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Christmas refugees and fair trade

 

Christmas is much more than Santa Claus and consumerism. It is about compassion, love for the poor and seeking justice. Jesus was sent to help change the world. We must carry on this mission but we also have to understand what that challenge is.








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Manila bans Eucharistic election profiteering

MANILA (SE): The common practice of priests celebrating Masses for politicians at the launch of their campaigns and at other significant events has finally been banned by the archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle.

On December 22, Cardinal Tagle forbad his priests to take part in the practice that for years has been condemned as a form of complicity by the Church in political corruption.

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A year of promise ends mostly in disappointment

HONG KONG (SE): Last year began with a bright spot in the Philippine world, as the nation geared itself up for the much-awaited visit of Pope Francis to the shores of the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

Nevertheless, some dark spots did fall across the horizon, as one year on, the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) were discovering that the rehabilitation of their devastated homes, cities and farmlands was being treated by many more as a business opportunity than a response to a tragedy.

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Government stalling prompts terrorism

MANILA (AsiaNews): Execution-style attacks on farmers in Maguindanao on Christmas Eve have been attributed to fear over the stalling of the government in the signing of the basic peace agreement governing Mindanao.

Father Sebastiano D’Ambra said on December 28, “The Bangsamoro Basic Law seems set to fail. There are elections next year (2016) and the government has postponed all of these minor deals.”

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Manila pushes to beatify American Jesuit

MANILA (UCAN): The Manila archdiocese has officially opened the process for the beatification and canonisation of Father George Willman, a Jesuit from the United States of America (US), who is credited with building up the presence of the Knights of Columbus in The Philippines during the last century.

Luis Cardinal Tagle accepted the nomination for the beatification of Father Willman during a Mass celebrated on December 7 to mark the formal opening of the process.

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The search for shelter is part of Christmas

MANILA (UCAN): Some 300 children from the sprawling slum areas of Manila marched to the beat of Christmas carols in a reenactment of the search made by Joseph and Mary to find shelter prior to the birth of Jesus on December 18.

“We see this event in the light of the urban poor children’s search for home, peace and a decent life,” Tina Jurado, a community organiser with the Urban Poor Associates, which sponsored the day, said.

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A bloody Christmas crusade

COTABATO (UCAN): Seven farmers were slaughtered on Christmas Eve in Sultan Kudarat province, Maguindanao, during what the military described as coordinated attacks on small communities.

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a group that had declared an alliance with the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Four of the Freedom Fighters are believed to have died in the fighting.

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A passport to mercy

MANILA (Agencies): With inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy, the archdiocese of Manila is pushing people to put a new twist to their pilgrimages to the designated churches for the year.

The diocese plans to issue passports, which will contain a guide to and a brief history of the various churches, as well as information on parish activities that are connected with the pilgrimage year.

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Military bullets leave two more dead as others flee

DAVAO (SE): Some 200 indigenous people have flocked to Davao City in the southern Philippines, saying that they had been forced to flee their homes in Compostela when they were intimidated by the Armed Forces of The Philippine in the Mangayon village area at the end of November.

UCAN reported they said that government soldiers had occupied the community school and their homes, claiming that they were looking for Communist rebels.

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Manila’s black hole is a health hazard

MANILA (UCAN): On the eve of the culmination of the climate summit in Paris, members of the Urban Poor and some Church groups in Manila joined hands in protest against the operation of a coal dust storage facility in the middle of the Philippine capital.

“It is terrible that these poor people are exposed to such dangerous health hazards,” Notre Dame Sister Anne Brittain, said.

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