June 2017

Boycotting Qatar
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN):  Qatar has earned a spot on the international banned list, placing its huge migrant worker force in jeopardy.
 
The Philippines, which has some 246,000 workers deployed in the country, announced it will blacklist it for the time being as a destination after allegations emerged from five Middle East countries that it is supporting Islamist militancy.
 
“We are foreseeing a possible problem in Qatar. If...
Top Muslim body condemns attack on Marawi
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

COTABATO (SE): “And we have not sent you (O Muhammad), except as a mercy to the world,” the Regional Dural Ifta (House of Opinions) says in a statement condemning the attack on and occupation of Marawi City, in The Philippines by what it describes as the un-Islamic Maute Group.
 
The Cotabato City-based Dural quotes the Sura Al-Anbiya in an appeal to the Maute to abandon its occupation of the city saying, “If they are true Muslims, they must...
Priest blesses church hijack in Colombia
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

BOGATA (SE): Forty school teachers began a sit-in at the Church of San Francisco in Bogota, Colombia, at the end of Mass on June 6.
 
They have since been joined by dozens of others and taken control of one of the city’s oldest places of worship as part of a nationwide movement to improve the education system in the country.
 
Thousands of teachers had converged on the capital in a call to the government to provide better wages...
Around the Traps
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

 
The devil may care
ROME (SE): The devil may care, but is a symbolic figure invented by Christians to explain the existence of evil in the world, Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the Jesuit superior general told the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, on June 1.
 
Father Sosa...
I saw the murders once… then a thousand times in my dreams
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

The bishops of The Philippines say they have the same dream for the country as the president, but they want a society built on care, justice and respect, while the president is trying to create a traumatised society hypnotised into obedience. Violence produces trauma… and trauma destroys… We tell just one story
 
 
HONG...
Hidden tragedy and miracle of care
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

 HONG KONG (SE): From its perch high on a hilltop, the modern façade of the Caritas Jockey Club Lai King Rehabilitation Centre gleams in the sunshine as it surveys the township and docklands of Kwai Chung in the New Territories.

 
Its handsome face also hides a tragedy of human illness. Those to whom society seldom gives a thought can be the casualties of our modern, fast-paced lifestyle and for around 750 people their struggle with life takes place...
Why am I proud of being a Filipino?
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

We are known for being hospitable in a sense of being open-hearted towards 
everyone we meet.
Filipinos are selfless when it comes to caring about theirfamilies. We are glad to see our families happy. And, living in a Catholic country, people have a strong faith in God.
 
 — Maybelle Baltazar...
My precious moment
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

I have set the Lord always before me because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm16:8). This reading from the Psalms is related to my real life.

While reading that line, I can always feel that the Lord speaks to me. He is always at my side even in difficult situations. He is really near me, teaching...
No lowering of age of criminal liability
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): A decision by the lower house of the congress in Manila to overrule a bill proposing that the age of criminal liability for young people be lowered from the current 15 to as young as nine has been welcomed by rights advocates, prison chaplaincies and social workers.
 
“What is needed is to implement and strengthen the current law in dealing with children in conflict with the law,” Rodolfo Diamante, the secretary of the Commission on...
Tai O celebrates 80 years of life in faith
(Saturday, 10 June 2017 )

What does the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help mean? Not many may know! Father Joseph Ng Chi-yeun SDB explained the tradition behind the icon to a gathering a pilgrims in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel in Tai O during its 80th anniversary celebrations on May 20.
 
The image, an icon painted on wood, originated around the 13th century. The icon depicts our Blessed Mother Mary, under the title Mother of God, holding the Child Jesus.
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