#ShortNews: 700 churches closed in Rwanda

Rwanda has ordered 700 churches in Kigali Province to suspend activities from today (1 March) because of concerns over health and safety.

Professor Anastase Shyaka, Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), which monitors public and private organisations, told reporters on 19 February: “Some churches conduct their worship services in shoddy and unclean structures – to the detriment of people’s health and safety. Cases of noise pollution have also been reported, while some operate without the required operation permits.”

Church representatives said the authorities were being too strict. “Those that failed to implement a few requirements should be reopened and allowed to work while fixing the problems raised,” said Bishop Innocent Nzeyimana, president of the Churches’ Forum in Nyarugenge district, as reported by AFP.

Read More: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/coe/rwanda-700-churches-closed-down-in-just-one-province/


Rules For Fast And Abstinence For Traditional Catholics

Why do we fast and abstain?

“Unless you do penance, you shall likewise perish.” (Lk. 13:5)

Because we are sinners, justice requires each of us to make recompense to God for the honor we have denied Him by our sins. Because we have misused our goods, our souls and bodies—as well as those of others—the natural law requires us to strive to restore the order we have disturbed by our sins. Thus, the Natural Law and the Divine Law bind us in a general way to perform acts of penance. In order to help us fulfill this requirement, Holy Mother Church, knowing our weakness and laziness, binds us under ecclesiastical laws to perform works of penance at certain times.

Throughout the centuries, these ecclesiastical laws have changed, sometimes becoming more strict, sometimes relaxing the discipline of penance. Regardless of changes to the Church laws, which exist to make our obedience to the natural and Divine laws of penance easier, the fundamental requirement remains: “Unless you do penance, you shall likewise perish.”

Considering the alternatives of unending bliss in heaven or unending misery in hell, and considering that the effects of original sin and of our own sins make us lazy and apt to forget our duty towards God, it seems much more reasonable to err on the side of too much penance, especially in times of relaxed Church discipline such as our own, rather than on the side of too little.Read More »

#LittlePilgrimage 31. Ōura Church, Nagasaki, Japan

26 June 2017. It was drizzling when I went to Nagasaki during my Japan trip with my friend.

The alley to Oura church was a unique place where you could only find western buildings. You would feel like you’re somewhere in Europe, not Japan. Entrance fee for this church was ¥600. Paid at the ticketing counter just at the bottom of the stairs to the church, we also took the English version of the information book about the church.

#LittlePilgrimage 31. Ōura Church, Nagasaki, Japan, 〒850-0931 Nagasaki Prefecture, Nagasaki, Minamiyamatemachi, 5-3

The Basilica of the Twenty-Six Holy Martyrs of Japan (日本二十六聖殉教者堂) also Ōura Church (大浦天主堂 Ōura Tenshudō) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and Co-cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan, built soon after the end of the Japanese government’s Seclusion Policy in 1853.

In 1863, two French priests from the Sociéte des Missions Étrangères, Fathers Louis Furet and Bernard Petitjean, landed in Nagasaki with the intention of building a church honoring the Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan, nine European priests and seventeen Japanese Christians who were crucified in 1597 by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The church was finished in 1864. It was originally a small wooden chapel with three aisles and three octagonal towers. The present structure is a much larger Gothic basilica that dates from around 1879. This version was built of white stuccoed brick with five aisles, vaulted ceilings, and one octagonal tower. The design most likely came from a Belgian plan used by Catholic missionaries in an earlier church built in Osaka. The stained glass windows were imported from France.Read More »

#LittlePilgrimage 30. Our Lady of Victory Cathedral Daimyo-machi, Fukuoka, Japan

25 June 2017. It was cloudy in Fukuoka, Japan. Me and my friend were on our holiday in Kyushu island, Japan.

Weekly Mass for me is a habit, something I do regularly. But attending Mass during holiday has became one of my favorite activity! It started since I accidentally attended a local Mass in Hong Kong. Since then, I tried to always visit the church during the holiday. But attend the Mass is not always easy to do, especially if I traveled with a non-Catholic friend.

But here I was in Japan, and my Catholic friend agreed to join me for a Mass.

#LittlePilgrimage 30. Our Lady of Victory Cathedral Daimyo-machi, Fukuoka, Japan, 〒810-0041 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, Chuo Ward, Daimyo, 2 Chome-7-7.

In 1896, a small wooden chapel was built on the site where the present church is located. In 1938, the number of faithful from Fukuoka rose sharply, and then there was the need to expand the chapel premises. The church was rebuilt and reinforced with red brick.

In 1984 he began a new restructuring of the cathedral. In 1986 the church was demolished and a modern concrete church was built in its place. The old church only remained the main altar.

The church follows the Roman or Latin rite and is the main church of the Catholic diocese of Fukuoka (Dioecesis Fukuokaensis; カトリック福岡教区) which was created in 1927 with the Papal brief Catholicae Fidei under the pontificate of Pope Pius XI.Read More »

#LittlePilgrimage 38. อาสนวิหารอัสสัมชัญ Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok

It was a sunny Sunday when I woke up alone in my hotel, during my solo holiday. What a fun days so far. And I had a plan to attend the Sunday Mass at the famous Cathedral in Bangkok.

Apparently the Cathedral was located not too far from the hotel. I took a taxi and it cost me less than 40B.

#LittlePilgrimage 38. อาสนวิหารอัสสัมชัญ Assumption Cathedral, 23 Oriental Avenue, New Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand

The Renaissance style building is the Cathedral of the Archbishop and of the Archdiocese of Bangkok has a beautiful red bricks on the facade, facing the car park.

The history of the Cathedral date back to the year 1820 when Bishop Florens was the head of the “Siam Mission”. A piece of land was purchased to build a church in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, paid for by donations. A traditional Thai-style church was completed for the Catholic community in that area in the year 1821, and given the name “Assumption Church”. After the completion of the church, the office of the bishop was built nearby and in the following year, the church was named “The Assumption Cathedral”, the Cathedral of the Bishop of the Bangkok Diocese. Since then, the Assumption Cathedral has continuously been the permanent residence of all the bishops of the Bangkok Diocese.

As Grand as the people talk about it, the interior was very impressive! The golder altar, golden ceiling, golden statue, everything looked amazing for a non-catholic country. The choir group sang very beautiful even without a conductor! And there was this young lady who sang the Psalm solo, and she truly has an angelic voice! She really amazed me!


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#LittlePilgrimage 37. โบสถ์พระมหาไถ่ Holy Redeemer Church, Bangkok

This church was my first place I visit when I reached Bangkok during my solo holiday. The church was located about 3 km from my hotel. I had no idea about taking a public bus there, and there was no BTS station nearby. So I decided to walk. It was a pleasant walk since I walked pass through a natural park.

LittlePilgrimage 37. โบสถ์พระมหาไถ่ Holy Redeemer Church,

I had this plan to travel together to Thailand with a friend since last year, but due to some reasons, she canceled it just a day after I booked my flight and hotel. I decided to go anyway since I already booked my flight, hotel and even done with my itinerary.

From the airport, after I checked in my hotel and had lunch around the hotel, I headed to the church. I had to walk pass through the Lumpini Park. It was very green and relaxing park, that offers rare open public space, trees, and playgrounds. I saw a lot of dove gathered around the artificial lake, I saw some people jogging, I even saw some people rent boats. I walked diagonally from the park entrance to the exit. There was a school at the park exit, and from the school, turned left, walked to the traffic light, cross the street diagonally with the bridge, then turned right to Soi Ruam Ruedi road. If you see Neil’s Tavern (a cake shop) on your left hand side, it means you’re on the right track to the church. Just go straight. The church is just at the end of this road.

Please take this note from me; if you are travelling alone, you don’t know the area, you don’t know the language, please do your homework first at home: check how to get there by google map, print out the church name in English and in the local language, and don’t forget to print out the picture of the church too! It will help coz some people won’t remember the name but remember the building from your pic.

The walk from the hotel to the church was probably more than 1 hour. I didn’t rush, I enjoyed my walk and took my time to sat down a while at the park and took some selfies. When I arrived at the church, It was almost 4PM. The building was exactly like the one I saw on google. White wall with colourful roof, lots of pillars and vernacular doors. There was a couple doing their marriage preparation at the church. A beautiful lady, a handsome man. I was glad to be there and see them preparing their big day of their life.

The altar itself was very unique. Jesus was not nailed on the cross. He was in the middle of the altar with golden statue, his both hands raised up to heaven, and by the lighting from the ceiling, it makes the Jesus statue has 4 shadows! It somehow reminds us how Jesus always a helping hand for those who seek Him!

And look at Mother Mary statue! How beautiful with a lot of roses around her! What a coincidence that the first day I had my solo holiday and decided to visit this Holy Redeemer Church, was also the same day as our Mother Mary’s birthday! Happy birthday o The Blessed and the most Beautiful woman!






It was a pleasant short visit and watching the couple preparing their marriage. After just 10 or 15 minutes, I left the church to hotel because I need to rest early, the next day will be a long interesting day.

This is the church’s website http://www.holyredeemerbangkok.net/ENG/

Mass Schedule
Saturday : English 5.30 p.m. | Thai: 7.00 p.m.
Sunday: English : 8.30, 9.45, 11.00 a.m. & 5.30 p.m. | Thai 6.30, 7.30 a.m. 12.30 p.m. & 7.00 p.m.
Daily: English : 7.00 8.00 a.m. & 5.30 p.m. | Thai 6.30 a.m.
Wednesday Novena: English : 8.30 a.m. 6.00 p.m. | Thai : 10.00, 11.00 a.m. 3.00 7.00 p.m.
Confession Sundays : Before Masses | Weekdays : After Masses