April 2016

Recognition for Indian youth movement
(Saturday, 23 April 2016 )

Kochi (UCAN): The Vatican has recognised Jesus Youth, a Catholic movement that began some 30 years ago in southern India, as an international private association of Catholics with canonical standing, allowing it to function autonomously as a lay movement.

The group began in the 1980s as an offshoot of the Catholic charismatic movement in Kerala. It holds prayer meetings and retreats and other spiritually oriented...

The high price of relief rice
(Saturday, 23 April 2016 )

KIDAPAWAN (UCAN): There may be a drought in Mindanao, but that hardly justifies the high price that a group of farmers had to pay for their relief rice—three lives, 116 injuries and around 89 disappearances.

On April 1, as around 6,000 farmers blocked the main highway between Cotabato and Davao in Kidapawan City demanding that the local government release aid allocated by the national government in Manila, the police...

Papua wants out from Indonesian thumb
(Saturday, 23 April 2016 )

JAYAPURA (UCAN): Peaceful demonstrations in support of Papuan independence from Indonesia were held in several areas of the predominantly Christian provinces of Papua and West Papua on April 13.

In a country in which over 1,000 people have been arrested for pro-independence activities since Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla took on the top two jobs in the country, a heavy security presence kept a good eye on the thousands who...

Vote for migrant-friendly candidates
(Saturday, 23 April 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Ruperto Santos is encouraging Filipinos abroad to vote for candidates who promote the welfare of migrants, as the absentee voting for this year’s presidential election got underway on April 9.

More than a million Filipinos—1,326,728 land-based and 49,339 sea-based—have registered for the overseas absentee vote in this year’s election.


Honour killing
(Saturday, 23 April 2016 )

At this year’s Eighty-eighth Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California, the United States of America, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Oscar for her short documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, about a young Pakistani woman who survived an attempted honour killing and follows her quest for justice.

The teenage girl named Saba, falls in...

Meditation is that coming home feeling
(Saturday, 23 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Meditation… It is as simple as that,” Penelope Sturrock, the international coordinator of Meditation with Children and Young People, told a gathering of primary and secondary teachers organised by the Hong Kong branch of the World Community for Christian Meditation at the Diocese Centre on March 17.

From Sydney, Australia, Sturrock said that she was introduced to meditation at the age of...

Fourth Week of Easter
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white). 

Readings: Acts 13: 14, 43-52; Revelation 7: 9, 14b-17; John 10: 27-30.

Mass of the day, Easter preface (white). 

Readings: Acts 11: 1-18...

Mabuting pastol
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

Mayroong isang larawan sa National Geographic na nagpapakita ng isang batang pastol na umiiyak. Ang kawan na kanyang inaalagaan ay nasagasaan ng isang sasakyan.  Karamihan dito ay namatay.  Bagamat hindi kalakihan ang kanyang kawan ay dito makikita na mahalaga ito sa kanya. Ang mga tupang ito ang kasakasama niya sa araw-araw. 

Bahagi na ito ng kanyang buhay. Sapat na sigurong patunay ang mga luhang...

The good shepherd
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

When we talk about Jesus the Good Shepherd, the first image that comes to mind is that of the Master who holds a lamb in his arms or on his shoulders. 

It is true: Jesus is the good shepherd who goes out of his way in  search of his lost sheep, but this is a reproduction of the parable found in the gospel of Luke (15:4-8).

The good shepherd that John speaks of is...

Hear the cry of children
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

Children complete a family, while family composes a society. A family with children is a blessing from God.

There are many problems and threats a family is facing. Apart from broken homes and families, children and young adults have changed a lot. This selfish and materialistic world has influenced the upbringing of many of our children. They become lazy and disrespectful to their elders....