May 2018

Praying for the Church in China without missing the point
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

Michel Chambon
May 24 has since 2007 been a day of prayer for the Catholic Church in China. At that time, Pope Benedict invited all Catholics, especially Chinese Catholics, to embrace the special day by renewing their faith in Jesus and striving for unity.
Echoing this, Pope Francis has encouraged prayers asking that Chinese Catholics make concrete gestures of “fraternity, harmony and reconciliation.”

Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

DUBLIN (CNS): Following the May 25 Irish referendum in which voters opted to remove the Eighth Amendment to the country’s constitution—which protects the rights of both the pregnant woman and the unborn child—Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, insisted that “the Irish Church after the referendum must renew its commitment to support life.”
In a homily at a Mass during a diaconate ordination at the national seminary in Maynooth, County...

Praying for a body broken and divided
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi is a solemn reminder of the two manifestations of the person of Christ amidst his people: the Eucharist and the Church. Today the Church invites the faithful to be united with Christ, both in the Eucharist and in the Church, constituting the one body of Christ. 
The Apostle Paul developed this theme beautifully to instruct the Church in Corinth saying, “Just as the body is one and has many members,...

Nicaraguan bishops denounce death threats
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

MEXICO CITY (CNS): The Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference has denounced death threats made against the outspoken Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Jose Baez of Managua, whose comments on corruption and support for students in the protests consuming the country have been poorly received by those in power.
In a statement dated May 22, the conference said priests and bishops were the objects of “discredit and death threats ... particularly our brother Auxiliary Bishop Silvio...

Pope to meet with second group of abuse survivors from Chile
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will meet from June 1 to 3 “five priests who were victims of abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse,” by Chilean Father Fernando Karadima or his followers, the Vatican said in a statement May 22.
The pope also invited two priests who have accompanied the survivors “in their juridical and spiritual journey” and “two laypeople involved in this suffering” were also invited, the statement said. They will...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

Pope and patriarch decry globalisation of indifference
VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, called on Christians to work together to build a culture of solidarity in the face of growing economic inequality and a lack of respect for the human dignity of the poor and of migrants. 
The two met privately on May 26 before addressing an international conference sponsored by the Centesimus Annus Pro...

Myanmar’s forgotten civil war goes on
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

MANDALAY (UCAN): A largely forgotten civil war has been raging in Kachin State, Myamar, while the world’s focus has been on 700,000 Muslim Rohingya who have been fleeing a military crackdown in western Rakhine State since August 2017.
One of the longest-running civil wars in the world intensified dramatically in April when Myanmar’s military stepped up dry-season offensives using helicopter gunships and heavy artillery against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA...

Duterte descends to slandering the dead
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan, the Philippines condemned speculation by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, in which he attempted to insinuate that the murdered priest, Father Mark Anthony Ventura, was having an affair with eight women. 
The bishop lamented that Father Ventura had been murdered a “second time” by the comments. 
Father Ventura, who was 37-years-old, was shot and killed after celebrating Mass in...

Reports on Marian pilgrimages banned
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Hebei-based Faith Weekly, has been ordered not to report any news about Marian pilgrimages in May across the China. This has raised concerns that Hebei will join Henan as the targets of the Communist Party’s recent religious crackdown.
Webmasters in other dioceses said that they had submitted articles on local or inter-provincial pilgrimages to Faith Weekly but none had been published.
A source who requested anonymity...

Priests look to Vatican in Kerala land deal case
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

KOCHI (UCAN): After the High Court of Kerala, India dismissed a case against George Cardinal Alencherry over a land deal that has rocked the Church for more than a year, priests have submitted a formal request for the Pope Francis to look into the matter.
Cardinal Alencherry, also the major archbishop and head of the Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Church, was accused, along with Father Joshy Puthuva and Father Sebastian Vadakkumpadan and a real estate agent, Saju Varghese, of...