August 2018

Australian lawyer barred from entering Philippines
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine authorities barred retired Australian law professor, 84-year-old Gill Boehringer, from entering the country claiming he allegedly joined “illegal political activities” during previous visits to Manila.
 
He was detained by immigration officials detained at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport when he arrived from China on August 8.
 
Boehringer is reportedly on the immigration bureau’s blacklist...

The global storm
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

We don’t need to be scientists to notice that, in recent years, around the world all creatures are enduring more severe weather conditions, as the planet gets warmer. We have to keep the increase in global temperature below two degrees centigrade or we are all going to fry. One result is that the forests are burning. 
 
California is experiencing the worst massive forest fires in its history. In Portugal, Greece and Sweden and parts of Siberia,...

Nineveh’s Christians renew their future
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

KARAMLES (AsiaNews): Four years ago, when the Islamic State (IS) rolled through Iraq, the “great exodus began,” with refugees fleeing towards Kurdistan to escape jihadi militias. For Father Paul Thabit Mekko, head of the Christian community in Karamles in the Niniveh Plain, “the return and the presence” of Christians stands in contrast, as they their attention towards the future with “new eyes and spirit.”
 
He said it deserves a prayer...

Empathy is the key to peace
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

by Margaret Lee
 
 
As a Catholic, I strive to follow the Golden Rule: “do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). There is a motivation to do better, to be a better person for myself and the greater community. In the 10 Commandments, we are given a code of behaviour towards God and each other. This is fundamental to our faith life. 
 
On the other hand, others expect people of...

Chinese authorities halt youth summer camps
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

TIANJIN (UCAN): The Walk with the Lord summer camp for young people in the Diocese of Tianjin in northern China, was forced to close on July 21 by authorities who cited the country’s revised religious regulations, which came into effect in February. Authorities also removed two priests and shut down a youth camp in Tianshui in Shandong province.
 
The camp was being held at a pastoral centre of Shuangshu parish of Wuqing district, and comprised a junior camp...

Philippine journalists targets of attack
(Saturday, 18 August 2018 )

It was a Sunday but about a dozen reporters from independent media outfits in Manila were hard at work crafting human interest stories.
 
As they worked, an appeal for help came from striking workers at a condiment factory in a nearby province. The workers at NutriAsia were demanding an end to a labor-only contracting scheme and poor labor practices allegedly implemented by the company.
 
No major news organisations covered the event....

St. Damian’s reforms can help solve abuse crisis historian notes
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): A radical reform programme from the 11th century addressing the widespread problem of abusive clergy and negligent superiors holds some essential insights and lessons for the Church today, C. Colt Anderson, a Church historian has said in an in-depth article titled, When Magisterium Becomes Imperium: Peter Damian on the Accountability of Bishops for Scandal.
 
St. Peter Damian—honoured by Pope Leo XII in 1828 as a doctor of the Church for his...

Manhunt alarms Philippine Church leaders
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): “The continued use of trumped-up charges to silence and impede the work of activists merely attests to the repressive and tyrannical character of the Duterte government,” Cristina Palabay of the human rights group, Karapatan, said in reaction to the Philippine National Police instigating a manhunt for four Filipino activists, all former leftist members of the Lower House of Congress. 
 
Arrest warrants were issued against Satur Ocampo and...

No paradise for native inhabitants of Boracay island
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

At the end of an alley, behind a row of bars and eateries on the island of Boracay, is a little community.
 
When authorities announced earlier this year that the island would be closed for six months for rehabilitation, 80-year-old Estelita Mariano was happy—until she realised what that would mean.
 
Estelita and the families of her 14 children live in the cluster of huts made of grass and depend on the tourism industry on the central Philippine...

Hesus ang Tinapay ng Buhay!
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

Ako ang pagkaing bumaba mula sa langit” (Jn. 6:41). Si Hesus ang nagbibigay sa atin ng pagkaing nagdudulot ng buhay na walang hanggang. Anong klaseng pagkaing ito? Ang katawan ni Kristo. Sinabi ni Hesus sa ebangelyo ni Juan 6: 53-56, “Tandaan ninyo: malibang kanin ninyo ang laman ng Anak ng Tao at inumin ang kanyang dugo, hindi kayo magkakaroon ng buhay. Ang kumakain ng aking laman at umiinom ng aking dugo ay may buhay na walang hanggan, at muli ko siyang bubuhayin sa huling araw...