August 2017

Different views hard to stomach
(Saturday, 19 August 2017 )

ROME (SE): Emma Bonino, who is best known in Italy for her boast of having performed around 10,000 abortions illegally, was the guest speaker at the parish of San Defendente in San Rocco di Cossato in Beilla, northern Italy, on July 26.
While various groups protested against her presence and tried to disrupt the meeting, they were ejected from the church while Bonino spoke about the immigration policies of the country and her advocacy for refugees and migrants.

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 19 August 2017 )

Priest stabbed on altar now brain dead
MEXICO CITY (SE): Father José Miguel Machorro, who was stabbed at the end of Mass in Mexico City cathedral on May 15, is now considered to be brain dead.
The archdiocese announced that Father Machorro had shown signs of recovery and was moved out of an intensive care unit at the end of June. But he suffered a reversal and was transferred back into intensive care.
On August...

Duterte promises to bomb schools
(Saturday, 19 August 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): A threat from the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, to bomb a tribal school in the southern part of the country, which he accused of giving children subversive ideas, has provoked a hostile reaction.
Even the threat of bombing a school is described as an act of barbarism and a war crime under international law, but this did not deter the rampaging president, whose disdain for the law was evident during his State of the Nation Address on July 24...

Call to stop demonising selected groups in society
(Saturday, 19 August 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A study carried out by the Department of Cultural Studies at the Lingnan University in Fu Tei shows that some reporting on refugees or asylum seekers in Hong Kong is highly biased.
A forum organised by the university and the Justice and Peace Commission held at the Living Faith Society Limited in Talentum Bookshop in Yau Ma Tei on August 6 urged people to view reports on refugees or asylum seekers with caution.
Speakers at the forum urged...

Swapping global leadership for a myth
(Saturday, 19 August 2017 )

A decision by the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, to withdraw his country from the Paris Accord on climate change weakens US global leadership.
Responses from the leaders of the G7 countries were negative. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was highly critical of Trump’s decision, calling it “extremely regrettable and that is putting it mildly.”
She went on to say, “We need the Paris agreement...

Monsignor charged with human trafficking
(Saturday, 19 August 2017 )

The recent arrest of a monsignor accused of trafficking a 13-year old minor who was arrested with a child in his car on the way to a motel in Marikina is highly unusual. The parish priest is being charged with a violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
Most cases of alleged clerical child abuse go unreported or are covered up in The Philippines and in other countries too, but the scandal of clerical child abuse has left thousands of child victims...

New experiences at Asian Youth Day
(Saturday, 19 August 2017 )

YOGYAKARTA (SE): The seventh Asian Youth Day, which ran in Yogyakarta in Indonesia from August 2 to 6, received around 2,000 international visitors, most of whom arrived on July 30 to participate in a three-day live-in programme with local families prior to the main event getting under way.
For the live-in programme, the equivalent of Days in the Diocese at World Youth Day, where overseas guests stay with a local family and are hosted by a parish or school, delegates were...

Philippine Church quietly pushing alternative narrative on drugs
(Saturday, 19 August 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The Church in The Philippines was stumped last year when the president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, embarked on a mass murder campaign against anyone associated with drugs even before he moved into Malacañang.
Its first stumbling moves came from a couple of bishops, but they quickly wilted in the face of a barrage of expletives from the Mouth from the South before retreating to plan a second move.
But mostly led by sisters, lay people and...

Pope Francis to Myanmar
(Saturday, 19 August 2017 )

MANDALAY (UCAN): Pope Francis is to pay an impromptu visit to the Union of Myanmar. His intention is to focus his visit on the troubled Rankine state where for years some one million Muslim Rohingya people have suffered persecution and dispossession.
Invited by the president, Htin Kyaw, Pope Francis anticipates making his visit during the dry season in November. It will be the first visit of a pope to the country.
News of his visit has already drawn the...

Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 12 August 2017 )

Mass of the Sunday (green). Gloria, Creed, Preface of Sundays in Ordinary Time. 
Readings: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-23.
Mass of the memorial (red). 
Readings: Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Matthew 17:22-27.