January 2018

Third Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of Sundays (green). 
Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10; Mark 3:22-30.

Third Sunday of the Year: Bagong buhay kay Kristo
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

Ipinagdiriwang ngayon ng Simbahan ang kapistahan ng pag-papanibagong-buhay ni San Pablo Apostol. Layunin ng Simbahan ang makilala natin si San Pablo at makapulot ng aral para sa ating buhay-Kristiyano.
Kapag sinabing “nagbagong-buhay” ang isang tao, sinasaad na mayroon siyang di magandang lumipas. Halimbawa, isang kriminal na kalalaya lang sa bilangguan ang nagsisisi sa kanyang nagawa. Hangad niyang baguhin ang takbo ng kanyang buhay sa...

Third Sunday of the Year: He inaugurated a new era
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

Jesus begins his ministry preaching the inauguration of the Kingdom of God. 
The Israelites, who got deported and destroyed and now under the Roman rule, had been cultivating over the centuries the hope of the reign of God. So the Kingdom of God is a phrase that falls in their ears with explosive charge. 
The time of waiting—he says—is over; it is time of consolation and peace, the kingdom of God is here; the Lord...

To be a priest is the greatest gift
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The biggest grace anyone can aspire for in this world is to be a priest of Christ!” This was the first response of the Divine Word Missionary Father Peter Hoang Van Hien to the Sunday Examiner after he was ordained a priest on January 14 by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the bishop of Hong Kong, during a concelebrated Mass attended by large number of faithful, many of them friends and well-wishers of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) at...

Pope laments the painful evil of sexual abuse
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

SANTIAGO (CNS): The evil of sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy has betrayed the trust of the faithful and caused suffering to those in priesthood and religious life who bear the consequences of their brethren’s sins, Pope Francis said on January 16.
Meeting with priests, men and women religious, seminarians and novices at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, the pope said he is aware of the “harm and suffering of the victims and their families,...

God’s love at the end of life’s journey
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 700 medical practitioners and pastoral workers from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan participated in the fifth Bioethics Conference on how to care for terminally ill patients and their families in the love of God. 
The conference, held at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tseung Kwan O, from December 9 to 10, was organised by the Bioethics Resources Centre of the Holy Spirit Seminary College, the Diocesan Committee for Bioethics and...

Priest goes missing in Zhejiang
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Father Lu Danhua from the diocese of Lishui in eastern Zhejiang province has been missing since government officials from State Administration for Religious Affairs took him away from a priests’ dormitory on December 29.
A witness to the incident said that the officials claimed Father Lu was only going for a brief chat.
He is the only priest of Lishui and was ordained by for the diocese by Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from the...

Respected former editor of UCAN dead at 85
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): Hector Welgampola, executive editor of UCAN from 1987 until he retired in December 2001, died on January 6 in Brisbane, Australia. He was 85-years-old.
The Sri-Lankan journalist was editor of the country’s two Colombo-based Catholic weeklies, the English-language Messenger and Sinhalese-language Gnanartha Pradeepaya (Lamp of Wisdom). He was also a senior columnist for the Daily Mirror and Sunday Times.
Welgampola was the...

Another church demolished
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

BEIJING (SE): Authorities in China demolished the Golden Lampstand church belonging to an unofficial Protestant community in Linfen, Shanxi province on January 9, UCAN reported. 
It is the third church demolition or closure in China in just over three weeks and comes amid a broader crackdown on religions by the government of president, Xi Jinping.
A witness told Radio Free Asia that despit efforts by members of the church to halt...

Pope begins visit to Chile and Peru
(Saturday, 20 January 2018 )

SANTIAGO (Agencies):  On his fourth trip to South America, Pope Francis touched down in Santiago, Chile, on January 15, the first stop on a seven-day, six-city visit to Chile and Peru, where he will take his message of hope to people on the margins of society, CNS reported.
Pope Francis was greeted by outgoing Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, and a young Chilean girl. He told the crowd he was happy to be in Chile and he blessed the workers at the airport...