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Agencies prepare response as powerful typhoon takes aim on Philippines

Filipino fishermen

CATHOLIC and other humanitarian agencies are preparing for another potentially devastating storm in the central Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit continued to gain strength and approached the same region devastated 13 months ago. The Government yesterday (December 4) ordered mandatory evacuations of flood-prone and coastal communities, including portions of Tacloban, which sustained heavy damage from Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. That ... Read More »

Cardinal arrested for taking to the streets in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

CARDINAL Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired bishop of Hong Kong, joined the civil disobedience movement organisers who surrendered to police on December 3, with a hope to end the present occupation campaign that has lasted more than two months. Cardinal Zen remained at the police station for an hour. As he left, he asked people to pray for democracy in the ... Read More »

God reveals himself to humble hearts, says Pope

Pope blesses child

GOD reveals himself to humble and meek hearts, Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. “Many can know science, theology as well. But if they do not do this theology on their knees, that is, humbly, like the little ones, they will not understand anything. They will tell us many things, but they will not understand anything,” he said on ... Read More »

Iraqi who fled with his family longs to get to ‘a place that’s safe’

Iraqi family

NAFEE Abd Almaseeh and his wife Trazia Marzina spend their days hoping for resettlement. They want help to get to “a place that’s safe”, Mr Almaseeh said. In June, he and his family left Qaraqosh, Iraq, with just their clothes and passports. Before the Islamic State group bombed their home, the militants cut water and electricity for 15 days. The ... Read More »

Pope, religious leaders pledge to work together to end slavery by 2020

Pope Francis

AS Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this “crime against humanity”. Tens of millions of people were “in chains” because of human trafficking and forced labour, ... Read More »

Support Catholic religious in their mission and ministries, Pope says

Pope Francis

DURING the Year of Consecrated Life, all Catholics are called to thank God for the gifts members of religious orders have given the Church and the world, to join them in prayer and find practical ways to support them and their ministries, Pope Francis said. “Let them know the affection and the warmth which the entire Christian people feels for ... Read More »

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn violence done in name of Islam

Pope Francis prays with grand mufti

POPE Francis called on political and religious leaders across the Muslim world to condemn violence done in the name of Islam. The Pope said he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 28 that “it would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders – whether they be political leaders, religious leaders, academic leaders – would say clearly that they condemn ... Read More »

A sad, bilious journey

BIRDMAN: Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. 119 mins. Rated: MA15+ (Strong coarse language)  TALKY, pretentious and filled with existential angst when the characters aren’t preoccupied with spitting curses, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is visually dazzling. Morally, though, it’s dead weight. This black ... Read More »

First world day against human trafficking set for February

Trafficking

THE first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking has been announced for February 8, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who eventually was freed and became a Canossian nun. A November 25 press release from the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers said the day was intended to raise awareness and to encourage reflection ... Read More »

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