February 2018

Third Week of Lent
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for the third Sunday of Lent (purple). 
Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25.
Mass of the day, Lenten Preface (purple). 
Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-15a; Luke 4:24-30.

Third Sunday of Lent: Body of Christ becomes the new temple
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

The house of prayer had been transformed into a market place during the time of Passover. Many pilgrims from distant countries to Jerusalem made sacrifices and renouncements for years to afford. Traders could accumulate more gains than throughout the rest of the years. It was difficult for the temple priests to resist the temptation to get into a so profitable turnover.
Upon seeing this, the emotions of Jesus are not referred to by any evangelist, but they...

Third Sunday of Lent: Simbahan lugar panalanginan
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

Ang simbahan ay lugar na dalanginan. Ito ay bahay ng Diyos, pag tayo ay papasok sa bahay ng Diyos nakagawian na natin na isawsaw ang ating daliri sa banal na tubig na nakalagay sa may tabi ng pintuan at tayo ay mag-aatanda nang krus. Ang banal na tubig ay nagpapaalala sa  natanggap nating Sakramento ng Binyag. Sa pamamagitan ng binyag tayo ay naging anak ng Diyos. Bilang mga anak ng Diyos meron tayong tungkulin manalangin at tupdin ang kalooban ng Diyos. 

Take up World Youth Day challenge pope urges young people
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “Do not allow the spark of youth to be extinguished in the darkness of a closed room in which the only window to the outside world is a computer and smartphone,” the pope told young people in his annual message for local celebrations of World Youth Day. Many dioceses will have their own celebrations on Palm Sunday, March 25.
The pope encouraged them to break free from fear, fake online personas and looking at the world through a digital screen...

Prayer for the Church in China
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Lord of history.
We humbly entrust to you the Church in China,
joining in earnest prayers with Pope Francis and the
Universal Church for unity of faith and love. 
Help us, Lord, to trust in and cling to you and the 
Rock upon which you have built your Church.
You have counted among the blessed those who are
persecuted for the sake of righteousness. Out of their 

Live-in rule leads to more abuse, groups argue
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Migrant rights groups, and a spokesperson of the Justice and Peace Commission, expressed disappointment over the February 14 High Court ruling to uphold the mandatory live-in policy for foreign domestic workers, as it showed a lack of understanding of their plight.
Nancy Almorin Lubiano, a Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong, lost the judicial review when the court ruled that the live-in arrangement is one of the requirements of working in Hong Kong and...

China demands Malaysia repatriate Uyghurs
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): “We must remember that the Uyghurs in question have been held at immigration detention facilities for nearly four years now without charge or access to legal representation—an egregiously long time to spend effectively in limbo after escaping China,” Peter Irwin, a project manager for the World Uyghur Congress, said regarding the fate of 11 Uyghurs in Malaysia who face possible c to China.
The group was among 20 who escaped a detention...

Fears grow of a clampdown in Henan
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Christians in China’s central Henan province were banned from displaying religious couplets over the Chinese New Year.
Government officials visited villages and towns to deliver notices ordering people not to follow a practice that has become a tradition during the festival.
Local Catholics expressed concerns that a new round of religious oppression is being aimed at the province.
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Farewell to longtime Maryknoll missionary
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Mary-knoll Fathers and Brothers in Hong Kong announced the death of their brother, Father John Geitner, who passed away on 20 February 2018. He was 90-year-old and was approaching the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Father Geitner was born on 31 October 1927 in New York City, the United States of America (US). He was ordained to the priesthood at Maryknoll, New York, on 13 June 1953 and then earned both a Bachelor of Science then a...

Church of Holy Sepulchre closed to protest taxes
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

JERUSALEM (CNS): “This systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land severely violates the most basic … and sovereign rights, trampling on the delicate fabric of relations between the Christian community and the authorities for decades,” the heads of Christian Churches in the Holy Land said in a statement on February 25 as they closed the of the doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for an undisclosed period of time.