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Bishop Lee to meet lectors at Word of God celebration

January 14, 2022

“To ignore the Word of God is to ignore Christ,” Father Eduardo Aguero declared, using the words of St Jerome. The Argentinian priest, who tends to the Portuguese-speaking flock that attends Sunday Mass at the parish of Our Lady of Carmel, created a Bible study group and provides the lectors in Taipa with workshops on the Holy Scriptures every month. This year, the Sunday of the Word of God will be celebrated on the 23rd of January. D. Stephen Lee Bun-sang will meet with local lectors at the Bishop’s Palace. 

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Saintly “Doctor of the poor”

January 13, 2022

“Legend has it that Hernández offered up his life to God in exchange for the end of World War I. He was hit by a car and died on June 29, 1919, the day after the Treaty of Versailles was signed,” ending the war. 

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One dream helps 2.2m ill kids since 1999

January 13, 2022

The Angkor Hospital for Children  came about after one man’s shock at personally witnessing a child die because her parents could not afford a two-dollar medicine for her treatment. He was moved upon seeing desperate, sick children in Cambodia. The founder, a Japanese photographer – later, a multi-award winner – decided to take action. The hospital website (https://angkorhospital.org/) recounts his and their story. 

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Ordinary Time after Christmas

January 13, 2022

Ordinary Time is an opportunity to begin again, to find greater meaning and fulfilment in our ordinary, daily work and life, and most of all to grow in our friendship with Christ.  Ordinary Time presents us with an opportunity to consider the fact that living as a Christian calls us to meet the Lord in the ordinariness of our own daily life. We are invited to live this ordinary life shaped by all that Jesus has done, and to live every moment of our lives in a way that is shaped by his Gospel.

Ecce Homo by Guido Reni (1575-1642)
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The suffering Christ

January 12, 2022

One of the paintings that has always made a huge impression on me is the so-called Ecce Homo by Guido Reni (1575-1642), a painter I have already dealt with previously and who certainly has to be considered as one of the greatest in pictorial art in his genre. This painting, which is now in the Louvre Museum, is from about the year 1640. It must be said that this was a subject much exploited by Guido Reni and his disciples, a clear sign that his idea was very successful. In fact, we are always lost in admiration before this image that communicates the intense suffering of the Savior, with those eyes that hardly seem to look towards the sky while the head, surrounded by a divine light, is reclined on the other side due to fatigue and pain.

Sanctuary Lamp
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True signs and symbols of the Liturgy

January 12, 2022

In my church everything is now electrified, both the perennial lamp near the tabernacle and the votive candles in front of the Madonna. Those of the altar still remain, lit with a lighter, always kept there on the table. Some of us would like to change things, but others prefer it this way and see no difficulty in continuing like this …

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Local schools prove themselves in Nativity scene contest

January 7, 2022

The Macau Cardinal Newman Center of Cultural and Performance Arts and the Macau Diocesan of Performance Arts and Culture Association organized, for the third year in a row, a contest where everyone had a chance to vote for the most beautiful Nativity scene set up by Macau’s Catholic schools. There was also a contest involving parish churches. Eleven educational institutions joined the competition. The contestants used different materials to recreate the narrative of the birth of Christ.