April 2018

Catholic kindergarten seized in Henan
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Catholic-run, Tian-ai Kindergarten in China’s populous Henan province, has been seized by authorities. The kindergarten’s 60 to 70 students are now attending other schools nearby. 
The school, run by Zhifang Church in the parish of Weihui in the diocese of Anyang, was sealed after police bills were posted on the school’s gate on February 14 and March 14.
A source familiar with the situation explained, “...

Don’t use violence or spill blood but share life say Philippine bishops
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): “Today, many follow the ‘kings’ who use violence, arms and intimidation, but are without any understanding and oneness with the weak,” Luis Cardinal Tagle, the archbishop of Manila, said during Passion Sunday celebrations to start Holy Week in the Philippines.
In his homily during an early-morning Mass for the blessing of the palms, the cardinal poured scorn on leaders who are “full of cockiness and devoid of humility.”...

Philippine bishops call for worker boycott of abusive states
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

Manila (UCAN): The Catholic bishops of the Philippines want a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to countries that do not have laws to protect migrants.
Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, chairperson of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said on March 26 that it is high time the government said no to countries where workers are abused and that a total ban is a preventive measure against human rights violations and loss of lives.

Young people of Timor-Leste are keepers of peace
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

DILI (UCAN): Bishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva of Dili, reminded young people of their special role in maintaining peace in Timor-Leste, particularly as the country prepares for polls in May.
During a special Passion Sunday Mass to mark the annual passing round of the so-called university cross Bishop Da Silva said young people should look up to Jesus’ cross as a source of inspiration in daily life.
The university cross is a...

The profile of a dictator
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

History is full of tyrants and dictators. Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong are among the worst in past history, but today,dictatorship is increasingly on the rise. 
True democracy is in retreat as elected officials turn to dictatorship as a way to stay in power and rule with an iron fist and declare they will save their nation from evil and make the nation great. Putin, Erdoğan, Omar Al-Bashir, Kim Jong II are just a few of many that come to mind...

Euthanasia not a cure French bishops say
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

LOURDES (CNS): To permit euthanasia would be to “inscribe in the heart of our society the transgression of the civilizing imperative: ‘You shall not kill,’” said a statement from 118 French bishops opposing the country’s drift toward legal euthanasia.
At the end of meeting at the Marian shrine of Lourdes, the bishops—an overwhelming majority of the French Bishops’ Conference—declared that euthanasia would damage the sense of...

Asian Christians can save Christianity from Christendom (pt2)
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

Time to humbly open the Church and abandon the paternalism and racism Christendom fosters
Part 2. Continued from April 1
Father William Grimm MM 
It is the world more than the Church that is liberating Christianity from Christendom, though tentative steps toward that surgery have been taken in Catholicism since the Second Vatican Council (1962 to 1965)....

Patriarch praises Iraqi Christians
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )

QARAQOSH (CNS): During a pastoral visit to Iraq, Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, the Syriac Catholic patriarch, celebrated Passion Sunday Mass at the damaged Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, and praised Catholics for keeping the faith during more than three years of displacement.
“We will remain faithful to our Christian call, and we will remain lovers of our Church despite all the horrors that have afflicted us,” the patriarch said on...

Images of Holy Week
(Saturday, 7 April 2018 )