August 2018

Priests removed for running summer camp
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

GANSU (UCAN): Father Wang Yiqin of Hui county and Father Li Shidong Two from the unofficial Church in China’s Gansu province were removed after being accused of holding a summer camp for a Bosco Youth Group at the Maijiqu Ganquan Catholic Church in Tianshui Diocese of Leling city of Shandong province. The priests were sent back to their hometowns.
 
The church is one of only two venues used by the unofficial community in the Diocese of Tianshui.
 
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I am the living bread
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world — John 6:51
 
Art: Elizabeth Kwong

Synod thankful for return of displaced Christians
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

DAHUK (CNS): The Chaldean Catholic Church its August 7 to 13 synod in Baghdad, Iraq, offering thanks to God for the return of numerous displaced Christians to their hometowns in the Ninevah Plain and for pastoral achievements in their dioceses.
 
The synod, held at the invitation of Louis Cardinal Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch, brought together Church leaders and participants from Iraq, the United States of America (US), Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Canada,...

Rumours rife in anticipation of pact
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

A Chinese proverb says: “what is whispered in one man’s ear is often heard a hundred miles away!” Our experiences today would tell us what is heard a hundred miles away is far different than what was originally said. Rumours of an impending agreement between the Holy See and the Chinese government have already caused great deal of uproar on both sides, but there is little chance of knowing precisely when an agreement would be signed and, moreover, the exact nature of the...

Progress on drug availability for children with HIV
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

AMSTERDAM (CNS): An initiative to identify and properly treat children living with HIV has gained new momentum as international organisations and pharmaceutical companies respond to a Vatican push to look past profit to doing the right thing.
 
Few children in the developed world get infected with HIV anymore, so there’s little market for drug makers to earn a return on their investment. Children do get infected in poor countries, however, but there’s little...

Argentina’s senate votes down abortion bill
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

MEXICO CITY (CNS): The Argentine Senate voted 38-31 against a bill that would have decriminalised abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Senators voted against the measure early August 9 following a 15-hour debate. The measure had been approved in June by the lower house of Congress.
 
The Bishops’ Conference of Argentina hailed the vote, saying the debate in the country opened an opportunity for dialogue and a chance to focus more on social ministry.
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Human rights volunteer killed in Cebu
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Butch Rosales, a 42-year-old volunteer for human rights group, Rise Up for Life and for Rights, in the central Philippine province of Cebu, was shot and killed in the middle of a busy city street on August 8.
 
The victim was shot in the head several times by an unidentified gunman who escaped on a motorcycle driven by another man.
 
Human rights group, Karapatan, condemned the killing, noting “the rising number of killings conducted...

Floods and landslides inundate Kerala
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

KOCHI (UCAN): Monsoon rain, pouring down since August 7, triggered flash floods and landslides in India’s Kerala state claiming at least 23 lives, and washing away homes, as government agencies and voluntary groups rushed aid to the area.
 
Army, navy and air force personnel were called in to help police and residents manage the disaster in the worst-affected six districts in the central and northern hilly areas of the southern Indian state.
 
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Around the Traps
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

Fight fake news Philippine media urged
MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara of Pasig, chairperson of the Philippine bishops’ Commission on Social Communications told the delegates at the four-day 4th National Catholic Media Convention in Davao City to be “journalists of peace.” He said, “As Catholic media practitioners ... we must be men and women of prayer.” 
 
About 150 priests, nuns, and lay people from...

Displaced tribal people of Mindanao trek home
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): “We had a confirmation that the army has pulled its troops out of our village. Now, we can finally return,” said Sarry Campos, spokesperson of the Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang Sa Sumusunod (Mapasu), an inter-municipal organisation of Lumad tribal people in Surigao del Sur, Mindanao.
 
About 1,600 tribal people from 15 communities who left their mountain villagees for fear of being caught in crossfire between government soldiers and communist...