Monthly Archives: February 2018


Creator of Heaven and Earth – 1

LET MY TONGUE BE SILENCED – Music by Aurelio Porfiri

Liturgical Mass Sheet

MEDIATOR DEI – Exclusive Interview With David W Fagerberg

Aurelio Porfiri

Professor David W Fagerberg is a world renowned theology scholar from Notre Dame University in Indiana (USA). Professor Fagerberg’s interests are many, from Russian Orthodoxy to Chesterton, from CS Lewis to liturgical theology.

CHURCH FATHERS (13) – Athenagoras of Athens


In the second century we have another important apologist of the Christian faith, not very well known like others, but still very relevant: Athenagoras of Athens. We don’t know much about his life, some sources suggest that he was the director of the catechetical school in Alexandria. He was from Athens and he was a convert to Christianity.

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (52) – What about the heart?

Rev José Mario O Mandía

We have talked of many things about man, but we have not spoken a word about the “heart.” The term is so bound up to human nature that a “heartless person” might hardly be considered human. Sacred Scripture mentions it more than a thousand times. Yet it is not found among the faculties/powers/potencies (senses, appetites, intellect, will) that St Thomas speaks about. The reason for this is that the term “heart” is analogical. It is used to different realities with the common meaning of something in the depth of man’s being. Let us take up these different meanings.


Diocese of Macau - Chancery Notice

Ash Wednesday, Lunar New Year and Lenten arrangements on fasting and abstinence

1. Ash Wednesday (14 February) – To mark the beginning of Lent, Mass of the Proper of Ash Wednesday, with the blessing and distribution of ashes, is to be celebrated. Fasting and abstinence are to be observed according to the “Norms on the practice of fasting and abstinence.”


Tej Francis


Undercover Chinese priest in Europe: There are still priests imprisoned in China

(Rome Reports) This is Fr. Giovanni, and we can’t show his face because he’s Chinese. Nor can we reveal his real name or where he was born. It’s the price he has to pay as a Chinese Catholic priest. He’s now finishing his formation in Europe, still undercover.

MURUGAN BEFORE THE YEAR OF THE DOG – Chinese In The Thaipusam Of Penang

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

In the Malaysian cities of Georgetown (Penang Island) and Kuala Lumpur the Lunar New Year is preceded by a religious event capable of attracting more people to the streets than the traditional Chinese solemnity. I am referring to the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which has its most visible expression in the cellars of Batu, a few kilometers north of the capital of Malaysia, although the streets of Penang have a large crowd, and with the distinctive peculiarity: among devotees we see not only the usual Tamil, but also Chinese, who incorporate the Hindu cult into their already syncretic Taoism. In addition to the crowd, as simple spectators, many foreigners and the occasional Muslim native, as a rule averse to any kind of pagan manifestation.

THE DESERT EXPERIENCE – First Sunday of Lent

Gen 9:8-15; 1 Pt 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

       Every year, on the first Sunday of Lent, the gospel is on the temptations of Jesus in the desert. In Mark’s brief narrative of the temptation it is the Spirit who, leads him into the wilderness.

BECOMING PART OF THE MACAU FAMILY – Chinese New Year Of Modern Times Keeps Traditional Values And Family Worship

Pedro Daniel Oliveira

Chinese New Year is seen in Macau, not only as a cultural Chinese festivity, but also as a form of integration into society, whether it’s expatriates or Chinese from Mainland China living here. So says António Mil-Homens, Nunu Khan, Paulo Fernandes and Vítor Moutinho.