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The historic three-day trip of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates sent a stark lesson to the whole world that there is no such “clash of civilizations” between Christianity and Islam.

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In This Issue


Journeying into Holiness Today

Pope Francis, through his 2018 apostolic exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad (Gaudete et Exsultate) [GE], has sparked a renewed interest in holiness. This inviting document bears the subtitle: “On the…

Never Too Young To Be Holy

In the Year of the Youth, we hear how some young people endeavor to live the ideal of holiness. Even though beset by numerous challenges, the youth can aspire to be holy by relying on God’s grace and…

Holiness Leads to Mission

We often think of holiness as something that is only available to some who, by their vocation, are “predestined” to a path of holiness. On the contrary, holiness is a free gift to all. In this way, it…

Lessons in Mutual Tolerance

The historic three-day trip of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates sent a stark lesson to the whole world that there is no such “clash of civilizations” between Christianity and Islam.

Summer Fun

Some of our young readers in the Philippines are looking forward to vacation time, while others will still be having their classes but are gearing up for the summer heat here as well. Here are a few…

Ecological Conversion is Needed

Respect for the environment should take center stage this year to change ideas about the proper use of the Earth’s resources.

“Interreligious Dialogue is the Way to Peace”

Zamboanga, a city of one million inhabitants with a substantial Muslim population, is home to the Silsilah Dialogue Movement founded by Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra with the aim of promoting peace and…

Children Victims of a Globalized Economy

Children are the worst affected by the growing inequality in the Philippines. They are the first victims of an economy dominated by a tiny rich elite that owns as much as 70 percent of the national…

I Believe in Heaven

One of the stunning messages contained in the Beatitudes is that faith transforms our darkest inner moments into light. Jesus Christ has the power to convert the desert of human hearts into blossoming…

The Pattern of Nazareth

The call to evangelize marks the commitment of many Christian couples who have joined in a now worldwide movement. Born of the Charismatic Renewal, Couples for Christ mean to draw from the example of…

Religions in China are Persecuted

In a recently held conference at the European Parliament in Brussels on the theme “Religious Freedom in China” participants spoke and shared their witnesses on the continuous persecution of all…


World Touch


AFRICA: Congolese Bishops Speak with One Voice

There have been internal controversies among African Bishops regarding political crises: it happened in the Ivory Coast in 2010 and in Cameroon in October 2018, after the result of the presidential…

INTERNET: The Good and the Bad

There is good news and there is bad news. And the remarkable capabilities of the internet and social media are responsible for both.

PHILIPPINES: Lay People Urged to Participate in Politics

Catholic bishops urged voters to preserve checks and balances in government by electing ‘principled’ candidates this coming midterm elections on May 13.

PHILIPPINES: Bishops to Invite Pope Francis for 2021 Jubilee

The Catholic hierarchy plans to invite Pope Francis to visit the Philippines for the fifth centenary of the arrival of Christianity in the archipelago, said Fr. Marvin Mejia, secretary general of the…


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