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Celebrating your hero!

Maybe you never knew it, but he was so worried about you, and he was always caring. In life, before you started making your own decisions, he made decisions you never knew about that made your life better. He shielded you from all that could in any way harm you, from the evils of the world as long as he could. He did everything to make your childhood so magical! And you got a day to celebrate him: Father's Day! 
 








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Irish referendum and the Church basics

Catholic Ireland is shaking up the Church again! It did so in 2015 when it became the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote. It has done it again with another referendum, this time on abortion on 25 May. The issue at hand was the repealing of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which protects the unborn with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother. 
 








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Pray with young people in China

IN MAY EACH year, Catholics in China traditionally visit Marian shrines to pray. May 24 is the feast day of Our Lady, Help of Christians and in 2007, was also declared the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in his letter to the Catholics in China (papal letter) in 2007 and is an occasion for the universal Church to be “united in prayer with the Church which is in China” (papal letter, 19).
 








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Let us communicate the truth

In the days before the Internet exploded in popularity, when we talked about fake news, the focus was always on ethical journalism. During that era, news and information came mainly from specialised agencies. Whether they were newspapers or the news divisions of radio and television stations, they all had the responsibility to ensure that their news reporting was accurate.
 








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Young people, family and vocation

Following the two Synods of Bishops on the Family, Pope Francis announced that the next synodal assembly, to be held this coming October, would focus on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. It is not difficult to see that the pope’s line of thinking linking mercy to the family and young people.
 
What is the faith situation of young people today? What challenges are they encountering?
 








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Simony is a sin

In 2014 Pope Francis condemned priests and lay people who turned their parishes into businesses by charging for such things as baptisms, blessings, and Mass intentions, calling it a scandal that is hard to forgive. “There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people,” he said in the homily.
 








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Give to the poor

A couple of months ago, an immigrant family, including a year old girl, approached a shelter home in Hong Kong. They had lost their travel documents and had served jail terms for couple of weeks and were helpless in the city. A priest offered them shelter, but not long after they decided to leave because they couldn’t abide by the regulations at the shelter home and were back on the streets with their kid. 
 








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I believe in the Resurrection

Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! Easter proclamation at the climax of the Service of Light during the vigil is perhaps the strangest and most radical message ever given, reminding the faithful of the victory of Christ over the powers of darkness and death: “Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.” We repeat the words too often that we’ve perhaps forgotten how weird and how wonderful they truly are.
 








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Holy Week – an invitation to be prophets

Holy Week invites Christians to reflect on the Passion of Jesus Christ and relive the mystery of faith, suffering and resurrection, and examine their own conversion.
Holy Week begins with Passion Sunday, which takes its first reading from the Book of Isaiah. It narrates the Song of the Suffering Servant: “And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced...” (Isaiah 50:5-8).