May 2018

Philippine priest heading to Kuwait to assist migrants
(Saturday, 5 May 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Church leaders in the Philippines announced on April 25 that they would be sending Father Restituto Ogsimer, of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo (Scalabrinians), to help offer pastoral care to migrant Filipino workers. 
 
This happened on the same day that the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry giving Philippine ambassador, Renato Villa, a week to leave the country on April 25 after a video came out on social media of embassy staff helping Filipino maids...

Deport the sex tourists not the missionaries
(Saturday, 5 May 2018 )

There are 16,000 or more Filipinos living and working in Ireland, and earning just and good wages. There are 4,265 that are nurses and thousands more who are caregivers and other professionals. They are welcomed, trusted and highly respected and they send their hard-earned money back to the Philippines to support their families. 
 
They are caring, trustworthy and dedicated to their professions and loved by the people of Ireland. They are key employees...

Priest returns to northern Vietnam as a bishop
(Saturday, 5 May 2018 )

HANOI (UCAN): Father Joseph Nguyen Duc Cuong is returning to Thanh Hóa province, the region of his birth, to become bishop of a diocese considered the cradle of Catholicism in northern Vietnam.
 
Father Nguyen was appointed by the Holy See on April 25, according to a statement from Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam. Every Church in the 86-year-old diocese rang their bells to welcome the nomination as soon...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 5 May 2018 )

New document on Roman Curia imminent
VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals have reviewed a complete draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said. 
 
The cardinals still need to finalise the draft, approve it and present it formally to the pope for “further consultation and final approval,” Burke said on April 25,...

Survivors hopeful for an end to culture of abuse after meeting the pope
(Saturday, 5 May 2018 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): After private meetings with Pope Francis, three survivors of clergy sexual abuse from Chile, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, said they felt they had been heard and were hopeful for changes in the way the Catholic Church handles accusations of abuse.
 
“I spoke for more than two-and-a-half hours alone with Pope Francis. He listened to me with great respect, affection and closeness, like a father. We talked about many...

Listening must lead to action abuse survivors say
(Saturday, 5 May 2018 )

VATICAN  (CNS): Pope Francis’ planned meeting with abuse survivors from Chile could mark a turning point in how the Catholic Church deals not just with prevention, but especially with how it responds to accusations.
 
The pope has said he wanted the meetings with three survivors, from April 27 to 29 individually and on April 30 as a group, to be his chance to ask for forgiveness and express his pain and shame for what they have suffered.
 
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