May 2018

United States politician backs down from dismissing chaplain
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

WASHINGTON (SE):  Jesuit Father Patrick Conroy, was reinstated as chaplain for the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States of America (US) by the person who allegedly pushed him to resign in mid-April, House Speaker, Paul Ryan (Sunday Examiner, May 6). 
 
In a letter to Ryan on May 3, Father Conroy rescinded his resignation “upon advice of counsel,” CNS reported.
 
The chaplain noted, “I have never...

Let us communicate the truth
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

In the days before the Internet exploded in popularity, when we talked about fake news, the focus was always on ethical journalism. During that era, news and information came mainly from specialised agencies. Whether they were newspapers or the news divisions of radio and television stations, they all had the responsibility to ensure that their news reporting was accurate.
 
Such accuracy not only rests on the facts, but also in whether the views...

German bishops urged to find consensus on Communion question
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): “Pope Francis appreciates the ecumenical commitment of the German bishops and asks them to find, in a spirit of ecclesial communion, a result as unanimously as possible,” said a statement from the Vatican as the pope called for the bishops of Germany to continue working together to find broader consensus on guidelines for allowing a Protestant married to a Catholic to receive the Eucharist.
 
The statement noted that in February, “more than...

Few asylum claims accepted as migrant caravan reaches border
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

MEXICO CITY (CNS): The first participants in the annual Stations of the Cross Caravan of migrants, which travelled across Mexico and arrived in Tijuana on the border with the United States of America (US) in late April, have been allowed to make asylum claims, but Scalabrinian Father Pat Murphy said, “very, very few” have their applications accepted.
 
Some 20 members of the caravan were forced to wait overnight by US Customs and Border Protection, which said it...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

Marking 400 years since arrival of Marian image in Philippines
MANILA (SE): Marian devotees gathered at Manila’s Quirino Grandstand, in Luneta Park on May 4, for the Salubong at Traslacion (Welcome and procession), the reenactment of the arrival in the Philippines of the image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian from Mexico 400 years ago, CBCP News reported.
 
Around 8,000 Filipino Catholics joined the fluvial procession...

Cardinal Tagle ramps up protest against Philippine killings
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila will toll at eight o’clock every evening to protest the continuing spate of killings in the Philippines.
 
Luis Cardinal Tagle, archbishop of Manila ramped up his condemnation of the killings following the shooting of Father Mark Ventura in the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao on April 29, and a broadcast journalist, Edmund Sestoso, in Dumaguete, in the province of Negros Oriental, only a day later.
 
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A lot more than dollars and pesos
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): An announcement by the freshly-minted consul general from The Philippines, Antonio Morales, that the number of Filipino migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong has topped the 200,000 mark, may indeed ring well in the ears of government officials that are busily mooting plans to import up to around 600,000 of them.
 
But enthusiasm for their articulated gratitude for the enormous contribution that these temporary workers make to life in the city, must be...

Rohingya in Bangladesh brace for devastating monsoon floods
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

DHAKA (UCAN): The government and aid groups in Bangladesh are preparing for disastrous flooding in the upcoming monsoon season which weather forecasters have warned will arrive early at the end of May. It usually starts in June and lasts until August.
 
Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury, minister of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, told journalists that disaster preparations are in place.
 
“We are prepared early for any kind of disaster including...

United States military bases are back
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

The construction of a United States (US)-built military facility inside Basa Air Force Base, Pampanga, the Philippines, started with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 17 by the defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, and the US ambassador to the country, Sung Kim. This is being done under an agreement signed in 2014 known as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), made by the previous president, Benigno Aquino III. 
 
The EDCA, which allows...

Philippine government cannot define scope of missionary work
(Saturday, 12 May 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): The Philippine government has “no right to define and delimit the scope of our missionary and apostolate works,” said Australian Sister Patricia Fox, from the Sister of Our Lady of Sion, whose missionary visa was revoked by the Philippine government last month (Sunday Examiner, May 6). 
 
The 71-year-old Sister Fox, who has lived and worked in the Philippines for 27 years as a missionary, hit back at allegations against her by the...