September 2018

When children are set free
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

Recently, we at the Preda Foundation opened a new home for troubled boys in Liloan a few kilometres outside Metro Cebu. This was possible with the help of our supporters. The children in the Preda homes can be between 10 to 15-years-old. 
I was talking to a group of these young boys who had been taken out of filthy jails and sub-human conditions in the so-called youth detention centres or locked behind bars in jails for children in the Philippines....

Pope defended from an unexpected quarter
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

“No, I do not see a pope who wants to overturn Church teaching nor do I see a pope who wants to hush anything up or to establish an old boys’ network. I see a pope who resolutely wants to pursue a path of renewal and one who is neither liberal nor conservative,” wrote Bishop Stefan Oster, the conservative-minded head of the Diocese of Passau on the Bavarian-Austrian border, in Germany.
The 53-year-old bishop, who admits he has hitherto...

Indian Church unhappy with same-sex ruling
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

NEW DELHI (UCAN): India’s Supreme Court struck down a section of the Indian Penal Code that said homosexual acts in public or private were a crime punishable with a jail term of up to 10 years on September 6.
In a landmark judgment, the court ruled that homosexual acts between consenting adults are no longer a crime, saying that the colonial-era law was irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary, though sexual activity with animals and non-adults remain...

What’s good for workers is good for business pope says
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

ROME (CNS): The blind pursuit of profit cannot guarantee a company’s viability, which depends on the fair treatment of workers and a vast array of other ethical and social factors, Pope Francis told Italy’s top financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore in an interview with published on September 7.
“People are the most important resource of every company, (as it) works toward building the common good, being attentive toward the poor,” he said....

Aung San Suu Kyi fails on rule of law
(Saturday, 15 September 2018 )

by Michael Sainsbury
In Myanmar and across the Western world, there is outrage at the jailing of two local Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, for seven years using antiquated colonial-era laws around state secrets—one of which, bizarrely, was a download of Pope Francis’ schedule for his visit last year.
Anger and dismay have been squarely focused on the country’s de facto leader...

Twenty-third Week in Ordinary time -Daily Readings
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).  
Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7a; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37.
Mass of the day (green). 
Readings: 1 Corinthians 5:1-8; Luke 6:6-11.

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time—Be opened; be baptised
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

Today’s gospel story is set in a pagan land and this geographic location, placed deliberately by the Evangelist is to show that it has a definite theological significance.
The sick to be healed is a “stuttering deaf” as in the original text. For Isaiah, the “stuttering deaf” was the people of Israel. However, the patient who is presented to Jesus is a pagan. It is the condition of every person who has not yet met Christ or one...

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time—Effata
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

Tumingala si Hesus sa langit at nagbungtong-hininga, at sinabi sa tao, “Effata,” ibig sabihi’y “Mabuksan!” At nakarinig na ito, nawala ang pagkauntal at nakapagsalita na nang malinaw.” (Mc. 7:34-35).
Tayo ay hinamon sa pagbasang ito, na maging bukas tayo sa salita ng Diyos at maging bukas sa ating kapwa. Ang salita ng Diyos ay tunay nga na nagpapagaling sa ating kahinaan. 
Ang banal na Salita ang...

Church in Italy steps up to help migrants
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

ROME (CNS): Some 180 migrants, most from Eritrea, arrived at Mondo Migliore, a Catholic-run centre near Rome late on August 28 after officials from the Italian Bishops’ Conference negotiated their release from the Italian coast guard ship, Ubaldo Diciotti. 
They had been on the vessel for 11 days.
The migrants had been rescued from an overcrowded boat at sea on August 15, but Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, refused to allow...

Don’t link dignified return of refugees to political solutions
(Saturday, 8 September 2018 )

BEIRUT (CNS): “We appeal to the international community to shoulder its responsibility and strive to put an end to the ongoing conflicts and wars and to ensure the dignified return of the Palestinian refugees and displaced Syrians, Iraqis and others to their country,” Bechara Cardinal Rai, patriarch of Antoich and head of the Maronite Church said, as Lebanon’s Christian and Muslim religious leaders, met with the president of Switzerland, Alain Berset.