May 2016

Priest allegedly attacked by corrupt police
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Hanoi (AsiaNews): Father Joseph Nguyễn Văn Thế, assistant parish priest of Đồng Chuong parish, in the diocese of Bắc Ninh, Tuyen Quang province, northern Vietnam, was allegedly attacked by police while on his way to celebrate two Masses in a remote area on May 7.

The priest, who has been boldly critical of the corruption of the local authorities and police, was beaten with sticks and metal bars, sustaining serious injuries...

Critics blame logging for Myanmar floods
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Mandalay (UCAN): Advocates and politicians from Myanmar’s predominantly Christian, Kachin State have blamed the destruction of hundreds of houses destroyed by floods and landslides in late April on environmental degradation caused by the logging industry.

Steven Tsa Ji, general secretary of Kachin Development Networking Group, said the recent disaster is the result of intensive logging and mining conducted by Chinese...

Vatican funds job-creation project for refugees in Jordan
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican is funding a job-creation programme for Iraqi refugees in Jordan, which is hosting close to 1.5 million refugees of whom but is struggling to provide work for them. Around 130,000 come from Iraq and 1.3 million from Syria.

With $1.16 million (US$150,000) donated by visitors to its pavilion at the World’s Fair in Milan in 2015, the Vatican will provide the funding that Caritas Jordan...

New administration urged to investigate unused Yolanda funds
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Caritas Philippines has called on the country’s next administration to urgently investigate funds donated towards the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) amounting to billions of pesos, left unused by the government of outgoing president, Noynoy Aquino.

Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, said, “This is an important agenda that the incoming administration needs...

Detained but free to vote
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Some 42,252 prison detainees across The Philippines got to cast their vote during the May 9 elections, CBCP News reported on May 10.

“We recognise the rights of the detainees to vote and choose their respective candidates,” Richard Schwarzkopf Jr., the superintendent of New Bilibid Prison, Metro Manila, said.

According to the CBCP News...

Remembering one who fought the good fight
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): A memorial gathering was organised for Soledad Pillas, secretary general of Migrante International, on May 1, on Ice House Street, Central.

Pillas died on April 21 after spending seven months in a comatose state. She suffered a massive stroke on 2 September 2015, in the middle of a legislative hearing on the case of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipino migrant worker sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug...

One of three priests-turned-politicians wins election bid
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): Only one of the three Catholic priests-turned politicians succeeded in their election bids for public office.

Father Jeemar Vera Cruz, from the Iligan diocese, was proclaimed the new vice-mayor of Iligan City for a first term on May 10.

Vera Cruz, former vicar general of the diocese, defeated acting vice-mayor Providencio Abragan by over 12,000 votes....

Release El Niño funds now Caritas Philippines urges
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

MANILA (Agencies): “We are appealing to the newly-elected president to listen to the cries of the hungry farmers, especially here in Mindanao. They have already suffered enough from this climate crisis. Why let them wait for too long when money is readily available?” Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines, said.

Speaking at the Farmers’ National Sustainable Agriculture Training...

Philippine clergy urged to help fight stigma by taking HIV test
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Manila (UCAN): Father Dan Vicente Cancino, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippine’s Commission on Health Care urged the clergy to have HIV tests. “Priests can help fight the stigma by undergoing HIV tests themselves,” he said on May 14.

“The real challenge (in fighting HIV and AIDS) is the stigma and discrimination,” said Father Cancino.

Duterte and Marcos lose vote in Vatican precinct
(Saturday, 21 May 2016 )

Hong Kong (SE): According to data from the Philippine Commission on Elections, presumptive president, Rodrigo Duterte, and Bongbong Marcos, son of the late ousted dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, who is running second in the race for the vice-presidency, lost the vote at the Vatican voting precinct.

Duterte received 74 votes at the Vatican compared to administration candidate Mar Roxas who proved more popular with 98 votes,...