November 2017

First Week in Advent
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

DECEMBER 3 – FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT. 
Creed, preface for Advent I, (violet).  
Readings: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2b-7; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37.
 
DECEMBER 4 – MONDAY: FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT. 
Mass of the day, preface for Advent I (violet). 
Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 8:5-11.
 
DECEMBER 5 – TUESDAY: FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT. ...

Waiting for his coming
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

To be alert and to keep watch are the key words of this passage. The evangelist invites all members of his communities to be vigilant in waiting for the coming of the Lord.
 
What does to be alert mean? Why such insistence on the night? Why does the master, instead of coming during the day, arrive suddenly when nobody expects him? Who is the doorkeeper? Who is the master? Where did he go? What powers has he left to his servants?
 
Take a...

Handa ka na ba?
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

Sa nakalipas na Linggo ating ipinagdiriwang ang Kapistahan ng Kristong Hari. Si Hesus ay muling babalik bilang Hukom at Hari. At sa Linggong ito, atin naman ipinagdiriwang ang unang Linggo ng Adbiyento, ang paghahanda sa unang pagdating ni Hesus dito sa lupa bilang isang tao. Nakipamuhay ang Diyos sa atin liban sa kasalanan. 
 
Handa ka na ba sa pagdating ni Hesus? Excited ka na ba sa pagdating Niya? 
 
Dapat lang magalak tayo sa...

An Advent message from our bishop: A season of expectant hope
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

May Your Joy be Complete in the Joy of Christ! (cf John 15:11)
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
 
Advent is a season for appreciation, for looking forward, for sharing with one another. How much we appreciate the great gift the Heavenly Father has given to us in the power of the Holy Spirit—His life in the form of His only begotten son!
 
Let us then, with...

Bishop proclaims Year of Youth
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In declaring a Year of Youth to begin on December 3 this year and run until November 25 next year in his Message for Advent, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung is inviting the young people of the diocese “to walk the talk in solidarity with one another through prayer and action, and together help build a better world for the greater glory of God.”
 
His decision comes as a result of his many meetings and consultations with young...

Put your faith in the Party
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The county of Yugan in the southern province of Jiangxi, is quite poor and also has a significant Christian population, but a fresh government campaign has seen cadres visiting the homes of Christian people and presenting families with large posters depicting the president, Xi Jinping, to replace religious pictures in the main rooms of their homes.
 
Dubbed replacing religious faith with party faith, the local government is telling people that if they do...

Vatican and China to stage joint exhibition
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

VATICAN (SE): There may be a common perception that the talks between Beijing and the Holy See are all about the appointment of bishops in China, but an announcement at the Vatican of a joint exhibition of Chinese historical treasures to be held simultaneously in Rome and the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in the Forbidden City in Beijing, reveals other topics are under discussion as well.
 
Announced at the Vatican at a press conference on November 21, the director of the...

Much hated but loved pope
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A popular pope is one thing and Pope Francis enjoys a high popularity rating on a much wider front than members of his own flock, but he also has enemies, many of them powerful, articulate and with loud voices.
 
But popes have become accustomed to criticism. Father Bruce Duncan, a journalist and Church historian at the Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill, Australia, points out that Pope John XXIII lamented the opposition and disobedience of the Vatican Curia...

The common good
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

An old ditty runs, “Who takes care of the caretaker’s daughter while the caretaker’s busy taking care?” But if we can raise our minds above the smut it suggests and parse the caretaker as the government and his daughter as the community, we have what is a vital question for any pluralist society of any era.
 
We live today in a pluralist society. It is not the first in history, but to date it is the only one that has not destroyed itself.
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Justice of the young injustice of the old
(Saturday, 2 December 2017 )

DILI (SE): Lucille Abeykoon, a social worker from the Human Rights Office Kandy in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is wondering why one of the youngest countries in the world, Timor-Leste, has made so much progress in the protection of human rights, accountability and the rule of law, while her own land, which has been independent from its colonial power for 69 years, has made so little.
 
Abeykoon is delighted at what she found during an exposure trip to...