DECEMBER 18, 2011, Vol 61, No 25

Fr Lombardi noted that the presence of an excommunicated priest at the event and the ‘repeated nature of his disobedience... aggravates his canonical position’. CNS file photo

However, presence of excommunicated priest at ceremony creates problems

YIBIN, CHINA – A Chinese priest was recently ordained bishop with the approval of both the Vatican and the Chinese government. However, the participation of an excommunicated priest at the ceremony drew sharp criticism from the Vatican.

Fr Peter Luo Xuegang was ordained coadjutor bishop of Yibin diocese in southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Nov 30.

Police officers with their dogs monitored the crowd at St Mary’s Church, and no phones, cameras or liquids were allowed in the venue, reported the Asian Church news agency UCA News.

A man holds a placard during an Oct 22 protest in Berlin denouncing current banking and financial industry practices worldwide. The Vatican on Oct 24 issued its call for global financial reform, recommending the creation of a world political authority with broad powers to regulate markets and rein in the inequalities of capitalist development. CNS photo

Redemptorist Fr Bernard Teo comments on the recent document from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

THE Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’s Oct 24 statement calling for the creation of a global authority to regulate international financial activities is certainly a bold and controversial proposal.

Entitled Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority, it viewed this task as a matter of great urgency and importance.

A Hearts@Work trainee working as a cashier during a jumble sale held on Nov 20.

Denise Chan, 23, was one of several adults with intellectual challenges who manned a jumble sale recently.

The Nov 20 activity, held on the grounds of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was organised by Hearts@Work, a project of the Catholic Welfare Services.

Since Nov 2009, Hearts@Work has been providing vocational training and supporting employment for adults with intellectual challenges.

Fr Anthony Hutjes receiving gifts offered by CARE beneficiaries during the Dec 1 Mass.

Catholics should show unconditional love to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs), participants at the recent World AIDS Day Mass were told.

“Whatever you do to the least of your brothers, you do unto me,” Fr Anthony Hutjes reminded the congregation of Jesus’ words during the Dec 1 Mass held at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Fr Hutjes told the 70-strong crowd that Catholics should see and experience Christ in the people around them, especially the suffering, sick and outcast of society, and love them.