December 2018

Final rest for Maryknoll sister
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

 HONG KONG (SE): Sister Mary Doretta Leonard died on November 27 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of Americ. She was 93-years-old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 73 years.
 
Mary was born in New York City on 26 June 1925 and studied at the Fordham School of Education from 1944-1945. She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in on 26 September 1945 and received the religious name, Sister Doretta. She made her First...

Pushing for strong deal at climate summit
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

KATOWICE (CNS): “The Church is exerting pressure and showing really significant commitment. We must hope countries match this,” said Rebecca Elliott, communications director of Global Catholic Climate Movement, a coalition of more than 650 Catholic organisations, as Catholic representatives worked to keep negotiations on track for a comprehensive deal to address global warming as the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change (...

Happy Birthday to a pope of compassion
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

Pope Francis turns 82 on December 17 and is just three months shy of completing the sixth year of his pontificate. He has strenuously advocated the virtues of mercy and compassion—in fact it has become the slogan of his papacy. His apostolic visit to the Philippines in 2015 was on the theme: Mercy and Compassion. 
 
He followed up by declaring 2016 the great Jubilee of the Year of Mercy. By opening wide the doors of the Church to welcome...

Pope to make historic visit to United Arab Emirates
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): statement Pope Francis will visit the United Arab Emirates next year, becoming the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula, the Vatican announced on December 6.
 
The statement said the pope will “participate in the International Interfaith Meeting on ‘Human Fraternity’” after receiving an invitation by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
 
“The visit will take place also in response...

Pope revamps Vatican City State structures
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis approved a new set of laws concerning the structure and governance of Vatican City State in an effort to simplify the many offices and activities of the world’s smallest nation and to boost oversight, transparency and budgetary controls.
 
The measures, issued motu proprio—on the pope’s own accord—were published on December 6.
 
The pope approved the legislation that had been drafted by a working...

Conviction of former Adelaide archbishop overturned
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

NEWCASTLE (CNS): New South Wales District Court judge, Roy Ellis, overturned the conviction of Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson, whom a lower court found guilty of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse by Father James Fletcher.
 
The 68-year-old archbishop was the highest-ranking Church official to be found guilty of abuse-related charges stemming from the actions of clergy. 
 
In overturning the conviction on December 6, Ellis found...

Illegal drug makers, dealers are traffickers of death pope says
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “We are all called to tackle the production, expansion and distribution of drugs in the world,” Pope Francis told participants at an international conference on drugs and addictions organised by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, on December 1.
 
“It is the duty and task of governments to face with courage this fight against traffickers of death,” he said, adding that “we must not be afraid to give this title...

Manila Cathedral celebrates 60th anniversary
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): “The most important thing is the gospel of the Lord bringing us forgiveness and reconciliation with one another,” Thomas Aquinas Manyo Cardinal Maeda of Tokyo, Japan, said as he led the 60th anniversary celebrations marking the reconstruction of Manila Cathedral, which was destroyed by Japanese and American forces during the Second World War.
 
During the December 8 event, Cardinal Maeda, who was representing Pope Francis, expressed hope that the...

Duterte called out for attacking Church
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Catholics in the Philippines are not letting relentless attacks on the Church and its leaders by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, go unchallenged.
 
The influential Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, the Council of the Laity, said “more than ever, (Catholics) are called upon to live a life worthy of our Christian vocation.”
 
The lay organisation has called on Catholics “to stand up for God and defend our faith in Him ... (and)...

Korean bishops light up shrine against death penalty
(Saturday, 15 December 2018 )

SEOUL (UCAN): The Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine Justice was illuminated in yellow, blue and green during a lighting ceremony attended by civil and religious groups on November 30. The Justice and Peace Commission of the South Korean Bishops’ Conference spearheaded the push for a martyrs’ shrine at what was once an execution site where scores of Korean Catholics were decapitated to highlight the Catholic community’s opposition to the continued use of the death penalty in...