September 2017

New challenges for Timor Leste
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

DILI (SE): The six weeks following an indecisive election in the tiny nation of Timor Leste on July 21 was a turbulent period during which the various political parties, none of which won sufficient seats in the parliament to govern in its own right, sorted out a few alliances and finally formed a government and, for the first time, a viable opposition.
Aniceto Longuinho Guterres Lopes, from Fretlin, a political party that grew out of the Revolutionary Front that fought...

Let’s talk about sex young people tell Vatican
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

VATICAN (CNS): Several young people attending a Vatican-sponsored seminar on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urged the Vatican and the bishops themselves to be opening to listening to young people talk and ask questions about love, sex and sexuality.
Twenty people under the age of 35, along with 70 theologians, priests and academics met from September 11 to 15 as part of the preparatory process for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on “young people, faith and vocational...

Education is more than just lessons
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

The fourth Sunday of September each year is designated Education Day by the diocese of Hong Kong. It is the beginning of a new school year and a time when we are reminded to pray for our students, educational work and policies, and to pay more attention to education issues.
The theme this year, You are the light of the World (Matthew 5:14), underscores that Jesus Christ is the light of the world and the education should not only help young people...

Suu Kyi skirts the truth about Rohingya
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

HONG KONG  (SE): Myanmar’s state counsellor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, broke her silence over the massive Rohingya crisis in the northern state of Rahkine when she addressed matter in a nationally televised speech on September 18 CNN reported.
She said, “It is not the intention of the Myanmar government to apportion blame or to abdicate responsibility. We condemn all human rights violation and unlawful violence.” 

Indian bishops issue guidelines to deal with sex abuse
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

NEW DEHLI (UCAN): The Catholic Bishops Conference of India released its Guidelines to Deal with Sexual Harassment at the Workplace, the first such initiative, in New Delhi on September 14. The Council for Women of the bishops’ conference framed the guidelines.
Apart from Church institutions, all dioceses, parishes and religious congregations are to institute complaints committees to which a case of sexual harassment can be reported.

Massacre of Amazon indigenous condemned
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

LIMA (CNS): Catholic leaders expressed “pain, indignation and strong condemnation” at reports of a massacre of isolated indigenous people by gold miners operating illegally in the Vale do Javari indigenous territory of the Brazilian Amazon.
The Brazilian government is investigating reports that the miners killed as many as 20 indigenous people in early August. Little is known about the reclusive indigenous group.
A statement from the Pan-...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

Rethink rescinding Deferred Action programme pope says
Rome (CNS): Politicians who call themselves pro-life must be pro-family and not enact policies that divide families and rob young people of a future, Pope Francis said when asked about the decision of United States of America (US) president, Donald Trump, to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
DACA has allowed some 800,000 young people, brought...

Lawmakers cripple Philippine human rights commission
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): On September 12, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of The Philippines saw its 2018 budget whittled down to a mere 1,000 pesos ($152) by the House of Representatives of the country’s Congress which claimed the commission—which is a constitutional body—was not doing its job.
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and Energy Regulatory Commission also found their proposed budgets eviscerated.
Expressing shock at...

Rome’s first multi-religious half-marathon
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

VATICAN (CNS): Some 2,000 people completed the first ever multi-religious half-marathon (21 kilometres) in Rome, Italy on September 17. The Via Pacis (Peace Road) initiative was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture.
According to Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of pontifical council and head of the office’s section on sport, almost 4,000 people also signed up for the shorter, five kilometer fun run.

Jakarta initiative to train preachers of peace
(Saturday, 23 September 2017 )

Jakarta (UCAN): The city government of Jakarta is working with Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, to train and educate up to 1,000 Islamic preachers to spread messages of unity and peace in a bid to combat a rise in extremism and religious intolerance. The programme is scheduled to begin in November.
Jakarta’s new governor, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, said authorities want to educate preachers “to preach proper Islamic teachings...