September 2018

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time — We are given the Spirit but not exclusively
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

Mark narrates, deliberately and provocatively, two episodes in the same chapter. In the first scene a man comes to Jesus and says that his son has a deaf and mute spirit which his disciples could not cast out. In the second, what is proposed to us in today’s Gospel, Mark introduces an anonymous exorcist, using the name of Jesus, gets, instead, optimum result against the forces of evil.
 
The disciples were surprised, disappointed and even irritated....

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Alay sa Diyos
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

Sa ating pagbasa sa Linggong ito ipinakita ni Hesus na kung tayo ay sa kanya gagawa tayo ng mga bagay na magbigay kapurihan sa ating Panginoon. Ang mga alagad ni Hesus ay nagsumbong sa kanya tungkol sa isang tao na nagpalayas ng demonyo. 
 
Ang taong ito ay hindi nila kasama. Pero ang taong ito ay naniwala at sumunod kay Hesus. Ang pag-iisip ng mga alagad ay masyadong “exclusivo”, ‘pag hindi nila kasama dapat hindi gagawa ng mga bagay...

Sino-Vatican provisional deal signed
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican announced on September 22 that a Provisional Agreement between the Holy-See and China on the appointment of bishops had been signed at a meeting by Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, undersecretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, and Wang Chao, deputy minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the heads of the delegation of the Holy See and China. 
 
The statement said the understanding was “the...

Filipino groups say no to Martial Law
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): On the 46th anniversary of the declaration of the Martial Law, Filipino groups in Hong Kong said they would never forget the atrocities committed by the regime of late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, showing their support of the thousands who protested all over the Philippines on September 21 against any attempt by Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to return to dictatorship.
 
Migrant rights groups in Hong Kong, in a statement on September 20, said they have...

Remain hopeful like saints talk urges
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): People were encouraged to live out Catholic social teachings with hopefulness amidst adversity at a talk and a prayer service in memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero, organised by the Justice and Peace Commission, at St. Andrew’s Church, Tseung Kwan O, on September 9.
 
The commission organised a series of talks about prophets in the Old Testament, as well as modern day saints in under the theme, God’s Appointed Messengers, in response to...

New Internet rules could strangle religion
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): China has been accused of trying to strangle religion after the State Administration for Religious Affairs published draft measures to administer the distribution of religious information on the Internet on September 10. The deadline for comments is October 9.
 
One network administrator described the measures as “an all-around strangulation” that aims to strictly control religions from real life to the online world, making evangelisation more...

Canossian Sisters mark jubilees
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Canossian Sisters celebrated the 60th anniversary of entrance into religious life of Sister Cecilia Lee, Sister Maria Lit and Sister Rosangela Cesati, on September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
 
Mass was concelebrated by Father Gregoire Vignola, Father Giosuè Bonzi, Father Giles Chong, Father Sergio Arturo Chavira Alvarez, Father Piero Zambarbieri and Deacon Charles Chu at the Canossian Missions Chapel, Caine Road. Over 200 participants,...

Christian life involves the cross pope says
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS): Pope Francis began his September 22 to 23 visit to Lithuania with a plea to break down walls of suspicion and fear.
 
“If we look at the world scene in our time, more and more voices are sowing division and confrontation—often by exploiting insecurity or situations of conflict—and proclaiming that the only way possible to guarantee security and the continued existence of a culture is to try to eliminate, cancel or expel others,...

World Mission Month
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

EACH October, the Church asks our prayers for the specific intention of evangelisation. This goes back to 1926, when Pope Pius XI initiated special collections to fund the evangelisation work of the universal Church.
 
The start of World Mission Month is also the feast day (October 1) of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a doctor of the Church. Born in France, she entered a cloistered convent at the age of 16 and subsequently bore witness to the Lord by leading a humble...

The moral mandate to fight racism and populism
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

ROME (CNS): Christians have the teachings and the responsibility to address growing fear of and discrimination against immigrants and refugees, said speakers opening a September 18 to 20 conference in Rome on Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration.
 
“Welcoming migrants, especially those in danger, is a moral principle whose foundation and strength come from the gospel and sacred Scripture, and it is part of being...