July 2019

Captives of migrant camps and jails
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

They are held in captivity in small, overcrowded, jail-like pens. The unsanitary and dangerous cramped enclosures are their prisons. That was until the photo images of their confinement went viral on social media and there was an international outcry for them to be released and to be treated with care, respect and dignity. They are separated from their natural groups and families. They suffer trauma and sickness and they are in danger of dying.
 
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Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines a disaster
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

Ronald Reyes 
 
Thirty-seven-year-old Sarah Dela Peña survived the onslaught of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the central Philippines. Today, she still lives by the sea where thousands of people perished in 2013.
 
She said a relocation site offered by the government to survivors “is equally dangerous and far from our livelihoods.”
 
Dela Peña said, “There is no water and...

Seal of confession must never be violated Vatican says
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): The need for the absolute secrecy of confession “comes directly from revealed divine law and has its roots in the very nature of the sacrament to the point that no exception whatsoever can be admitted in the ecclesial sphere and even less in the civil one,” a new Vatican document said. 
 
The “note of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the importance of the internal forum and the inviolability of the sacramental seal” was...

Vatican diplomat accused of sexual assault loses immunity
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Holy See has waived the diplomatic immunity of 74-year-old Italian Archbishop Luigi Ventura, a Vatican diplomat who has been representing the Holy See in France since 2009, 
 
The archbishop has been under investigation by authorities in Paris for allegedly sexually assaulting a city official.
 
Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican Press Office, said the move was an “extraordinary gesture” that underlined...

Asia helps push world refugee numbers to record high
(Saturday, 13 July 2019 )

Luke Hunt
 
 
The annual United Nations report on the state of refugees around the globe reads more like an end-of-year corporate finance sheet. It’s just numbers and like a profit-and-loss account, the figures can be interpreted in many ways.
 
But the bottom line is that a record number of nearly 71 million people cannot live in their own homes. No matter how the figures stack up, Global Trends: Forced...

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time- I come to offer peace
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

The Gospel recounts how Jesus sent messengers in pairs. The first missionaries—Peter and John, Paul and Barnabas did not only go two by two, but they were also sent and  represented their community.
 
They are sent like lambs among wolves. The wolf is a symbol of violence, arrogance. The lamb indicates gentility, weakness and frailty.
 
It is necessary that the disciples be vigilant so that the wolves will not give way to anger,...

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time- Tawag para sa kaharian!
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

Noong nakaraang Kapistahan ng Banal na Santatlo ay nagkaroon ng binyagan at kumpilan ng mga Filipina dito sa Hong Kong.  Ang mga naturang tumanggap ng mga sakramento ay inihanda ng Chaplaincy for Filipinos.  Subalit hindi ito maisakakatuparan kung wala ang tulong ng mga boluntaryong katekista.  
 
Maituturing na isang tagumpay at bunga ito ng pagtitiyaga ng mga naturang tagapagturo ng pananampalataya.  Isang kapansin-pansin sa mga...

Prayers for reconciliation amid violence
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): Around 1,000 people gathered at the Victoria Park music pavilion in Causeway Bay at 2.00pm for a prayer service prior to joining the massive July 1 protest rally—this year marking 22 years since the handover to China.
 
The prayer service was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission, the Diocesan Commission for Labour Affairs, the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic students, the Hong Kong Christian Institute, the Christian Social Concern Fellowship...

The challenges of the airport chaplaincy
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): An international three-day seminar themed, Catholic Civil Aviation Chaplains and Pastoral Agents at the Service of Integral Human Development, organised by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development was held in Rome from June 10 to 13. 
 
There were around 80 participants from around the world, most of them representing United States and Europe. Only two of the Asian countries, Hong Kong and South Korea, had representatives in the seminar....

Precious Blood sisters celebrate jubilees
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Sisters of the Precious Blood celebrated its 97th anniversary as well as the platinum, diamond and golden jubilees of nine sisters at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on June 23, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. John Cardinal Tong Hon, apostolic administrator of the Hong Kong diocese, officiated the liturgy.
 
Sister Mary Ho Sau-chun and Sister Magdalena Lui Chui-lap who celebrated their platinum jubilee; Sister Bernadette Woo Sau...