The Demise of A Hero

The life of Fr. Stan is a testimony to the defense of the human rights of underprivileged peasants in India. His sentence and subsequent death in prison raised an outcry all over the world, but his inspiring witness to righteousness keeps the flame of justice alive

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“India’s Future is Extremely Bleak”

Christians and other minorities in the “world’s largest democracy” are at the mercy of an ideology that is “inspired by Nazism, fascism, and apartheid,” says Cedric Prakash, Jesuit priest, one of the country’s most uncomfortable activists.

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Christian in India: A Persecuted Minority

India can already rely on a well-educated, English-speaking middle class, which has helped the country develop sectors such as pharmaceuticals and information technology. To consolidate its rise, it will need to sustain the growth of the manufacturing sector and become an export powerhouse. Will it be able to do so?

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Kaplag and Its Historical Significance

The providential discovery (kaplag) of the sacred image of the Santo Niño in 1565 started off the systematic evangelization of the Philippines. The missionary endeavors of the pioneering congregations contributed to the Philippine identity as a predominantly Christian nation.

Santo Niño Devotion: the origin

The image of Santo Niño is a symbol of Filipino devotion. This devotion is rooted in pious traditions and the history of Catholicism in the Philippines.

The Asian Faces of Mary

Non-Christians venerate Mary in Asia. Mary stands as an interreligious bridge that belongs to everyone. She is the most universal religious figure on the continent.

Mary and Female Deities of East Asia

Catholics venerated female deities associated with Buddhism and with Chinese popular religion in different contexts as one way to express their Marian devotions.

Motherhood versus Origin

Numerous non-Christians in Asian religions venerate Mary. In Singapore, Taoist devotees see Mary as an example of how cultivating oneself leads to a higher state of being and a divinization of the self.

Carlo Acutis As Seen By His Mother

In this interview with Aleteia, the mother of Blessed Carlo, Antonia Salzano, testifies to the “extraordinary ordinary life” of her son who had an infinite love for Jesus in the Eucharist. He is a source of inspiration for young and old alike.

EDITORIAL

Missionaries Who Sacrificed Their Lives

The missionaries did not abandon the people under their care; rather, they stayed on risking their lives because of Jesus Christ, the love of the mission, and the love of the people...

Missionaries Who Sacrificed Their Lives

The missionaries did not abandon the people under their care; rather, they stayed on risking their lives because of Jesus Christ, the love of the mission, and the love of the people.

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Violence Begets Violence

As of this writing, the war of Israel against Hamas in the Gaza territory is raging and having a devastating impact on the population. Israel is at war against the militant group Hamas for its attack on the country killing 1,400 people and taking more than 200 hostages.

Frontiers

How Fossil Fuel Elites Promote Global Warming

There is a very troubling realization that the Earth’s climate is in the control of very few moguls and politicians who control the fossil fuel industry. They were able to influence a change in the words of the final statement of the COP28.

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Journey Moments

The Journey From the Head to the Heart

The journey from the head to the heart is only 8 inches long, yet many people do not quite make it in their lifetime. This journey happens when we take the road of humility and value kindness, respect, and love.

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Our World

Creation Groans with Pain

Voices are growing louder daily that our planet is grappling with an environmental crisis. Our environmental concern should not limit itself merely to pressure and protest but should lead to a change of attitudes that leads to effective action.

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Insight

Liturgy and Care for the Common Home

We must introduce the natural world into our liturgies. Many elements of the natural world could be introduced into the Preface of the Sunday Eucharist. Other liturgies could follow suit.

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In Focus

Serving the Bedouin Communities

The Comboni Missionary Sisters are in Israel working with the Bedouin communities of Jahalin in the Judean Desert. Listening to their needs has led to ideas and the formation of education programs, which are put into practice through a network of volunteers and collaborators.

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A Taste of Tradition

The Seven Iconic Letters

Saint Ignatius of Antioch was arrested and brought to Rome in chains to be thrown to the lions. During his journey as a prisoner, he wrote seven letters to the churches he passed through. They are a document of extraordinary beauty and relevance.

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Follow Me

Mission is Sharing Joy

At last year’s World Youth Day in August, Pope Francis asked young people to bring the joy of Jesus’ love to others because the joy for Jesus’ “crazy” and unconditional love urges me to bring it to others.

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Follow Me

A Journey from Bank Clerk to Missionary

A bank professional in his young years, Raul felt the call of God to be a missionary. Despite his aging and frail parents, he summoned the courage to leave behind his profession and join the seminary. As a missionary, Fr. Raul has served in Africa and the Philippines.

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Mission is Fun

Language Challenges

Fr. Jorge arrived at Waterval Mission, Mpumalanga, in South Africa at a mature age. In his first years on the mission, he made a great effort to learn the Northern Sotho language of Sepedi, and he reached a certain level of proficiency, which allowed him to celebrate Mass and even preach in Sepedi. Quite often, when the faithful started to interact in fast conversations, he would easily get lost.

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WM Special

Santo Niño Devotion: the origin

The image of Santo Niño is a symbol of Filipino devotion. This devotion is rooted in pious traditions and the history of Catholicism in the Philippines.

WM Special

Kaplag and Its Historical Significance

The providential discovery (kaplag) of the sacred image of the Santo Niño in 1565 started off the systematic evangelization of the Philippines. The missionary endeavors of the pioneering congregations contributed to the Philippine identity as a predominantly Christian nation.

Frontiers

Making Abortion Unthinkable

In some countries, particularly in the U.S., pro-abortion groups are putting up strategies to enshrine into laws the right to abortion on demand. In order to counter this, pro-life advocates need to commit themselves to being legislative active.

Journey Moments

Be Still… God is Near

Let us bid farewell with gratitude to the past year, recognizing the countless blessings we enjoyed. And let us welcome with trust the year ahead of us. Our highest hope is that the Lord will be with us each day of 2024.

Frontline

Addressing an Ecological Urgency

Releasing his apostolic exhortation Laudate Deum (LD) on October 4, last year, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Pope enunciates a prophetic call to seriously address the contemporary environmental and ecological crises humanity is experiencing.

Filipino Focus

Why the Rosary in Jeepneys?

Jeepney drivers often hang rosaries and display images of Jesus and Mary on their dashboards to ward off evil and bring them good health. This practice shows how they profess and treasure their faith.

Our World

Be Like a Lighthouse

While living in a world of irresponsible economy whereby the system concentrates wealth in the hands of a few, Pope Francis asks us to be like a lighthouse in a stormy sea and get involved in the common good.

Insight

The “God’s Chef”

Father Vincenzo Bordo, a missionary of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), put on the apron 30 years ago and is now known in South Korea and beyond as “God’s chef.”

Works of Mercy

God, the Source of Mercy

In this new series on the Works of Mercy, Fr. John Taneburgo intends to open up the minds and hearts of our readers to the merciful God. Mercy is God’s best qualification and His great gift to us and to the whole of humankind.

A Taste of Tradition

Necessary Points of Reference

The Fathers of the Church are writers who are the witnesses of the Tradition. They represent the continuity of the apostolic way founded on the writings of the New Testament.

Follow Me

Universal Fraternity Can Change the World

At last year’s World Youth Day, more than a million young people shared among themselves social friendship. Pope Francis calls this universal fraternity, proving a new fraternal order and world social experience possible.

Follow Me

The Sign of the Cross at Birth

I am Sr. Kurniawaty Marsaoly, originally from Indonesia, and belong to the Our Lady of Sorrows Sisters Servants of Mary. I am a perpetually professed member of my community.

Bible Quiz

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Asia

Church Shows Growth

The Catholic Church has recorded steady growth in Africa, Asia, and the Americas with an increase in the number of baptized Catholics and clergy, according to Vatican’s annual statistics.

Syria

Future of Christianity at Sake

Christian families are leaving Syria en masse because of growing societal problems, such as extreme poverty and an education system in crisis, Archbishop Jacques Mourad (in photo) of Homs told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Philippines

Christian Living in Fear in Mindanao

The bomb explosion at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City during the celebration of the Eucharist on the first Sunday of Advent which killed four people and injured 50 has sent fear through the local Christian community.

Vatican

Cardinals Discuss Role of Women

Meeting in the Vatican, Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals agreed on the need to listen to the “the feminine aspect” of the Church, especially at the local level, “so that processes of reflection and decision making can benefit from the irreplaceable contribution of women.”

Pope

2024 Year of Prayer

The Holy Father wants a year in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee that will help “stimulate prayer with simplicity and in accordance with Christ’s heart.” Pope Francis has announced that the year 2024, in preparation for the Jubilee 2025, will be dedicated to prayer.

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Gaza

Church Leaders Regret ‘Indiscriminate’ Force Against Civilians

Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland, Dermot Farrell (in photo) has condemned the “indiscriminate use of force against civilians,” saying that the binding moral and international legal standards of the Geneva Conventions are clearly being violated. 

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Vietnam

First Resident Papal Representative

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Marek Zalewski (in photo) as the first resident pontifical representative, nearly half a century after Vietnam severed ties with the Vatican following the communist takeover of the south of the country in 1975.

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Asia

Two Filipinos Among the Martyrs of 2023

The annual report from the Pontifical Mission Societies’ Fides News agency includes two Filipino pastoral workers killed in the massacre at the Marawi State University on December 3, 2023. A total of 20 missionaries were killed around the world in 2023.

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Vatican

Cardinals Discuss Role of Women

Meeting in the Vatican, Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals agreed on the need to listen to the “the feminine aspect” of the Church, especially at the local level, “so that processes of reflection and decision making can benefit from the irreplaceable contribution of women.”

Philippines

Christian Living in Fear in Mindanao

The bomb explosion at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City during the celebration of the Eucharist on the first Sunday of Advent which killed four people and injured 50 has sent fear through the local Christian community.

Syria

Future of Christianity at Sake

Christian families are leaving Syria en masse because of growing societal problems, such as extreme poverty and an education system in crisis, Archbishop Jacques Mourad (in photo) of Homs told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Asia

Church Shows Growth

The Catholic Church has recorded steady growth in Africa, Asia, and the Americas with an increase in the number of baptized Catholics and clergy, according to Vatican’s annual statistics.

Hongkong

A Bridge Church for China

Hong Kong’s bishop, Cardinal Stephan Chow Sau-yan, (in photo) has reiterated his commitment to making his diocese a ‘bridge church’ that connects the church in China and the world.

Climate Change

Global Faith Leaders Call for Urgent Action

Representatives of the world’s religions have signed an appeal calling for political leaders at next month’s COP28 climate summit to take meaningful action to respond to the urgent crisis of climate change.

Vatican

Pope Francis to Attend Cop28 in Dubai

Pope Francis is going to attend the Conference of Parties (COP28) in Dubai that will run from November 30 to December 12. “Yes, I will go to Dubai. I think I will leave December 1 until December 3.

World Touch

Suffering of the Civilian Population

Myanmar’s military junta is carrying out more and more air strikes against the civilian population, according to a report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recently published at the UN General Assembly. According to the report, airstrikes have been repeatedly combined with “measures that systematically deny injured people access to medical care.”

World Touch

Countering the Suicide Phenomenon

“Suicide is a tragedy in our society,” says Father Cho Seung-hyeon, a priest and journalist, who refers to the nation’s highest suicide rate among developed countries. Common factors cited by experts to explain the high suicide rate are the pressure young people face at school, the lack of social protection, and the stigma surrounding mental health problems.

World Touch

Pope will meet with Children of the World

Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with children of the five continents in November to reflect and learn from their untainted acceptance of others and respect for creation.

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