June 2018

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Restoring dignity and life to Israel
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

The passage proposes two miracles: one, the healing of a sick woman and the other, raising the daughter of Jairus. These miracle stories carry hidden signs. 
 
The evangelist highlight the number twelve. The unnamed woman is impure for twelve years, while the age of Jairus’ daughter is also twelve. Twelve is the symbol of the people of “Israel”, which is a feminine name. 
 
The impurity of the woman and the...

Thirteenth Sunday - Ordinary Time - Talitha Koum: Magbangon Ka
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

Ginagamit natin ang salitang pagbangon kapag ang pinag-uusapan ay pag-katulog, pagkadapa, o pagka-handusay.  
 
Subalit ang salitang ito ay ginagamit din natin kung ang isang tao ay tila bagsak sa buhay dahil sa problema o mga suliranin dala ng kahirapan, pagkabigo, o pag- kakaroon ng mga karamdaman sa buhay. Halimbawa dito sa Hong Kong ay marami tayong kababayan na ang akala ng iba ay maayos ang buhay at kumikita ng pera kaya hindi maaring sabihin na...

Bishops of Hong Kong and Macau discuss Sino-Vatican relations with pope
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis met with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, together with Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, bishop of Macau, during their ad limina visit on the morning of June 23 for an hour and 14 minutes the Chinese-language Catholic weekly, Kung Kao Po, reported.
 
Together with the pope and the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, they discussed the ongoing dialogue with China.
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Avoid dirty work of death pope says
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “Evil looks to persuade us that death is the end of all things, that we have come to the world by chance and that we are destined to end in nothingness. By excluding the other from our horizon, life withdraws in itself and becomes just a good to be consumed,” Pope Francis told members of the Pontifical Academy for Life on June 25 at the start of its general assembly running to June 27.
 
Like the mythical figure Narcissus, people risk becoming...

Uneven distribution of land the root of all evil
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Speakers at a forum organised by the Justice and Peace Commission, pointed out that the government should address the uneven distribution of land before claiming that there is a shortage of land.
 
The forum, held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Wanchai, on June 19, was organised in response to a consultation launched by the government about the supply of land in the next three decades.
 
A study by the Planning Department claimed that...

Vietnam celebrates canonisation of martyrs
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

HANOI (UCAN): Some 20,000 Catholics from the Archdiocese of Hanoi, along with nine dioceses in northern Vietnam, braved the scorching heat to attend a special Mass on June 19 in Ha Nam province to open a jubilee year to mark the 30th anniversary of the canonisation of 117 Vietnamese martyrs.
 
The opening ceremony was held at the Martyrs Pilgrimage Centre of So Kien, which includes the 135-year-old Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception of Mary in Ha Nam province.
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Vatican-China talks resume reports say
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

BANGKOK (UCAN): After a long break, talks have resumed in recent weeks between China and the Holy See over a deal to normalise the appointment of bishops, according to reports coming out of Rome, with Pope Francis saying he remains committed to dialogue with the ruling Communist Party.
 
Citing unnamed Vatican sources, Reuters said that the first round of talks since December was held in Rome in the second week of June, 
 
Neither side has ever...

Christian disunity a scandal pope says
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

GENEVA (CNS): “Our differences must not be excuses,” Pope Francis said, as he addressed a gathering of Christian leaders at headquarters of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland on June 21, noting that as Christ’s disciples, Christians can still pray together, evangelise and serve others.
 
He said that not only God, but today’s broken, divided world is begging for unity among Christians.
 
On his 23rd apostolic...

Twenty-one years after the handover
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

THIS JULY 1 we mark the 21st anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty. However for many, the recent state of affairs may seem depressing. In addition to the long-running housing problem and the recent spate of scandals involving shoddy work at various MTR projects, there is no sign of improved services for the elderly, or of the retirement protection schemes that have been discussed for many years.
 
There is also growing concern that the principle of...

Students kick off anti-gun tour
(Saturday, 30 June 2018 )

CHICAGO (CNS): “Something is happening across this country. Young people are rising up, from the north to the south to the east and to the west, and they are taking control,” Father Michael Pfleger, parish priest of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, said at June 15 rally kicking off a series of weekly marches for peace
 
This year, March for Our Lives and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—the scene of a deadly shooting in...