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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.
 








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Xenophobia and the foreigner in Rome

One morning a couple of years ago, while I was at home editing an article, somebody rang my doorbell.
 
It was not a good sign, because people in Rome usually make house calls by first buzzing the intercom at the entrance of the apartment building. Those who are already inside and show up directly at someone’s door are often trying to sell something.
 








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Child abuse in the Church

We live in a new age of freedom of expression, when the long history of suppression and covering up of the truth is crumbling and social and mainstream media have championed the voice of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. The controlling power and influence of some leaders in traditional institutions like the Catholic Church to instill fear, bury the realities, deny crimes of child abuse and silence the complainants are being challenged, and their credibility has weakened.
 








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Dialogue with China: Small steps toward mutual trust

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.

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United States military bases are back

The construction of a United States (US)-built military facility inside Basa Air Force Base, Pampanga, the Philippines, started with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 17 by the defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, and the US ambassador to the country, Sung Kim. This is being done under an agreement signed in 2014 known as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), made by the previous president, Benigno Aquino III. 
 

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The profile of a dictator

History is full of tyrants and dictators. Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong are among the worst in past history, but today,dictatorship is increasingly on the rise. 
 
True democracy is in retreat as elected officials turn to dictatorship as a way to stay in power and rule with an iron fist and declare they will save their nation from evil and make the nation great. Putin, Erdoğan, Omar Al-Bashir, Kim Jong II are just a few of many that come to mind.
 








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Asian Christians can save Christianity from Christendom (pt2)

Time to humbly open the Church and abandon the paternalism and racism Christendom fosters
 
Part 2. Continued from April 1
 
Father William Grimm MM 
 








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An expert lens shoots empowerment

Joan Pabona has been a migrant domestic worker in Hong Kong for more than four years. She hails from Sudipen in La Union province, the Philippines, and recently won second place in the National Geographic Wheelock Youth Photo Competition 2017.
 
This is one more feather in her cap of awards she has received in the field of photography.