July 2017

A scorecard on Pope Francis
(Saturday, 29 July 2017 )

Four-and-a-half years after his election, Pope Francis shows no signs of slowing down or of incapacity despite his 80 years. 
He has been driving deep changes in the Church and has been stringent in his critiques of clericalism and careerism.
He has renewed the momentum from the Second Vatican Council and is pushing major changes in structures and culture, calling for greater transparency, lay consultation and participation in the...

Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

Mass of the Sunday (green). Gloria, Creed, Preface for Sundays. 
Readings: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Exodus 14:5-18; Matthew 12:38-42.

The impatient man and the calm God
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

Through three parables Jesus gradually reveals the mystery of the kingdom of heaven and explains the enigma of the existence of evil.
In the parable of the seed and weed, the owner represents God. He is the one who sows, the one responsible of the quality of the seed.
The seeds are defined as being good. Creation is good as the seed of the word announced by Jesus is good.
The enemy in the parable represents the logic...

Bawal ang damo sa buhay ng Kristiyano!
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

Ang ebanghelyo sa Linggong ito ay tungkol sa katapusan ng panahon. Sa pagbabalik ni Hesus tayo ay haharap sa kanya bilang isang Hukom.
Sa ating pagbasa sinabi, “Ang kaharian ng langit ay katulad ng isang taong naghasik ng mabuting binhi sa kanyang bukid. 
Samantalang natutulog ang mga tao ay dumating ang kanyang kaaway at naghasik ng masamang damo sa pagitan ng mga trigo, at umalis.”
Ang kaaway ay may...

Yet another call of War never again!
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

MANILA (SE): Once more we have a war and once more we hear the cry of War, never again! this time from the bishops of The Philippines as they reflect on the siege in Marawi at their plenary gathering at the Pius XII Centre in Manila from July to 8 to 10.
This time their cry is, “War in Marawi, never again!” but as they go on to call for a return to normalcy, many people in the beleaguered island of Mindanao wonder whether war and violence that has been their...

Liu’s death has lessons for the Vatican
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): In lamenting the premature death of 61-year-old Liu Xiaobo at the First Hospital of the China Medical University in Shenyang on July 13, Bangkok-based Michael Sainsbury says that the world has now seen the death of one of its bravest human beings and greatest citizens of modern day China.
Sainsbury notes in an article published by UCAN that the untimely death of the man adopted by Christians in Hong Kong as a prophet and embraced as a martyr also...

Slap in face for democracy
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A tangled web of government interference, an interpretation of the Basic Law by Beijing pre-empting a court decision and meddling in the affairs of the Legislative Council (LegCo) by the former chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, has led the project officer from the Justice and Peace Commission, Jackie Hung Ling-yu, to refer to the barring of four members of the LegCo as political prosecution.
Leung Kwok-hung, Lau Siu-lai, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Edward Yiu...

A first for Thailand
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

BANGKOK (SE): Ordinations to the priesthood in Thailand may be rare enough, but over the weekend of July 8 and 9 there was a first for the Church in the Land of Smiles when Reverend John Phong Phan Wongarsa was ordained a priest under the title of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions in his home parish of the Holy Family in Ban Nong Khu.
A press release from the Italian missionary society notes that for the first time in the long history of its presence in the...

Relief Donations Day brings in the money
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

BEIJING (SE): The first collection for Relief Donations Day that was taken up in churches across China on Palm Sunday this year amounted to approximately 775,000 yuan ($930,000) and has been entrusted for distribution to the Jinde Charities, the only government-registered Catholic aid organisation in the country.
Although the collection on April 9 was somewhat controversial, the money collected in 15 dioceses and 33 parishes made up around 90 per cent of the grand total....

(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): If people could be removed from The Philippines its natural environment would become a much more friendly place, as for several years now it has been the deadliest country in Asia and one of the most dangerous in the world for those who work to defend the land against human destruction.
A report titled Defenders of the Earth, released on July 14 by the London-based Global Witness, notes that at least 28 pro-environment advocates were killed in The...