November 2018

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

Drug related killings prompt rights awareness drive 
Koronadal City (UCAN): The Diocese of Marbel, in the Soccsksargen region in Mindanao, the Philippines has stepped up its human rights awareness campaign amid an increase in drug-related killings in the region.
Workshops are being held to teach members of the clergy and lay leaders how to monitor and document rights abuses.
Father Ariel Destora, director for social action in...

Cardinal to remain active in retirement
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

SOUTH COTABATO (UCAN): Orlando Cardinal Quevedo of Cotabato, in the Mindanao, the Philippines, has vowed to remain active after his retirement in January 2019 especially in his peace advocacy. Pope Francis accepted Cardinal Quevedo’s resignation on November 6.
The country’s eighth cardinal and the first from Mindanao had originally tendered his resignation, as mandated by Church law, on 11 March 2014 upon reaching the age of 75. He had, however, been made a...

Government workers receive bonuses but others are still jobless
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): The Philippine government’s Department of Budget and Management announced that more than 1.5 million qualified government employees would receive their year-end tax-free bonus, equivalent to a month’s basic salary along with a US$100 ($780) cash gift starting November 15. A “productivity enhancement incentive” for government workers will be released on December 15.
The government has allotted about US$680 million ($5.3 million) for...

Korean democracy lesson for Hong Kong
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

GWANGJU (UCAN): Twelve members of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Hong Kong (JPC) visited Gwangju, South Korea to learn about the Gwangju Uprising of 18 to 27 May 1980, when citizens took up arms after Chonnam University students demonstrating against the military government were beaten by soldiers. South Korean authorities said about 200 died in the uprising from but activists put the figure at about 2,000.
The Justice and Peace Journey which...

Call to end political standoff in Sri Lanka
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): Sri Lanka’s religious leaders appealed for an end to the bitter political crisis that is threatening the island nation’s democracy.
Bishop Winston Fernando of Badulla, and Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith of Colombo, together the Venerable Ittepane Dhammalankara Thero and the Venerable Kotugoda Dhamawasa Thero, released a statement on November 23 calling on Sri Lankan lawmakers to resolve a constitutional crisis...

Remembering the dead in China
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

“Remembrance of history brings us closer to God,” Pope Francis said. 
Catholics in China, as with the universal Church, remember their Church leaders and those who have departed from this world, and pray for all souls in Purgatory in every November, particularly on All Souls Day. 
Parishes and dioceses in Anyang, Baoding, Bameng, Beijing, Hohhot, Yuci, Wenzhou and Xianxian, to name just a few, celebrated Masses for...

The care that children need
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

The vast majority of Filipinos love their children; they care for them, pamper and spoil them at times. They do everything to protect them and educate them, meet their needs and launch them on a career. There it seems to end for many. Love and care for children in general is not projected outside the extended family of the well off. It is clear the poor survive by helping each other stay alive. The dedicated few true Christians and Muslims work to help the abused and...

Voters may remind Aung San Suu Kyi of her failure
(Saturday, 1 December 2018 )

Michael Sainsbury
In the latest blow for the persecuted Rohingya people of Myanmar, it took just three days for a half-baked plan to repatriate the Muslim group from refugee camps in Bangladesh to their homeland across the Naf River in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine State, to collapse.
The problem has now been parked until 2019 (at least) as the plan was clearly inadequate in far too many ways and Bangladesh is...

Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time - Mass Readings
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the solemnity (white). 
Readings: Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Revelation 14:1-3, 4b-5; Luke 21:1-4.

Solemnity of Christ the King - The triumph of the defeated
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

At the dawn of the eve of the Passover, the Jews took Jesus and accused him of being a criminal. The question formulated for the very first interrogation was, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
The Jews had a gut-hatred towards the foreign rule of the Romans who had been ruling over Israel for years. There were unsuccessful attempts to overthrow them. 
The dialogue on kingship that elapsed between Jesus and Pilate is placed...