November 2018

Policies need to protect workers say European bishops
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

ROME (CNS): Work is sustainable only “if it does not harm or destroy the livelihood of others, and if it uses generously and equitably the gifts of creation,” said the social affairs commission of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).
In its report, Shaping the future of work, published on November 5, it called on politicians must act to assist workers as technology continues to transform jobs across Europe

Milan court rules against former nuncio in inheritance lawsuit
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

ROME (CNS): A civil court in Milan has ordered Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a longtime diplomat and former Vatican nuncio to the United States, to return €1.8 million ($16 million) plus interest and legal fees, to his brother, Father Lorenzo Vigano.
After their father’s death in 1961, the archbishop managed both their inheritances, which amounted to millions of dollars in real estate and bank deposits.
Father Vigano, a biblical scholar and...

Priest attacked by Hindu hardliners
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

NEW DEHLI (UCAN): Father Vineet Vincent Pereira of Varanasi in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, was been arrested on false charges after being beaten up by a hardline youth group, Hindu Yuva Vahini (youth force), on November 15.
Father Pereira said that members of the group came to his ashram (retreat venue) in Gohana town in Mau district, and attacked some of the elderly people living there with him.
“When I objected, they beat me. One pulled me...

Repatriation stalls as Rohingya refuse to return to Myanmar
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

MANDALAY (UCAN): Authorities in Bangladesh have pushed back a plan to repatriate thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar to next year after the latest attempt stalled amid opposition and safety concerns from Rohingya, rights groups and aid agencies.
“We have tried to send back the first batch of Rohingya but none of 150 people on the list were willing to return. The plan is put on hold for now in line with our promise that their return must be voluntary, not...

Lifetime companion
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

When a couple decides to step into the church and get married, they should have decided that this lover is their Mr. Right or Miss Right. They need to be very certain that this lover is their Lifetime Companion, meaning that she or he will no longer consider anyone else from then on. This couple must be willing to walk together till the end of their life’s journey.
I have known an elderly woman called Auntie Cheung for about 20...

Rediscovering the faith
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

William Nee
“Are you wasting time again on Facebook?”
How many times have we heard our wives or husbands scold us for using social media too much?
Sure, Facebook and other social media can be massive time killers and distractions, but there’s also a positive side. 
Recently, through the power of Facebook, I was able to reconnect with an old long-lost friend of...

Martial law extension in Mindanao mooted
(Saturday, 24 November 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): “Tribal schools have been attacked by the military on the basis of martial law and the unfounded claim that these schools are communist fronts,” Rius Valle, a spokesperson for the Save Our Schools (SOS) Network said, responding to indications from the Philippine military on November 14 that it is keen to extend martial law period in Mindanao until the end of 2019.
Valle said that martial law in Mindanao has “deprived tribal children of...

Called to be angels of joy and hope
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

At the beginning of chapter 13, Mark the evangelist recalls the words of the Lord not to be deceived by the foolish discourses of those who preach the imminent end of the world: “Don’t let anyone mislead you. When you hear of wars and threats of war, don’t be troubled: this must occur, but the end is not yet” (Mark 13:5-8). 
Continuing from there, Jesus takes many images in today’s gospel not to frighten the disciples,...

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sa tamang panahon
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

May isang ginang na nagbabalak bumili ng isang tabernakulo. Pumasok siya sa Catholic Trade Manila na  isang tindahan ng mga religious articles.  Siya ay lumapit sa isang attendant, na nagkataong isang seminarista.   Itinuro sa ginang ang iba’t-ibang klase ng tabernakulo.  Mayroong yari sa kahoy, sa bakal, mayroon din namang tabernakulo na tila balot ng ginto at mahahalagang bato na kahit sa kalayuan, basta at tinamaan ng liwanag ay magniningning.  

Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time - Mass Readings
(Saturday, 17 November 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Matthew 13:24-32.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5a; Luke 18:35-43.