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Deported to a place they never called home

Eight years ago, Buck Billy arrived in Cambodia, a country he had never seen before. Even though it’s where his parents were born, considering the Southeast Asian nation as home hadn’t crossed his mind for a single moment. For him, home was Philadelphia in the United States (US), at least for the first 26 years of his life.
 








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Captives of migrant camps and jails

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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Notice Board - Challenge of a single mom

It is not a big deal if you are a single parent as long as you can provide for the needs of your child. For me, I will raise my child the best that I can. There’s a saying that “what you sow is what you reap.” Be a friend and family aside from being a parent through guiding and disciplining. Let them feel the importance of tender loving care and attention as well.  
 — Sheryl Besare
 
 








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The persistence of a child

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. 
 








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The culture of fear and silence

Twenty young girls, some of them only 14 years of age, were finally rescued from the Victory Hotel that caters to foreign sex tourists in Mabacalat, Pampanga, a few kilometres north of Angeles City by the anti-trafficking police unit in Camp Crame, Quezon City. It was an open fact that child prostitution was the daily routine there. 
 








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Nuturing the youth ministry in China

The 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth and China’s new restrictions on youth activities are prompting a review of youth pastoral work in China. The following reflections are based on my interviews with young people and youth ministers in China in 2017, and on the responses from China to the questionnaire for the 2018 Synod. 
 

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St. Damian’s reforms can help solve abuse crisis historian notes

VATICAN (CNS): A radical reform programme from the 11th century addressing the widespread problem of abusive clergy and negligent superiors holds some essential insights and lessons for the Church today, C. Colt Anderson, a Church historian has said in an in-depth article titled, When Magisterium Becomes Imperium: Peter Damian on the Accountability of Bishops for Scandal.
 








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A brief history of Our Lady of China

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in his 2007 Letter to Catholics in China, invited Catholics all over the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24. In this section of “A day of prayer for the Church in China,” he wrote:
 

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Dialogue: necessary for the Church’s mission in China 

Hong Kong (SE): In early May, the Vatican News website began publishing a series of articles to give insights on the criteria and reasons guiding the Holy See in its contacts with the Chinese government (Sunday Examiner, May 20 and 27).

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Whose shadow lurks behind the killers in the Philippines?

The defenders of the rights of the people, those who stand for justice, tolerance, equality, human dignity and freedom of speech are the conscience of a nation. In the Philippines, more social activists are being killed than ever before. Pastor Lovelito Quiñones of the King’s Glory Ministry, was shot and killed by police near his home in Mansalay Town, Mindoro Occidental, on 3 December 2017.