The systematic evangelization started off in 1565 by the pioneering missionaries that contributed to the Philippines’ identity as a predominantly Christian nation. The Spanish missionaries laid the cornerstone of a noble Catholic nation.
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.
The acts of persecution in Latin America are surprising, considering this is a Christian part of the world. This is because the Church’s influence threatens regimes that hope to be all-powerful.
Father Manuel João Pereira Correia, a Comboni missionary, has lived for 13 years with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. In this interview, Fr. João reveals how he tries to live in this condition with missionary spirit, serenity, and the “gift of a smile.”
Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila and fondly called “Lolo Dency,” shepherded the Manila Metropolitan Archdiocese for eight years. He is known as a brave and missionary bishop living only on essentials.
After doing medical and dental missions in poor communities across the country, a foundation run by religious and laypeople opened a hospital that offers discounted medical and dental services to economically challenged patients in Parañaque in 2002. Today, the hospital aspires to become a place for less fortunate patients who need surgery.
Though there have been many doubts weighing upon the organizers, including the logistics of the event and the health of the Pope, there is every reason to be optimistic that World Youth Day in Lisbon will be an unforgettable success.
In the face of increasing attacks targeting Christian communities in the Holy Land, and amid ongoing political tensions, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem says the Church will not allow a few extremists to dictate its agenda and will continue to promote peace and reconciliation.
As tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians rise, Christians are caught in the crossfires and face the targeted destruction of their own spaces and communities in the Holy Land by religious extremists.
Hrusso Aka, an indigenous language in northern India, was on the verge of extinction. A Jesuit, whose mother tongue was Konkani, a language along the western coast of India, came to help the Hrusso Aka natives save their dying language.