March 2017

Fifth Week of Lent
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

Mass of the day, Creed, preface of fifth Sunday of Lent (purple).
Readings: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45.

Mass of the day, preface of the Passion I (purple).
Readings: Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; John 8:1-11.

Mass of the day, preface of the...

Untie and let him go
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

The resuscitation of Lazarus is not his resurrection, because going back to this material world is to resuscitate, but to go beyond this material world into the world of God is resurrection.
In narrating this event John offers his readers not a cold account of facts, but a Christian message: Jesus, the Risen One, is the Lord of life.

The family of Bethany, consisting only of a brother and his sisters, represents the Christian community where there are no...

Ang kaibigan ni Hesus
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

Kaibigan ni Hesus si Lazaro gayun din ang kanyang kapatid na si Marta at Maria.  Makailang ulit na nabanggit sa Ebanghelyo na ang Panginoon ay dumalaw sa bahay ng magkakapatid upang makisilong, mamahinga, kumain at makipaghuntahan.  Di man sinukat ay nakalalamang na maraming panahon ang ginugol ni Kristo sa buhay ng tatlog magkakapatid na ito.  Hanggang sa isang araw ay namatay si Lazaro. Sulyapan natin ang pagkakaibigang ito.

Minamahal ni Hesus ang...

Beijing’s meddling with personnel a new headache for Vatican
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The two government appointed Catholic bodies, the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, have released revised constitutions placing Sinicisation at the centre of their operational philosophy.

The new emphasis in the constitutions of the two bodies is being interpreted as part of a broader strategy by Beijing to put a stronger Chinese flavour into religion, which also means a stronger Communist...

Chief executive on a mission impossible
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The former chief secretary and number two in the current administration, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, was selected as the next chief executive in a widely criticised exercise by a panel of 1,186 people on March 26.

Collecting support from 777 members of the Election Committee, she came in well ahead of her nearest rival, John Tsang Chun-wah, with 365 and Woo Kwok-hing with 21.

Leo Ip Hing-cheung, from the Catholic Religious Subsector at the selection process,...

Internet control during national congress tightest yet
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Complaints have emerged from Internet followers of current affairs in China, who say that National People’s Congress, which some refer to as the annual parliament, held in Beijing from March 5 to 15, was marked by stricter-than-usual controls.

Radio Free Asia quoted Guangzhou-based writer, Xu Lin, as saying that many of the more outspoken members of the popular chat network QQ had their accounts shut down at the beginning of March, with fresh accounts...

Patron of workers and newly-weds celebrated
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): Living our Christian life in the footsteps of St. Joseph is a much loved celebration in the Church in China. As the patron saint of workers, mission in China and newly-weds, the feast highlights his virtues of obedience, silence, humility and serenity.

Fides reported that parishes, colleges, religious congregations, mission stations not only mark the day of his feast on March 19, but dedicate the whole month to imitating his spirit, which is well in tune with the ancient...

Sixty minutes for the earth and the spirit
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In a statement made in the run up to Earth Hour, which saw the usually spectacular vista of Victoria Harbour reduced to an odd twinkle of light between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on March 25, Archbishop Socrates Villegas reminded his flock in The Philippines that refraining from robbing the earth of what it cannot regenerate is an act of homage to the creator of all that he had made and seen “was all very good.”

Earth Hour was the brainchild of Sydney, Australia, in...

A leader in our Church
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

AN OLD ADAGE says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” But for a leader in any organisation, one of the challenges is discerning when things are broken and taking steps to address them.

Contrary to much media huff and puff prior to the selection of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as the new chief executive in Hong Kong, a change at the top is in itself not enough.

The outgoing Leung Chun-ying endured many calls to step down, but just replacing him with even a...

Rekindling the spirit of Archbishop Romero
(Saturday, 1 April 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission held a double-barrelled celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of its foundation, beginning with an afternoon study on the implications of the life of its patron, Blessed Oscar Romero, at St. Patrick’s parish in Lok Fu on March 12 and a Mass at Mary Help of Christians in Ma Tau Wei on March 18.

Speakers at the study day urged people to learn from the life of the former archbishop of San Salvador in the Latin American country of...