June 2018

Bishop dares Duterte to dish the dirt
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): “Let him reveal his so called exposé as long as it is the truth,” Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila, said challenging Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to come good on a threat and reveal alleged sex scandals committed by priests, saying it would not ruin the Church.
 
The bishop said Church leaders would thank him if what he revealed was the truth.
 
Bishop Pabillo, head of the Episcopal Commission on the...

Philippine police arrest suspect in priest’s killing
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine authorities announced on June 15 that they had arrested their “prime suspect” in the killing of Father Richmond Villaflor Nilo, the same day his body was laid to rest.
 
Identified as Adell Roll Milan, the suspect was arrested in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, on June 14.
 
A witness reportedly identified Milan, an alleged former drug user and hitman, as having shot the priest on June 10.
 
Authorities said...

Environmental concerns centre stage in elections
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

JAKARTA (UCAN): “People should vote for candidates who care for the environment and are serious about tackling ecological problems,” said Kisworo Dwi Cahyono, executive director of the provincial branch of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI), as environmental concerns took centre stage in regional elections in South Kalimantan, Indonesia, when it emerged that the vast majority of mining and palm oil businesses in the province flout environmental laws.
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British priests support prophetic Humanae Vitae
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

MANCHESTER (CNS): Nearly 500 British priests signed a statement in support of the encyclical of Blessed Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, (Of Human Life) that forbade married couples from using contraception.
 
They said the prophetic warnings contained in the encyclical, published on 25 July 1968, have proved to be accurate.
 
“We propose discovering anew the message of Humanae Vitae, not only in fidelity to the gospel, but as a key to...

Migrants seek a welcome
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

Let us look at ourselves as human beings with dignity, values and inalienable human rights. We are persons not like the animals that see enemies and rivals all around them in the wild, and who fight and kill for food and survival. Most humans have a higher standard to live by and coexist in peace on this planet—but not all. 
 
Because we are so many and have driven most other species to the point of extinction, respectful cooperation and helping...

Never think you know everything pope says
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Speaking to dozens of young astronomy students who were taking part in a month-long summer school sponsored by the Vatican Observatory, Pope Francis said on June 14 that scientists and people of faith must always admit they don’t know everything and they must never be afraid to explore and discover more.
 
“As people who love what we do, we can find in our love for this universe a foretaste of that divine love which, in contemplating his creation,...

Heart in China, home in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

A Paris-born boy, fourth in a family of five, dreamed of becoming a priest ever since his first Holy Communion. He was moved by the stories of the priests working in Communist China. Hearing the accounts of the pains and struggles of persecuted Christians in China keeping their faith alive and receiving the Eucharist, he began to dream of going there as a missionary.  
 
Today, Father Bruno Lepeu has been a priest for 25 years and feels content that...

March for life in Seoul
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): As South Korea awaits the outcome on the Constitutional Court’s deliberations on the constitutionality of the country’s ban on abortions, the country’s seventh March for Life Korea, hosted by the Prolife Federation, was held at Myeongdong Cathedral on June 16, in opposition of any move to repeal the ban and in support of the rights of mothers and unborn children, the Committee for Communications of Archdiocese of Seoul reported.
 
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French Church groups fight anti-migrant attitudes
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

PARIS (CNS): The Church in France has launched a programme to combat anti-migrant and anti-Muslim attitudes amid reports of tensions among Catholics.
 
“It is to resist the rise of tensions and hostilities within the Christian community that our movements have decided to work” with the French Bishops’ Conference to find ways to “help Christians rise above these fears and face the migrant question calm and dispassionately,” said a June 7...

International conference covers Church in China since 1979
(Saturday, 23 June 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Scholars and China Church specialists gathered to exchange and discuss views at an international conference on the Catholic Church in China since 1979 at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). 
 
The conference, which ran from June 14 to 15, was coordinated by Dr. Cindy Chu, and was jointly organised by the HKBU Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of History, and Modern History Research Centre, as well as the Catholic-run Yuan Dao Study Society....