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Another priest slaying rocks Philippine Church

Another priest slaying rocks Philippine Church

Jose Torres Jr- UCAN - JPIC News, Tue, Jun 12th 2018

 Father Richmond Villaflor Nil, gunned down as he was about to celebrate Mass, was fourth priest shot in last six months. Police said the priest was shot while he was putting on his alb to start the Mass. At least three shots were fired through the chapel's window. Father Nilo became the fourth Catholic priest to be shot in the Philippines in the last six months and the second within a week.

Commentary to the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Fr. Fernando Armellini - Homilies, Fri, Jun 15th 2018

The passage ends with a comment by the evangelist: “he explained everything privately to his disciples” (v. 34). Reflection, silence and prayer are needed; one needs to devote time to dialogue with Christ. It is necessary to create a spiritual atmosphere to receive from the Spirit the needed light to assimilate and translate the message of this parable into choices of life. 

Hebei Diocese bans pilgrimage reports as China steps up repression

Hebei Diocese bans pilgrimage reports as China steps up repression

ucanews.com reporters, Hong Kong - Activities, Thu, Jun 14th 2018

A source who asked to be unnamed told ucanews.com that Hebei Provincial Ethnic and Religious Department had given the company verbal notification that neither its newspaper nor website should report pilgrimages in May. Webmasters in other dioceses told ucanews.com that they had submitted articles on local or inter-provincial pilgrimages to Faith Weekly but none had been published.

Why missionaries are targeted in India's northeast

Why missionaries are targeted in India's northeast

Father Francis Charuvila-UCANewsl - Reporters, Tue, Jun 19th 2018

Over 25 years ago a gang of four men took me at gunpoint from a basketball court to my school office. They introduced themselves as members of a proscribed organization and made me sit on a chair while they kicked my face. That was the first attack I encountered on June 14, 1991, in my three decades of working as a Salesian  missionary in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. 

Dictatorships begin with taking over media, warns Pope

Dictatorships begin with taking over media, warns Pope

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service - Activities, Wed, Jun 20th 2018

All dictatorships begin the same way: media outlets are put in the hands of "unscrupulous" people who spread lies and weaken democracy, Pope Francis said. Typical standards, norms and laws in regard to communications are first eliminated, the pope said in his homily June 18 during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.