May 2019

Hesus ang Mabuting pastol
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

Nakikinig sa akin ang aking mga tupa; nakikilala ko sila, at sumusunod sila sa akin. Binibigyan ko sila ng buhay na walang hanggang, at kailanma’y ‘di sila mapapahamak; hindi sila maaagaw sa akin ninuman.” (John 10: 27-28).
 
Si Hesus ay ang mabuting Pastol dahil nakikilala niya tayo. Bawat isa sa atin ay mahalaga sa mata ng Diyos. Alam ng Diyos ang ating simula at katapusan, alam ng Diyos ang nasa puso at isipan natin. Walang bagay na...

Catholics and Orthodox must work to heal divisions pope says
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

SOFIA (CNS): On the day the Bulgarian Orthodox celebrate St. Thomas Sunday and read the gospel about the apostle asking to touch the wounds of the risen Lord, Pope Francis said the divisions within Christianity are “painful lacerations on the body of Christ, which is the Church.”
 
Arriving on May 5 for his visit, the pope was welcomed by the prime minister, Boyko Borissov, before heading for a private meeting at presidential palace with the president, Rumen Rade...

Showing joy in the consecrated life
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over 300 people took part in a Eucharistic procession, organised by the Diocesan Vocation Commission, along the Shing Mun River in Shatin, to pray for vocations to the religious and consecrated life on May 4.
 
The programme under the theme, Rejoice in Consecrated Life, inspired by the 2018 apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Rejoice and Be Glad, began with a number of cultural performances by priests and nuns at St. Benedict’s Church, Shatin. ...

Mass for Notre Dame
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): People gathered for a special Mass, concelebrated by Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming together with the chaplain to French-speaking community, Father Rémy Kurowski, for Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, in France, on Apri 16 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, a day after the ancient church was ravaged by a fire.
 
Father Bruno Lepeu of the Paris Foreign Missions, who was in Paris when the fire occurred, told the Kung Kao Po that...

Historic cathedral slated for demolition
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

HANOI (UCAN): Plans were announced on April 17 to demolish the 134-year-old Cathedral of Mary Queen of the Rosary in the Diocese of Bui Chu, part of the Archdiocese of Hanoi. The wreckers ball is scheduled to bring down the historic structure on May 13, though there have been calls to conserve it rather than resort to redevelopment.
 
The iconic Baroque-style cathedral in the Xuan Truong district of Nam Dinh province, which measures 68 metres in length, 16 metres in width...

Concerns over political scanning in China Church
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Catholics in China’s Henan province are concerned that a new appraisal system for religious personnel is a front for political screening.
 
On priest said that the provincial Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and Catholic Church Committee approached him during Holy Week seeking to appraise him. A few days later, he found the newly launched annual appraisal scheme with an assessment form on WeChat. 
 
“The appraisal is...

Ditch voracious shortsighted economic model pope urges
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis lambasted what he called “a fallacious” economic model” that exploits the earth’s resources while disregarding the rights and cultures of indigenous people has left the planet in a precarious condition and requires a change of heart that places the common good before financial gain
 
“It is a voracious model, profit-oriented, shortsighted, and based on the misconception of unlimited economic growth. Although we...

Journeying with young people
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

This Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations with the theme, The courage to take a risk for God’s promise. In his message for the occasion, Pope Francis points out that the Lord’s call is the loving initiative whereby God encounters us. Young people encounter Christ through formation activities and service. This is one of the major focuses of youth ministry.
 
The pope’s message candidly says that responding to the Lord’s...

Jean Vanier humanitarian, philosopher and theologian dead at 90
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

TORONTO (CNS): Jean Vanier, the author of some 30 books, a member of the Order of Canada, winner of the Templeton Prize, member of France’s Legion of Honour and the founder of the L’Arche communities and co-founder of Faith and Light, died in Paris, France, on May 7.
He had been suffering from cancer and was assisted at a L’Arche facility. He was 90-years-old.
 
Best known as a kind of village elder to the world, Vanier demonstrated how the care of a...

More than a million spared from deadly cyclone
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

NEW DELHI (UCAN): Cyclone Fani, which ripped through eastern India and sideswiped Bangladesh, left a trail of destruction and left more than 30 people dead.
 
The immense storm killed at least 29 people in India—mostly in Odisha (Orissa), while at least five were reported dead in neighbouring Bangladesh.
 
Authorities said the evacuation of 1.2 million people from more than 10,000 villages prior to the category 5 storm making landfall on May 3...