June 2018

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

#MeToo called to support women abused for their faith
VATICAN (CNS): Under the title, #MeToo for All, Aid to the Church in Need has published an open letter to four actresses asking help in publicising the widespread sexual exploitation of women because of their faith. 
Addressed to Asia Argento, Meryl Streep, Sharon Stone and Uma Thurman, the letter was printed as an ad June 6 in the Italian edition of Vanity Fair. The four...

Fighting and dying for Filipino freedoms
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

What is independence but the freedom from the domination and control of others? Freedom is firstly an inner, non-material spiritual value. The desire for it is a natural right and when achieved, it is a joyful experience. The freedom to practice our religious beliefs and to be freed from chains and bondage, the freedom of expression and to live in dignity free from poverty and fear are the greatest values of being human. They are universal human rights.

Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, along with those of Archbishop Cristian Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt, and Bishop Gonzalo Duarte Garcia de Cortazar of Valparaiso, both at the customary retirement age of 75.
The announcement came as the pope sent the Vatican team of Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, and Father...

Only the lowly can confront corruption
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

GWANGJU (SE): Father Nandana Manatunga thanked the people of South Korea for their continuous support of those struggling against repression and state violence throughout Asia as he was presented with the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights at the Culture Centre in Seogu on May 18 this year.
The trustees describe the prize as promoting “the spirit of the May 18 Democratisation Movement (in Korea) in which the people of Gwangju resisted the brutal military forces for the...

Filipino killed in Slovakia called a hero
(Saturday, 16 June 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Henry John Acorda, a Filipino expatriate died in Bratislava, Slovakia, on May 31 from injuries sustained after being beaten and kicked in the head by a man believed to be a neo-Nazi on May 26.
Acorda, a 36-year-old financial analyst, had reportedly intervened to stop the alleged attacker from harassing two women in Slovakian capital.
A 28-year-old local, identified only as Juraj H., was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 9 June 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Genesis 3:9-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1; Mark 3:20-35.
Mass of the memorial (red), preface of the Apostle II. 
Readings: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3; Matthew 10:7-13.

Tenth Sunday of the Year - Kapatid sa pananampala taya
(Saturday, 9 June 2018 )

Ang kanyang ina at mga kapatid ay dumating, nagsitigil sila sa labas at ipinatawag siya. Ang napakaraming taong nakaupo sa paligid niya ay nagsabi ng ganito, “Ang iyong ina at mga kapatid ay nasa labas, hinahanap ka nila.” Si Hesus ay sumagot sa kanila, “Sino ang aking ina at mga kapatid?” At tumingin siya sa mga nakaupo sa paligid niya at nagwika, ‘Narito ang aking ina at mga kapatid. Ang sino mang tumupad sa kalooban ng Diyos ay aking kapatid...

Tenth Sunday of the Year - The mother Israel and the mother Church
(Saturday, 9 June 2018 )

Who is this person, Jesus? Some say that he is out of his mind. Some accuses him of being in league with Satan. While the public debates over this question, the family in Nazareth hears the news from Capernaum and comes to take him back home. 
When his mother, brothers and sisters arrive at Capernaum, Jesus is in the house, in the middle of a circle of people. They do not come in; they want to talk to him and expect him to come out. 

We will not be silent for silence belongs to the culprits
(Saturday, 9 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 900 people came together for a prayer service on the evening of June 4 at the music kiosk of Victoria Park to remember of the victims in the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing nearly three decades ago and to pray for a peaceful vindication.
Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong, said people gathered not only to mourn the martyrs killed 29 years ago, but also to pray for those whose religious freedom is being suppressed in...

First communion at Rosaryhill
(Saturday, 9 June 2018 )

Father Vicente and Deacon Bosco, with (front, left to right): 
Curtis Ho, Skyler Lam, Lucas Sieh, Claire Ho, Tommy Carale, Ryan Ho and Chase Prado.
Hong Kong (SE): Seven children received their first communion on May 20 from Father Secundino Vicente OP,
at Rosaryhill School chapel in Stubbs Road.
Mass was celebrated by...