May 2019

New Philippine bishop ready to face threats
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

MANILA (UCAN):  Bishop Fidelis Layog, the new auxiliary bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, the northern Philippines, expressed his readiness to face threats after recent attacks against Church leaders in the country on May 8.
“Being threatened and attacked has always been the experience of the Catholic Church from the very beginning,” Bishop Layog said as he called on members of the clergy not to fear for their lives.
“The Church has...

Churches in Sri Lanka resume services
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): Catholic churches in Sri Lanka reopened for Sunday Mass on the weekend of May 12 as bishops stepped up efforts to ensure interfaith harmony following the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks that killed 258 people.
Church-run schools are also slated to reopen after state schools resumed classes on May 6.
Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said Sunday Mass were resumed after consideration of the security situation in the country.

Asia Bibi leaves Pakistan and joins family in Canada
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

Lahore (UCAN): Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman who was acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, left for Canada on the evening of May 7, her lawyer confirmed.
“She was reunited with her family in Canada more than five hours ago,” Saiful Malook, who represented Bibi in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, said on May 8.
The mother of five had been on death row since being convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and was held...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

Australian Church to review governance 
BANGKOK (CNS): The Australian Catholic Church is continuing on its groundbreaking path toward a potential dramatic overhaul with the announcement that a panel of experts will thoroughly review the governance and management structures of Catholic dioceses and parishes. Such a review was a key recommendation of Australia’s landmark Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which handed down its...

The future of the natural world
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

We humans, the species on this planet with the large brains, so-called intelligence and abilities, and power to change the face of our planet, are doing so with a huge negative impact. We are endangering ourselves, our children and grandchildren. Generations of children to come will be harmed by our wasteful and negligent ways.
The human species is the most dominant, aggressive to stalk the planet. We are the T-Rex species of today, devouring all before us...

Symposium on Jesuit adaptationism in Rome
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

SEOUL (UCAN): The East Asia Evangelisation Centre in South Korea held a symposium in at the Jesuit headquarters in Rome to discuss Jesuit adaptationism on April 30. The gathering in Rome titled, Early modern civilisation of East Asia and adaptationism of the Church, also discussed authentic Asian theology and the history of missionary work in Korea and Asia.
The Jesuit adaptationist approach influenced the triple dialogue evangelisation methods presented by the...

Pope Francis and the Pharisees
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

Robert Mickens
Pope Francis has been known to make off-colour or politically incorrect jokes from time to time. For example, he has provoked sighs and raised eyebrows with stereotypical mother-in-law asides and occasional references to women as strawberries on the cake.
Then there’s his constant harping about modern-day Pharisees, as he frequently labels those Catholic priests and bishops who are being hypocrites....

Vatican secretary of state interviewed by China newspaper
(Saturday, 18 May 2019 )

VATICAN (AsiaNews): The Global Times, the daily Chinese tabloid run under the auspices of the People’s Daily newspaper, published an interview with Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, on May 12. It marked the first time such an interview took place.
The front page of the paper featured a photo of a smiling Pope Francis  and sported that headline: Pope Francis sees China as a great country, says a cardinal.

Fourth Week and Fourth Sunday of Easter - Daily Readings
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 13: 14, 43-52; Revelation 7: 9, 14b-17; John 10: 27-30.
Mass of the day, Easter preface (white). 
Readings: Acts 11: 1-18; John 10: 1-10.
Mass of the...

The good shepherd
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

The first image of the Good Shepherd in our mind is that of the Master who holds a lamb in his arms or on the shoulders. It is true: Jesus is the good shepherd who goes out of his way to search for the lost sheep, an image from the Gospel of Luke (15:4-8). The good shepherd that John speaks of is not this sweet and tender image but the hard, strong man, determined to fight the bandits and the ferocious animals, as what David did by chasing the lion and the bear that tore a...