November 2017

Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

NOVEMBER 19 – THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30.
 
NOVEMBER 20 – MONDAY: THIRTY-THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64; Luke 18:35-43.
 
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Of cowardice and prudence
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

In reflecting on the parable of the talents, we need to clarify some common misconceptions. It is not a moral lesson on honesty or how to invest the money, but rather on the commitment of putting to good use the treasures that belong to everyone.
 
Jesus did not have low esteem for the one who was given only one talent.
 
If we keep this in mind, we can understand that the master entrusts his possessions to the most trusted servants. He...

Pinoys’ got talent
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

Magandang araw! Sa nakaraang dekada ay lumaganap ang mga programa na patungkol sa mga talents.  Nag karoong ng ibat-ibang version katulad ng America’s, British’s, Asia’s at Pilipinas’ Got Talent. 
 
Upag malaman kung patok ang talent, bibigyan ka nila ng Yes, o kaya ay X, subalit ang pinakahintay  ng lahat ay ang Golden Buzzer. Hindi man isang isang talent contest show, subalit tungkol sa talent ang ating pagninilayan....

World needs brainwash not brain drip
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

VATICAN (SE) The world does not just need a brain drip, but the brain needs a good and complete wash, the governor of California in the United States of America (US), Jerry Brown, maintained at a gathering held in the Vatican on November 4.
 
He pointed to the need to slow the devastation being caused by climate change, stressing that society cannot simply rely only on science and technology, but must begin to accept the need for more transformational approaches.
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Thanks Cardinal Zen
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Alex Chow Yong-kang, who was given a prison sentence on August 17 for his part in the civil disobedience movement of 2014, dubbed the Umbrella Movement, has thanked the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, for visiting him in prison.
 
Released on bail on November 7, Chow posted a letter to his two compatriots, Joshua Wang Chi-fung and Nathan Law Kwun-chung, who are also out on bail pending an appeal against their prison sentences...

Death Notice - Sister Eileen Franz
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

MARYKNOLL (SE): Sister Eileen Franz died on November 5 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of America. She was 89-years-old and had been with Maryknoll for 67 years.
 
Born in Jersey City on 3 December 1927, she is survived by a brother and a sister.
 
Sister Franz graduated from St. Dominic’s Academy in 1945 and earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. 
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A taste of poverty on World Day of the Poor
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs is organising a Seven-Day Poverty Experiential Programme to mark the first World Day of the Poor, an initiative introduced by Pope Francis at the ceremony to close the Holy Door and bring the Jubilee of Mercy to completion at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on November 20 last year.
 
On the same day, he released an apostolic letter titled Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery),...

What grace to ask for
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Pointing to the need to bring the Holy See back from the brink of selling out the Catholic people of China to the government in Beijing, the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said that the plight of people like 41-year-old Father Wei Heping, who died mysteriously two years ago in Shanxi, must be kept squarely in our consciousness.
 
At a Mass at the parish of St. Jude in North Point organised by the Justice and Peace Commission on...

A link with history mourned in Shatin
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Well remembered for her decades of service to education in Shatin, Sister Mary Annunciata Chou Hsueh-mei was buried from St. Alfred’s parish on October 21. She passed away after a long illness at the age of 88 on October 15.
 
Past and present principals and former students, as well as her community from the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows and relatives gathered for the requiem Mass celebrated by Father Stephen Chan Mun-hung to...

Uyghur cops copping it
(Saturday, 18 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Relatives of Uyghur police force personnel are now being detained as part of a crackdown on the ethnic Muslim group in the Xinjiang region of China. It had been an unwritten agreement that the families of security personnel enforcing the crackdown were off limits, but now the cops are beginning to cop it.
 
Thousands of Uyghurs accused of having extremist and politically incorrect views have been sent to political reeducation camps and prisons across the...