The Changes Have to be Mission-Oriented

Filipina theologian Estela Padilla participated in the Synod of Bishops on Synodality in October last year at the Vatican. In this interview, Padilla talks about her experiences with the Synod, the BEC, and the controversial issues.

Will The Synod Change Anything?

During the 2023 Synod on Synodality, inquiries surfaced regarding the participation of women in the Church. The Synod members recognized a need for structural renewal to create a Church where women and men dialogue.

The Easter Traditions of Filipino Catholics

The various Easter traditions-Salubong, Via Lucis and the processions-vary across regions and communities, but collectively, they reflect the deeply rooted religious and cultural significance of Easter in the Philippines.

The Processions of Holy Week

In many parishes, three processions are held during Holy Week: the procession of the Passion usually held on Holy Wednesday, the Santo Entierro on Good Friday, and the Salubong on Easter Sunday. In some parishes, the first two processions are combined and held on Good Friday.

Through the Cross to the Light

Every year, Catholics commemorate and make present the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. It is prepared for 40 days during the season of Lent and goes on until Holy Thursday. In Filipino Catholicism, this is marked by religious traditions where faith and culture intertwine.

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

“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.

EDITORIAL

Sudan’s Forgotten War

Despite the UN describing it as “one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent history,” the international community has turned a blind eye to the conflict in Sudan...

Preparing for the 2024 Synod

The Synod on synodality, which took place in October last year, marked a significant development in the participation of laypeople, particularly women, who were invited to attend and granted voting rights. In fact, 54 women, including Estela Padilla, a theologian from the Philippines, were able to vote in the Synod. This inclusivity allowed for a diverse range of perspectives from women, young people, and other lay individuals, enabling them to actively participate in the decision-making process.

The Pastoral Blessings

The declaration Fiducia Supplicans does not change the Church’s doctrine but marks a shift of pastoral outlook by responding to the spiritual needs of many couples who do not live in a sacred marriage.

Editorial

Preparing for the 2024 Synod

The Synod on synodality, which took place in October last year, marked a significant development in the participation of laypeople, particularly women, who were invited to attend and granted voting rights. In fact, 54 women, including Estela Padilla, a theologian from the Philippines, were able to vote in the Synod. This inclusivity allowed for a diverse range of perspectives from women, young people, and other lay individuals, enabling them to actively participate in the decision-making process.

WM Special

Will The Synod Change Anything?

During the 2023 Synod on Synodality, inquiries surfaced regarding the participation of women in the Church. The Synod members recognized a need for structural renewal to create a Church where women and men dialogue.

WM Special

The Changes Have to be Mission-Oriented

Filipina theologian Estela Padilla participated in the Synod of Bishops on Synodality in October last year at the Vatican. In this interview, Padilla talks about her experiences with the Synod, the BEC, and the controversial issues.

Frontiers

Stop the bombs and missiles now!

In a recent interview, Pope Francis called upon world leaders to “stop the bombs and missiles now.” He appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and reiterated his conviction that dialogue is the sole path toward a peaceful future.

Journey Moments

Radiating God’s Love

As we journey on, let us share the presence and love of God wherever we go and in whatever we say or do. May we become witnesses to God’s presence in this dark and lonely world.

Frontline

Please, Stay

The number of young Filipinos who contemplated ending their life and attempting suicide is on the rise. Now more than ever, parents, schools and other stakeholders must work together to prevent youth suicide.

In Focus

Fiducia Supplicans: What Kind of Church for the Future?

Opposition to the document detailing blessings for people in irregular situations has sometimes been attributed to anti-Francis movements. The reality is more complex and merits reflection about the future and what kind of a Church the Holy Father is calling us to be.

Our World

Widen Your Outlook, Think Deep

In today’s world, we need bridge-builders who possess a broad perspective, listen attentively, and advocate for a multi-disciplinary approach in engaging with diverse perspectives.

Insight

Accelerate Protection of Abused Children

There is an urgent need for legislation establishing the children’s court system and more government-funded therapeutic homes for healing and empowering child abuse victims.

Filipino Focus

Understanding Mano Po in Filipino Society

Mano po is a gesture of respect for an older person, regardless of gender, status in life, local or foreign, that is uniquely Filipino. The goal of this article is to help us understand that this gesture is strictly Filipino.

A Taste of Tradition

An Amazing Counter-Cultural Document

The Christians in the World is an anonymous letter to a well-wisher by the name of Diognetus, describing the way of life of the followers of Christ. The details have a surprising contemporary application.

Follow Me

The “Yes” of Abraham

Abraham’s “Yes,” trusting in God’s word to him, should be a source of inspiration for all of Jesus’ missionary disciples.

Follow Me

From Desire to Realization

Hailing from Sorsogon, Bicol, Fr. Margarito recounts how the exposure to Church life since early age and later on to challenging situations of mission and exclusion confirmed his desire to be a Comboni missionary for life.

Philippines

Catechist on the road to Canonization

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pasig has started the cause for beatification and canonization of Laureana “Ka Luring” Franco (in photo), a Filipina catechist with two supposed miracles already under her name.

Haiti

Terrifying Situation

“The intervention of the international community is urgent, otherwise a point of no return will be reached and the dead will be counted in the thousands,” said Father Massimo Miraglio, Camillian Missionary.

Sri Lanka

The Martyrs of the Easter Attacks

The Archdiocese of Colombo has the ardent desire to begin the process of canonization of 171 Catholic faithful killed in the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday 2019, in order to honor their “martyrs of the faith.”

World

Ethical Banks Warn Against Investing in Arms

A three-day Global Alliance for Banking on Values summit, with the participation of about 70 ethical banks from across the world, wrapped up in northern Italy with a call to embrace the principles of Ethical Finance for the good of humanity and the planet.

The Plague Of Human Trafficking

Coincidentally, just after the start of the World Cup, the U.S. Department of State released its Trafficking in Persons Report 2010. It’s the tenth anniversary of these reports that track the human trafficking trade. A fact sheet accompanying the report admitted that the push against human trafficking is still in the initial stages. Many countries are still learning about it and exploring ways to deal with it effectively, it noted. Although much media attention is focused on trafficking for sexual ends, the State Department pointed out that more people are trafficked for forced labor than for commercial sex. Even so, traffickers often do use sexual violence as a way to coerce women in their work in fields or factories. The report explained that the Palermo Protocol was the first time an international instrument existed on the issue of human trafficking. It called for an approach based on a “3-P” paradigm: prevention, prosecution, and victim protection. It is not sufficient to prosecute traffickers, the report stated, there should also be assistance to the survivors and steps be taken to ensure that no one else is victimized. Trafficking can take many forms, the report commented. At times, it can involve deceiving and

Campaign To Fight Violence Against Women

Man Up is an international organization that mobilizes young leaders to stop violence against women and girls. Using the universal influences of music and sport, it provides innovative training, resources and support to young men and women, as well as organizations that collaborate with them. The group invites everyone to take part in this global summit in South Africa. Delegates to the summit will learn to plan and implement such initiatives in their respective countries of origin in addition to receiving resources and guides from major non-governmental organizations, athletes, musicians and artists over the five years of the campaign. This same group of delegates will meet again in Brazil at the World Cup 2014, to share their experiences and demonstrate how young people can make the world a safer place for women. According to statistics, one in three women around the world has suffered violence at least once in a lifetime. Man Up was officially announced in September 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. 

Do A Carbon Fast This Lent

“It’s the poorest people in developing countries, who have done the least to cause climate change, being hit hardest by its devastating consequences. It is all our responsibility to help reverse this injustice,” says Bishop Chartres. “The Carbon Fast’s simple daily actions are not only fun, but an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God in a practical way while reducing your carbon emissions, and everyone can take part.” Participants begin the fast by finding out their individual, household or church emissions so they know on where to concentrate their reductions.  “We have never had such an unprecedented level of attention to climate change and we have never been called upon to act with such urgency,” says  Edwards. “Climate change is everybody’s problem and everybody’s solution. For millions of the poorest people in the world, climate change is not a matter of debate: it’s a matter of livelihood, life and death.”

World

Ethical Banks Warn Against Investing in Arms

A three-day Global Alliance for Banking on Values summit, with the participation of about 70 ethical banks from across the world, wrapped up in northern Italy with a call to embrace the principles of Ethical Finance for the good of humanity and the planet.

Sri Lanka

The Martyrs of the Easter Attacks

The Archdiocese of Colombo has the ardent desire to begin the process of canonization of 171 Catholic faithful killed in the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday 2019, in order to honor their “martyrs of the faith.”

Haiti

Terrifying Situation

“The intervention of the international community is urgent, otherwise a point of no return will be reached and the dead will be counted in the thousands,” said Father Massimo Miraglio, Camillian Missionary.

Philippines

Catechist on the road to Canonization

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pasig has started the cause for beatification and canonization of Laureana “Ka Luring” Franco (in photo), a Filipina catechist with two supposed miracles already under her name.

Asia

Increase in Human Rights Violations

Human Rights Watch, a global rights group, has slammed governments in Asia for an increase in repression and human rights violations in its World Report 2024. The report blasted Asian governments for various forms of human rights abuses.

Asia

Two Out of Every Five Christians are Persecuted

Two out of every five Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination on religious grounds in Asia, the largest region of the world affected by this issue, followed by Africa (one in five) and Latin America (one in 16). On a global scale, more than 365 million Christians are persecuted (one in seven), the highest figure in the last 31 years.

Religious Women

Sister is One of the Most Influential Women

The American magazine Forbes has published its popular annual list, highlighting influential women in fields such as science, fashion, economics, and human rights. The 2024 edition includes Sr. Nathalie Becquart (in photo), X.M.C.J., a Catholic sister who serves as undersecretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

Philippines

Nuncio Echoes Pope’s Call for ‘Year of Prayer’

Archbishop Charles Brown (in photo), the papal nuncio to the Philippines, has echoed Pope Francis’ call for a “Year of Prayer” to help Catholics prepare for the 2025 Jubilee. Addressing the Philippine bishops at their plenary assembly last January, he encouraged them “to find ways” in their own dioceses to implement the special year.

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