March 2018

Easter Sunday: Ito ang araw
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

May mga araw sa ating buhay na itinuturing nating pangkaraniwan lamang. Meron namang mga araw na tila ayaw nating dumating dahil sa pangamba o hindi kanais-nais na mangyayari. Subalit mayroong  mga araw na tila kapanapanabik. Isang espesyal na araw, isang araw na batid nating tayo ay magiging masaya.  
 
Maihahalintulad ito sa galak ng mag sing irog sa araw ng kanilang kasal, sa isang mag-aaral sa araw ng pagtatapos, sa isang pasyenteng lalabas na...

Easter Sunday: You are the unnamed disciple
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

Befitting Easter, today’s gospel narrates the journey of Magdalene, Peter and the ‘other disciple whom Jesus loved’ from empty tomb to belief in the resurrection. 
 
It is generally said that it is the evangelist, John. In the Gospel of John, this unnamed disciple certainly has a symbolic character and that should be understood. 
 
This unnamed disciple enters the scene next to Andrew. One day the two see Jesus...

Easter Sunday and Octave of Easter
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

APRIL 1 – EASTER SUNDAY. 
Mass of Easter, Gloria, sequence, Creed, Easter preface and prayers (white). 
Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9.
 
APRIL 2 – MONDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER. 
Mass of the day, Gloria, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33; Matthew 28:8-15.
 
APRIL 3 – TUESDAY WITHIN THE...

Catechumens exhorted to live in the light of Christ
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

Hong Kong (SE): On March 11, St. Andrew’s Church hosted the Rite of Scrutiny, officiated by auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-sing. During his homily the bishop exhorted the catechumens not to forget what they learned during their catechumenate journey and to rely on Christ to live in the light of Christ, which they receive in the Sacraments of Initiation.  
 
The missionary commitment and generosity of heart of over 3,000 voluntary catechists from 52 parishes...

China presence at organ trafficking conference called window-dressing
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): The presence of Chinese health officials at the March 12 to 13 conference on organ trafficking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican, would be more meaningful if such meetings weren’t just mere “window-dressing,” said a human rights researcher.
 
Patrick Poon, an Amnesty International researcher, had little faith in what they had to offer.
 
“The Chinese government has never disclosed any credible...

Women’s Day protest highlights enslavement of foreign domestic workers
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The International Women’s Day turned out be a protest day for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong, who trooped to Immigration Tower in Wanchai, on March 8, objecting to policies they believe keep them down as modern slaves in the city.
 
Sringatin, spokesperson of the members of the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body said foreign domestic workers are women entitled to labour rights, but many policies in Hong Kong bind them to slave-like conditions....

China tightens grip on religion with bureaucratic overhaul
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): China’s Communist Party has further stepped up control over all religions, dissolving its long-standing State Administration for Religious Affairs bureau and handing its functions over to the feared United Front Work Department.
 
The move was announced at the close of the meetings of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress in Beijing in mid-March, and is part of a comprehensive...

Christ is risen! Now what are you going to do about it?
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

Tricia Bølle
 
“Christ is Risen!” 
“He is truly risen!”
 
So goes the (hopefully enthusiastic) call and response of the Christian faithful as we celebrate this truly joyous occasion when our salvation was won and new life given to us through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Easter is the time when we as Christians should...

Dialogue between Christianity and China indispensable
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “If we see only our own reasons and insist on our own experience as the norm, thereby denying the basis of other people’s experience, then disagreement, quarrels and even wars will be inevitable,” between individuals, communities, nations and religions, the former bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon told symposium on Christianity and China.
 
“As a result, our zeal for pursuing the truth will, ironically, become a chasm...

I believe in the Resurrection
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! Easter proclamation at the climax of the Service of Light during the vigil is perhaps the strangest and most radical message ever given, reminding the faithful of the victory of Christ over the powers of darkness and death: “Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.” We repeat the words too often that we’ve perhaps forgotten how weird and how wonderful they truly are.
 
The gospel writers give an eyewitness account...