April 2019

The empowerment of women and children
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

There is a rising tide of people power in the world today and it is female power. Women are standing up and speaking out as never before and more people are sitting up and listening to what they have to say. Their message is basic, straightforward and its most important words are: freedom from abuse, equality, justice, education.
Across the world, the #MeToo movement is empowering women and girls to stand up and challenge those who have harassed,...

Menace to Indonesia’s mangroves
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

JAKARTA (UCAN): A coalition comprised of the Franciscan commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI) filed a complaint with police against PT Daya Inti Kencana on March 27 in Kupang, the capital of East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia.
The company is accused of illegally destroying 242 hectares of mangrove forest, the illegal eviction of indigenous peoples and of operating without a license and...

Reflections on prison ministry in Hong Kong
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

Father Patrick Colgan
On leaving Hong Kong late last year, I decided to put on paper a few thoughts on leaving a large number of friends, who also happen to be prisoners in Hong Kong’s Correctional Services’ institutions. 
I first developed an interest in prison ministry in Fiji, where I often celebrated Sunday Eucharist with inmates at Korovou (Suva) Jail. I also occasionally went to Naboro Maximum...

Vandals and arsonists target France’s Catholic churches
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

MANCHESTER (CNS): Vandals and arsonists have targeted French churches in a wave of attacks that has lasted two months.
More than 10 churches have been hit since the beginning of February, with some set on fire while others were severely desecrated or damaged.
St. Sulpice, the second-largest church in Paris after Notre Dame Cathedral, had the large wooden door on its southern transept set ablaze on March 17.
Investigators confirmed on...

Schoolyard bullies in the sacristy
(Saturday, 6 April 2019 )

Father William Grimm MM 
Half a century ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned an interdisciplinary study of the priesthood in that country. Key parts of it were led by two priests who at the time were celebrities in the Catholic community, Father Andrew Greeley, the sociologist, and Father Eugene Kennedy, the psychologist (Disclosure: as a seminarian I was office assistant to Father Kennedy in the...