November 2017

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

Zimbabwe arrests Brazilian Franciscan
HARARE (SE): Brother Rodrigo Peret, a Franciscan from Brazil and member of the Pastoral Land Commission of Uberlândia in Zimbabwe, was arrested along with 20 other international mining advocates in the town of Mutare on November 6.
An eclectic group from Brazil, Kenya, Britain, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia, they were in Zimbabwe to express solidarity with people facing forced displacement from...

A stunt to no avail
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): “We hope the applicants do not lose out in the process if the suspension will result in the lapse of their job placements,” Julius Cainglet, the vice president of the Federation of Free Workers in Manila, said of the decision by the Philippine labour secretary, Silvestro Bello, to call a three-week moratorium on the issuing of the much criticised Overseas Employment Certificate on November 13.
The federation called the three-week ban a good stop...

History-making bishop mourned
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

FENGXIANG (SE): Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, who was emboldened in 1980 to take a step in disobedience to the Church by accepting episcopal ordination from his predecessor in Fengxiang, Bishop Anthony Zhou Weidao, without a mandate from the Holy See, died at 7.20am on November 17.
Bishop Li was standing at the door of an unprecedented era in Church history as he was one of the first bishops in China to be ordained on an ordain now and notify later basis, which later received...

Two bishops out from the shadows in one week
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): In July 2011, Bishop Joseph Sun Jigen played a bit of hide and seek with the government over his episcopal ordination in Handan, when he set a false date for his ordination, for which he had Holy See approval, as July 29.
But as the day approached, he announced that in fact he had already been ordained at another location on June 21 in order to prevent illicitly ordained bishops from being present.
In the eyes of the Vatican he became the...

The Angel of the Lepers flies no more
(Saturday, 25 November 2017 )

MACAU (SE): Known as The Angel of the Lepers, Father Gaetano Nicosia is being honoured in death, not because he was ostracised from society, but because of a lifetime of care for those who as victims of Hansen’s Disease struggled at the margins of society throughout their lives.
In a remote corner of Coloane Island off the coast of Macau, a colony of outcasts affected by Hansen’s Disease that had been abandoned by both the society and government of the...

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

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.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64; Luke 18:35-43.

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.

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...