August 2018

Hardline beef with assisting flood victims
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

New Delhi (UCAN): Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, leader of the All India Hindu Assembly, a hardline Hindu organisation, said it would be a “major sin to give any relief and support to those flood sufferers in Kerala who are beef eaters.” He appealed to the Indian government and Hindus in general not to provide relief to flood-hit victims in Kerala who eat beef, as the cow is a revered animal in Hinduism.
 
He told the media on August 23 that those who slaughter cows...

Religious persecution worsening in Asia
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

BANGKOK (UCAN): Religious freedoms are steadily being eroded across large parts of Asia and religious fundamentalism is on the rise, Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations’ (UN) special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, has warned.
 
“Freedom of religion is routinely violated across much of Asia,” Shaheed said at an event hosted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok. “In general, human rights are regressing in Asia....

Pray for Philippine drug war victims pope asked
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine senator, Bam Aquino, asked Pope Francis to pray for the he country, especially for poor Filipinos who suffer the brunt of drug-related killings. The legislator met with the pope on the sidelines of the 9th annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, held from August 23 to 26, in Rome.
 
“Holy Father, I have some letters from our religious leaders in the Philippines. Our country needs your prayers,” Aquino told the...

Displaced Marawi families given meat for Eid
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

COTABATO (UCAN): Islamic Relief Worldwide, an international relief organisation, distributed at least 3,870 kilogrammes of meat to 1,800 displaced families living in temporary shelters on the outskirts in war-torn Marawi in the southern Philippines to mark the observance of Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) on August 22.
 
Maryann Zamora, a spokesperson for the group in the Philippines, said the animals were slaughtered to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to...

Unilateral setup of new seminary surprises archibishop of Tokyo
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

TOKYO (UCAN): “I am very confused by the decision of the congregation,” Archbishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo, said in reaction to a letter from Fernando Cardinal Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, unilaterally announcing that a new seminary would be established for the Neocatechumenal Way somewhere in the Archdiocese of Tokyo.
 
In an August 15 statement he said he was not aware exactly where the seminary would be located...

Shadows over the World Meeting of Families
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

“We showed no care for the little ones, we abandoned them,” Pope Francis says in a letter to the entire Catholic Church in which he condemned the clericalism, the arrogance, abuse of power and position of bishops and religious superiors in the Church who allow and cover up and thus perpetuate sexual crimes against children (Sunday Examiner, September 26).  
 
Pope Francis takes a stand with the victims and vows to stamp out and hold...

Korea institute opens AIDS orphanage in Uganda
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

SEOUL (UCAN): Kkottongnae, South Korea’s largest social welfare institute, launched the Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan Centre in Kiruhura, Uganda, on August 18 to strengthen its programme of caring activities for orphans whose parents died of AIDS related diseases.
 
Archbishop Michael Blume, the apostolic nuncio to Uganda, celebrated the opening Mass for the new centre.
 
Archbishop Paul K. Bakyenga of Mbarara, and Father John Oh Woong-jin, the founder of...

The spirit of South Korea’s Catholics
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

by Michael Sainsbury
 
South Korea has been a bit of an outlier in Catholic Asia for decades both in terms of the size of its Catholic demographic—bested only in Asia by the Philippines and Timor-Leste—and the political influence they wield.
 
Remarkably, three out of seven of the country’s presidents have been Catholic since it began democratically electing its leaders in 1981.
 
The...

Families urged to come up with media plan to help protect minors
(Saturday, 1 September 2018 )

DUBLIN (CNS): Behavioural scientists and cyber-crime experts talked to families about how digital distraction, pornography and the “online echo chamber” impact their lives, during one of the first panel discussions at the international World Meeting of Families, held in Dublin Ireland, from August 21 to 26.
 
Pornography in particular has emerged as a threat to individual and family life, panelist, Thomas Lickona, said
 
Lickona, a developmental...

Twenty-First Week of the Week - Readings
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

AUGUST 26 – TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69.
 
AUGUST 27 – ST. MONICA.
Mass of the memorial (white). 
Readings: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11b-12; Matthew 23:13-22.
 
AUGUST 28 – ST. AUGUSTINE. ...