April 2018

The resurrection of Jessica
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

Jessica was a lost child wandering the streets of a Philippine city, picked up by a human trafficker and brought to different places where she was sold as a commodity to foreign sex tourists to be abused. 
 
She didn’t know what was happening to her at 14 years of age. She was raped, exploited and robbed of her virginity. She became angry at the world and felt she was nothing and had nothing. She felt she had no future, no present and no past life...

Dialogue is indispensable for peaceful co-existence Cardinal Tong says
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

“I believe that time will prove he (Pope Francis) is right, even if it is after his death. History will prove him right,” said John Cardinal Tong Hon, the former bishop of Hong Kong. 
 
In an interview given to America magazine in mid-March, the cardinal said that Pope Francis promotes the Holy See’s negotiations with China for the good of the Church and for the whole of humanity. 
 
In the recent months...

Vatican jails diplomat accused of child pornography
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): After months of investigation, Vatican police arrested Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington DC, on charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
 
On April 9 the Vatican said that the monsignor was taken into custody that morning by the Vatican gendarmes at the request of Vatican City State’s promoter of justice, who serves as chief prosecutor and directs criminal...

Hope for continuing Sino-Vatican dialogue
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

by Anthony Lam Sui-ki
 
Recently, Sino-Vatican dialogue has again become a hot issue for media and for the public. Actually, as early as 1981, the late Pope St. John Paul II already expressed his desire for contact and dialogue. The Holy See, however, stresses that such contact and dialogue do not aim at the establishment of diplomatic relations. 
 
The ultimate concern of the Holy See is how to enhance the Catholic...

Pope denounces deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria
(Saturday, 14 April 2018 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after the deadly April 7 attack by Syrian army warplanes that killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Douma, Syria.
 
“There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing can justify the use of such instruments of extermination against defenseless people and populations,” the pope said before concluding Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square on April 8.
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Second Week of Easter
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

APRIL 8 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy Sunday)
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, sequence (optional), Creed, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31.
 
APRIL 9 – ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD. 
Mass of the Solemnity, Gloria, Creed, Preface of the Annunciation (white). 
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke...

Second Week of Easter
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

APRIL 8 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy Sunday)
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, sequence (optional), Creed, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31.
 
APRIL 9 – ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD. 
Mass of the Solemnity, Gloria, Creed, Preface of the Annunciation (white). 
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38....

Answering the doubting Christians
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

The doubt of Saint Thomas is proverbial. Yet, was Thomas, really, the only one to have doubts, while the other disciples easily and immediately believed in the Risen One? It does not seem that things went that way.
 
The Gospel of Mark says that Jesus appeared to the eleven “and rebuked them for their unbelief….. because they had not believed those who had seen him risen” (Mark 16:14). In Luke’s gospel, the risen Christ addresses the...

Sumainyo ang Kapayapaan!
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

Kinagabihan ng Linggo ding iyon ang mga alagad ay nagkakatipon. Naka-pinid ang mga pinto ng bahay na kanilang pinagtitipunan dahil sa takot nila sa mga Judio. Dumating si Hesus at tumayo sa gitna nila, “Sumainyo ang kapayapaan!” sabi niya. Pagkasabi nito, ipinakita niya ang kanyang mga kamay at ang kanyang tagiliran. Tuwang-tuwa ang mga alagad nang makita ang Panginoon” (John 20:19-20).
 
Noong si Hesus ay dinakip, pinahirapan at pinako sa...

Easter triumphs over death, injustice, deprivation and slavery pope proclaims
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Easter morning dawned bright and sunny at the Vatican, highlighting the thousands of flowers, trees and bushes donated by flower growers in the Netherlands.
 
Before delivering his Urbi et Orbi (To the city and the world) blessing on April 1, Pope Francis prayed made special mention of the ongoing carnage in Syria as well as the recent violence which saw 15 Palestinians killed during protests along Gaza’s border with Israel on March 30....