Kalimantan – In Defense of the Dayak Iban People
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Kalimantan – In Defense of the Dayak Iban People

Land grabbing, illegal logging, and land conversion, however, threatened the indigenous communities on the island of Kalimantan. Archbishop Agus said that aside from outside help, the Dayak Iban people need to have their rights to their land protected. During his pastoral visit to remote area in Kapuas Hulu District in West Kalimantan (Borneo) Province, the…

Thich Nhat Hanh – The Passing of a Spiritual Giant
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Thich Nhat Hanh – The Passing of a Spiritual Giant

The most enduring feature of his spiritual legacy is his teaching and promotion of the concept of “mindfulness” or fully realized awareness of our engagement with beings beyond ourselves in the present moment. Mindfulness is the conscious realization of our presence in the world and others and being in the presence of other beings who…

Evangelization Must Flow from Prayer – Bd Cyprian Tansi
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Evangelization Must Flow from Prayer – Bd Cyprian Tansi

He had a keen sense of the newness of the Christian condition. It was motivated by the attraction of the Catholic faith, liturgy, and patrimony. It was also informed by awareness of what a world without Christ can look like. In 1929, when Fr Cyprian was newly ordained, working in Onitsha, a smallpox epidemic broke out in…

Synodal Process: Malaysian Church Leadership Sees Hurdles
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Synodal Process: Malaysian Church Leadership Sees Hurdles

Catholic bishops in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei have admitted that they too faced challenges in their work as they continue in efforts to dialogue with people in the Church’s synodal process. “We have been asking the people and the priests of their ideas and struggles,” said Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang, president of the Catholic…

Sabah, Malaysia: Korean Missionaries Outreach
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Sabah, Malaysia: Korean Missionaries Outreach

Korean missionary Father Leo Choi Sangki started the shelter out of “love for the children of Sabah” in 2016. The priests belong to a Korean missionary institute called Societas Clericalis Sanctissimae Trinitastis de Mirinae (Clerical Society of the Most Holy Trinity of Mirinae), founded in 1976 by Father Francis Xavier Tjeong. The society is based in…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 has been prepared by the churches of the Middle East, the history of which was, and still is, characterised by conflict and strife, tainted with blood and darkened by injustice and oppression. The Christians of the Middle East offer these resources conscious that the world shares…

Melanesian Martyr: In Defense of the Dignity of Women
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Melanesian Martyr: In Defense of the Dignity of Women

During the Japanese occupation, at least 200,000 women from numerous Asian countries were taken as comfort women for Japanese soldiers. It remains a contentious issue to this day. Last year a South Korean court ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to Korean women turned into sex slaves during the Japanese occupation there. As Papua…

Philippines: Deep Devotion to Santo Niño Support to Many Faithful
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Philippines: Deep Devotion to Santo Niño Support to Many Faithful

A super typhoon might have destroyed the gains in terms of economy and well-being of Filipinos amid the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but their deep devotion to the Santo Niño, or the Child Jesus, and their tenacity to face all forms of adversities have motivated them to move forward and be more resilient…

The Roots of Spiritual Abuse: ‘A sobering, terrifying, helpful account’
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The Roots of Spiritual Abuse: ‘A sobering, terrifying, helpful account’

Certain aberrations are systemic. There is the paradigm of the charismatic superior who usurps the place of the rule, spurns canon law, and assumes control over others by way of affective alliances playing on dynamics of seduction and exclusion, instrumentalising guilt: ‘After all I have done for you, you turn away from me?!’ There is…

Auctioning Human Beings in Libya: The Ugly Face of the World’s Many Racisms
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Auctioning Human Beings in Libya: The Ugly Face of the World’s Many Racisms

Racism is being called out across the world – and not just in the usual places. The word “racism” has been taken up by Yazidis in Syria, Uyghurs in China, and Papuans in Indonesia and used to describe their experience of discrimination. Expressed very simply, racism is prejudice and discrimination by a more powerful in-group against a minority group…