Bring forth the fruits of the Good News – Pentecost 2019!

My dear Brother Bishops, Pentecost 2019! We are indeed blessed with the renewed call made by our dear Holy Father Pope Francis on the occasion of Pentecost 2019 “to pray for a truly missionary conversion of the whole Church.” Pentecost this year has a special emphasis with Pope Francis inviting all of us to live October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month. Continue reading

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What Does Saint Thomas Say About Immigration?

In looking at the debate over immigration, it is almost automatically assumed that the Church’s position is one of unconditional charity toward those who enter the nation, legally or illegally. Continue reading

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Pope Francis: ‘It’s not just about migrants, but about all of us’

In his message for the 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis says fear and a throw-away culture lead to the rejection and exclusion of people seeking a better life. Continue reading

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Pope Francis: ‘Abortion is never the answer’

.- Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion is never the answer to difficult prenatal diagnoses, calling selective abortion of the disabled the “expression of an inhuman eugenics mentality.” Continue reading

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Addressing dementia prevention

The government has compiled a draft outline of new measures to address the growing problem of dementia among the elderly, placing emphasis on preventive steps to curb the increase in the number of patients. Continue reading

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Pastoral Orientations On Human Trafficking

Pope Francis attaches enormous importance to the plight of the millions
of men, women and children who are trafficked and enslaved. They are
among the most dehumanized and discarded of people in the modern
world and all over the world. Human trafficking, he says, is an “atrocious
scourge,” an “aberrant plague” and an “open wound on the body of
contemporary society.” Continue reading

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Towards the Global Compacts on Migrants and on Refugees 2018

Click to view:  Towards the Global Compacts 2018

Migrants and Refugees Section
Integral Human Development
Palazzo San Calisto
00120 Vatican City

Table of Contents

*Message for the 51st World Day of Peace
*20 Pastoral Action Points
*20 Action Points for the Global Compacts

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Responding To Refugees and Migrants, 20 Pastoral Action Points

Click to view:  20 Pastoral Action Points

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Talitha Kum Japan – (Network against Trafficking in Persons)

This is to share with you what transpired during the meeting on Human Trafficking sponsored by Talitha Kum (Japan) where I also serve as a member of the steering committee (we function under the umbrella of J-Carm which is the episcopal commission for migrants and refugees). Continue reading

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Memorial Service in Osaka

The Sri Lankan community living in the Kansai region of Japan came together on April 28th to remember and pray for the victims and the injured in the terror attacks that took place on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The memorial service which was organized by the Kansai Japan Sri Lanka National Organization (KJSNO) was conducted by a Buddhist monk and Catholic priests. The prayer service was attended by more than hundred people at the Yodogawa River Park in Hirakata City, Osaka. It was an occasion to express our sympathy and solidarity with the people back in Sri Lanka and to pray for peace in the country. Continue reading

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