March 2018

The first bishop in charge of the Hong Kong Church
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

A hundred and seventy years ago, a French bishop took care of the Church in Hong Kong for two years. Théodore-Augustin Forcade, was born on 2 March 1816 in Versailles, France. He was ordained a priest on March 1839 and joined the Paris Foreign Missions Society (MEP) on 2 October 1842. He left for Macau on 20 January 1843 and arrived in ther on August 23. 
Father Libois, the MEP general procurator, appointed him assistant procurator. However, after a few months...

Hacking problems not servers at the Vatican
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican hosed a fast-paced gathering of students, developers and entrepreneurs from around the world from March 8 to 11 looking to find high-tech solutions for complex global issues.
The conference, VHacks: A hackathon at the Vatican, examined issues such as the migrant and refugee crisis, and focused on viewing matters from a different perspective, said Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugee Section of the...

Church groups condemn arrest of young advocates for the poor
(Saturday, 17 March 2018 )

COTABATO (UCAN): The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines condemned the arrest on March 2 of 21-year-old Myles Albasin, 21, accused of being a communist rebel fighter with the New People’s Army by the military.
“We are aggrieved that the response of the state, and the people quick to judge her actions, had been to accuse her of being a terrorist,” said Ailene Villarosa, coordinator of the Rural Missionaries.
Albasin, who comes from...

Fourth Week of Lent
(Saturday, 10 March 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for the fourth Sunday of Lent (rose). 
Readings: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21.
Mass of the day, Lenten preface (purple). 
Readings: Isaiah 65:17-21; John 4:43-54.

Fourth Sunday of Lent: From there he will come to judge
(Saturday, 10 March 2018 )

John the Evangelist speaks of Nicodemus, a distinguished character among the Pharisees. He was perhaps a member of the great Sanhedrin, who, taking advantage of the darkness went to Jesus. He was in search of light and believes Jesus, the young rabbi from Nazareth can guide him. 
Later we find him debating with the leaders who were plotting to kill Jesus. He challenged, “does our law condemn people without first hearing them and knowing the...

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Pag-ibig hanggang sa Krus!
(Saturday, 10 March 2018 )

Kung paanong itinaas ni Moises ang ahas doon sa ilang, gayon din naman, kailangan itaas ang Anak ng Tao, upang ang sinumang sumasam-palataya sa kanya ay magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggang. Gayon na lamang ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa sanlibutan, kaya ibinigay niya ang kanyang bugtong na Anak, upang ang sumasampalataya sa kanya ay hindi mapahamak, kundi magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan.” (John 3:14-16).
Ang Diyos ay pag-ibig. Dahil mahal tayo ng...

Five years on: Pope Francis keeps reaching for the peripheries
(Saturday, 10 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (Agencies): “I have the sense that my pontificate will be brief: four or five years.” Pope Francis madd this startling observation during an interview with the Mexican media company, Televisa on the second anniversary of his election to the papacy in 2015. Now, on March 13, as his pontificate reaches its fifth year, the Sunday Examiner wishes him many more! 
After his election on 13 March 2013 and chose the name Francis, he made...

Priests in Changzhi told to give stipends to dioceses
(Saturday, 10 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Ding Lingbin of Changzhi in northern China, has asked priests in his diocese to hand over their stipends to be used to subsidise needy parishes and avoid secularisation.
The bishop told a pastoral meeting that the diocese would regulate collection and use of stipends under a unified standard.
He explained that stipends had previously been managed by parish priests, but some chaotic situations occurred as some parishes lost...

Church scarred and marred in Xinjiang
(Saturday, 10 March 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Authorities demolished the crosses, statues, bell towers and other features of a the Yining Catholic Church of the Urumqi Diocese in Xinjiang, northwest China on February 27. State-instructed workers removed the exterior religious features using a crane. A source said that no reason was given for the action but it is believed to have been carried out because the religious features were “incompatible with Sinicisation.”
The source said three...

Nearly 50,000 baptisms in China
(Saturday, 10 March 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Catholic Church in China registered 48,556 baptisms in 2017, according to a February 15 report by Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.
The figures are likely incomplete, given the difficulty of procuring data from Catholic communities in the rural parts of China, report said.
However, the numbers still “reflect the vitality and the missionary dynamism of a community that fully...