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It is all Greek to the pope

THE ROAD TO hell may be paved with good intentions, but Pope Benedict XVI has erected Caution—Potholes signs on all roads leading towards the truth.


He said on January 19, “From the union between a materialistic view of man and the great development of technology, an anthropology that is essentially atheistic has emerged. It presupposes that man is reduced to autonomous functions—the mind to the brain, human history to a destiny of self-realisation.”








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Church seeking to 
be young again

On February 6, the Pontifical Council for Culture was rocked into another world, as its closed-door three-day study on Emerging Youth Cultures got underway with a concert by rock band, The Sun.








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The call of the moon

The moon is a powerful influence on our world. It commands the mighty oceans to rise and calls them to withdraw, as well as being a source of light to those who venture out at night and providing guidance to ships that bob on the high seas.

It is also a subject of wonder for poets, a mellow gift to young lovers and a bedeviled curiosity for scientists.








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Voice of the people is the voice of the Church

 

The fight for the hearts and minds of the people may have become a bit of a cliché in today’s political world, but it is not a bad description of the year-long battle that the Church in Asia’s only majority Catholic country has been involved in as it unsuccessfully pitted itself against the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of the president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino.








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Freedom of the press

The feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron of writers and journalists, is on January 24. Known as The Gentleman Saint, This gentle and humble Doctor of the Church is well known for his writings on spiritual formation and pamphlets in defence of Catholic doctrine. As a Chinese saying goes, “A person of noble virtue speaks with actions and acts for a just cause.” St. Francis is also an inspiration and reminder to be righteous in word and deed, and to pursue the truth.








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The Year of Faith and Christian Unity

One of the principal aims of the Year of Faith is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. A milestone of the Catholic Church in modern times, it brought tremendous dynamism to the ecumenical movement in the Church while the conciliar document, Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio), showed the pathway to promoting this work. 








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The Epiphany in
 Hong Kong today

 

TODAY, THE CHURCH celebrates the feast of the Epiphany, the story of The Three Wise Men following a star from its rising in the east to Bethlehem to pay homage to the new-born Jesus.

They offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, before leaving for home with joy in their hearts. In their search for Jesus, the Magi met difficulties, at one point asking directions from the autocratic king, Herod.








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Blessed are the peace-makers

There are many voices competing to set the value agenda for the Year of Faith, which runs through to November 24 next year. Pope Benedict is encouraging Christians everywhere to rediscover a taste for feeding themselves on the word of God.

A recurring theme in Jesus’ discussions with his disciples is peace.








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All I want for 
Christmas is…

A perennial question for parents at this time of year is what to give their children for Christmas.

Many parents simply ask their children what they want for Christmas, a question that can often lead to interesting discussions.

However, they could possibly be more interesting if the question is changed a little bit and, instead of asking what they want, ask what they need.








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Dignity is not to 
be bartered

 

“Longevity is a blessing from God… Yet often society, dominated by the logic of efficiency and profit, does not welcome it as such, on the contrary, it often rejects it, considering elderly people as unproductive and useless,” Pope Benedict XVI told a group of senior citizens at the Saint Egidio Community Rest Home in Rome on November 12.