December 2017

Caritas condemns attack on relief operations
(Saturday, 30 December 2017 )

Manila (UCAN): “The ambush of soldiers while delivering relief goods is deplorable,” Father Edwin Gariguez, the executive secretary of Caritas-Philippines, said.
 
Fifty gunmen from the New People’s Army shot at troops from Philippine Army’s 20th Infantry Battalion who were assisting families in the town of Catubig, Northern Samar province in the central Philippines, which was battered by the tropical storm, Kai-tak, a week before Christmas.
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Fourth Sunday of Advent; Christmas; Octave of Christmas
(Saturday, 23 December 2017 )

DECEMBER 24 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT. 
Creed, preface for Advent II, Mass of the Sunday (violet).  
Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38.
 
DECEMBER 25 – CHRISTMAS. 
Mass of  Christmas, Gloria, Creed, preface for Christmas (white). 
Readings (Christmas Eve): Isaiah 9:1-6; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14. 
Readings (Morning): Isaiah...

Fourth Sunday of Advent; Christmas; Octave of Christmas
(Saturday, 23 December 2017 )

DECEMBER 24 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT. 
Creed, preface for Advent II, Mass of the Sunday (violet).  
Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38.
 
DECEMBER 25 – CHRISTMAS. 
Mass of  Christmas, Gloria, Creed, preface for Christmas (white). 
Readings (Christmas Eve): Isaiah 9:1-6; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14. 
Readings (Morning): Isaiah 62:11-12; Titus...

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Pinagpala!
(Saturday, 23 December 2017 )

Huwag kang matakot, Maria, sapagkat naging kalugud-lugod ka sa mata ng Diyos. Maglilihi ka at manganganak sa isang lalaki na tatawagin mong Hesus.”
 
Si Maria ay pinili ng Diyos na maging Ina ng ating manunubos. May kalayaan si Maria na ayawan at hindian ang plano ng Diyos sa kanyang buhay. 
 
Pwede naman sabihin ni Maria, “Panginoon sa iba na lang, huwag lang ako.” 
 
Sa kabila ng kanyang pag-...

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Jesus is conceived from Mary’s Yes
(Saturday, 23 December 2017 )

While the eyes of those awaiting for the saving intervention of God facing Jerusalem, God set his eyes on a tiny village lost in the mountains of Galilee, such an insignificant place that in the whole of the Old Testament, it did not rate even one mention.
 
It was inhabited by simple people with little education and even considered unclean, because they lived in contact with pagans. To Philip, who enthusiastically declared his admiration for Jesus of...

Young people strive to make their voice heard
(Saturday, 23 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Youth Commission of Hong Kong will launch a series of activities in response to the Year of Youth launched by the diocese as a complement to the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.
 
The Year of Youth, which began on the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, will end on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 25 next year.
 
Holly Mok Ching-yee, the executive secretary of the commission, told the Kung...

Church weighs in on Trump’s Jerusalem
(Saturday, 23 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis was quick to weigh in on the debate over the announcement from the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, expressing his intention to move his embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus giving recognition to the controversial claim that the biblical city can be declared as the capital and territory of Israel.
 
The pope condemned the move and a few days later on December 10 a press release from the Holy See stressed...

And so it was Christmas
(Saturday, 23 December 2017 )

And so it is Christmas. A child is born. We know the story, or so we think. But if the men who wrote the gospels knew the story, they did not tell us much about it.
 
Mark does not mention it, John presents us with a lofty theological poem, and Luke and Matthew toss it in as an incidental amidst much detail about the Annunciation, visits to cousins, meeting with the Magi, shepherds getting the message, angels in the sky and Joseph’s quandary over his...

Bishop for reconciliation breathes his last
(Saturday, 23 December 2017 )

HANZHONG (AsiaNews): Bishop Matthias Yu Chengxin, the retired coadjutor from Hanzhong in Shaanxi province died on December 7 at the age of 90.
 
His funeral was celebrated on December 12 in the church at Xiaozhai in the county of Chengguo, the 28th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop.
 
Bishop Yu belonged to the unofficial community of Hanzhong, but it was Bishop Louis Yu Runchen, from the official community in Hanzhong, who presided at the funeral...