November 2018

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

Visit by Timor Leste president to Vatican blocked
BANGKOK (CNS): The government of Timor Leste, one of Asia’s most Catholic countries, is blocking a planned trip by its president, Francisco Guterres, to the Vatican, where he plans to invite Pope Francis to visit. 
The president and government have been in a standoff since June, when the Alliance for Progress and Change (AMP), which won the May 10 general election, presented its candidates...

Fight injustice nun says as she leaves Philippines
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): “Pope Francis said you can’t call yourself a Christian if there are massive human rights violations and you are just silent,” Australian Sister Patricia Fox, of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, said as was finally compelled to leave the Philippines on the evening of November 3, after the Bureau of Immigration refused to extend her missionary visa.
The 72-year-old apparently angered Duterte when she joined a fact-finding mission to...

Turmoil as court sets aside Asia Bibi death sentence
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

ISLAMABAD (Agencies): The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) condemned the submissive response of Pakistan’s government’s to protests by Islamist group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as well as its inability to preserve “the writ of the state” during protests that erupted after the acquittal of, Asia Bibi, a Catholic woman convicted of blasphemy, in a controversial blasphemy case. 
Pakistan’s Supreme Court set aside the death...

Unite in helping needy says message for Diwali
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

VATICAN (UCAN): Christians and Hindus are bound by their belief in human dignity and share a responsibility to help those in need, Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said in a written message to the world’s 1.1 billion Hindus on October 1, in advance of the three-day festival of Diwali which begins on November 7 in most parts of the world, focuses on the victory of truth over lies, light over darkness, life over death and...

Study uncovers police abuse of Filipino women
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): A study by the Centre for Women’s Resources revealed that 56 Filipino policemen were involved in 33 cases of violence against women over the past two years. 
The results of the study were released on October 31 in the wake of reports that a police officer in Manila allegedly raped the 15-year-old daughter of a suspected drug dealer.
Data collated showed that out of the 33 cases since July 2016, when the president, Rodrigo...

Building bridges and making connections with the vulnerable
(Saturday, 10 November 2018 )

Mary Yuen
In late July, I participated in the International Conference on Catholic Theological Ethics in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 400 participants from about 80 countries around the world gathered together to reflect on the current ethical challenges facing the world, with focus on political crisis and lack of governance, as well as ecological and environmental issues, and responding from the perspective of Catholic...

A visit to the Maryknoll Motherhouse - A series of reflections
(Saturday, 10 November 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 pay a call on the Maryknoll Sisters who served in Hong Kong, especially the school  
“Ask for nothing refuse nothing.”
I never thought I would be able to take...

Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time - Mass Readings
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 12:28b-34.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: Philippians 2:1-4; Luke 14:12-14.

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time - Love our neighbours without loving God?
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

Today’s Gospel is set in a controversial context. After Jesus drove out the merchants from the holy place (Mark 11:15-18), the angered religious authorities come with tricky questions, to weigh his every word in order to find some pretext to accuse him and to take him out of the way. 
Unlike the previous ill intentioned questions, here is a genuine scribe who attended the earlier controversies comes forward and puts also a question: “Which...

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time - Hugot
(Saturday, 3 November 2018 )

Isang nag trend ngayon sa mga palitan ng pakikipagtalastasan ay ang salitang “hugot”. Malimit ito ay konektado ang mga bagay at pangyayari sa pagmamahal na nauwi sa pagkabigo o pag- mamahal na hindi naipahayag.  Halimbawa: “Ang bigas nagma-mahal, sana ikaw rin.” “Di bale ng matalo sa lotto basta panalo naman sa puso mo.” Sa pamamagitan ng “hugot” naipapahayag ng isang tao sa malikhaing paraan ang kanyang pagmamahal sa...