July 2017

Hang onto your land
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

JAYAPURA (UCAN): Bishop John Philip Saklil, from Timika in the troubled Indonesian province of Papua, warned the traditional owners of the land that they should hold onto the last vestiges that remain of their possession.
Jakarta has been destroying the traditional culture and way of life of the traditional Papuan inhabitants in a similar manner to which The Philippines colonised Mindanao in the first half of the last century, when it moved tens of thousands...
Around the Traps
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

The bottom 100 richest
VATICAN (SE): Fund for Peace has taken a cue from Forbes Magazine, but instead of listing the top 100 richest people in the world, it chose to list the bottom 100.
The Australian non-government organisation has named 13-year...
Australia cancels passports of paedophiles
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

Nothing is more disgusting or repugnant than men who have been convicted of paedophilia travelling freely to poor countries.

Yet their own governments issue passports and allow them to travel abroad.
No one asked if this was right or wrong until Australia showed the way by passing legislation banning convicted paedophiles...
Daring to dream
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

Right there and then we parted, each going our separate ways, to seek out our dreams.
We may meet again if our ways converge to share what we have achieved
On July 1, I passed by an old man on a street in Hong Kong. Though I did not wish to bother him, he kept telling me about his dream. It is...
Talk of Islamic State obscures the issue in Marawi
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): While martial law may provide a panacea for a conclusion to the siege that Marawi City in the southern Philippines has been under since May 23, it is not capable of predicting a timeframe for its cessation and is certainly not able to address the fundamental causes that inspired the violent occupation in the first place.
While major media outlets have been hyperventilating over the possible establishment of an Islamic caliphate by the...
A pledge for the earth
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Global Catholic Climate Movement launched a worldwide campaign to recruit one million Catholic people to keep the message of Pope Francis on caring for God’s creation alive two years on from the publication of Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si').
The movement seeks to keep the message of the landmark encyclical at the forefront of Catholic consciousness by promoting the importance of reducing energy use and...
All in the name of progress
(Saturday, 15 July 2017 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): A family of seven in Hanzhong, a village in Shaanxi province, northwestern China, was dragged from their home, bound and gagged, by a demolition team, The Beijing News has reported.
The family had refused compensation from local authorities, who responded on July 1 by sending in a wrecking crew.
Operating under the dictum, anything in the name of progress, the team secured the family with zip ties and...
The Blesseds and Saints of China and the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 8 July 2017 )

Mass of the feast, Gloria
Preface of Martyrs (red). 
Readings: Revelation 7:9-17; Romans 8:35, 37-39; Matthew 5:1-12.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Genesis 28:10-22a; Matthew 9:18-26.
Small is the only honorific in heaven
(Saturday, 8 July 2017 )

The solemn exclamation with which today’s gospel begins is one of the few prayers of Jesus reported in the gospels: “Father, Lord of heaven and earth… revealed them to simple people.”
Jesus states a fact: the poor, the humble, the marginalised are the first to welcome his word of deliverance. They feel the need of God’s tenderness. They hunger and thirst for righteousness. They are blessed because for them, the kingdom of God...
Lapit kay Hesus!
(Saturday, 8 July 2017 )


Lumapit kayo sa akin, kayong lahat na napapagal at nabibigatan sa inyong pasanin, at kayo’y pagpapahingahin ko. Pasanin ninyo ang aking pamatok, at mag-aral kayo sa akin; ako’y maamo at mababang-loob, at makasusumpong kayo ng kapa-hingahan para sa inyong kaluluwa. Sapagkat maginhawang dalhin ang aking pamatok, at magaan ang pasaning ibibigay ko sa inyo” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Sino ba ang nilalapitan mo pag ikaw ay balisang-balisa sa...