General Chapter Diary: An Asian Perspective
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General Chapter Diary: An Asian Perspective

What follow is an extract from the report of the General Councillor for Asia, Jimmy Lindero, to the General Chapter The Social – Political Situation Asia is undergoing a dynamic economic development. China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and India represent new economic centres. There is great technological change. Yet most people are still…

Cherry Blossom: A Reflection on Transience
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Cherry Blossom: A Reflection on Transience

Cherry blossoms remind us to appreciate life, beauty and the other moments and things we encounter while we have them, either in spite of or because of the fact that they will end. And as the falling petals teach, even the end can be beautiful. The Japanese phrase for this is mono no aware (the “alas” of…

Vietnam: Christ calls, Asians Respond
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Vietnam: Christ calls, Asians Respond

As a young Buddhist, Tran Thi Ha Ngan often wondered what motivated her Catholic friends to help people who were abandoned due to physical disabilities, leprosy or HIV/AIDS, regardless of their religion. “I would often visit Catholic websites to look for what inspires them to take care of patients whom other people close their eyes…

The Australian Aboriginal Peoples – A Study by Piet Korse MHM
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The Australian Aboriginal Peoples – A Study by Piet Korse MHM

The Dreamtime is a term that describes unique stories and beliefs owned and held by different Australian Aboriginal groups. The history of the Dreamtime, word and its meanings, says something about the development of the ideas held about the Aboriginal world, and how they are expressed through art. First of all the land (or country) is…

Asia: Minority Christian Communities under Increased Pressure
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Asia: Minority Christian Communities under Increased Pressure

Asian states, including Russia, together account for some 380 million Christians in a population of 4.5 billion, forming less than one percent. Among them, some 210 million Christians come from just five nations — the Philippines, China, Indonesia, India and South Korea. In this vast geographical area, despite calling themselves Asian, Christians have hardly anything…

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…

Christians in the Middle East – a Timid Revival?
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Christians in the Middle East – a Timid Revival?

The plan for the rebirth of Mar Elian envisages the replanting of vineyards and olive groves on the land around the monastery, together with the reconstruction of the surrounding walls and access doors. Fr Jacques says: “We will try to encourage the return to Qaryatayn of the Christians who lived there and who were forced…

Asia: The Scourge of Child Pornography
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Asia: The Scourge of Child Pornography

Child pornography is one of the worst forms of exploitation and continues to crush the dreams of children globally. This absolute moral degradation is now a part of the multi-billion-dollar global porn industry, with deep roots in Asia. It operates like any business with public relations networks and lobby groups. Asia has emerged as the…

Asia: Clinging to Death Penalty
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Asia: Clinging to Death Penalty

Though the Philippines banned the death penalty in 2006, President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to reintroduce it, particularly for drug-related crimes, since taking office in 2016. In fact, Duterte has introduced a de facto form of capital punishment as part of his violent “war on drugs,” campaign. A conservative estimate stated that the campaign has…

Cop 26: The State of the Climate in Asia
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Cop 26: The State of the Climate in Asia

In its annual “State of the Climate in Asia” report, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said every part of the region had been affected. “Extreme weather and climate change impacts across Asia in 2020 caused the loss of life of thousands of people, displaced millions of others and cost hundreds of billions of dollars, while…

Australia: Critical View of Seminary Training
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Australia: Critical View of Seminary Training

‘Clericalism is the idealisation of the priesthood, and by extension, the idealisation of the Catholic Church. Clericalism is linked to a sense of entitlement, superiority and exclusion, and abuse of power.’ A person suffering from clericalism sees himself as special, superior to others and worthy of greater respect. This could lead to arrogance and the…