April 2016

Are you going to vote in the election?
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

No I am not going to vote this coming election because I am not on the certified list of overseas voters from the Comelec. Nevertheless, I always pray to our Almighty God that those candidates in this coming election will be better than the previous ones. May the voters be guided by the Holy Spirit to choose the right candidates that will truly serve the country unselfishly.

 

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God is no statistician
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

In contempory society, people are normally judged by numbers, such as how much money they grossed last year or how many new clients they brought in.

Given the world’s view of success, it is easy to assume that God thinks the same way. Some people tend to focus on Church attendance, number of volunteer activities or the amount of money they put into the offering.

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I am proud of you!
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

to my former students who graduated in 1985

I always miss my students who graduated in 1985. Their young faces and behaviour are always in my mind. I love them so much for they are such a special class that I can never forget.

I was their class teacher from 1981 to 1985. I taught them English, mathematics,...

Film festival shows struggle to break barriers
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

For the 40th consecutive year the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society put together a two-week international programme around the Easter holiday season, featuring world and Asian premieres, as well as other award-winning productions. 

The entries were rich in their portrayal of the universally-shared human struggle to move beyond the limiting confines that circumscribe life....

Germany gives a fair go to all
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

I am in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Annual Fair Trade Exhibition and Philippine products are gaining a high profile with growing sales. This brings jobs and prosperity with fair payment to thousands of Filipinos.

I have been invited as a guest speaker at the opening of the fair. It is holiday time in Germany and many thousands of visitors come to this massive four-day exhibition to buy...

Abusive employer convicted but workers’ lot still not a happy one
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): At the launch of Erwiana: Justice for All, a documentary on the traumatic experience of abused domestic worker, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, community leaders were critical of the government attitude towards migrant workers in Hong Kong, saying that one year on from the conviction of her abusive employer nothing has changed.

The documentary was launched on March 27 at the City University of Hong Kong in...

Former priest released
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

MANILA (AsiaNews): A former priest, Rolando del Tochio, who was kidnapped on October 6 last year from Ur Choice Café in Dipolog in the southern Philippines, was released on April 8.

Father Giovanni Re, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, said, “We are very happy for the release of Rolando del Torchio.”

Del Torchio was taken to a military hospital...

Petition to investigate Mong Kok rumble
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A online signature petition was launched by the Justice and Peace Commission on March 17 calling on the Hong Kong government to set up an independent investigation committee to look into the rumble that took place between police and a violent mob in Mong Kok on February 8.

The petition statement was posted in various parishes starting from April 3 inviting parishioners to sign it.

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Archbishop of Prague asks Xi for religious freedom
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

prague (AsiaNews): On the occasion of the visit of the president of China, Xi Jinping, to the Czech Republic from March 28 to April 1, the archbishop of Prague, Archbishop Dominik Jaroslav Duka, handed him a letter calling for respect for human rights and religious freedom.

Archbishop Duka presented the letter to Xi, together with a book on Bohuslav Reynek (1892 to 1971), a Czech artist and Bohemian painter, poet,...

Children’s literature prize to Beijing professor
(Saturday, 16 April 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A Beijing-based author, Cao Wenxuan, has become the first Chinese person to win the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s literature, often dubbed the Little Nobel Prize for Literature.

The judging panel said Cao was a unanimous choice for the prize, because he writes beautifully about the complex lives of children facing great challenges.

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