February 2019

McCarrick removed from priesthood
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis confirmed the removal from the priesthood of Theodore McCarrick, the 88-year-old former cardinal and archbishop of Washington. The Vatican announced the decision on February 16, saying he was found guilty of “solicitation in the sacrament of confession and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”
 
A panel of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith found him...

Asian bishops make refugee crisis a priority
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

DHAKA (UCAN): An international seminar held in Bangladesh, organised by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), focused on migrants, refugees, displaced persons, human trafficking and renewable energy options in Asia.
 
The February 11 to 17 conference drew about 50 participants including Patrick Cardinal D’Rozario of Dhaka, nine archbishops and bishops, 14 priests, nuns and laypeople from 11 Asian countries.
 
Cox’s Bazar is...

Marching against culture of death
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

MANILA (UCAN): On February 16, thousands of Catholics took to the streets of several major cities across the Philippine for the third annual Walk for Life march to voice concerns over threats to life.
 
Simultaneous events, which started at four o’clock in the morning, were also held in the cities of Dagupan, Tarlac, Cebu, Ormoc and Cagayan de Oro.
 
Groups also gathered in the towns of Palo and Palompon in the province of Leyte.
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Marking Valentine’s Day with protest dance
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

MANILA (UCAN): Women from various Church groups in Manila, the Philippines marked Valentine’s Day and the seventh year of the One Billion Rising campaign with a protest dance to dramatise their call for an end to violence against women.
 
The February 14 gathering aimed to “affirm the participation of women in defending life and dignity,” the Ecumenical Women’s Forum said in a statement.
 
“It is most rational...

New houses for Yolanda survivors
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

MANILA (SE) Around 263 houses were turned over to families in Tacloban, Leyte, the Philppines, who were displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), in 2013, CBCP News reported on February 13.
 
They were were among the first batch of recipients of permanent housing units at the Pope Francis Village, which is slated to house 566 survivor families.
 
The report said that a consortium of Development and Peace (D&P)comprising Caritas Canada, Caritas...

New houses for Yolanda survivors
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

MANILA (SE) Around 263 houses were turned over to families in Tacloban, Leyte, the Philppines, who were displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), in 2013, CBCP News reported on February 13.
 
They were were among the first batch of recipients of permanent housing units at the Pope Francis Village, which is slated to house 566 survivor families.
 
The report said that a consortium of Development and Peace (D&P)comprising Caritas Canada, Caritas...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

Pope names new camerlengo
VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis named Kevin Cardinal Farrell, the 71-year-old prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, to serve as the camerlengo or chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, the Vatican announced on February 14. 
 
Cardinal Farrell, born in Ireland, was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Washington and served as bishop of Dallas from 2007 to 2016; as camerlengo, he fills the post left vacant...

The Church in China needs contribution of all
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published an interview with Fernando Cardinal Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, in which he spoke of the provisional agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China on the appointment of bishops, signed on 22 September 2018
 
“I feel that within the Catholic Church in China there is a great expectation of...

Guiyang’s life renewal pharmacy
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

Matthieu Masson


The Catholic pharmacy of Guiyang (1847)
Christianity in Guizhou started in 1796 when a hotelier of Guiyang, Wu Guosheng 吳國盛 (1768 to 1814), converted and started to preach the gospel openly. During the first half of the 19th century, Guizhou was a part of the Apostolic Vicariate of Sichuan, run by the Paris Foreign Missions Society (MEP), and Christianity in there developed...

The end of the earth as we know it
(Saturday, 23 February 2019 )

Human society of which we are all a part, is facing an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in history. The planet is in dire condition and ecosystems that keep all species of plant, animal and insects in harmonious co-existence, ensuring the survival of all, are moving quickly toward collapse.
 
This is due to non-stop industrialisation driven by coal-fired power plants, billions of vehicles, destruction of the forests, clearing of the land and chemical...