July 2019

Philippine bishops call for ecological conversion amid climate crisis
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

MANILA (CNS): The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) criticised “the continuing destruction of our common home” and called for “ecological conversion” amid “climate emergency” in a nine-page pastoral letter on the environment, released on July 16.
 
CBCPNews said that the first half of the letter offers a reflection on the state of the environment, while the second half recommends concrete ecological...

Setting a green example
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

MANILA (UCAN): According to Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, in Bataan province, north of the Philippine capital, Manila, the diocese is going green to be more “earth-friendly.”
 
He said that said part of the efforts to care for the environment includes stopping the use of plastic flowers and plastic tarpaulins to decorate churches.
 
“In our cathedral we go green,” the bishop said, adding that parishes are encouraged to use real...

Synod emphasises Church’s mission to defend the vulnerable
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): The objective of the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is to highlight the need for religious, political and social leaders to come together and defend the dignity of indigenous men, women and children and an ecosystem that is crucial to the environment, said Pedro Cardinal Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru.
 
In an essay published on July 18 by La Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuit journal, Cardinal Barreto said the synod as well as the Church...

Child rape causes crisis of conscience in Myanmar
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

John Zaw
 
On the morning of July 15, hundreds of demonstrators turned up at a district court in Naypyitaw, the remote capital city of Myanmar, to demand justice for a girl aged less than three-years-old who was raped.
 
It was the first court hearing since the incident at a private nursery school in May.
 
The accused rapist, the driver of the school’s supervisor, was first arrested in May. He was released soon after...

Seventy murders over Pakistan’s blasphemy law
(Saturday, 27 July 2019 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): Seventy people accused of blasphemy in Pakistan have been murdered in extrajudicial actions by mobs however, the government itself has not executed anyone found guilty at trial according to Peter Jacob, executive director of the Centre for Social Justice based in Lahore, Pakistan.
 
“The lethality of the law is not only tested by the law but by the people,” Jacob said during a mid-July interview.
 
Jacob was in Washington DC,...

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Daily Mass Readings
(Saturday, 20 July 2019 )

JULY 21 – SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME. 
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).  
Readings: Genesis 18:1-10a; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42.
 
JULY 22 – ST. MARY MAGDALENE. 
Mass of the feast, Gloria,
Eucharistic Prayer with preface proper to the feast (white).
Readings: Song of Songs 3:1-4a; John 20:1-2, 11-18.
 
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Christ the guest but not for one day
(Saturday, 20 July 2019 )

A passage about Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42) often brings displeasure and a frown to the faces of the hardworking people. Some cite it to demonstrate the superiority of the contemplative over active life.
 
It says that the sisters and the monks—who in the peace of their cloisters spend their lives reciting prayers—have chosen the better part.
 
They say that diocesan priests instead absorbed by the many activities of a parish...

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Martha at Maria
(Saturday, 20 July 2019 )

Nakakatuwang madinig sa Ebanghelyo ngayon na si Hesus ay Dumalaw sa mga kaibigan nya na sina Marta at Maria. Kaya naman si Marta eh di malaman paanong istima o pag asikaso ang gagawin. Si Maria naman parang walang paki at gusto lang maupo sa paanan ni Hesus at makinig 
 
Tayong mga Pilipino eh kilala sa ating hospitality at husay sa pag alaga sa bisita. Halos lahat gagawin natin at ibibigay para masiyahan ang panauhin.  Ang pinaka magandang kwarto...

Church in Hong Kong steps up support for edgy and emotional city
(Saturday, 20 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, celebrated a special Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei at 8.00pm on July 11, to express his closeness and pastoral accompaniment with the people disturbed and upset over the incidents related to the government’s now-suspended extradition bill. Held on the Feast of St. Benedict, it was organised by the Catholic Ad Hoc Group set up by the diocesan chancery to provide support for those...

Memorable visit for primary school students
(Saturday, 20 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Canossa Primary School (CPS) and Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School (CWCCSS) co-organised a hugely successful STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Day on June 28 on the theme, STEM Challenge - Sea. Land. Air. 
 
The 300 visiting primary school students had an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the teaching methodologies of the secondary school and got a taste of the fun-activities incorporated into its syllabus to...