May 2018

Sister Fox defies order to leave
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox, who was ordered by the Philippine authorities to leave the country by May 25, was given a 10-day extension by the country’s Justice Department on May 28.
However, Sister Fox said it was a “temporary victory.” 
Menardo Guevarra, the secretary for justice ordered the immigration bureau to comment on Sister Fox’s petition for review within the 10 day period.

The process of justice and injustice
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

The Avila sex bar in Calapandayan, Subic town, Zambales, has been closed with a steel gate since the hand of justice came to that place when we rescued young girls from sex slavery and the domineering  power of the owner, 49-year-old Arthur David Benjamin, of the United States of America (US), on 6 February 2013.
 Along that national road, many other sex bars and brothels have been abandoned and closed out of fear since 2013. The information that...

Easter baptisms in China
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

Young Chinese Catholics, newly baptised at Easter, explained that their faith in God changed their lives and their conversions impelled them to learn more about him and share this experience with others in their atheist and materialist societies. 
Twenty-nine-year-old William, from Xi’an, said that religious instruction changed his outlook on life and values. “I can feel that God guides me along and comforts me when I am in difficulties. I...

Priest still haunted by captivity
(Saturday, 2 June 2018 )

MARAWI (UCAN): A year after his abduction by terrorist gunmen, Father Teresito Soganub, the one time vicar-general of the Prelature of Marawi, Mindanao, is on a journey for forgiveness.
“I was a captive. I was not afraid to die, but I was afraid to suffer,” he said in what sounded like a confession only days before the first anniversary of his kidnapping during an attack on St. Mary’s Cathedral.
He was abducted along with several church...

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...