May 2018

Importing foreign priests is not the answer to the vocations crisis
(Saturday, 19 May 2018 )

Robert Mickens, 
Letter from Rome
In April, Pope Francis ordained 11 new priests for the Diocese of Rome at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter—Good Shepherd Sunday, also the 55th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The pope also ordained five other men for two different religious orders.
However only five of the 11 new priests are...

Ascension Sunday: A different way of being near
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

The Ascension of the Lord is the moment of handing over the announcement of the gospel to the disciples. Having concluded his physical presence with the disciples, he would be near them in a different way. 
It is surprising that the good news should be announced “to every creature.” The expression contains an invitation to contemplate a salvation that extends to the whole universe.  Driven by insatiable covetousness and greed, instead...

Ascension Sunday: Binyagang nag-mimisyon!
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

Lahat ng mga binyagan ay tinawag na makilahok sa pagmimisyon ng Simbahan. Ang ating binyag na tinanggap ay hindi lamang para tayo ay mapabilang sa Simbahan, kundi ang binyag na tinanggap natin ay isang tawag na sumunod sa yapak ni Hesus para magpalaganap ng mabuting balita sa buong sanlibutan. Sinabi sa ating ebanghelyo sa araw na ito, “Humayo kayo sa buong sanlibutan at ipangaral ninyo sa lahat ang Mabuting Balita. 
Ang sumasampalataya at...

Call to safeguard religious freedom in Hong Kong and China
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Christians in Hong Kong urged the Chinese Government to stop suppressing religious freedom during a prayer service outside the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government, Western District, on the evening of April 30.
The gathering, organised by the Justice and Peace Commission, Christians for Hong Kong Society, the City Concern of Christian Fellowship Hong Kong, Hong Kong Christian Institute along with other Christian organisations, sought to...

Updated dicastery statutes promote feminine genius and role of women in Church
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The dicastery works to deepen the reflection on the relationship between men and women in their respective specificity, reciprocity, complementarity and equal dignity,” say the new statutes of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.
They say that in “valuing the feminine ‘genius,’ (the dicastery) offers a contribution to ecclesial reflection on the identity and mission of women in the Church and in society, promoting...

A long road for labour rights
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Members of the Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs joined thousands of people on May 1 for a Labour Day march, organised by the Federation of Trade Unions and its subsidiary unions, demanding better protection for workers.
Commission members were joined by security and cleaning workers, along with members of its various concern groups. They chanted slogans and held up banners calling for the legislation of standard working hours, universal...

Bishop of Guangzhou silent on religious repression at Taiwan talk
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A talk given by Bishop Joseph Gan Junqiu of Guangzhou, at the ninth Fu Jen Academia Catholica International Conference was flagged for not reflecting the truth about religious repression on the mainland.
Bishop Gan spoke about contemporary Catholic theological education and cultural construction in China at the conference, hosted by Taiwan Fu Jen Catholic University from May 4 to 5.
In the discussion session, Precious Blood Sister...

The Galilee of China faces new era under Xi Jinping
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

Ying Fuk-tsang
From 2014 to 2016, the Chinese Communist Party conducted a systematic campaign of cross removals in Zhejiang province, the most populous Christian area of China in terms of the percentage of the population. The epicentre of Christianity there is the city of Wenzhou, known as the Jerusalem of the East.
In recent months, Chinese authorities have turned their attention to Henan province, the most...

Catholic church closed in Henan crackdown
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The crackdown on religion in Henan province—a key centre of Christianity in China—has been ratcheted up as the government seized an unregistered Catholic church managed by a priest with the official Church.
On April 24, cadres from Diandian Town in Shangcai County, sent two officials in the morning to seal the main entrances of Gadazhang Catholic Church in the Diocese of Zhumadian.
“The government will not allow the...

Pope Benedict’s insight relevant and urgent today Pope Francis writes
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): For more than 50 years, the writings of retired Pope Benedict XVI on the relationship between faith and politics have insisted that the measure of human freedom is the extent to which each person acknowledges being dependent on the love of God, Pope Francis writes in the preface to a new book, Liberating Freedom: Faith and Politics in the Third Millennium.
The book is a collection of essays over the course of several decades, including during Pope...