October 2018

Twenty-ninth Sunday and Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Ephesians 2:1-10; Luke 12:13-21.

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Of authorities 
and positions
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem. He has warned the disciples of the torture and death that awaits him in Jerusalem. We would expect, from the disciples, an attempt to dissuade him from traveling or a suggestion to stop for a moment.
Instead, the disciples continue to deceive themselves that he goes up to Jerusalem to begin the Messianic time, defined as the kingdom of this world. Their dreams of glory do not stop even in the face of death. This reveals...

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Kayo ang boss ko
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

Marahil naman ay narinig na ng marami ang tagline na ito: “Kayo ang boss ko.” Pagpapahayag ito ng isang namumuno sa bansa na ang tunay na susundin at tunay na paglilingkuran ay ang mga mamamayan. 
At ngayon ngang nagsimula na naman ang pag kampanya ng mga politiko ay muli’t muli nating maririnig ang mga ganitong tipo 
ng paghihikayat. Kung naisaka-katuparan ba ito, taumbayan na rin ang maaring magsabi.

Saints risk all for love of Jesus pope says at canonisation Mass
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognised them, along with five others, as saints of the Catholic Church.
Thousands of pilgrims from the new saints’ home countries—Italy, El Salvador, Spain and Germany—were joined by tens of thousands of others on October 14 in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the universal recognition of...

Request to make St. Oscar Romero a Doctor of the Church
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

VATICAN  (CNS): Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador, El Salvador, asked Pope Francis to proclaim St. Oscar Romero the first Doctor of the Church from Latin America. 
“I wish to take this occasion to implore you, Holy Father, in the name of the shepherds and the people of God, in the most attentive, humble and respectful way, to authorise the opening of the process so that St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero be declared ‘Doctor of the Church,...

St. Vincent de Paul Society celebrates 155th anniversary
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which has the longest history of a charity organisation in the Church in Hong Kong, has a tough mission, which is also a blessing, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, said, when he celebrated a Mass to mark the 155th anniversary of the society’s Central Council of Hong Kong and the feast day of its patron, St. Vincent de Paul, on September 27 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road.

New mandatory insurance policy labelled money grab
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): A migrant rights group warned that the new policy of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on mandatory insurance will discourage employers from hiring Filipino workers and the burden will ultimately be shifted to the workers themselves.
Under the POEA Governing Board Resolution 4 signed on August 17, all returning workers must register with the POEA and, apart from providing a passport valid for at least six months and a valid working...

De facto explusion raises questions about Hong Kong’s freedoms
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): “Does it mean that other people working in Hong Kong cannot act or talk contrary to the government’s stance otherwise, will they be treated in the same way and be deported?” asked Jackie Hung, of the Justice and Peace Commission, following the Hong Kong government’s refusal to renew the work visa of respected veteran British journalist and Asia news editor for The Financial Times, Victor Mallet.
She said the incident...

Priest still missing despite China-Vatican deal
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Father Liu Honggeng, of the unofficial Church in the Diocese of Baoding in Hebei province, northern China, remains missing after being taken away by authorities three years ago.
His family wonders why the Vatican did not ask the Chinese government to release detained underground clerics before signing the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement.
Father Liu’s 83-year-old father suffers from myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction...

Mainland Chinese bishops at the synod
(Saturday, 20 October 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Following the signing of the provisional agreement between the Vatican and China, two Chinese bishops were invited by Pope Francis to attend the Synod of Bishops for the first time.
One is Bishop Joseph Guo Jincai of Chengde, in Hebei province, who was recently readmitted to communion by the pope. He also secretary-general of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC), for whom a US$11 million ($86.3 million) complex comprising...