March 2018

A victory for children’s rights
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

After a French court acquitted a 30-year-old man of child rape after he had sexual relations with an 11-year-old, the public was outraged and rightly so. 
The judge ruled that unless it could be proven that he had used force or intimidation, it was not rape but sexual assault of a child and he could be sentenced to a much lesser penalty. 
In another, similar case, a 28-year-old man who had sexually abused another 11-year-old...

Nigerians demand release of student who won’t renounce faith
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

LAGOS (CNS): While Catholic and Muslim leaders welcomed the release of 104 schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram, they urged the government to work for the release of the remaining girl, a Christian who reportedly refused to denounce her faith. 
The schoolgirls, who were kidnapped on February 19, were released on March 21. Five of them were killed during captivity. 
However, a March 22 statement from Muslim Rights Concern, a nongovernment...

Cry out, pope tells young people
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Celebrating Passion Sunday Mass on March 25 with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting hosanna in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following his example of outreach to the poor and suffering.
The crowd that shouted hosanna as Jesus entered Jerusalem included all those for whom Jesus was a source of joy, those he healed and forgave, and those he welcomed after they had been...

Asian Christians can save Christianity from Christendom
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

Father William Grimm MM
I was 16 years old when a teacher had the class read works that were not in the high school curriculum. Among them were St. Augustine’s Confessions and The Song of Roland, an anonymous French epic that dates from the 11th century, or even earlier.
St. Augustine’s famous line, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you...

Brazilian bishop charged with stealing from diocesan donations
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

BRASILIA (CNS): Bishop Jose Ronaldo Ribeiro of Formosa, Brazil, was arrested and charged, along with four diocesan priests, of stealing about $4.75 million of diocesan money.
On March 21, two days after the arrest, Pope Francis named Archbishop Paulo Mendes Peixoto of Uberaba, to serve as apostolic administrator of the diocese. The pope did not remove Bishop Ribeiro from his post.
Prosecutors in the state of Goias allege Bishop Ribeiro and the priests...

An Easter greeting from our bishop
(Saturday, 31 March 2018 )

Rejoice and Trust in the Risen Lord!

Pray in Solidarity with Pope Francis
for All and especially for the Church in China
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Peace and Joy of the Risen Lord be with you all!  My warm greetings especially to the newly baptized in our Diocese, and to all young people in this Diocesan...

Passion Sunday, Holy Week
(Saturday, 24 March 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface of Palm Sunday (red). 
Readings: Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1—15:47.
Mass of the day (purple). Passion preface II.  
Readings: Isaiah 42:1-7; John 12:1-11.
Mass of the day (purple)....

Passion Sunday: Jesus is a man not a superman
(Saturday, 24 March 2018 )

Mark presents a Jesus who is not rebelling against the events that he cannot impede, almost passively accepting what is happening to him and that, in the end, he concludes: “But let the scriptures be fulfilled” (Mark 14:49). 
While all evangelists indicate that, after an initial enthusiastic reception, the crowds gradually breaks away from Jesus who in the end is left alone with the twelve. These, in turn, in the moment of decisive choice...

Passion Sunday: Hari sa Krus!
(Saturday, 24 March 2018 )

Ang Linggo ng Palaspas ay hudyat ng pagsisimula natin sa mga Mahal na Araw. Ito ang mga araw na tayo ay magninilay sa pagpapakasakit at pagtanggap ni Hesus ng kanyang misyon, ang pagpapako sa krus para sa ating kaligtasan.
Sa simula ng Banal na Misa ay ating sinariwa ang pagpasok ni Hesus sa lungsod ng Jerusalem. Sa kanyang pagpasok marami sa mga tao na nagbibigay pugay sa kanya. 
Sabi nila, “Hosanna! Pagpalain ang dumarating...