July 2019

Who doesn’t want peace and reconciliation?
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

Who doesn’t want peace, harmony and reconciliation in their lives, their family, personal relationships, their nation and the world? Only those who can make personal gain from chaos.
 
Jenny May (not her real name) is 14 years of age and wants peace above all. Without reconciliation with her mother, she will continue to suffer greatly. In the padded therapy room, she unleashes her pain, emotional hurt and deep anguish. The anger at her mother comes...

India’s Catholics vs human traffickers
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

When Meenu (not her real name) was just 13-years-old, she was taken by her mother to a local agent in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh who was asked to help the young girl find a job to tide-over the poverty-stricken family.
 
She was the eldest of six children and their alcoholic father was no longer employed.
 
The agent paid some money to the family in advance and then took her to the capital, New Delhi.
 
She was handed...

Tougher penalties for cow-vigilante killings welcomed
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

BHOPAL (UCAN): Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh, India, applauded the state government’s plans for new punishments against vigilante-style violence, carried out to protect cows that are considered sacred by orthodox Hindus.
 
So-called cow protection groups have conducted a wave of lynchings across India in recent years mainly against religious minorities. The mainly Hindu nationalist mobs attack Muslims and others whom they suspect of...

Slow post-terror healing in Sri Lanka
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

Nilushan Prasad Fernando, a government school teacher in Sri Lanka, observes that Catholics are again celebrating feast days and there are Sunday school sessions for children.
 
But, in the wake of the tragic April 21, Easter Sunday bombings—in which group of radicals affiliated with the so-called Islamic State bombed three churches and three luxury hotels, killing 253 people and injuring more than 500—people have been banned from taking bags to...

Dam casts shadow of uncertainty in the Philippine mountains
(Saturday, 6 July 2019 )

A waxing moon floated in the night sky, giving light to a small group of people huddled outside a hut in a hamlet somewhere in the hinterlands of Luzon Island in the Philippines.
There was excited talk between sips of coffee. A baby was about to be born and the comadrona, or midwife, had just arrived.
 
The sleepy hamlet of Pangotlaon is one of several small settlements that make up the village of Magsaysay in the town of Nakar in Quezon province....