she develop a new concern.

On January 15 she met with four bishops from the Kachin and Shan states in the north of the country to discuss prospects for peace in the...