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Filipino nun brings hope to disaster-scarred communities

Filipino nun brings hope to disaster-scarred communities

Mark Saludes, Iligan City - UCAN - Religious, Sat, Sep 16th 2017

For two months now, Sister Betsy Espana has brought food aid to displaced families, some of the almost 400,000 people affected by armed clashes between government troops and terrorist gunmen. The nun from Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross congregation said she wants to perform her mission "out of the spotlight," saying that she is there with the people "to serve them."

Pope issues decree of major significance in Asia

Pope issues decree of major significance in Asia

ucanews.com reporter, Bangkok - Activities, Tue, Sep 19th 2017

The decree, or motu proprio as it is called in church parlance, enables local churches across the world to take a more direct hand in developing and approving the texts used in the celebration of sacraments. The control of liturgical texts and sacramental formulas has been a matter of considerable controversy to many throughout the church, including bishops' conferences in Asia such as in Japan. 

Achievement versus Froutfulness

Achievement versus Froutfulness

Ron Rolheiser, OMI - Articles, Tue, Sep 19th 2017

There’s a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the world. What we achieve brings us success, gives us a sense of pride, makes our families and friends proud of us, and gives us a feeling of being worthwhile, singular, and important.

Commentary to the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Commentary to the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org - Homilies, Sat, Sep 23rd 2017

The dialogue between God and man is established only where there is a free encounter, free gift, unconditional reciproal love. Who loves claims nothing and expects nothing but to see the loved one smile and rejoice. "Your salvation is manifested in this: you are merciful to those who have no treasure of good works.” Jesus made this righteousness of God his own.

Police arrest lawmaker over school arson attacks

Konradus Epa, Jakarta - UCANews - Activities, Sun, Sep 17th 2017

A lawmaker in Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province has been arrested for allegedly orchestrating a string of arson attacks on elementary schools..Yansen Alison Binti, 60, a Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerinda) politician and member of the Central Kalimantan Provincial Legislative Council, was arrested on Sept. 10.

Critical time in history for Muslims and Christians in India

Critical time in history for Muslims and Christians in India

M.P. Raju, New Delhi - UCANews - Ecumenism, Mon, Sep 18th 2017

India, as a nation, goes through a critical time in history when its religious minorities are badly needed by its majority community — the Hindus. The major religious minorities — Muslims and Christians — have a vital role to play in helping guard against excessive religious and cultural nationalism.

Pope Francis: Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis: Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis on Migrants and Refugees - World Issues, Thu, Sep 21st 2017

At the United Nations Summit held in New York on 29 September 2016, world leaders clearly expressed their desire to take decisive action in support of migrants and refugees to save their lives and protect their rights, sharing this responsibility on a global level. To this end, the states committed themselves to drafting and approving, before the end of 2018, two Global Compacts, one for refugees and the other for migrants. 

Aung San Suu Kyi should speak out for Rohingya

Aung San Suu Kyi should speak out for Rohingya

James Roberts-The Tablet - World Issues, Mon, Sep 25th 2017

Cardinal Charles Mayng Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, has urged Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out in defence of the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, but at the same time he condemned the “stigmatising” of the country’s de facto leader.