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Imprisoning children a risk to the nation

There are some haunting images from the past when children as young as six-years-old were put in jail behind bars in cells mixed with adults where they were abused by paedophiles. 

They are mostly hungry children guilty of begging for a bit of food in the street to survive, but then jailed as criminals. But some members of the congress want them back in jail and have introduced a bill to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to 12, and even as young as nine. It is a return to the penal code of the 1930s. 








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Ex-Catholics are becoming younger

WASHINGTON (SE): “Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age—sometimes before the age of 10—and their reasons are deeper than being bored at Mass,” Mark Gray, a senior research associate at the Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA), says in a new report published in conjunction with two national studies done in the United States of America by the centre.

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The road of the young in search of Love

I was in the elevator of a shopping mall when two university students walked in. As the elevator door closed, one girl gave her phone to the other and said, “Here, this is the girl.”

“But she’s okay looking,” replied the other girl, “why did Ben decide to dump her?” The girl took back her phone and shrugged, “I don’t know, John said it is maybe because she was getting too fat.”








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Good and bad news on plant species

I made my first visit to Kew Gardens in London in the early 1980s. It is a beautiful and highly scientific place and in May this year, it produced an extraordinarily important report on The State of the World’s Plants.

The good news is that the staff now believe that there are 390,000 species of plants on earth. The director of science at Kew Gardens, Kathy Willis, spoke to Damian Carrington of The Guardian about the importance of plants for humans.








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Solutions are found in a peaceful mind

HONG KONG (SE): After taking part in a spiritual education programme at the Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School, many students have discovered the value of having a peaceful mind.

Its power in helping them to cope with the many problems they face has been discovered through a spiritual education programme that is runs on campus.

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The Tiger Boy with his rosary

A true story about a little boy with an extraordinary faith in the motherly love of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose influence has been serving the Lord
through the Church for over a century

 

Tak was born into a Catholic family in 1914 (the Year of the Tiger) in a small village in southern China. Tragically, both his parents died before his fifth birthday and his uncle took him into his family.








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Tweaking Church teaching with Chinese characteristics

CHONGQING (UCAN): A conference was held in July this year involving the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China at which each seminary on the mainland was required to present a paper explaining how the recommendations of the Central Disciplinary Committee of the Communist Party, published subsequent to its inspection of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, are being implemented.

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The death penalty has already arrived

The speaker in the House of Representatives, Pantaleon Alvarez, and the member from Capiz, Fredenil Castro, want to put the death penalty back on the Philippine law books claiming that it is a deterrent to crime.








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Countering human trafficking

A few weeks ago, 69 Vietnamese victims of human trafficking were found in The Philippines. They had been brought from Vietnam two at a time on tourist visas by a syndicate and made to work for three years, on low wages or none at all, by human traffickers.

The whole group was then abandoned by the gang-masters, declared indigent and deported.








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Para sa aking mga kababayan

Dahil sa kahirapan at kakulangan ng oportunidad sa sariling bayan, marami sa ating mga kapwa Pilipino ang nangingibang bansa upang manilbihan. Buong tapang na nakikipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa kahit hindi alam kung anong kalagayan ang haharapin at anong pagtrato ang dadanasin sa magiging amo.

Di inaalintana kahit ang sariling kaligtasan at walang kasiguruhan, kahit marami na ang napabalita na naabuso o napagsamantalahan.