Vatican-China Agreement in Peril?

April and May 2023

In This Issue


The Easter Hope of a New Humanity

The Easter event is all about faith in the possibility of a new man and woman re-created in the image of the risen Christ.

WM Special

Beijing Still Making Life Difficult For Catholics

In spite of the renewal of the agreement between the Vatican and Beijing, there remain thorny issues making the implementation of the deal tremendously challenging. Nevertheless, the Holy See continues along the path of dialogue for the good of the Church.

WM Special

Has the Vatican’s Dialogue with China Reached its Limits?

The Vatican criticized the Chinese government’s transfer of a Catholic bishop to a diocese not recognized by the Holy See. Some human rights advocates and religious freedom experts hope this shift in Rome’s posture toward Beijing will continue.


Unborn Babies still Desperately Need our Help!

The U.S Supreme Court declared that abortion is not a constitutional right. Each individual state can restrict or ban abortion. But the opposite is also the reality in that Congress and states can make abortion legal. So, the unborn still desperately need our help!

Journey Moments

Be an “Easter” Person!

Easter must be shared and we must become “agents” of the resurrection. As long as we give life, radiate hope, joy, and love, we make the resurrection a reality in our lives, and in other peoples’ lives.


Syria. A Tragedy within a Tragedy

Over the past 12 years, Syrians have suffered a terrible civil war, a pandemic, a financial crisis, and, more recently, a devastating earthquake. Syrian Christians have not necessarily suffered more than their compatriots, but the difficulties are threatening their very existence.

In Focus

Proclaiming God’s Boundless Mercy

A vast amount of “mercy material” from Pope Francis is available. However, probably the best source is Francis’ 2015 document, Misericordiae Vultus [MV] (The Face of Mercy), wherein he proclaimed an entire year of mercy (2015-2016) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the close of Vatican Council II (1965).


Urgent Need of Healing Historic Memories

Individuals, communities and nations keep holding on to memories of the injuries they received in the past. There is an urgent need of healing historic memories in order to take hurt feelings and bring into existence a less destructive world.

Youth Issues

Confidence Needs Good Self-Esteem

Are you feeling insecure? Don’t! Know your self-worth. To redeem one’s self needs good self-love. As the saying goes: “You are more than enough” and “You cannot please everybody” but instead, seek what makes you happy and keep that good feeling.

Inside The Holy Book

What Is Written Endures

The writing of the Bible is a fascinating adventure. The original language of the Old Testament is Hebrew, and the New Testament is Greek. Since the beginning, the writing was done by hand. In the 15th century, the invention of the printing press radically changed the scenario.

Follow Me

“He Who Runs Fast Runs Alone”

I am Fr. Aldrin Janito, one of the pioneering Filipino Comboni Missionaries. I was ordained into priesthood on June 7, 1999. After my ordination, I served as vocation promoter from 1999 until 2003. I was assigned to Sololo missions, Diocese of Marsabit in Kenya from 2003 to 2004. This two-year missionary service marked my life after witnessing the killing of my Kenyan people, who were mostly church leaders and infants. It was a horrible experience but it did not kill my missionary spirit. My last assignment was in South Africa where I spent 16 exciting years in two parishes, Waterval and Acornhoek.

WM Special

Holy See and China Renew the Provisional Agreement

The “provisional” agreement between the Holy See and the Chinese government concerning the nomination of Chinese bishops has been extended again for two more years. The agreement seeks to guarantee that the Chinese Catholic bishops can exercise their episcopal task in full communion with the pope.

Follow Me

Mary Went with Haste

“Mary arose and went with haste” (Luke, 1:39) is the biblical quotation chosen by Pope Francis as the motto for World Youth Day. Why did the pope choose this Gospel episode? Why was Mary in such a hurry to leave her home and go to meet her cousin Elizabeth?

Mission is Fun

Cheeky Dog!

In Rome, at the Comboni House of St. Pancrazio north of Vatican City, Fr. Giorgetti, a missionary veteran from Sudan, who is a composer and music lover, always occupied the same place at dinner time. After saying the grace and resting his walking stick on the chair, he spread the linen serviette on his chest ready to do honour to everything available on the table. He never lacked appetite with his big size and sweet tooth. His memories of mission, the music programmes which he followed on his inseparable small radio with the help of an earphone, were the sparks that usually started the conversation. When for one reason or another, he wouldn’t come down for lunch or dinner, one had the impression that a dining room furniture had disappeared suddenly.

Strategies for Evangelization

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