April 2019

Curia reforms emphasise laity and spirit of service
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

ROME (CNS): “The main point of the new apostolic constitution is that the Church’s mission is evangelisation. It puts it at the centre of the Church and of everything the Curia does,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, told the Spanish Catholic weekly, Vida Nueva, in an interview published on April 27.
Cardinal Gracias and Oscar Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, both members of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals...

Conscientious objection is part of religious freedom
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): Full recognition of religious freedom must include recognition of the right of believers to conscientiously object to participating in activities that violate their religious beliefs and religiously inspired moral values, said the International Theological Commission in it document, Religious Liberty for the Good of All.
“The Church expects that its members can live their faith freely and that their conscience rights will be safeguarded,...

Sri Lanka attacks heighten security fears in Goa
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

PANJIM (UCAN): The Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka have spurred the state of Goa, India, to provide security for its ancient Christian buildings, but Church leaders say much more is needed.
“Goa needs to take extra precautions,” Pramod Sawant, Goa’s chief minister told media on April 22.
As the state has some 200 churches, many of them built by the Portuguese in the 16th and 17th centuries, he said he had asked police to...

New archbishop for Mandalay
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

MANDALAY (UCAN): Pope Francis has named 59-year-old Father Marco Tin Win as the next archbishop of archdiocese of Mandalay, Myanmar.
Father Tin Win, the vicar general, will succeed Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang, who has reached the retirement age for bishops of 75-year-old.
Charles Cardinal Maung Bo of Yangon, welcomed the announcement, saying that the archbishop-elect brings with him decades of quality service to the Church in Myanmar.

Philippines kicks off National Youth Day celebration
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

MANILA (UCAN/CBCPNews): At least 15,000 young Catholics attended the first day of this year’s National Youth Day celebrations held from April 23 to 28 in the central Philippine province of Cebu.
Delegates were welcomed on April 24 at the Cebu City Sports Complex, by Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, who arrived at the venue astride a big motorcycle. He told them that to “trust in the memory of God and his memory is not the hard disk that saves and archives all our...

Sri Lankan government rapped for ignoring terror warnings
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

BANGKOK (CNS): “I don’t know what to say to them. I try. I tried to go to their funerals and I tried to embrace them and tell them I am with them, but I have no words to say. I am suffering with them,” Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith of Sri Lanka told Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio (CBC) in the wake of the deadly Easter bombings in his country (Sunday Examiner, April 28).
“There are no words with which I can console my people,”...

Human chain in India honours Sri Lankan blast victims
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

NEW DELHI (UCAN): About a hundred people, including Muslims, joined hands to form a human chain in front of New Delhi’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 23 to pay homage to the victims of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 359 people, mostly Christians.
Leaders from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths came together to express solidarity with the families of victims of the Easter Sunday blasts.
“Here we are praying for grieving...

Selling children to the sex trade
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

Human trafficking is the most widespread crime against persons and is the third biggest earning business in the world after drug trafficking and arms smuggling. The earnings are estimated to be US$32 billion ($251 billion) a year, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
Human trafficking is, according to the UN the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or coercion … for...

Another rights advocate murdered in the Phlippines
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

MANILA (UCAN): “In sadness, we all are crying out: End the killings! These barbaric and calculated assassinations must end! We should not tolerate this kind of crime,” Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos, said in the wake of the killing of Bernardino Patigas Sr., a 72-year-old human rights worker.
Patigas was shot dead by a lone gunman in Negros Oriental province on April 22, three weeks after masked policemen gunned down 14 farmers in the same province (...

Courage born out of injustice and grief
(Saturday, 4 May 2019 )

Edita T. Burgos

Even in the most excruciating and treacherous situations, people do selflessly give of themselves. Isn’t this the most concrete proof that God is within us?
We will never be short of living heroes from whom we can draw inspiration especially from this kind of vocation to which we have dedicated our lives, fighting for a world without enforced disappearances.