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Mongolia through the eyes of a new priest

ULAANBAATAR (UCAN): The ordination in Ulaanbaatar of 29-year-old Reverend Joseph Enkh Baatar as the first local person recorded as becoming a priest in 1,000 years in the Catholic Church in Mongolia on August 28 was a historic moment.

“I hope Father Enkh will be a Good Samaritan to the people of Mongolia,” Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik, from the diocese of Daejeon in South Korea, where Father Enkh had done his formation, said.

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Looking at possibility of sacraments for divorced

VATICAN (SE): The bishops of Argentina issued a pastoral letter in August this year containing guidelines for priests accompanying the divorced and remarried, including a guarded, but at the same time clear statement of the possibility of readmission to the sacraments in some circumstances.

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Holding the fort in South Sudan

JUBA (CNS): While most expatriate workers have left South Sudan since a brutal attack was carried out by what The Associated Press described as 80 heavily armed men, Brother Bill Firman says he believes it is a good place for a religious to be.

Reports say that the 80 men raped several women, especially singling out the Americans, beat and robbed people and carried out mock executions over nearly four hours.

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Pay day for the slave trade

GEORGETOWN (SE): While the Jesuits have been known to be involved in an extremely wide variety of endeavours, in 1838 in the United States of America (US) they had their fingers stuck in one that today they cannot hold their heads up about—the slave trade.

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Catholic teacher shot dead in Papua

JAKARTA (AsiaNews): The body of 27-year-old Yuni Yesra Patatang, a Catholic teacher responsible for a youth group ministry, the Orang Muda Katolik, was found on the evening of September 12 in Ilaga in the Puncak Jaya district of the province of Papua in Indonesia.

News of his death was released by the Commission for Youth Ministry of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference.

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Mandela Shield pits prisoners against law students

KANDY (SE): Inspired by a debate that took place in the Eastern New York Correctional Services Facility in the United States of America last year, where a team made up of prisoners talked a team from Harvard University into the ground on the topic of whether schools should have the right to deny places to undocumented persons, the Kandy Human Rights Office in Sri Lanka is taking up the challenge.

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Migration not an economic answer

ABUJA (SE): “Human trafficking is likely to increase the number of frustrated people who cannot make ends meet. You know by the time you finish university and you are roaming the streets for three, four, five and six years with no job and you reach 30 or 31-years-of-age with no future, it is very difficult to sit down quietly,” Fides quoted John Cardinal Oneiyekan, the archbishop of Abuja, in Nigeria, as saying.

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Abu Sayyaf abducts three Malaysians

MANILA (UCAN): Gunmen suspected to be from the Abu Sayyaf abducted three Malaysian fishermen off the coast of Semporna in Malaysia on September 10.

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Jesuit from Burundi ordained in Taipei

TAIPEI (SE): A Jesuit deacon from the tiny African nation of Burundi, Reverend Ladislas Nsengiyumva, was ordained to the priesthood in Holy Family Catholic Church in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 30, by Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, the archbishop of Taipei.

Father John Lee Hua SJ, the provincial of the Jesuit Chinese Province, joined in the ordination Mass and recommended him for priesthood.

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Revelations from a former pope

VATICAN (SE): In revealing comments released prior to the publication of a book on the reflections of the former bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI says that he always thought that governance was the weak point of his pontificate and that Pope Francis is an excellent choice as his successor, even though it came as a big shock to him at the time.

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