May 2019

Philippine Church leader apologises to youth for sex abuse
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

Manila (UCAN): “We bow in shame, we beg for forgiveness,” Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, told about 15,000 delegates to this year’s National Youth Day celebration in Cebu on April 27.
 
The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said, “We continue to say: We are so sorry and beg for forgiveness from the Lord and from those this hurt and the wrongdoing that has been done,” said the prelate during a forum with...

Philippine bishops warn against scams targeting Catholics
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

MANILA (UCAN): Church leaders in the Philippines have warned against the proliferation of recent online scams targeting unsuspecting Catholics.
 
Manila Cathedral issued a call in mid-April against a social media account selling miraculous medals and claiming to be connected with the Church.
 
The bogus Facebook account, Youth for Manila Cathedral, claimed it was selling religious items blessed by Vatican priests and bishops. It further claimed that...

Philippine bishops May Day calls for workers’ rights
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

Manila (UCAN): “First, create jobs so that(people) will never be forced to find work in foreign lands and be separated from their families,” Bishop Ruperto Santos, head of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said. On May 1 as thousands of people Filipinos marched in protests along the streets of Manila on Labour Day.
 
Several Catholic bishops lent their voices to calls for decent jobs and employment security for workers, saying these were...

Sri Lanka’s churches closed for second week
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

COLOMBO (UCAN): Sunday Masses were cancelled again in Sri Lanka as churches remained closed for a second week following the Easter Sunday suicide bombings on April 28 that killed more than 250 people.
 
Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, of Colombo, had previously announced that Sunday Masses would be held on May 5, but cancelled services after considering the latest security alert. Instead, he celebrated a televised, private Mass at the Archbishop’s House in Colombo.
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India’s Christians want better security at churches
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

NEW DELHI (UCAN): Christian leaders in India have intensified their call to make churches safer after police arrested 28-year-old Riyaz Aboobacker, also known as Abu Dujanan, at his house in Kerala on April 29 as part of their investigation into the presence of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the southern state, local reports said.
 
According to police, a four-member IS-linked group was planning suicide attacks at tourist destinations and religious places in...

New cathedral for Indonesian archdiocese
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

JAKARTA (UCAN): The Archdiocese of Samarinda, in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province inaugurated a new cathedral on April 30.
 
St. Mary of Perpetual Help Cathedral is being hailed as one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, its modern design displays the cultural heritage of ethnic Dayak people, the biggest tribal group in the region.
 
The inaugural ceremony was led by the papal nuncio to Indonesia, Archbishop Piero Pioppo, and East...

The real culture war just down the road
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

Father Michael Kelly SJ
 
The only upside of the outrageous and appalling destruction of the Sri Lankan bombings of innocent Christians celebrating Easter is that it draws a line in the sand about religious abuse.
 
This act says that all the arguments and chatter across the world about religious hostility are about nothing if they don’t address this simple fact: across the world, we have missed that this is about...

The persistence of a child
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

Grandaunt Kitty
 
Do you believe you could finish reading 51 books at the age of five and make a report for each story and complete this in about four months time? 
 
Believe it or not, this true story happened to young Hailey Koon who, after receiving her favourite blue-coloured exercise book from her grandaunt on 12 December 2018, set a goal to read 50 books before she turned six. 
 
She wrote...

Why the climate is changing
(Saturday, 11 May 2019 )

Students are on the streets waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting and calling for an end to the causes driving climate change that are wrecking the planet. 
 
They see the global warming caused by huge amounts of CO2 and methane gases heating up the environment and causing the melting of the ice caps on a gigantic scale never seen before. They want to close coal-fired power plants and for governments to install renewable wind and solar power...