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Pastors are to avoid judgments that do not take into account the complexity of various situations, and they are to be attentive, by necessity, to how people experience and endure distress.

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In This Issue


Filipino families in the light of Amoris Laetitia

Looking at the situation of families in the Philippines, Bishop Gilbert Garcera draws valid teachings from Amoris Laetitia that offer some responses in dealing with family issues. Parishes, dioceses…

Pasko in the Philippines

One of the two Christian nations in Asia, it is no wonder Christmas is the biggest holiday in the Philippines. Get to see how Filipinos celebrate Christmas through the eyes of two young fathers.

The great imbalance

After four decades of one-child policy in China, 400 million pregnancies have been terminated, men now outnumber women and the old are becoming more numerous than the young. Recently, a two-child…

War on drugs: A challenge to the Catholic Church

The Church leadership and the People of God in the Philippines are facing the stark moral realities of the government’s violent war on drugs. They are called upon to take a stand and speak out. They…

Heal, not kill

As the death toll of drug-related killings continue to rise following the new administration’s war on drugs, some Church leaders have come forward offering better solutions. Filipino priests and…

A matter of kindness

The parable of the Good Samaritan embodies universal values of compassion and generosity shared by peoples from all walks of life. Here, below, is a heartwarming story of how the Gospel narrative is…

The night before Christmas

In Ghana, all hopes for a festive celebration of the birth of the Child Jesus were dashed off when, on the night before Christmas, soldiers attacked a village, taking away boys and girls. In spite of…

A missionary doctor

Inspired by his Christian faith, Francis Canova (1908-1998) founded in 1950 the NGO “Doctors with Africa,” the largest Italian enterprise in favor of the health condition of the people of that…

The wife of the evangelist

In the heart of the Advent period, which leads us to Christmas, we also celebrate, on December 8, the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the very special conception of a life with a singular destiny. The…

Discerning family situations

Pastors are to avoid judgments that do not take into account the complexity of various situations, and they are to be attentive, by necessity, to how people experience and endure distress.


World Touch


SPORTS: Former footballer to become a priest

A former professional footballer, who began his career at Manchester United and won 27 Cups for his country, has been ordained a deacon after retiring from the beautiful game at the age of 30 to train…

EUROPE: Build bridges, not walls

The Justice and Peace Commissions of the European Catholic Bishops’ Conference have issued a statement calling upon political leaders to build bridges rather than walls.

COLOMBIA: Bishops promote a “culture of encounter”

Following the results of the Colombian Referendum on the Peace Agreements, held on October 2, with “No” emerging victorious (50.2% to 49.8% against) on a very low turnout (37.4% of registered voters),…

VATICAN: Youth: Theme for the synod of bishops

“Young people, faith and vocational discernment” is the theme Pope Francis has selected for the XVth General Assembly of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops taking place October 2018 in the Vatican.

SOUTH SUDAN:: Pope urged to broker peace talks

Church leaders from South Sudan have asked Pope Francis to make a joint peace mission with the Archbishop of Canterbury to the war-torn country. Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian leaders met with…

AFRICA: Deadly air pollution

Africa’s air pollution is causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition, and could develop into a health and climate crisis reminiscent of those seen in China and India, a…

BANGLADESH: Visit of Pope Francis in 2017

The Pope announced that it is “almost certain” that in 2017 he will visit India and Bangladesh. Christians are preparing to welcome him with enthusiasm. The police will increase controls to prevent…

PHILIPPINES: Death penalty is false solution

The Catholic Church’s prison ministry urged President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies in Congress to stop giving Filipinos “false hope” that death penalty will solve crimes. Rodolfo Diamante, executive…


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