March 2017

Vatican commission on child abuse hits a rock
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): A foundation member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Marie Collins, tendered her resignation effective from March 1.

Collins is a survivor of clerical sexual abuse and has long been a voice championing the right of survivors to speak out and be listened to. An educationalist, she worked with the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland, in the setting up of its Child Protection Services....

Pope Francis on renewal
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

During Lent four years ago, Pope Francis was elected pope on March 13. It was a symbol of repentance and conversion. Under his leadership, the Church has constantly moved down the path of renewal and conversion, while struggling to extricate itself from the old rut.

These initiatives brought a new look to the Church, encouraging a renewal of its commission to “go forth from...

Response of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong to Mrs. Carrie Lam’s ‘Proposal of Setting up a Religious Affairs Unit’ in her Manifesto of Chief Executive Election
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

In Mrs. Carrie Lam’s Manifesto for 2017 Chief Executive Election, there is a mention of a possible study “of setting up a Religious Affairs Unit” in its Points 6.43 and 6.44. Cardinal John Tong Hon, of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, has written a letter to Mrs. Lam on March 2, expressing the Diocese’s resolute opposition of a possible “setting up of a Religious Affairs Unit...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

Loved missionary vanished

NIAMEY (SE): Fifty-five-year-old Jeff Woodke, an American missionary who has worked with literacy, agriculture and other development projects in Abalak, Niger, has been missing since he was abducted four months ago.


Pope makes it on Beijing television
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

ROME (SE): In prime viewing time on February 26, a programme on the authority of the pope over his Catholic flock was aired on state television in Beijing.

The 7.30pm programme dealt with the question of the authority of the pope and how it relates to the people of the Church, relations between China and the Vatican, as well as the importance of religion in China and around the world.


Mongolia celebrates second ordination
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

ULAANBAATAR (SE): The fledgling Catholic community in Mongolia, which only marks its silver jubilee of foundation this year, celebrated its coming of age in a concrete fashion as it witnessed the ordination of its second priest since the rebirth of the Church in 1992.

Fides reported that Reverend Bernard Kambala, from the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), became only the second priest to be...

Congress ducks for cover
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The infamous Kill Bill, which seeks to reintroduce the death penalty and is currently before the congress in The Philippines was given a second haircut, as the number of crimes that would have qualified in the original bill was shaved from 21 down to three and then to one, when it returned for a second reading on February 28.

What is significant in the original shave is that murder was removed, making life...

Columban sister bashed in Mindanao
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

OZAMIZ CITY (SE): Columban Sister Kathleen Melia was assaulted shortly before 9.30pm on March 1 as she was closing the window of her house in Midsalip in the Zamboanga region of Mindanao, The Philippines.

The 70-year-old Irish missionary has lived in Midsalip since 1983, working among the Subaanen tribal people.

Sister Anne Gray, a well-known identity in Hong Kong and former...

Togolese ordained in Taiwan
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

KAOHSIUNG (UCAN): Inspired by a 19th century missionary to China, Father Joseph Youta Djiba, from Togo, was ordained in Taiwan on February 18 for the Chinese province of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).

Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, from Taipei, who is a member of the same congregation, ordained the young Togolese at Our Lady of Fatima church in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.


An anniversary with victims of fire
(Saturday, 11 March 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle, marked his 35th anniversary of ordination on February 27 with thousands of victims of the fire that swept through a poor, densely populated area of the city on February 7.

Instead of holding an elaborate celebration, the cardinal spent the day in Parola Compound, a depressed area of the Tondo district.

At least 3,000...