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How we can save the planet and ourselves

The ongoing burning of the rainforests in Brazil under newly elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, is an indication of the destructive power of a dictatorial leader. He is allowing thousands of hectares of rainforest to be cut down and burnt. Toxic fumes engulf many Brazilian towns. He is changing the forest into grazing lands for beef production. 
 








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The attempted abduction of Jemma

It’s a case of child abuse and human trafficking that has caught much media attention. The case is being heard in the court of Honorable Judge Maria Angelica T. Paras-Quiambao, Regional Trial Court Branch 59, Angeles City, a judge of known integrity. It concerns a United States (US) national, John R., who is accused of sexually abusing two young girls, call them Sybil and Jemma (not their real names). The younger Jemma is 13-years-old and Sybil is 14-years-old. John R.








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Helping the work of St. Teresa in Calcutta

To walk and meet a canonised saint is a wonderful experience and this I did when St. Teresa (Mother Teresa) came to Manila. Yet many years previous to that, it was my visit to her home and that of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta that had a profound effect on me and my life. 
 








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The children of the streets

Why and how do people, who do not know about human hardship and suffering, are indifferent to helping the poor and brand 12-year-old children as criminals when they are just children, get elected to high offices? The reason is likely to be that they never suffered deprivation, hunger, and abandonment. They led privileged lives of entitlement and are mostly the children of rich political dynasties that seem to reign forever.  
 








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How to respond to child sexual abuse

The latest victims to be admitted to the Preda home for abused children are two sisters—five and three-years-old. The perpetrator is the children’s biological father, the live-in partner of their mother. The children complained of pain. The mother knew it was a crime. She rushed to the municipal social worker and reported the abuse. 
 








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The courage to survive

He is only 13 years old and we can call him Jaybe. He has no formal education, cannot read or write and is one of hundreds of thousands of lost children of the Philippine slums. His father left the family for another woman and abandoned him with his two brothers and a three-year-old sister, Jinna. 
 








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Crimes against humanity

It’s a grim gruesome record of murder, assassination and massacre that we must condemn, denounce and learn from. The man, a leader accused of giving orders to target and kill civilians with impunity, is legendary. He convinced them that they were doing a good thing killing any suspect to save their nation from being destroyed.
 








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Captives of migrant camps and jails

They are held in captivity in small, overcrowded, jail-like pens. The unsanitary and dangerous cramped enclosures are their prisons. That was until the photo images of their confinement went viral on social media and there was an international outcry for them to be released and to be treated with care, respect and dignity. They are separated from their natural groups and families. They suffer trauma and sickness and they are in danger of dying.
 








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Who doesn’t want peace and reconciliation?

Who doesn’t want peace, harmony and reconciliation in their lives, their family, personal relationships, their nation and the world? Only those who can make personal gain from chaos.
 








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For what do they live and die?

Many people believe in some kind of “god,” which they worship in their own way, which they make the priority of their actions, pursuing their “god.” It can be money, power, wealth, property, prestige, drugs, alcohol, pleasure, possession, domination, violence, abuse, control. These are their “gods.”