September 2018

United States bishops meet with pope
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met with Pope Francis on September 13 and shared how the Church in their country has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.”
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, president of the conference, met the pope at the Vatican along with Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Archbishop Jose. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice...

Life sentence for infamous Philippine general
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

Manila (UCAN): Retired army Major-General Jovito Palparan, a decorated Philippine Army veteran, was sentenced to life in prison on September 17 for the “kidnapping and illegal detention” of two university students who went missing in 2006.
The Malolos Regional Trial Court found Palaparan guilty of kidnapping university students, Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan.
Human rights groups have labelled Palparan The Butcher and accused him of being...

Seoul pilgrimage sites receive official recognition
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

SEOUL (SE): The Vatican held an official celebration in Seoul, South Korea, on September 14 recognising the martyrdom shrines of the country’s capital as official International Pilgrimage Sites, a first for Asia.
In his homily, Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung, of Seoul, said, “I believe, today’s recognition of Seoul’s Catholic Pilgrimage Routes as an International Pilgrimage Site by Vatican will become a milestone (and) that Churches in Asia and all...

Mary Jane Veloso abandoned by Philippine government
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): The family of Mary Jane Veloso, who has been languishing on Indonesia’s death row since a 2011 conviction for drug trafficking, decried what her father, Cesar, described as the Philippine government’s lack of concern about the notorious case.
Veloso was arrested in 2010 by Indonesian authorities after 2.6 kilogrammes of heroin were found inside her luggage on her arrival in Jakarta from Malaysia. She claimed to have been duped being a drug mule...

Sister Fox denied extension of missionary visa
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

Hong Kong (SE): The Philippine Bureau of Immigration denied Australian Sister Patricia Fox an extension of her missionary visa which expires on September 5, according to a CBCP News  report. She sought the issuance of another missionary visa after it expired on September 5.
The 72-year-old superior of the congregation of Our Lady of Sion in the Philippines has worked in the Philippines for 27 years, but ran afoul of the president, Rodrigo Duterte, who branded...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

Pope says he hopes to visit Japan in 2019
VATICAN (CNS): “Taking advantage of your visit, I would like to announce my desire to visit Japan next year. We hope it is possible to do,” Pope Francis told members of Japan’s Tensho Kenoh Shisetsu Kenshoukai, a cultural association which visited the Vatican on September 12 
The pope has received several invitations to visit Japan, including an invitation in 2013 from prime minister,...

History is on the side of the Chinese people
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

Father Michael Kelly SJ
When will they ever learn? The best tonic to stir up religious fervour and greater commitment in a totalitarian society is to persecute believers.
And its happening again and ferociously in the Peoples Republic of China—most extensively among Muslims in Xinjiang where, reportedly, hundreds of thousands, perhaps a million Uighurs are now in re-education camps to improve their manners.

Crackdown hits Protestant Churches in several provinces
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A Protestant group, HKBCBS, has urged people express discontent with mainstream Protestant Churches in the Hong Kong turning a blind eye to the recent crackdown on Protestant Churches in China.
In a September 12 post on the group’s Facebook page, Yeung Ho-yin, the group’s founder, noted that the crackdown is thought to be the largest since the Cultural Revolution.
He said the suppression started in Henan in late August as...

Only the merciful resemble God the father pope says
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Christians are not defined by their baptism but by whether they live their lives according to God’s command to love their enemies, Pope Francis said during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on September 13.
While it may seem easier to speak ill of an enemy, Christian logic goes in the opposite direction and follows “the folly of the cross,” the pope said in his homily.
“Only the merciful resemble God the father...

A visit to the Maryknoll Motherhouse- A series of reflections
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

Fifteen students and three teachers from Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section) visited the motherhouse of the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, the United States of America from August 10 to 20 to retrace their roots and visited the Maryknoll Sisters who served in Hong Kong, especially the school  
The 10-day visit to New York and the Maryknoll Motherhouse was a meaningful, inspiring and rewarding journey....