April 2018

Our planet choking on plastic
(Saturday, 21 April 2018 )

It surrounds us. It is in every place we go, on the street, on the beach or the woods. We see it when we climb a mountain or go for a swim. It is there, evidence of our willful neglect or ingenious inventiveness. It is our own man-made friend and already a destructive enemy. It is causing much permanent and irreversible harm to us and also to the creatures of the planet. Yes, you guessed it, it is plastic.
Every time I open a plastic-wrapped package of...

Third Sunday and third week of Easter
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 1 John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48.
Mass of the day, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 6:8-15; John 6:22-29.

Third Sunday of Easter: God asks us to show him our hands
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

The experience of the Risen One told in this Gospel passage took place in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday. The day began with the journey of the women to the tomb and with the announcement of the resurrection (Luke 24:1-8).
At night, the eleven and a group of other disciples who were with them were talking of the manifestation of the Risen One that Simon and a few others had. Then the two disciples of Emmaus, almost out of breath, came and reported what had...

Third Sunday of Easter: Ang pagkabuhay ni Kristo ay totoong balita
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

Lumalagana sa panahong ito ang tinatawag nating Fake News. Kaliwat kanan ang mga nababasa at nakikita nating mga naka post lalo na sa social media.  Dinadala tayo ng ganitong maling balita sa mga taliwas sa katotohanan at  impormasyon. Kadalasan dahil na rin sa ating mga paniniwala, paninindigan sa buhay at mga biases, ay hindi na tayo nagsasagawa ng ibayong pagsasaliksik upang  alamin ang katotohanan. Sa kabilang banda naman ay may mga balita na nagpapakalat...

Holiness is being loving not boring pope says
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “With this exhortation I would like to insist primarily on the call to holiness that the Lord addresses to each of us, the call that he also addresses, personally, to you,” Pope Francis writes near the beginning of his new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad).
“Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy,” he writes in the document, which was signed on...

Hong Kong gears up for Taizé event
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): For five days from August 8 to 12, young adults from all over the world will descend on Hong Kong, where the aspiration for peace and the need for reconciliation is ever-growing, for the Taizé Community’s  Pilgrimage of Trust and Reconciliation
Taizé Brother Hanyol Shin, who hails from South Korea, expressed his hopes to the Kung Kao Po that the gathering would attract over 2,000 young people.

Vietnam jails human rights lawyer
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

HANOI (UCAN): The People’s Court of Hanoi sentenced Christian lawyer Nguyen Van Dai to 15 years in prison on charges of attempting to overthrow the communist government on April 5, while Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton and journalist Truong Minh Duc were each jailed for 12 years and advocate Nguyen Bac Truyen was sentenced to 11 years. 
Le Thu Ha and Pham Van Troi were sentenced to nine and seven years respectively.
The defendants also face from one...

United Nations appeals for humanitarian access to Myanmar’s restive areas
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

MANDALAY (UCAN): Ursula Mueller, the United Nations (UN) assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and deputy emergency relief coordinator, has called for unfettered humanitarian access to several crisis-hit states of Myanmar including the restive Rakhine state where large numbers of the Rohingya Muslim minority have fled security forces for Bangladesh since August 2017.
Mueller said in a statement on April 8, that restrictions on humanitarian access in Myanmar...

Bible rewrite stokes censorship fears in China
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

Hong Kong (UCAN): “With the implementation of the revised regulations on religious affairs, the religious world on the Internet will surely become a target in the next wave of rectification,” said Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school of Chung Chi College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as Catholic groups expressed concern that Beijing will bring its heavy Internet censorship squarely into the world of religious literature, including a state-sponsored re-working...

Plan to deploy troops along Mexico border knocked by bishops
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

MEXICO CITY (CNS): The Mexican Bishops’ Conference has criticised a plan floated on April 4 by the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, to deploy National Guard troops along the border with Mexico and issued a strong defence of migrants, saying the Catholic Church could not stand by “in the face of suffering by our brother migrants as they seek better conditions by crossing the border to work and contribute to the common good.”