IN A SACRED VALLEY RUNS A RIVER THAT LINKS A LAKE OF “FISHERS OF MEN” TO A LIFELESS LAKE RESURRECTED BY THE WATERS OF BAPTISM – Salt and light of the world (Mt. 5:13-14)

– Miguel Augusto

Recently, social networks circulated a piece of news that showed the appearance of small fish, in “pools” of the Dead Sea. It is not the first time that we are confronted with speculative news that point us to the appearance of life in the waters of this sea with high salt content, also known as the Salt Sea. Given the high level of salt at Dead Sea – far above what is found in the Oceans – there’s no life in their waters. Some of the “watchers” of the Dead Sea expect life to arise, by virtue of a prophecy of Ezekiel (Ezk. 47:1-12).

MARIAN APPARITIONS (90) – Kevelaer, Germany

Around 1640 the small village of Kevelaer had suffered greatly from a tragic fire and the ravages of the Thirty Years war.  It was considered a vast moorland and a place where few ventured.

Hendrik Busman, a pious traveling salesman, was on his journey from Weeze to Geldern when he stopped at a cross on the heath of Kevelaer to pray for a few minutes.  “At Christmas in 1641, I was making my way when I came to the region around Kevelaer.  There was a cross by the roadside, and I heard a voice coming from that direction say to me,

NEWS BRIEFS

– Tej Francis

XUANHUA, CHINA

FOUR UNDERGROUND PRIESTS REPORTEDLY DISAPPEARED IN CHINA’S HEBEI PROVINCE

(CNA/EWTN News) Four priests from the underground Catholic Church in China’s Hebei province have been taken into police custody for indoctrination, AsiaNews reported Monday. The publication wrote Nov. 5 that the priests are being “indoctrinated on the religious policy of the Chinese government … because they refuse to enroll in the Patriotic Association.”

The abducted priests are Fr. Zhang Guilin and Fr. Wang Zhong of the Diocese of Chongli-Xiwanzi, and Fr. Su Guipeng and Fr. Zhao He of the Diocese of Xuanhua. Fr. Zhao He may be under house arrest, according to some sources.

AVE MARIA – The Pope publishes a new book

– José Maria C.S. André

In the month of October, traditionally consecrated to Our Lady, the Pope issued a book on the Mother of God, in the form of an interview with Marco Pozza (published in Italian by Rizzoli and the Libreria Editrice Vaticana). The recording will be broadcast every Tuesday on Tv2000, starting on October 16. In this conversation, the Pope sketches the profile of Our Lady and teaches us to pray her, especially the “Hail Mary”.

A fundamental feature of the holiness of Mary is the sanctity of everyday life, of small ordinary things, as the common life of most men and women. The summit of holiness is not a strange thing, out-of-this-world, but the acting presence of God through normality:

POSSIBLE THIRD FILIPINO SAINT – Pope Francis declares Bishop Obviar ‘venerable’

– Roy Lagarde

(CBCPNews) Pope Francis issued a decree Thursday, November 8, advancing the sainthood cause of Bishop Alfredo Obviar, declaring him “venerable.”

The pope recognized that Obviar, the first bishop of Lucena, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way.

The announcement makes the bishop, who died in 1978 at the age of 89, two steps closer to sainthood.

PRESS INVITATION

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, three agencies with concern for children: Cradle of Hope, Against Child Abuse Association Child Protection Centre, and Good Shepherd Centre, have collaborated to do an “awareness raising activity” to commemorate the signing of the International Covenant on the RIGHTS OF THE CHILD on November 20, 1989.

MASS AND GALA DINNER TO CELEBRATE 93TH ANNIVERSARY OF YUET WAH COLLEGE

Yuet Wah College is scheduled to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the College on the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, on the 8th of December 2018. The thanksgiving Mass will be held at the Millennium Hall of the school at 8:30 am on the same day, and followed by activities organized by students and the school.

SIMPLE DINNER AT THE BISHOP’S PALACE

– José Miguel Encarnação

Bishop Lee celebrates birthday with the faithful

Bishop Stephen Lee celebrated his 62nd birthday with the faithful last November 10.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FR EDDIE HSUEH KWAN HO, HEAD OF THE FOCOLARE IN MACAU AND HONG KONG – Lay people are very much the apostles of today

– Marco Carvalho

Dialogue, evangelization and a communal experience of the spirituality that permeates the message of the Gospels are central concepts for the Focolare Movement. The organization, founded in Italy by Chiara Lubich during the Second World War, celebrates this year its 75th anniversary with a renewed commitment to continue to serve the Church. Present in over 180 countries and territories, the Movement settled in Macau at the beginning of the 1970s, where it develops a low key but steady approach to evangelization. The members of “The Works of Mary” congregation elect lay people and evangelization among peers as the best method to spread the word of God. Fr Eddie Hsueh Kwan Ho, head of the Movement both in Macau and in Hong Kong, says there are no better evangelizers.

FAITH ILLUSTRATED – Creed 07

Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son of God (15)