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Father Urbano Fernandes, former missionary in Macau, dies aged 82

January 7, 2022

Marco Carvalho Father Urbano Fernandes, a Goan priest who exercised part of his priestly ministry in South China, died on December 23rd at his residence in Agonda, India, after a short illness. In Macau, where he lived for 16 years, Father Fernandes is remembered as a man of God, “impeccable and helpful,” and as someone that was always available to…

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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.

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An invitation to walk each day of the new year with the Blessed Mother

January 6, 2022

On the first day of the year, the universal Church in her Liturgy celebrates the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. For Catholics, there could not be a better way to enter the New Year, in according to the saints’ teaching: there is no safer way on the path to Jesus than through the hands of His Mother, Mary Most Holy.

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How about heaven?

January 6, 2022

  It is noteworthy to underline that the textbooks of classical moral theology start with the ultimate end, which is the first in intention and the last in execution. The ultimate end is the beatitude, heaven, eternal life: union with God. We all have been created by God to inhabit “the heavenly city.”

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Being prepared or superficial?

January 6, 2022

The first two days of the Easter Triduum, Holy Friday and Holy Saturday, are truly singular from the point of view of the liturgical signs and their balance is rather delicate. It is expected that on these austere days, the candles will be completely extinguished and the altar will be bare. In its concrete realization, this indication undergoes difficulties that many have pointed out, which, however, must be overcome in order to give the two days a liturgical configuration that is truly consistent with the mystery celebrated and suitable for expressing it effectively.

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Mary’s majesty and mercy

January 6, 2022

In the medieval image kept in Santa Maria in Trastevere, the Madonna is the queen of mercy, indeed she is merciful as a queen. Basically, it summarizes what will be sung a few centuries after the making of this icon in one of the Marian antiphons still best known today: Salve Regina, mater misericordiae. Mary is queen and mother of mercy and the two are not in contradiction.