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Putting the family Church forward

The apostolic exhortation on love in the family by Pope Francis, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), is a landmark document in the history of modern papal teaching.

It approaches the hot-button issues of marriage and sexuality and, even more so, contains a vision of Church.

The ecclesiology that underpins the encyclical is both collegial and synodal.








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Meditation is that coming home feeling

HONG KONG (SE): “Meditation… It is as simple as that,” Penelope Sturrock, the international coordinator of Meditation with Children and Young People, told a gathering of primary and secondary teachers organised by the Hong Kong branch of the World Community for Christian Meditation at the Diocese Centre on March 17.








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Film festival shows struggle to break barriers

For the 40th consecutive year the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society put together a two-week international programme around the Easter holiday season, featuring world and Asian premieres, as well as other award-winning productions. 

The entries were rich in their portrayal of the universally-shared human struggle to move beyond the limiting confines that circumscribe life.








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Germany gives a fair go to all

I am in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Annual Fair Trade Exhibition and Philippine products are gaining a high profile with growing sales. This brings jobs and prosperity with fair payment to thousands of Filipinos.

I have been invited as a guest speaker at the opening of the fair. It is holiday time in Germany and many thousands of visitors come to this massive four-day exhibition to buy and promote Fair Trade and organic products.








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Challenging the Just War Theory

HONG KONG (SE): Can war ever be justified is an age-old question that has been debated many times, but increasingly so in the modern era as the nature of war has changed rapidly and dramatically.

A conference on peace and Catholic teaching held at the Vatican from April 11 to 13 set out to change the conversation from justifying war to pro-actively working for peace, and to develop a coherent articulation of making peace the primary teaching of the Church.








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The 70th anniversary of Church hierarchy in China (11 April 1946)

On 11 April 1946, Pope Pius XII (1876 to 1958) established the ecclesiastical hierarchy in China—the normal structure of the Catholic Church in a given country.

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The road to justice and equality

In late January, Luis Cardinal Tagle raised a few eyebrows in Cebu during the Eucharistic Congress when he spoke directly about the greed and corruption of Philippine politicians, who are so much a part of the throwaway society of greed, corruption, materialism and waste.








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Tragedy at pope’s Mass not all doom and gloom

MANILA (UCAN): Jun and Judy Padasas will never forget the day Pope Francis came to the central Philippine city of Tacloban just over one year ago.

As the pope was blessing thousands of teary-eyed victims of Typhoon Haiyan on January 17, their 27-year-old daughter, Kristel Mae Padasas, died.

Padasas was waiting for the papal convoy to pass when a strong wind blew a large speaker stack on top of her, crushing her to death.

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Malling for Sunday Mass

MANILA (UCAN): Malling, or hanging around shopping malls is a popular pastime in The Philippines, and the proliferation of Sunday Masses being celebrated in shopping malls is proving to be extremely popular, leaving some wondering about the future of parish churches.

“We find it convenient,” a 53-year-old father of five, Miguel Espiño, says, adding that he believes that “wherever there are two or more people gathered in the name of God, he would listen.”

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The oceans may produce more than a high tide

In recent years, we have become more and more aware of how vulnerable our oceans are to climate change. The Arctic Ocean is capped by frozen seawater, called sea ice. This melts during the Northern Hemisphere spring and summer months.