September 2018

Behind-the-scenes of the search for St. Peter’s bones
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

HOUSTON (CNS): Legendary oilman, George Strake, and New York Times best-selling author, John O’Neill, from Houston, Texas, the United States of America, shared a journey through centuries of history and a decades-long archaeological dig under the Vatican to unveil a story reminiscent of movie adventurer-archaeologist, Indiana Jones, complete with German Nazis in Rome.
O’Neill’s recently released book, The Fisherman’s Tomb: The True...

Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time — readings
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).  
Readings: Isaiah 50:5-9a; James 2:14-18; Matthew 8:27-35.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33; Luke 7:1-10.

Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year—Peter follows with misunderstanding
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

Along the way to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus quizzes the disciples with two questions: Who do people say I am; the second one is more challenging: Who do you say I am? 
After reporting what people are saying, Peter shows to have understood everything and, on behalf of the others, proclaims: “You are the Messiah,” the Christ, the saviour spoken of by the prophets, and that all the people are waiting. It is hard to find a more appropriate...

Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year—Kalooban ng Diyos ang sundin
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

Mahina naman ang loob mo, kaya mo yan,” ibig sabihin nito ay kulang sa tapang na harapin ang problema sa buhay, o walang tapang na gumawa ng desisyon sa buhay. Karamihan sa atin dito sa Hongkong ay naglakas loob na umalis sa ating bayan, sa ating pamilya para magtrabaho. Ito ang loobin ng isang OFW, nagsakripisyo para mapaganda ang buhay ng kanyang pamilya.
May nakilala akong OFW, Siya po ay isang teacher sa atin (Pilipinas), mahal niya ang kanyang...

Build unity and shun clericalism pope tells new bishops
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Catholic Church needs bishops who promote unity, “not soloists singing their own tune or captains fighting personal battles,” Pope Francis told 74 new bishops from 34 countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America on September 8.
They new bishops were in Rome attending a course sponsored by the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.
He told them, “Dear brothers, flee from clericalism, an anomalous way...

Nine-Eleven terror attacks remembered
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): Churchgoers around the United States (US) once again marked the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 with moments of silence, special prayer services and Masses.
In Brooklyn, New York, a Mass for fallen heroes was celebrated at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph on September 11. This followed a procession of firefighters from across the country who had first gathered at ground zero in Lower Manhattan, where the twin towers of the World Trade...

Make more public housing available forum urges government
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong government must address the plight of people living in subdivided flats, who are deprived of the basic human right to housing, by substantially increasing the supply of public housing, the Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness said. 
The group organised a forum on August 13 at St. Vincent’s Chapel, Wong Tai Sin, to look into the hardships of grassroots people who are compelled to live in subdivided units.

Call for pay hike for foreign domestic workers
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission is pushing for 25 per cent pay rise in the minimum wage for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong. 
Around 300 foreign domestic workers, dressed in red, marched from Chater Road to the Central Government Offices in Tamar on September 9 to fight for an increase of their minimum allowable wage from $4,410 to $5,500 as well as an up in food allowance from $1,053 to $2,500. The rally was organised by the Asian Migrant...

Recalling the horrors of the Cultural Revolution
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

Zhang Guohua will never forget the horrors that plagued his village in Hebei province during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966 to 76) when he was forced to watch public beatings, torture and ritual humiliation.
Four decades have passed since that painful chapter in the country’s modern history drew to a close, but the memories of Christians being persecuted remain fresh in his mind. A local church that was dismantled during that bloody decade...

Clear response to abuse crisis is urgently needed cardinal says
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “Recent events in the Church have us all focused on the urgent need for a clear response on the part of the Church for the sexual abuse of minors” and vulnerable adults, said Sean Cardinal O’Malley, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on September 9.
“Bringing the voice of survivors to leadership of the Church is crucial if people are going to have an understanding of how important it is...