April 2019

Humanity’s ancestors and the evolving journey of prehumans
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): As a follow-up to a 2013 symposium on the origin and evolution of humans, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences held a workshop at the Vatican from April 12 to 13, to discuss the latest discoveries about humanity’s earliest ancestors, where they lived and what they may have looked like millions of years ago.
The gathering, however, was took “a different approach by inviting the discoverers themselves” to tell the academy about their historic...

Mass Readings - Divine Mercy Sunday and Second Week of Easter
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

APRIL 28 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy Sunday). 
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface and prayers (white). 
Readings: Acts 5:12-16; Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31.
Mass of the memorial, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Act 4:23-31; John 3:1-8.

Second Sunday of Easter - Kapayapaan mula kay Kristo!
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

WAS THOMAS REALLY the only one to had doubts, while the other disciples would have easily and immediately believed in the Risen One? It does not seem that things went that way.
The Gospel of Mark says that Jesus appeared to the eleven “and reproached them for their unbelief and stubbornness, in refusing to believe those who had seen him after he had risen” (Mk 16:14). In Luke’s Gospel, the Risen Christ addresses the amazed and frightened apostles and asks...

Second Sunday of Easter - Kapayapaan mula kay Kristo!
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

Kinagabihan ng Linggo ring iyon, ang mga alagad ay nagkakatipon. Nakapinid ang mga pinto ng bahay na kanilang pinagtitipunan dahil sa takot nila sa mga Hudyo. Dumating si Hesus at tumayo sa gitna nila. “Sumainyo ang kapayapaan!” sabi niya. Pagkasabi nito, ipinakita niya ang kanyang mga kamay at ang kanyang tagiliran. Tuwang-tuwa ang mga alagad nang makita ang Panginoon.” (Jn. 20: 19-20). 
Kung si Hesus ay kasama natin sa ating buhay...

Urbi et Orbi message from Pope Francis (to the city and to the world)
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!
Today the Church renews the proclamation made by the first disciples: “Jesus is risen!” And from mouth to mouth, from heart to heart, there resounds a call to praise: “Alleluia, Alleluia!” On this morning of Easter, the perennial youth of the Church and of humanity as a whole, I would like to address each of you in the opening words of my recent apostolic exhortation devoted...

Chrism Mass celebrated
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road was fully packed for the celebration of the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, April 18. 
The event was the time for all the priests and deacons of the diocese to renew the vows of their ordination and, along with representatives of the entire diocesan community to come together in solidarity around the bishop, who blesses the Holy Oils—Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens, and Sacred Chrism...

China invites Vatican to have pavilion at Beijing garden expo
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Holy See is one of a number of nations and organisations who accepted an invitation from the Chinese government to participate in Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition running from April 29 to October 7 with the theme, Live Green, Live Better.
Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, explained to reporters on April 16, that although the expo’s focus is on flowers, horticulture and the...

Third priest detained in China at start of Holy Week
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Father Peter Zhang Guangjun of the unofficial Church in the Diocese of Xuanhua, in Hebei, was forcibly taken away by authorities just after he celebrated Passion Sunday Mass on April 14.
A local Catholic, who identified himself as Paul, said that he received a call from the priest just as he was being apprehended.
“When some plainclothes men came closer to the car and asked Father Zhang to open the window, he felt bad things were...

Korean cardinal laments court ruling on abortion
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

SEOUL (UCAN): “A nation has a responsibility to protect its people’s lives and safety under any circumstances. Every life, from the moment of conception, should be protected as a human being and secured with its dignity,” Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, said after South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s current abortion ban is incompatible with the constitution on April 11.
The court called for a...

Prayers and solidarity following deadly Easter attacks in Sri Lanka
(Saturday, 27 April 2019 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): On Easter Monday, Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square in praying for the hundreds of people who died or were injured in bomb blasts at churches and hotels in three cities on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. 
The violence was the deadliest the country has seen since a 26-year civil war ended in 2009.
The pope told the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli prayer, “I want to...