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Building bridges and making connections with the vulnerable

Mary Yuen
 
In late July, I participated in the International Conference on Catholic Theological Ethics in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 400 participants from about 80 countries around the world gathered together to reflect on the current ethical challenges facing the world, with focus on political crisis and lack of governance, as well as ecological and environmental issues, and responding from the perspective of Catholic moral theology.
 








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But not conquered

My little bit of knowledge gleaned through hours of labour in Latin classes during my school days came to the fore as I watched the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney on October 27.
 
In what can only be described as a demonstration of raw human courage and dogged survival spirit, those mauled by the horrors of war demonstrated to the world the extent of solidarity that people are capable of mustering and the ability to overcome almost any setback.
 








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Vietnam deal points way for China-Vatican progress

Michael Sainsbury
 
In 2002 Pope St. John Paul made the appointment that would underpin the Catholic Church’s efforts to begin repairing relations with Asia’s two main communist states, China and Vietnam, when he named Monsignor Pietro Parolin as undersecretary of state for relations with states in the Secretariat of State.
 








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Human trafficking is slavery in our time

It’s impossible to imagine the sheer joy and exuberance of victims of human bondage who have been freed. When Jessica, Ruby, Angelica, Celine and Theresa were liberated from their human traffickers, they could not believe it. That realisation took some time in coming to their well-conditioned and convinced minds that they were in debt and had to work for a long time to pay it off and there was no escape.
 








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Bringing hope to the hopeless

There is a new film now showing in Ireland titled, Black ’47. It is a story set in the year 1847 when Ireland was under British occupation and a devastating famine hit the poor of Ireland when their staple food, the potato, was attacked by a fungus and rotted in the ground. Approximately one million Irish people died of starvation and another million migrated to America and helped to build that country.
 








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Empathy is the key to peace

by Margaret Lee
 
 
As a Catholic, I strive to follow the Golden Rule: “do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). There is a motivation to do better, to be a better person for myself and the greater community. In the 10 Commandments, we are given a code of behaviour towards God and each other. This is fundamental to our faith life. 
 








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The silence that surrounds abuse

Angeline is just one of millions of children who are scared and intimidated to run and tell that they had been raped, abused or sexually assaulted. “Telling was the hardest thing, I was frightened,” she said. “He threatened to kill my mother and burn our house down if I told, I had no one to trust, no one who could protect me from my abuser, he was my father.” 
 

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New group set to counter extremism in Indonesia

JAKARTA (UCAN): More than 200 people, including religious leaders including Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta, as well as politicians, attended the August 1 launch of the Said Aqil Siroj Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia.
 

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Bring ‘ruthless and chilling’ campaign against human trafficking—legally

The court decision came as a total shock for the two men and a woman accused of trafficking children in Angeles City to foreign sex tourists, while it is a victory for children and Philippine justice. The judge, Bernardita Gabitan-Erum of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61, Angeles City, handed down a 20-year sentence last February 2017 to each of the three convicted and levied a million peso fine on behalf f the victims. The traffickers were greedy and cheated the exploited children, Patricia and Vilma, out of two hundred pesos. This is their story.
 

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Stepping up aid to Myanmar flood victims

MANDALAY  (UCAN):  “We are getting more assessments and then delivering aid to other affected areas,” Father Paul Thar San, director of Karuna, in Hpa-an, the capital city of Kayin State, Myanmar. The area was been hit with strong monsoon winds and heavy rain since the third week of July, causing rivers to swell.
 
At least 11 people have died and more than 100,000 people have been displaced by the widespread flooding, according to the disaster management department.
 

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