Sunday, June 01, 2014

Welcome to the China Bulletin - June 2014

The Church in China holds over 22,000 baptisms on Easter
During the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday over 22,000 Chinese have been baptized, in the mainland China. Hebei Province, home to most of the Catholics in China, has registered more baptisms.
In the Diocese of Hong Kong over 3000 adults have been baptized during the Easter Vigil 

Jubilee Year of Religious Profession

Alberto with Jijo 
Fr. Jijo Kandamkulathy is in his Silever Jubilee year of the Religious profession. He made his religious profession on 31 May 1990, in the Claretian Novitiate in Bangalore, India. We thank God for the gift of Jijo to the community and wish him abundance of blessings from the heavens, lots of cheers and good health in this year of grace in the years to come!

Indian Pilgrimage...

Fr. Jojo lead a group of faithful on a 10 days pilgrimage to India in the first week of May 2014. Fr. Jojo writes: 

"A Pilgrimage is a journey trusting in the providence of God and going to the places wherever He leads". Well, this is what I told the people who asked for the itinerary and detailed plan of our trip. And the definition that I gave was to escape from the duties that I was suppose to do. These words of mine created lot of tension and fears among the people even though they did not express it explicitly. 
However we felt God's providence throughout our journey and strengthened our faith and trust in God. We visited churches, temples, families, homes for orphans etc. In short, we entered wherever people welcomed us. 
We were also blessed to meet many important church leaders from India like Cardinals, Bishops, Nuncio etc.......and all these without any appointment. 
And we felt that Church is a big Family. Even though many were not able to talk the language every one understood the language of LOVE which made our trip an enriching experience. 
The local Newspaper picked up the story of the Chinese group visiting the country! 

From the Editor's Desk:

We have been talking about it for long! And finally when the project gets to its completion, there is an air of joy, accomplishment, satisfaction and of course anticipation and anxieties... The publishing of the new revised Chinese Bible arouses a mixture of all these emotions! Finally we are at it! 
This is the cover of the Chinese New Testament that is expected by the end of June. The text is in traditional (old) characters, for the South China, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan region. 

'Sharing the Joy of the Gospel in China' 
Our mission is to help China build 'bridges', no 'walls'. This book is a step towards this direction. Written by a Chinese teacher presents the history, challenges and potential prospects for evangelization in China. The book will also be released in Chinese in the near future.

Bible Diary 2015 and Daily Gospel 2015 
The Final touches on the Spanish Bible Diary 2015 and Chinese Daily Gospel 2015 are underway. This year we introduced a new concept for the Spanish version of the Bible Diary. Alberto spent a few weeks in Mexico working with the team and finally it is into print: 87,500 copies with for more than 20 destinations across the glob! Here we have the cover: 

Ensure your copies today! You can also order for other books from Claretian Publications by visiting us here: 

Did you remember to pray?!

Pope Francis has warned couples not to substitute cats and dogs for children, saying it will only lead to solitude and the 'bitterness of loneliness' in old age. 
But there are things we must learn from these dogs!
It's all part of training! Not just the dogs, do not forget to train ourselves too! 

Ancient Chinese Wisdom!

Each of us has our own unique flaws. 
We're all cracked pots. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have
 that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. 
There's a lot of good out there.