August 2018

Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time—Daily Readings
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6b-8; James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.
Mass of the memorial (white). 
Readings: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Luke 4:16-30.

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: The religion of the lips and of the heart
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

The first part of the gospel today, refers to a heated dispute between Jesus and, some Pharisees and scribes who came from Jerusalem. They reproach him for the fault of his followers who do not respect the distinction between the sacred and the profane: “They were eating their meal with unclean hands” (v.2) and this casual and provocative behaviour they can only have learned from their teacher.
The charge does not apply to the neglect of...

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Tunay na kalinisan
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

Minsan ay may mga Filipina na dumalaw sa aming bahay pormasyon sa Sha Tin.  Dahil sa aking pagiging abala noong araw na iyon ay hindi ko sila buong araw na naasikaso, bagkus, pagdating nila ng umaga ay iniwan na lamang namin sila at binigyan ng kalayaan na gamitin ang aming bahay para na rin sa kanilang pamamahinga at pagsasaya. 
Laking gulat ko na lamang nang pagbalik namin ng hapon ding iyon ng makita namin na hindi lamang sila nagkatuwaan kung...

Pope trusts the people to discern the truth
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

VATICAN (SE): “I read the statement this morning and, sincerely, I must say this to you and anyone interested: Read that statement attentively and make your own judgment,” Pope Francis told reporters aboard the papal flight from Dublin on August 26, in response to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s 11-page document calling on him to resign.
The 77-year-old Archbishop Viganò, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington DC from 2011 to 2016,...

Experience of God needs to be shared Taizé volunteers say
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Volunteers at the International Meeting of Young Adults said that the peace of mind brought about by Taizé prayers has motivated them to bring their memorable experience with God to others.
Around 100 people from overseas and Hong Kong volunteered to help during the event, organised by the Taizé Community from August 8 to 12.
Alessa, 21, a Protestant volunteer from the Netherlands, shared that she visited Taizé,...

Towards building peace in Asia
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE):  Prayers, dialogue and understanding are the keys to peace building, said the speakers during a workshop titled, Towards Reconciliation in Asia, held at the Caritas auditorium, Caine Road, on August 10. The workshop was part of the International Gathering of Young Adults organised by the Taizé Community in Hong Kong from August 8 to 12.
One speaker, Sinwoo Lee of the Bargn Nuri Community from South Korea, said that the objective of...

Redevelopment plans for Maryknoll House encounter opposition
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): The People’s Conservation Campaign, a non-Catholic group, has been seeking to stop the historic Maryknoll House, overlooking Hong Kong’s picturesque Stanley Bay, from being turned into a luxury housing estate.
An online petition against the redevelopment was launched on August 9 ahead of a Town Planning Board meeting in October that is scheduled to deal with the furore.
New Season Global Limited purchased the property in...

Pope on abuse scandal: speak out and listen to your children
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The issue of clerical sexual abuse and other crimes and mistreatment of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic priests and religious and the attempts by bishops and superiors to cover up the facts dominated the news coverage of the Pope Francis’ August 25 to 26 trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. 
Asked by reporters aboard the papal flight from Dublin back to Rome what lay Catholics can do about the clerical abuse scandal, Pope...

Let education nourish life
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

As the new school year commences, we would like to wish all students a happy new school year.
Learning can be delightful. However, studies conducted by a research team at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University found that life satisfaction of secondary students declined year on year, their confidence in handling studies declined over the years and they generally regard learning life skills as important, but inadequately covered by the school curriculum....

Penitential plea at Mass in Dublin
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

DUBLIN (CNS):  “We ask forgiveness for the abuse in Ireland, abuse of power and of conscience, sexual abuse” Pope Francis prayed before celebrating the concluding Mass of the World Meeting of Families Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, on August 26. 
“In a special way, we ask forgiveness for all the abuse committed in the different institutions run by religious men and religious women and other members of the Church.”
In a...