June 2017

Who remembers what the pope said?
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

The Philippines seems to be off the international comment agenda of late. Even Pope Francis seems to have forgotten about its existence since his triumphant Palm Sunday-like entrance into Manila in 2015.
Papal condolences have been sent to France, Egypt and England on more than one occasion in recent days, but after a catastrophe in a Manila resort, a besieged city and declaration of martial law, as well as a kidnapped priest and people, some in The...
Corpus Christi and Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, Preface of the Eucharist (white). 
Readings: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Matthew 5:38-42.
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The word of God and the bread of life
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

This passage is the concluding part of the discourse on the bread of life, which was taught by Jesus in the synagogue at Capernaum after the multiplication of the loaves and fish.
The people saw the sign; they decided to take him by force to make him king on the spot.
Why do these amazed and admiring crowds seek Jesus? They are moved by an immature faith. They are interested in Jesus just because they think he is...
Pagkaing nagbibigay-buhay
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

Malimit na napapabalita na  hindi maganda ang estado ng pangkabuhayan sa bansang Pilipinas.  Subalit kapansin pansin na anuman ang mangyari sa ekonomiya ay dinadagsa pa rin ng mga tao ang lugar na kung saan ay maaring makabili ng pagkain  maging ito man ay mamahaling restaurant, fast-food, turu-turo, o kariton na may pagkaing-tinda sa tabi ng daan.
Pagkain ang isang bagay na hindi maaaring mawala sa ating buhay. Para sa atin...
Church in China pushed towards taking a further step
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

ROME (SE): A subscription only magazine published in Rome with the approval of Vatican authorities, La Civilita Cattolica, has taken the Lunar New Year Greeting of Pope Francis to the Chinese people in 2016 one step further.
In his greeting, Pope Francis praised the beauty and wisdom of Chinese culture, saying, “… I wish to express my hope that they never lose their historical awareness of being a great people, with a great history of...
Diocesan guidelines get a revamp
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong has published a revision it its 35-year-old guidelines to pastoral practice in an effort to meet the needs of modern times.
The new guide has been in preparation for at least five years and while the English edition and the section on the sacrament of matrimony have not yet been completed, they are in the pipeline.
“We think something is still lacking in the guide, but as new priests have been asking...
Pakistan mourns much-loved bishop
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

MULTAN (SE): Bishop Andrew Francis, the former bishop of Multan in Pakistan, is being mourned across the country as a man of great determination to achieve peace and harmony in society through the promotion of interfaith dialogue and relations.
In acknowledging the life of Bishop Francis, the National Justice and Peace Commission says, “His selflessness, generosity and charitable nature are prominent symbols of peace and love in accordance with the...
A new dignity for the miscarried
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong has received permission from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for the creation of an Angel Garden at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Chai Wan where the parents of children who were miscarried prior to the 24th week of pregnancy can be receive a proper burial for their child.
Under current practice, a foetus that is miscarried prior to 24 weeks is defined as medical waste and disposed of accordingly....
A day to be independent
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Philippine consul general to Hong Kong, Bernardita Catalla, marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of her office in Hong Kong at a diplomatic reception at the Conrad Hotel on June 8 to celebrate 119 years since her homeland declared its independence from Spain in 1898.
The Philippines established its first consulate general in the then-British colony in 1957.
In welcoming the chief secretary for the...
Old Qur’ans confiscated in Xinjiang
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Government officials in the Xinjiang region of China are confiscating all copies of the Qur’an that were published more than five years ago for fear that they may contain extremist content.
The move is being described as part of an ongoing campaign against illegal religious items in the possession of the majority Muslim Uyghur people.
Village chiefs from Barin township, in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi)...