May 2018

Trinity Sunday and the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface for solemnity (white). 
Readings: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 1 Peter 1:3-9; Mark 10:17-27.

Trinity Sunday: Misyong pagkakaisa!
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

Lumapit si Hesus at sinabi sa kanila, “Ibinigay na sa akin ang lahat ng kapangyarihan sa langit at sa lupa. Kaya, humayo kayo at gawin ninyong alagad ko ang lahat ng bansa binyagan ninyo sila sa ngalan ng Ama at ng Anak at ng Espiritu Santo, at turuang sumunod sa lahat ng ipinag-utos ko sa inyo. Tandaan ninyo: ako’y laging kasama ninyo hanggang sa katapusan ng sanlibutan” (Mt. 28: 18-20).
Sa Linggong ito ating ipinagdiriwang ang dakilang...

Trinity Sunday: The joy of discovering the hidden mystery
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

In primitive communities, baptism was administered in the name of Jesus. Peter, on the day of Pentecost, turned to the people and urged them to repent and be baptised “in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven” (Acts 2:38). The custom of baptising in the name of the Trinity was introduced later. It is the formula that Matthew puts in the mouth of the Risen One. It reflects the liturgical practice of the second half of the first century A.D....

A Message for Pro-Life Day 2018
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

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Vatican bank affirms ethics over profit
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Institute for the Works of Religion—known as the Vatican bank—is striving to follow Catholic ethical practices in its investments, according to its latest annual report.
According to the 128-page report, published on May 22, the institute’s net profit for 2017 was €31.9 million ($308 million), which will all be donated to the Holy See. Net profit was down from €36 million in 2016, it said.
The main source of...

Elderly labourers taken to cleaners by outsourcing practices
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Hong Kong’s mostly elderly cleaners, some in their 80s, are falling victim to outsourcing companies employing them under two-year government contracts.
Ming, who is 70-years-old, cleaned public toilets, but was forced to change companies four times in six years by an outsourcing requirement that favours the lowest bidder—with bids usually lowered through contractors minimising labour costs.
Ming recounted that in November...

Inmates to be empowered by alternative therapies
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Correctional services chaplains met at St. Margaret’s Church, Happy Valley, on May 4 to look at how alternative therapies can help prison inmates and former inmates rebuild their lives.
Around 100 people, including Catholic and Protestant chaplains, as well as volunteers from religious and other organisations attended the meeting. 
At the start of the meeting, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said that inmates may feel...

Dialogue with China: Small steps toward mutual trust
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

Hong Kong (SE): In early May, the Vatican News website began publishing a series of articles to give insights on the criteria and reasons guiding the Holy See in its contacts with the Chinese government. This is the second of a two-part commentary, published on May 7, written by Sergio Centofanti and Jesuit Father Bernd Hagenkord, titled, Dialogue with China: Small steps toward mutual trust, in which they ask why the Holy See is engaging in dialogue despite the suffering of the...

Malaysian bishops hail election results
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

PENANG (UCAN): Malaysia’s bishops have broken their collective silence following the May 9 election win by the Mahathir Mohamad-led opposition alliance, Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), over the corruption-tainted government of Najib Razak, calling it a golden opportunity to set the nation on a new course.
The ousting of Najib spelled the end of a six-decade ruling coalition dominated by the United National Malays Organisation (UMNO).

Chile’s bishops resign after meeting with pope
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us,” Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo said on May 18 in a statement on behalf of Chile’s bishops.
The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their May 15 to 17 meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the country’s clerical...