News in Justice and Peace

Philippine Catholic schools cry foul over tax plan

Philippine Catholic schools cry foul over tax plan

by: Joe Torres - UCAN Manila Reporter in JPIC News,

A proposal to tax religious institutions in the Philippines, especially Catholic schools, has drawn an angry response from church leaders and school administrators.Some sectors view the proposal as a reaction to church opposition to the proposed re-imposition of capital punishment.

Madrid restaurant offers homeless taste of luxury

Madrid restaurant offers homeless taste of luxury

by: Hagar Jobse - http://www.dw.com/ in JPIC News,

During the day the Robin Hood restaurant is a regular establishment where customers pay 11 euros for a fixed menu. But at night the place transforms into an establishment where homeless and people in need like Olga are served a sophisticated dinner for free. The business-model is simple: the earnings made at breakfast and lunch fund the evening meals for the homeless. 

Tamil protesters: 'We will sacrifice our lives'

Tamil protesters: 'We will sacrifice our lives'

by: UCA News - Niranjani Roland, Mullaitivu in JPIC News,

For over 20 days Kanchan Chandraleela has campaigned outside an air force base in Pulakudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu for the return of land stolen by the Sri Lankan military. Some 385 families from local villages have joined her to demand the return of a total of 212 hectares.

Trump's ban on immigrants is devastating, chaotic and cruel, US bishops say

Trump's ban on immigrants is devastating, chaotic and cruel, US bishops say

by: Catholic News Service - The Tablet in JPIC News,
New policy is both anti-Catholic and anti-American - and it establishes a religious criteria for refugees. Trump's ban on immigrants is devastating, chaotic and cruel, US bishops say President Donald Trump's executive memorandum intended to restrict the entry of terrorists coming to the United States brought an outcry from Catholic leaders across the US. 
Catholic church building destroyed in Myanmar

Catholic church building destroyed in Myanmar

by: John Zaw, Mandalay - UCAnews in JPIC News,

A Catholic church was bombed in the conflict-torn northern Shan State as renewed fighting intensified between the Myanmar military and ethnic armed groups. In an ironic twist, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mongkoe Township near the Chinese border was hit by air strikes on Dec. 3, the very feast day of St. Francis Xavier

Archbishop Welby: Absence of meaning has consequences

Archbishop Welby: Absence of meaning has consequences

by: D. Leal-Olivas/AFP - LaCroix in JPIC News,

There is a need for deep repentance and a change in direction on the part of all those who control the resources of the planet, argues the archbishop of Canterbury. Discontent is growing in western democracies as evidenced by Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the rise of populism. Dr Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and primate of the Anglican communion shares his views with La Croix.

 Philippine politicians sign honest poll covenant

Philippine politicians sign honest poll covenant

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCA in JPIC News,

Candidates in this month's elections signed a covenant for "truthful, responsible, upright, transparent, and honest" polls during a Mass led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the Manila Cathedral on May 2. Of the five presidential candidates, only administration candidate Manuel Roxas and opposition standard bearer Jejomar Binay attended the event.

Preparations for Catholic university in Vietnam

Preparations for Catholic university in Vietnam

by: Ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Development,

Preparations under way for Catholic university in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City archbishop cited on 22 December, 2015, improvement of relationship between Vatican and communist government. The doors of Vietnam's first Catholic university under communist rule could open as soon as May.

Bill Gates: Rallying Cry for Clean Energy. Will it be Enough?

Bill Gates: Rallying Cry for Clean Energy. Will it be Enough?

by: Daniel Roth - Executive Editor at LinkedIn in Development,

 Bill Gates this year focused in his annual letter, which launched Monday night, he tackles just one subject: clean, accessible energy.  It was a curious decision for the famously intellectually-expansive Gates. Focusing on energy makes all of his other life-improving efforts easier to enact. Get the more than 1 billion people who live without energy hooked to the grid and suddenly, “you can run hospitals, light up schools and use tractors to grow more food.”