April 2018

Filipino Muslim rights advocate denied entry to United States
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

CAGAYAN de ORO (UCAN):  Jerome Aladdin Succor Aba, a Filipino Muslim advocate, was denied entry into the United States of America (US) on April 17 and was believed to be in the holding facility at San Francisco International Airport, the Mindanao-based Sandugo-Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination reported.
 
It is believed that Aba, chairperson of the group Suara Bangsamoro, was detained by American immigration officials over “visa...

Philippine irrigation project a threat to thousands of tribal people
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

BAGUIO (UCAN): Tribal communities in the northern Philippines are threatened by a government-sponsored China-funded irrigation project on ancestral lands, tribal leaders claim.
 
On April 10, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, said he was able to secure a loan agreement with China to fund the building of an irrigation project in the mountainous Cordillera region.
 
However, Windel Bolinget, a tribal leader and chairperson of the Cordillera People’s...

You are called, you are gifted
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

Tricia Bølle
 
Jesus is calling YOU.
 
“I know well the plans I have for you, says the Lord.” – Jeremiah 29:11
 
That’s great that God knows those plans, but what about me? How am I supposed to know God’s plan for my life?
 
The Risen Lord chose you from the very beginning, graced you with unique gifts at your baptism, and called you to a very...

China’s religious freedom white paper is doublespeak
(Saturday, 28 April 2018 )

By Sang Pu
 
The release of the Chinese government’s white paper on religious freedom is not a periodic event as it is only the second since 1997.
 
Given the ad hoc nature of such releases, it is fair to imagine that China is pursuing a particular political purpose in this action.
 
The release coincides with what some see as the last mile in reaching an agreement with the Vatican on the nomination...

Fourth Sunday and Fourth Week of Easter
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

APRIL 22 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER. 
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 4:8-12; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18.
 
APRIL 23 – MONDAY: FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER. 
Mass of the day, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 11:1-18; John 10:1-10.
 
APRIL 24 – TUESDAY: FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER. 
Mass of the day,...

Fourth Sunday of Easter: Tawag para sa kabanalan!
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

Ang ikaapat na linggong muling pagkabuhay ay linggo rin sa panalangin para sa bokasyon. Lahat tayo ay tinawag ng Diyos para sumunod sa kanya, at para magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan. Si Hesus lamang ang nagbibigay ng buhay na walang hanggan. Siya ang ating Mabuting Pastol. Sabi sa ating ebanghelyo, “Ako ang mabuting pastol. Iniaalay ng mabuting pastol ang kanyang buhay para sa mga tupa.” (John 10:11). Iniaalay ni Hesus ang kanyang buhay sa krus para sa ating...

Fourth Sunday of Easter: The shepherd
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

In the Old Testament, God is often portrayed as a shepherd who guides, protects, and nourishes his people (Psalms 80:2; 23); “he gathers the lambs in his arms, and gently leading those that are with young” (Isaiah 40:11). He takes care of Israel that has been brought to ruin by unworthy kings and promises: “I will gather the remnant of my sheep from every land to which I have driven them and I will bring them back to the grasslands. They will be fruitful...

A pastoral letter from our bishop on Good Shepherd - Vocation Sunday
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

Responding to God’s call with courage and joy!
 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Rejoice in the Risen Lord, the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep! (cf. John 10:7). On the 4th Sunday of Easter the Church celebrates Good Shepherd Sunday together with the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, reminding ourselves at the same time that the Synod of Bishops will be meeting in Rome...

Bring hope to those living in despair
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): “We need to help people. We have the ability granted by God to do so and we should use this to bring hope to those in despair,” Father Louis Ha Ke-loon urged at a prayer service for the housing problem in Hong Kong, held at New Asia College Memorial Garden, Sham Shui Po on March 22. The event was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission under theme, Remain hopeful in face of despair.
 
Former legislator, Edward Yiu Chung-yim, a chartered...

Diocesan priest embarks on new missionary journey to Cambodia
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong’s first diocesan missionary priest, Father Paul Kam Po-wai, is embarking on another three-year mission on April 23, this time to Cambodia. He previously worked in Tanzania, in Africa, from 2003 to 2006.
 
A commissioning ceremony was held on April 15 at a packed St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Tsing Yi. 
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-chueng, the bishop of Hong Kong, concelebrated the Mass with parish priest, Father Joseph...