The deep crisis we are in is a wake-up call, and above all, a provocation of the Holy Spirit calling for a profound renewal according to the Gospel.
Vatican - China: Expectations and Doubts
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It is to keep alive a Church that has been divided for so many years that Pope Francis has just signed a “historic agreement” with Beijing, which recognizes the Pope’s legitimacy in the appointment of future bishops.
French Jesuit Benôit Vermander, teacher in Shanghai and one of the most important scholars on China, maintains that the newly-signed agreement between Beijing and the Vatican can indicate a mitigation of the strict policies imposed by the Chinese Government.
For centuries, Catholics in China have been dogged by disputes with Confucian rites and Communist beliefs, as well as issues of infighting, imperial opposition and politics.
Two months ago, a video of a boy bullying and physically hurting his school mate went viral. The fact is, such incidents cause deep damage upon the victims, especially if these are not immediately addressed. There are ways to heal such wounds inflicted upon a young heart.
Even in the midst of a first world country, there are migrant workers with legal visas who work for a pittance of a daily wage just to survive. In their midst are volunteer missionaries who provide them the spiritual nourishment of hope.
In recent years, organic farming has become a trend for healthier lifestyle. Although it has been practiced in the Philippines since time immemorial, it was not until 2010 that the government formalized the system by signing the Organic Act of 2010.
“Avoid corruption and help the poor who need legal services,” is a life principle of Nelson B. Borja, 71, a senior trial lawyer specializing in criminal cases, who distinguished himself for providing free legal service to the poor.
Founded by a young Italian woman, Chiara Lubich, during World War II, this lay movement constitutes possibly the most original initiative in the scenario of contemporary Catholic Church. With members belonging also to other Christian denominations and even non-Christian religions, it now champions the ideals of unity and universal brotherhood.
The Beatitudes comprise a whole new outlook of life that Jesus proposes to His disciples and to the world. By practicing them, Christians are working for the transformation of society.
In the path of vocational discernment, it is fundamental to know how to listen to the voice of the Spirit, to let oneself be touched by Him and to accept His effects in our lives.
Border gates, being meeting points of people passing by, represent kaleidoscopes through which the complexity of reality and the diversity of humanity can be perceived. Border gates are exactly the symbols of where the Church should stand in order to listen to the youth.
Thailand enjoys the dubious distinction of being the world’s most unequal nation, the deadliest country in ASEAN for road accidents, and one of the Asian nations with the highest level of gun-related murders, according to recent studies.
Strategies for Evangelization
October 2023 Issue
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