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I confess to almighty God…

Imagine Juan, a barangay official in The Philippines, as he sat in the church alone. He was waiting for the priest and when Father Pepito came into the sanctuary, he noticed Juan looking distressed and he went to him and he asked in Tagalog, “Can I help you?”
 
“Yes, Father, I want to confess, but I am ashamed of what I have done, not even God can forgive me,” he answered.
 








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No lowering of age of criminal liability

MANILA (UCAN): A decision by the lower house of the congress in Manila to overrule a bill proposing that the age of criminal liability for young people be lowered from the current 15 to as young as nine has been welcomed by rights advocates, prison chaplaincies and social workers.
 
“What is needed is to implement and strengthen the current law in dealing with children in conflict with the law,” Rodolfo Diamante, the secretary of the Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, said on May 29.
 

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Increased militarisation will mean more comfort women

MANILA (UCAN): Eighty-five-year-old Narcisa Claveria has spent two decades fighting for justice over horrors she suffered as a teenage sex slave for Japanese troops during the Second World War.

Now the feisty grandmother has begun a new battle; fighting the Philippine president, Noynoy Aquino, over his move to forge stronger links between the military and Japan, in addition to a new deal to host eight new United States of America (US) military bases.

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Migrant worker condemned to stoning in Saudi

COLOMBO (UCAN): A protest led by Father Paris Jayamaha, the director of Caritas Anuradhapura in Colombo, called on the United Nations (UN) on December 3 to intervene on behalf of a Sri Lankan migrant worker, who has been condemned to death by stoning for committing adultery by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Sexual violence bred from wartime violence in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (UCAN): The authorities in Sri Lanka are being put under more pressure to act on sexual violence against women and children from all quarters of society with the kidnap of a five-year-old girl in the western part of the island nation on September 11.

On September 18, Mothers and Daughters of Lanka demonstrated in the capital city of Colombo demanding that the authorities implement laws to stop sexual violence against women and girls.

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Call to exorcise Pinochet from Chilean life

SANTIAGO (SE): On September 11, the 40th anniversary of the military coup which saw the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, ousted and killed by the butcher general, Augusto Pinochet, the president of the Episcopal Conference of Chile, Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, called on the nation to commemorate the tragic event by persevering on the path of truth, justice and reconciliation.

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Thousands sign for release of jailed Catholics

 

HANOI (AsiaNews): Family and friends of Catholics sentenced to prison in Vietnam for subversion in January have launched a public awareness campaign, which includes a petition signed by Christian and Buddhist religious leaders.

Organisers say the goal is to spread awareness of the case among the civilian population and win, first of all, the interest and the commitment of the Vietnamese people.

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