BILL FACES ROUGH SAILING – Will divorce be finally legalized in the Philippines?

– Fr Leonard E Dollentas

For more than 20 years, the divorce bill in the Philippines has repeatedly been proposed and discussed by the Philippine Congress, with no success. It has always been intensely opposed by the Catholic Church and by a number of Philippine presidents themselves. One president worth recalling who opposed divorce was Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, a bachelor. When divorce was gaining an amount of support in 2010, he vehemently condemned it and those who supported it by revealing to the media that he did not want to turn the Philippines into Las Vegas, where “you get married in the morning and you get divorced in the afternoon.”


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– Pedro Daniel Oliveira

Started early this month, the chapel of Saint Lawrence’s Church is holding a Sunday Mass in Bahasa Indonesia, in order to keep the faith of the local Indonesian Catholics, since some have embraced other Christian denominations, and to maintain their solidarity. The celebration is held every first and fourth Sunday of the month, and begins at 5:00 PM.

ENHANCING SILK ROAD’S RELIGIUS AND CULTURAL LEGACY – Macau Ricci Institute Annual Symposium in November

– Pedro Daniel Oliveira

On November 22-23, the Macau Ricci Institute (MRI) is holding its annual symposium under the theme “Exploring The Silk Road Economic Belt and The 21st- Century Maritime Silk Road: The Challenge of Cross-Cultural Exchange and Communication.”


– Fausto Gomez OP

As soon as the encyclical on the regulation of birth was issued by Pope Paul VI on July 25, 1968, contrary reactions from “liberal” priests and theologians in favor of contraception appeared in magazines and journals. Let us examine their arguments and the contrary comments of an outstanding theologian in those times in the Philippines, Fr Francisco del Rio OP (1902-1984).


– Vittorio Messori

There is a figure among many that can help to understand the difference between the Mediterranean countries and Great Britain. In 1987 – two years after the appointment of Gorbachev as head of the Soviet Union and two since the fall of the Berlin Wall – the Italian Communist Party (the largest in the whole of the West) still had a million and a half members. In France there were around 800,000 and in Spain over 300,000 thousand. At the same date, the Communist Party of the United Kingdom had a total of 12,000 members. Traditionally, the Communists have always been little more than a small folk minority.

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (71) – Do animals gossip?

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– Rev José Mario O Mandía

A long time back, we spoke about the relationship between reality, knowledge and language (Bite-Size Philosophy 4). We feel the natural need, even when we were babies, to communicate. At that stage, we could only cry or laugh. Eventually, we learn to express our thoughts to others.


On 10 July, at 6 PM, the launching of a new edition comprising three books of D Arquimínio da Costa, Fr Lancelote Rodrigues and Fr Mário Acquistapace in the Chinese language, missionaries who worked in Macau, will take place in the auditorium of the Macau Diocese.


Ez 2:2-5; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6

– Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

In Capernaum, Jesus expressed his admiration for the gesture of four men who brought down the roof of a house to introduce a paralytic (Mk 2: 4). Symbolically, it said that the door of the House of Israel was thus open to all. This is the scandal of the villagers. With his message and actions, Jesus broke the balance,  and is demolishing the house in which they have placed all their hopes. The series of questions they put are justified (vv. 2-3). What guarantees can   “the carpenter, the son of Mary” offer? For more than thirty years, he has done nothing but fix doors and windows, make hoes and plows, and they know his brothers and sisters. Where does the message that he expounds come from?  Who gives him the power to work wonders?

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (11)

– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

The nearly fifteen million inhabitants of Dhaka are by themselves synonymous with a high probability of discontents, so that in the congested streets of this city it is common to cross with demonstrators of many and varied banners. Were you waiting for what? This is a polychrome screen of whole lives sprawled in the dusty and dirty road networks; lives that improvise survival among rickshaws and battered vehicles. However, among the amalgamation of trunks and people, with surprising regularity we are presented with magnificent silver carts pulled by thin and suffering horses. Poor animals, subject to such an ungrateful and cruel task, having as their only reward a few bales of hay a month, and the providential liquid without which no living creature goes far. Notwithstanding, his gaze is no longer meek and tender, as the semblance of his cousins is tender and gentle, no matter how arduous the task. Certainly conditioned by the panting heat the common of the mortals is here, and understandably, of occluded face. But soon it opens in a smile when requested, as with an old man with a long beard dyed the henna, which gives it an orange hue. Curious, like a pesky gaiato, he lurks through the curtains of a purplish crimson, more ornament and not so much solar lair, hanging from the ceiling of the quadrangular cubicle, the core of the showy carriage, the lofty symbol of the capital of Bangladesh. Incidentally, by the way, unique in the genre.

APOLOGIA (22) – Why was the Son of God born in a very humble village?


Objection 1: It seems very strange that the Son of God, as Jesus pretended to be, was born in a very humble village as Bethlehem. If he was the powerful man he claimed to be, he should be born in an important palace in an important city.