February 2018

Working to jail the child abusers
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

When put on trial in Pasay City, Metro Manila, child sex abusers can expect a conviction and a harsh sentence of life in prison without parole from judge, Tingaraan Guiling, if the evidence warrants it. 
 
On February 12, a just decision based on the evidence, was handed down against Roque Galve, for the aggravated sexual assault and rape of a minor, let’s call her Rose. The judge is to be commended for doing justice for the abused child and many...

The Holy See, China and the question of sovereignty
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

by Michel Chambon
 
In the past few weeks, rumours have spread about a possible agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China. In an uncommon move, the Vatican has even asked two bishops from the unofficial Church to shift aside for two official bishops initially appointed by Beijing.
 
Many observers have raised concerns about how such a development is problematic. Some highlight that China does...

Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong: Position statement on gender recognition
(Saturday, 3 March 2018 )

The Basic Stance
 
In view of the growing advocacy of the transgender ideology, the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong wishes to clearly state its position in line with the teaching of the Catholic Church. 
 
The Diocese has explicitly stated, in its response to the Gender Recognition Public Consultation conducted by the Hong Kong SAR Government in the second half of 2017, that it strongly cautions against and does not...

Second Week of Lent
(Saturday, 24 February 2018 )

FEBRUARY 25 – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT. 
Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface of the second Sunday of Lent (purple). 
Readings: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-a, 10-13, 15-18; Romans 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10.
 
FEBRUARY 26 – MONDAY: SECOND WEEK OF LENT. 
Mass of the day, Lenten preface (purple). 
Readings: Daniel 9:4b-10; Luke 6:36-38.
 
FEBRUARY 27 – TUESDAY: SECOND WEEK OF...

Second Sunday of Lent: The glory before the Passion
(Saturday, 24 February 2018 )

The transfiguration scene is set in a secluded place, on a high mountain where Jesus led three of his disciples. They will be witnesses of his agony in Gethsemane (Mark 14:33). Mark stresses the fact that they were alone. 
 
The fact that Jesus reserved His revelation to some disciples and that he eventually told them not to disclose it indicates they were given a share of a very significant experience but still too high to be comprehended by all....

Second Sunday of Lent: Kaluwalhatian ng pagbabagong anyo!
(Saturday, 24 February 2018 )

Noong panahong iyon: Umakyat si Jesus sa isang mataas na bundok. Wala siyang isinama kundi sina Pedro, Santiago, at Juan. 
 
Samantalang sila’y naroon, nakita nilang nag-bagong anyo si Jesus, nagningning ang kanyang kasuutan na naging puting-puti, anupa’t walang sinumang makapagpuputi ng gayun. At nakita ng tatlong alagad si Moises at si Elias, na nakikipag-usap kay Jesus,” (Marcos 9:2-4).
 
Si Jesus ay umakyat sa...

Pope renews membership of child protection commission
(Saturday, 24 February 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis has named nine new members to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and reappointed seven, including abuse survivors or the parents of survivors, the Vatican announced on February 17.
 
However, in respecting “the right of each person to disclose their experiences of abuse publicly or not to do so the members appointed today have chosen not do so publicly, but solely within the commission.” the commission said.
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Caution versus compassion impasse continues
(Saturday, 24 February 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong has not spared efforts and words to explain how Vatican officials do not understand the true nature of Chinese leaders and that their rush will harm the church in China. 
 
His recent meeting with the press at the Salesian Mission House, Shau Kei Wan, on February 9 highlighted that China does not respect religious freedom and worry that Pope Francis may involuntarily betray the underground side...

New provincial council named for Canossians Sisters
(Saturday, 24 February 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Mother general, Sister Anna Maria Babbini, the congregational leader of The Daughters of Charity of the Canossian Institute, announced the new Provincial Council (2018 to 2021) for the on February 2 in Rome.
 
On the new council are: provincial superior, Sister Regina But Cheuk-yee; vice-provincial, Sister Virginia Wong Pui-ling; and Councillors, Sister Virginia Ip Wai-yin and Sister Lucia Cheung Ching-han.
 
The installation ceremony took...

Macau diocese against artificial conception legislation
(Saturday, 24 February 2018 )

MACAU (UCAN): Macau’s Diocesan Commission of the Family, Marriage and Life submitted the signatures of 1,500 people along with a written submission to the government opposing legislation on assisted reproductive technology.
 
It affirmed its stance objecting to artificial conception and any technologies that create life and infringe on human dignity.
 
The Macau Health Bureau announced last November that a public consultation on the legislation was to...