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CHINA AND CHRISTIANITY – A necessary encounter

Aurelio Porfiri

Perhaps never as in these days has there been so much talk about China and Christianity. Sometimes the tone of the discussion has become heated, but the reality is that this is understandable if you think that the stakes are indeed very high: the fate of millions of Chinese faithful who are await decisions that come from a level of power to which they have no access and which perhaps they do not even understand.

CATHOLIC TEACHING BEARS FRUIT – Macau Diocese With Record Number Of Easter Baptisms

Pedro Daniel Oliveira

During Easter, the Diocese of Macau saw an increase of 38 baptisms year-on-year, with all parishes combined reaching a record number of 191 baptisms.

“Taking into account the previous years, we have seen a great increase of adults who this year have received the sacraments — baptism and confirmation. This is mainly due to the Catholic schools, which have done a good work of evangelization, also where teenagers receive a better Christian formation, and on their own will ask to be baptized,” Fr Daniel Ribeiro told O CLARIM.

UNIVERSITY OF ST JOSEPH – Ilha Verde Campus holds Naming Rights Ceremony

On 19th March 2018, a Naming Rights Ceremony was held at the Saint Joseph Ilha Verde Campus at 10:30 am.  The ceremony began with an opening speech by the Bishop of Macau and Chancellor of USJ, His Excellency Bishop Stephen Lee Bun Sang, at the small auditorium of University of Saint Joseph, which was named the “Don Bosco Auditorium”. After that, participants of the ceremony moved to the Central Garden of the campus which is named “Eric Mo Central Garden” on the day. The ceremony ends at the Library’s exhibition gallery, which was then named “Kent Wong Exhibition Gallery”.

INTERVIEW WITH MONSIGNOR GENO SYLVA – About the New Evangelization

Magdalene Chan and Andrew Lam

The second part of the interview with Monsignor Geno Sylva, the official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, is about the concept of the New Evangelization.

USJ ORGANIZES CAREER DAY 2018

USJ Career Day 2018 was held on 16th March 2018 (Friday) at the USJ Green Campus. Around 50 companies and organizations from public and private sectors joined and exhibited at the event.

CHANCERY NOTICE

Diocese of Macau - Chancery Notice
CN/3/003/2018

I. GOOD FRIDAY – 30 March

a ) Fasting and Abstinence

All faithful who are 14 years old and above are to observe abstinence. Faithful from age 18 to 59 are also obliged to observe fasting and abstinence.

PRO-LIFE FAMILIES UNITED IN DEVOTION – Portable Shrine Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Pedro Daniel Oliveira

Starting with ten Catholic families last December 1, the female Marian group that gathers once a month for the Cenacle prayer has spread the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe to fifty Portuguese, Chinese and English-speaking families from Macau. The Blessed Virgin appeared in Mexico in 1531.

INCARNATION OF THE LORD IS WEAPON AGAINST SIN – A Christian’s Understanding Of Easter

Pedro Daniel Oliveira

Born in Poland, Fr Andrzej Blazkiewicz shared with O CLARIM his understanding of Easter, as the fruit of the Lord’s Incarnation, and Jesus Christ’s Resurrection; one of the most effective tools against sin. For this, each of us should work hard towards spiritual improvement.

“What I can say that today is that with increasing conviction, I participate in the mystery of the Resurrection. We all know that every Sunday is the weekly Easter. Sunday invites us to nurture communion. And when there is communion, it demands constant conversion,” Fr Blazkiewicz told us. “This is the dynamic Christian life in the recognition of its weaknesses and limitations, in the search for the word of God, which enlightens and guides, and in the search for the presence of God, which makes me reborn and grow,” he added.

WHEN EUROPE CHANGE ITS MIND ABOUT THE MIDDLE KINGDOM – Ancient China On Debate At Macau Ricci Institute

Pedro Daniel Oliveira

On April 10, Professor Nicolas Standaert is giving a lecture on “The Intercultural Weaving of Historical Texts – Chinese scholars and European missionaries writing about ancient,” at the Don Bosco Auditorium of the University of Saint Joseph. The lecture is under the aegis of the Macau Ricci Institute (MRI).

2018 EASTER MESSAGE — “May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds”

H. E. Bishop Stephen Lee

As Lententide was drawing to a close, we experienced an extraordinary moment of grace — the “24 Hours for the Lord” — an initiative promoted by Pope Francis whereby he invited all the faithful of the Universal Church to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Father took inspiration from the words of the Psalter, “there is forgiveness with Thee” (Ps 130:4) for this year’s particular devotion. From Friday, March 9, to Saturday, March 10, we had the opportunity to adore the Most Blessed Sacrament, to experience that moment of Reconciliation, and to be enlightened: through pardon and reconciliation, darkness is dispelled and a “new light” in our hearts is enkindled (see “The Roman Missal”, Easter Vigil, Lucernarium).