July 2017

Not in our name
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

PARIS (AsiaNews): A group of around 60 Muslim imams came together in Paris on July 10 at the Champs-Elysées where a policeman, Xavier Jugelé, was killed in April this year, before setting out on a Muslim March Against Terror which included stops in European cities that have been the victims of terrorism.
They boarded a bus bound for Berlin and then moved onto Brussels, where they were welcomed by representatives of the Belgium government.

Double execution in Japan
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

TOKYO (AsiaNews): Japan hanged two men on July 14, the more high profile of who was 61-year-old Masakatsu Nishikawa, who had been convicted of multiple murder but was seeking a retrial.
Nishikawa had been convicted of killing four female bar managers in Himeji, Hyogo prefecture, in 1991. The second one to dangle on the rope was 34-year-old Koichi Sumida, who was sentenced to death in February 2013 by the Okayama District Court for killing his 27-year-old former colleague,...

Buddhist monks baulk at losing political status
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): The powerful Buddhist monks of Sri Lanka have unanimously decided to oppose any changes in the constitution or even amending the existing one, something that Father Nandana Manatunga, the director of the Human Rights Office Kandy, points out that the president, Maithripala Sirisena, promised in his election campaign.
The current constitution recognises Buddhism as the foremost religion in the country and the council of monks, including the Mahanayaka Thera...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

Doubting cardinal dies
COLOGNE (SE): The group of four who had become known as the doubting cardinals has now been reduced to three with the death in Cologne, Germany, of Joachim Cardinal Meisner at the age of 83 while on vacation in Bad Füssing on July 5.
Together with Carlo Cardinal Caffarra, Walter Cardinal Brandmüller and Raymond Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Meisner submitted five doubts about Pope Francis’ work, The...

Violence in Mindanao headed for yet another nosedive
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

ZAMBOANGA (SE): “Why Marawi?” is a question that despite the widespread discussion on the siege which has been going on in the predominately Muslim city in Lanao del Sur on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao has remained an allusive one.
However, an Islamic-Christian community group based in Zamboanga, the Silsilah (an Arabic word meaning link) Dialogue Movement, says that it is a question that can no longer be ignored.

Kicking ’em while they’re down in name of religion
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): The kick ‘em while they’re down adage is used to describe a lack of sportsmanship or unfair play.
When the former bishop of Davao discovered that some Christian groups are sneaking a bible into relief packages intended for Muslim people who have been displaced from their homes because of the current siege of Marawi, he described it as taking an unfair advantage of the misery of others in the name of religion.

Adopted as prophet embraced as martyr
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The question, “Do you think the Chinese government will release him now?” that was asked on the evening of 10 December 2010 in Oslo, Norway, when an empty chair sat in its lonely position on the stage at the presentation of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Liu Xiaobo has now been definitively answered.
Liu’s death from liver cancer in the First Hospital of the China Medical University in Shenyang on July 13 has given the definitive answer to...

Pope promises to pray for Marawi
(Saturday, 22 July 2017 )

MANILA (SE): It was a long wait for the beleaguered people of The Philippines, but after a series of disasters and tragedies Pope Francis has finally expressed his solidarity with all those affected by the violence and assured the people of Mindanao of his prayers.
Pope Francis gave his message to Archbishop Martin Jumoad at the Pallium Mass on the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul at the Vatican on June 29.
“When I kissed his hand and told him that I am...

Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time. 
Readings: Isaiah 55: 10-11; Romans 8: 18-23; Matthew 13: 1-23.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Exodus 1:8-14, 22; Matthew 10: 34—11: 1.
Binhi ng buhay
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

Sa ating ebanghelyo sa Linggong ito, si Hesus ay nagbigay ng isang talinghaga tungkol sa isang magsasaka na naghasik ng binhi. Sa kanyang paghahasik may mga binhi na nahuhulog sa daanan, kabatuhan, at may nahuhulog sa dawagan at may nahuhulog din sa mabuting lupa. 
Ang binhi ay ang salita ng Diyos at ang iba’t ibang lupa ay sumisimbolo sa iba’t ibang tao kung paano nila tinanggap ang salita ng Diyos.