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Filipinos mark 496th year of Christianity's arrival

Filipinos mark 496th year of Christianity's arrival

by: Mark Saludes - UCAN - Homonhon Island in Activities,

Through an interpreter, Magellan told the natives that the expedition was sent by the king of Spain to "spread the Catholic faith" and convert people to the "true religion." Some historical accounts indicated that on March 19, the Spaniards celebrated Mass and planted a cross near the shores of Homonhon. 

Make confession more available

Make confession more available

by: Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service in Activities,

Hear confession every time someone asks, Pope Francis said, and don't ever put limited hours on the sacrament of reconciliation. "Please, let there never be those signs that say, 'Confessions: Mondays and Wednesdays from this time to that time,'" he told hundreds of confessors and other participants attending an annual course sponsored by the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court that handles issues related to the absolution of sin.

How far can we go in welcoming migrants?

How far can we go in welcoming migrants?

by: Nathalie Birchem - La Croix International in Activities,

The migration crisis that has brought thousands of migrants to the gates of Europe is far from over. The incoming French government will need to imagine new solutions to avoid multiplying camps such as those at Calais and Paris

The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

by: Tom Symonds - BBC Feb 2017 in Activities,

 For several decades, the UK sent children across the world to new lives in institutions where many were abused and used as forced labour. It's a scandal that is still having repercussions now. Imagine the 1950s, imagine being a child an orphan perhaps, living in an British children's home; imagine being told that shortly you would board a ship for somewhere called Australia, to begin a new life in a sunlit wonderland. For good. No choice. It happened to thousands of British children in the decades immediately following World War Two.

The church at the crossroads

The church at the crossroads

by: Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Manila - UCAN in Activities,

A shift in pastoral approaches is needed to keep up wih the transitions of modern society The church at the crossroadsWe are seeing a world in transition and the church in transition with society. There are essential things; there are accidentals. Spiritual wisdom is knowing what we can change and what we cannot change.

Pope Francis reveals how he shrugs off stress

Pope Francis reveals how he shrugs off stress

by: Agence France-Presse - The Guardian in Activities,

Pope Francis reveals how he shrugs off stress: 'I'm not on tranquilisers'. Pontiff tells how anxiety he sometimes experienced as bishop of Buenos Aires disappeared after his elevation to papacy.

Lunar New Year celebration for people living with HIV in Vietnam

Lunar New Year celebration for people living with HIV in Vietnam

by: ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Activities,

Some 500 people living with HIV and their children attended a special fair for Tet, the Vietnamese new year in the compound of Dong Tien Church on Jan. 21. Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc of Ho Chi Minh City also visited and gave his best wishes to attendees.

Filipino Jesuit finds home in Cambodian mission

Filipino Jesuit finds home in Cambodian mission

by: Mark Saludes - UCA News in Activities,

Father Totet Banaybal's goal is not to change local culture but show people the 'goodness of the church' Filipino Jesuit finds home in Cambodian mission. Totet Banaybal, a Filipino Jesuit student, had to learn a lot of things when he first went to Cambodia in 1994. "It was not easy," he recalls. Everything was unlike what he was used to back home, such as removing his shoes before someone’s home. 

Hong Kong Catholics welcome Our Lady of Fatima statue

Hong Kong Catholics welcome Our Lady of Fatima statue

by: UCAN - Hong Kong January 18, 2017 in Activities,

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima blessed by Pope Francis started its Asian pilgrimage with Hong Kong as its first stop to celebrate the centennial of the Marian apparition in Portugal. Pope Francis blessed six Centennial Pilgrim Statues of Our Lady of Fatima at the Vatican on Jan. 11 before sending them on tour in six continents. Hong Kong is the first place in the world where a statue landed. 

Manila Archdiocese to build rehab center for drug users

Manila Archdiocese to build rehab center for drug users

by: ucanews.com reporter, Manila in Activities,

Rehabilitation 'farm' is aimed at preventing drug users being killed in Philippine anti-narcotics campaign Manila Archdiocese to build rehab center for drug users. The Archdiocese of Manila is to build a rehabilitation center for drug dependents amid Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in which more than 6,000 people have been killed.

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

by: Fr. Fernando Armelini - Claret Bible.org in Activities,

 How long will the night last?  Man fears the darkness of the night and is heartened when he sees the first signs of dawn. Sentries scan the horizon, waiting for the dawn (Ps 130:6). Long are the nights of those who burn with fever, are troubled by nightmares and are in the state of tossing and turning up in the morning (Jn 7:3-4). 

Interreligious dialogue timely for Asia

Interreligious dialogue timely for Asia

by: Prof. Bonifacio Tago Jr., Manila - UCAN in Activities,

The urgent need for interreligious dialogue in Asia should be the highlight of the region's observance of the global "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" taking place Jan. 18 to 25.  Asia is the birthplace of most of the world's mainstream religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, and even Christianity. 

Global Mercy Meeting in Manila

Global Mercy Meeting in Manila

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in Activities,
The five-day World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, the fourth since it started in 2008 in Rome, has drawn a record number of participants. The majority of international delegates come from the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, France, and Indonesia, while local participants mostly come from Davao in Mindanao, Bacolod in the central Philippines, and the province of Bulacan, north of Manila. 
Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London and 14 European cities

Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London and 14 European cities

by: The Guardian Saturday 14 January 2017 in Activities,
After 16 days and 7,456 miles, the locomotive’s arrival heralds the dawn of a new commercial era East Wind freight train. When the East Wind locomotive rumbles into east London this week, it will be at the head of 34 carriages full of socks, bags and wallets for London’s tourist souvenir shops, as well as the dust and grime accumulated through eight countries and 7,456 miles.
Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

by: Fr. Fernando Armelini - Claret Bible.org in Activities,

What is important is to listen and discover where God wants to lead each one and “to live the vocation you have received” (Eph 4:1). “Angel of the Lord” is whoever supports the brother and helps him discern and continue along the path laid for him by God.  To internalize the message, we repeat: “Lord, what do you want me to do? Help me to understand and to realize your plan of love.”

Manila mercy meeting an 'opportunity for healing'

Manila mercy meeting an 'opportunity for healing'

by: Joe Torres - UCANews in Activities,

A global meeting on mercy, to be held in Manila later this month, is an "opportunity for healing" amid drug-related killings in the country. "It will be a healing for us, an opening that there is still hope for those whom we consider the least, the lost, and the last," said Bishop Ruperto Santos, coordinator of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy.

Coming to Newark Archdiocese: A Different Kind of Cardinal

Coming to Newark Archdiocese: A Different Kind of Cardinal

by: Sharon Otterman - The New York Times - DEC. 22, 2016 in Activities,

Cardinal Tobin assumes his role in an uneasy time. He said that he hoped to lead with joy and transparency, and that he intended to encourage dialogue to bridge divisions. But he would go further if he believed that policies ran counter to the moral values that Jesus taught.