July 2018

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year—Bayanihan
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

Isa sa mga magagandang kultura ng mga Pilipino ay ang bayanihan. Tayo’y nagtutulungan kung ang ating kapwa ay nangangailangan. Nagbibigay tayo ng ating makakaya para lang makibahagi at ipakita natin ang ating pagkakaisa sa mga nangangailangan. Subok na natin yan dito sa Hongkong, noong may kalamidad ang ating bayan, tayo’y nagkaisa at nagtulong-tulong para sa ating mga kababayan.
Sa ating ebanghelyo ang mga alagad ay nagtulong-tulong kung papaano nila pakainin...

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year—The bread: for sharing
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

In the event of the bread distribution, it is important to note that the gospel does not use the term multiplication but only of the pooled loaves and fish, and their distribution and the collection of the remainder. The central message of the story should not be sought, then, in the “multiplication”, but in the sharing. 
We are affected by the craving to multiply all that is material: money, health, years of life, friendships, successes, and when we feel...

Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Jeremiah 13:1-11; Matthew 13:31-35.
JULY 31 – ST. Ignatius of Loyola. 

Dare to be in solidarity with migrants bishops say
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

ROME (CNS/Agencies): “The path to saving our very humanity from vulgarity and barbarism passes through a commitment to safeguarding life. Every life. Beginning with that which is most exposed, humiliated and trampled upon,” the Italian Bishops’ Conference said in a July 19 statement after a woman survivor and two bodies were recovered from the wreck of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea.
As they face “closed borders and raised barriers,”...

Philippine government tries to deport sister again
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN/VaticanNews): Philippine authorities have again ordered the immediate deportation of Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox after she was declared an “undesirable alien” by the Bureau of Immigration in a 19-page resolution released on July 19, UCAN reported on July 20.
Bureau spokesperson, Dana Krizia Sandoval, said the board of commissioners decided that Sister Fox’s actions were “inimical to the interest of the state....

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

Shroud of Turin expert criticises new study casting doubt on authenticity
VATICAN (CNS): Emanuela Marinelli, a leading expert on the Shroud of Turin, believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus, dismissed a new study claiming that blood patterns on the shroud are not consistent with those left by a crucified person. 
In an interview with Vatican News on July 17, she said “there was nothing scientific” about the...

Indian state called out for harassing Christians
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

Bhopal (UCAN): Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, called on the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, to intervene and stop the harassment of Christians after the state of Jharkhand ordered a probe into the funding of more than 80 Christian organisations.
Police were asked on July 19 to probe foreign donations received by non-government organisations managed by dioceses and religious congregations...

Duterte failing the Filipino worker
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine trade union workers voiced their support for the Philippine Church’s declaration of July 17 to 19 as National Days of Fasting and Almsgiving in protest against a wave of killings and the president’s blasphemous attacks on God, as they began the People’s March for Justice, Democracy, Freedom and Just Peace, a weeklong march from the southern Tagalog region to the capital Manila.
The workers,...

Legislating a new Philippine Muslim region
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Mindanao is now on the “cusp of peace” Orlando Cardinal Quevedo of Cotabato, said as the Philippine congressional body drafting legislation to create a new Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao, approved a final version of the Bangsamoro Organic Law late on July 18.
The 28-member bicameral conference committee approved the final version after a week of heated debate and it is hoped it will help end decades of violence in the southern Philippines....

Myanmar farmland grabs condemned
(Saturday, 28 July 2018 )

MANDALY (UCAN): Myanmar must provide redress for illegally confiscating land and enact laws and regulations “to safeguard the rights of farmers” and other small landholders, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a July 17 report.
The report said that over the last 30 years the government as well as military officials have seized hundreds of thousands of acres from farmers while providing little or no compensation and that this has jeopardised their...