May 2018

Aid groups unite to plug disaster response gaps
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Caritas Philippines has joined forces with networks of non-government groups to address “financial gaps” in responding to disasters. Counted among the alliance aside from Caritas are the Caucus of Development non-government organsations (CODE-NGO) and the Humanitarian Response Consortium, the country’s biggest networks of NGOs.
 
Father Edwin Gariguez, the executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, said the aim of the alliance is “to...

Mosques project rapped as discrimatory political gimmick
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

DHAKA (UCAN): Minority leaders in Bangladesh, including Theophil Nokrek, secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission, have condemned a US$ 1.07 billion ($8.35 billiion) mosque building project initiated by the government, calling it a blatant attempt to win over Muslim voters ahead of national elections at the end of the year.
 
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, inaugurated the project on May 3, which is supposed to be partly funded by Saudi Arabia—though funds have...

The grace to be few
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

“This is not an obstacle but an opportunity to be leaven in the dough, small grain that grows into mustard, and salt that dissolves in water or food,” reflects Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Over 70 per cent of the population is Buddhist, while Hindus and Muslims account for 12 and 10 per cent respectively. Here, however, Christians must fight for their faith, not given to them by the cultural environment.
 
The cardinal was...

The bright and the dark Internet
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

`We all love being connected to the Internet and it is a wonderful technology for communicating, providing information and entertainment, and keeping people connected. Commerce and business is totally dependent on it what with e-mail, conferencing, communication, document transmission in which it is essential and has saved countless number of trees with the reduction in the use of paper.
 
Today, it brings us live streaming of news, movies, songs and shows....

Corruption is a social sin
(Saturday, 26 May 2018 )

Father Amado Picardal CSsR
 
 
Corruption has been likened to a cancer that has spread through all levels of society—from the village to local government units, to the police and the army, to the judiciary, the legislative and executive branches of the government. Even some non-government organisations have been linked to anomalies.
 
It is not a surprise anymore to many people. Corruption has become a way...

Pentecost Sunday and the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 19 May 2018 )

MAY 20 – PENTECOST SUNDAY. 
Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Sequence, Creed, preface for Pentecost (red). 
Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23.
 
MAY 21 – MONDAY: SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: James 3:13-18; Mark 9:14-29.
 
MAY 22 – TUESDAY: SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. ...

Pentecost Sunday: The Spirit: the law of the new Israel
(Saturday, 19 May 2018 )

Jesus promised his disciples that he would not leave them alone and that he would send the Spirit (John 14:16,26). Today we celebrate the feast of that gift of the Risen One. John has placed the outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Easter to show that the Spirit is the gift of the Risen One. 
 
Luke places it after 50 days of the resurrection to coincide with Pentecost a very ancient Jewish holiday. It commemorated the arrival of the people of Israel...

Pentecost Sunday: Katoliko
(Saturday, 19 May 2018 )

Sa pagbasa sa aklat sa Mga Gawa ng mga Apostol ay sinabi, “Namangha sila sapagkat sinasalita ng mga alagad ang mga wika nila. Sa kanilang pagtataka ay kanilang nasabi, “Hindi ba Galileo silang lahat? Bakit ang atin-ating katutubong wika ang naririnig natin sa kanila? Tayo’y mga taga-Partia, mga taga-Media, mga taga-Elam; mga naninirahan sa Mesopotamia, sa Judea at sa Capadocia, sa Ponto, at sa Asia.” Ang mga alagad o apostol ay hindi nag-aaral ng...

Conflict rises as United States moves embassy
(Saturday, 19 May 2018 )

JERUSALEM (Agencies): “We need to pray more for peace and our conversion and for all,” Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Jerusalem’s Latin Patriarchate said in a statement as the United States of America (US), inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem amid violent protests between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers., La Croix reported. 
 
“The lives of so many young people have once again been shut down and hundreds of families...

Let the young people speak pope says
(Saturday, 19 May 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis warned of the “dangers of speaking to young people without letting them speak, leaving them at ‘a safe distance’.”
 
In a May 12 video message to young people who had gathered at several sites around the world to pray the rosary together, he said, “Young people do not bite, they can come close and have enthusiasm. And not only do you have enthusiasm, you hold the key to the future.”
 
The...