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Festivals can make a home sweet home and a sweet Church sweeter

 by Logos

Since 2003, the year I began my journey to follow my priestly vocation, I have not had the opportunity to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with my parents.

This festival of the full-moon is one of the traditional Chinese celebrations that call for families to come together for a reunion, as well as eat together in thanksgiving for what they have received.








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Can a cigar-smoking overweight literary scribbler become a saint?

MINNEAPOLIS (SE): Can an overweight literary scribbler like British journalist and apologist Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton, often characterised with a pen in one hand and walking cane in the other while perennially chewing on a cigar, become a canonised saint in the Catholic Church?

While it remains to be seen, at least Dale Ahlquist, the president of the American Chesterton Society thinks it would be a great inspiration to many people.








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The kingdom of World Youth Day

HONG KONG (SE): During the summer of this year, Brother Samuel Chow and Brother Luis Lorenzo, from the Legionaries of Christ, had the joy and the blessing of accompanying young people from Hong Kong to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

At a reflection day held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on August 17 they recalled the many jam-packed days of touring, sightseeing and praying in churches both in South America and in Rome during a stopover on the way.








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Myanmar 25 years on from 8-8-8-8

Twenty-five years ago, hundreds of thousands of people in the Union of Myanmar from all walks of life and from all corners of the country rose up to demand an end to a quarter of a century of military rule that had closed the country off from the rest of the world and impoverished a once prosperous nation.

Their pleas for freedom were met with a hail of gunfire from the military and an estimated 3,000 people lost their lives.








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Beer and bible a good cocktail mix

These words of Hilaire Belloc speak to me of a joyful Catholicism, impacting on every area of a person’s life.

It speaks to me of an integrated faith, where life is lived to the full, not just an hour in church on a Sunday morning to fulfil an obligation.

Just over three years ago, the Catholic Social Group was born among a group of laypeople who saw a need for fellowship, to share about scriptures and pray together outside of Sunday Mass.








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What the Jesuits did next

A joke did the rounds of the Sistine Chapel among the electing cardinals when Jorge Bergoglio became the first Jesuit to be elected bishop of Rome.

Would he pay homage to the founder of the Jesuits and become the first Pope Ignatius, or would he have the last laugh on the pope who suppressed the Jesuits 240 years ago—Clement XIV—by becoming Pope Clement XV?








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Age and wisdom

 

The bible has much to say about caring for elderly parents and other family members who are not able to care for themselves.

In the New Testament, we read, “Honour your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (Ephesians 6:2-3).








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Following the rite way

Pope Francis has appointed eight cardinals to assist him in reorganising Vatican administration. One is the archbishop of Sydney, Australia, George Cardinal Pell, whom many think was chosen simply because he is the only cardinal in Oceania.

When asked by the Italian daily, La Stampa, what the two or three main reforms may be, Cardinal Pell said that an increase in the number of typists in the Curia would be a good example.








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At-home World Youth Day wraps up on the shores of Victoria Harbour

HONG KONG (SE): A week of challenging experiences and a new look at living faith in modern society ended on the late afternoon on July 28 with a Mass to mark the end of Hong Kong’s at-home World Youth Day celebrated in the balmy breezes on the shores of Victoria Harbour.








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New encyclical is a balm for
a humanity lost in crisis

ROME (AsiaNews): The first encyclical released during the pontificate of Pope Francis, Light of Faith (Lumen fidei), can be described as a healing balm for the wounds of a humanity lost in the crisis of the world today.

With a change in language from the heavily scholarly style of the past to a more everyday structure with some poetic climaxes, the text unfolds in four chapters, revealing the power that faith in God and the God of Jesus Christ has in supporting the unity of humankind.