April 2018

Fifth Sunday and Fifth Week of Easter
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 9:26-31; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8.
Mass of the day, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 14:5-18; John 14:21-26.
Mass of the day, Easter preface...

Fifth Sunday of Easter: Manatili kay Kristo
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

Marami sa atin ang dumalo o nakaranas na magdiwang ng anibersaryo ng kasal.  Mayroong Silver Anniversary o yung dalawamput limang taon na pagsasama, yung iba naman ay Golden o yung limampung taon, mayroon pang binibiyayaan ng mahabang buhay at nakahihigit pa sa huling nabanggit.  Sila ay larawan ng pananatiling nagmamahalan sa isat-isa, mga mag-asawang nanumpa na magsasama sa hirap at ginhawa, sa gitna ng sakit at kalusugan, ganon din sa karangyaan o kahirapan ng...

Fifth Sunday of Easter: A vinedresser who prunes
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

In today’s Gospel, Jesus begins with the solemn affirmation “I am the true vine” (v.1).
Israel was the vineyard of the Lord, sung by the prophets. She was a vine that had produced abundant fruits of faithfulness, when she was “like wild grapes in the desert” (Hosea 9:10) and Yahweh took loving care of it (Isaiah 27:2-5). 
However he complains: “I planted you a choice vine, a shoot of wholesome...

Proposal to canonise Romero in El Salvador
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): A recent editorial in the April 22 issue of Orientacion, the weekly publication of the Archdiocese of San Salvador, proposed that the canonisation of Blessed Oscar Romero should be held in El Salvador around World Youth Day, which will take place in January 2019 in nearby Panama.
The editorial said that since Pope Francis would already be in Panama for World Youth Day, it makes sense that he “also come to our country and realise the long-...

God walks with us in our vocation
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocese of Hong Kong celebrated the 55th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations with different activities on April 21 and 22. The events were organised by the Diocesan Commission for Vocations.
St. Benedict Church, Shatin, and St. Alfred’s Church, Tai Wai, jointly hosted the activities on April 21 with a sharing of vocation stories, a Eucharistic procession and a concelebrated Mass. Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing presided over the...

Pope thanked for extending commission of Missionaries of Mercy
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Father Luigi Bonalumi from the Pontifical Foreign Missions Institute (PIME), expressed gratitude to Pope Francis after meeting him at the Vatican on April 10, for recognising the need to spread God’s forgiveness and mercy to the world.
The PIME priest was among the over 1,000 priests commissioned by Pope Francis in early 2016 to represent him as a Missionary of Mercy during the Year of Mercy (December 2015 to November 2016) and facilitate events...

Voter worries ahead of Philippine polls
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): The Parish Pastoral Council of Responsible Voting, a Church-based poll watchdog in the Philippines, is pressing for intensified education of voters ahead of village (barangay) and youth council election on May 14 in which old-fashioned manual balloting will be used.
The council made the call following the outcome of a rehearsal in mid-April, where the Commission on Elections reported that voters had mixed up ballots.
Monsignor Hernando...

French missionaries to Vietnam recognised
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

HUE (UCAN): Church leaders in Vietnam paid tribute to the Missions Étrangères de Paris (MEP) for helping hundreds of local clergy over the past 25 years at a meeting at the Pastoral Centre in Hue from on April 18 to 19.
Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh of Hue, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, said the MEPs had sponsored 169 Vietnamese priests and 14 religious sisters to study theology, philosophy, canon law and social sciences...

Religious crackdown in Henan intensifies
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Beijing’s crackdown on Catholic and Protestant churches in Henan, is intensifying in seven out of 10 dioceses in Henan province with buildings demolished and raided as well as hundreds of Bibles and holy books confiscated. 
A source said that in Hutuo village, Xicun town of Gongyi City in Luoyang Diocese, a Catholic church and the priests’ residence were demolished on April 17. The priests were also driven away.

Hopes up as inter-Korean summit takes place
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

SEOUL (UCAN): Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon of Uijeongbu, the president of the Korean Bishops’ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People, has been waiting years for this moment: the leaders of the two divided Koreas scheduled to meet for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory on April 27.
The bishop released a statement, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, on April 13, expressing his belief that the summit will end decades of struggle...