Women religious from around the world gathered in Rome in 2019 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Talitha Kum, an international network of religious women fighting human trafficking. Photo: CNS/courtesy International Union of Superiors General
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Justice and dignity not the privilege of the rich

VATICAN (CNS): “The principle of profit maximisation, isolated from all other considerations, leads to a…

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Rise in human trafficking amid Covid-19 pandemic
Chains wrapped around the wrists of a man illustrate trafficking and enslavement. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): As governments and world leaders struggle to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, they must also work harder Read more

Can religion hold a dialogue with communism?
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HEBEI (UCAN): An agreement China and the Vatican signed in September 2018 is nearing the end of its two-year term. Read more

In the same storm but not all in same boat
People wearing face masks line up and wait to enter a pharmacy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on July 21. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Humana Communitas’ in the Age of Pandemic, a new, eight-page reflection the Pontifical Academy for Life, notes that Read more

Parishes need conversion to be missionary says new Vatican Instruction
Mass at Rosary Church, Tsim Sha Tsui. File photo

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy released The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service Read more

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Country is proverbial frog in boiling water Philippine bishops say

MANILA (UCAN): The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a pastoral statement on…

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Alarm over vague Philippine anti-terrorism bill
Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Manila 22 July 2019. Photo: CNS/Reuters

MANILA (UCAN): “This government is criminalising dissent, further suppressing criticism, while at the same time evading accountability in the guise Read more

Unite against anti-people policies say Philippine bishops

Verdict against Ressa labelled a sham MANILA (UCAN): Catholic bishops in the Philippines issued an Independence Day rallying cry calling Read more

Philippine anti-terror bill signed into law
Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Presidential Communications Operations Office

MANILA (UCAN): “The bill is a glaring attempt to silence critics and destroy any disagreement against the government, and consequently Read more

Threat to ABS-CBN a threat to Filipinos’ right-to-know
The ABS-CBN Broadcast Centre overseeing the Eugenio Lopez Junior Communications Centre and the Millennium Transmitter. Photo: Wikimedia CC BY 3.0/Hollyckuhno

MANILA (UCAN): The Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People has expressed support for ABS-CBN Corp., the country’s largest Read more

Philippine legislators rapped for shutting down broadcasting network
Protests in support of ABS-CBN in 2019. Photo: patrickroque01/Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0

MANILA (Agencies): “The heavens now weep for this blow to the Constitutional guarantee of the freedom of the press,” said Read more

Philippine bishops decry shutdown of broadcasting network
Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN hold a rally outside the network’s compound in Quezon City on February 28, 2020. Photo: CBCPNews

MANILA (SE): The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on the government to think of the common good Read more

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Sister Demetillo.
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Terminated workers need help says sister

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Corazon Demetillo, director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, called…

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Foreign domestic workers urged to take precautions on holidays

HONG KONG (SE): Foreign domestic workers have been urged to keep their masks on during gatherings on their days off Read more

A place to rest first and talk later
Criselda Guetang shares about her stress during the pandemic.

HONG KONG (SE): “But for the pandemic, it would not have ended up like this. But I believe my employer Read more

The Church in the Philippines soothes pains of pandemic
Photo: Father Larry V. Miranda CMF

Recent years have not been easy for the Philippines owing to numerous disasters and natural calamities. The past decade witnessed Read more

Alarm over vague Philippine anti-terrorism bill
Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Manila 22 July 2019. Photo: CNS/Reuters

MANILA (UCAN): “This government is criminalising dissent, further suppressing criticism, while at the same time evading accountability in the guise Read more

Make every effort to protect against child labour pope urges
Pope Francis holds a pamphlet for the Red Card to Child Labour campaign during his June 11 general audience in St. Peter's Square The words on the pamphlet in Italian say: "All together against child labour." Photo: CNS

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis turned his thoughts to the victims of child labour during his general audience on June 10, Vatican Read more

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Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Presidential Communications Operations Office
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Philippine anti-terror bill signed into law

MANILA (UCAN): “The bill is a glaring attempt to silence critics and destroy any disagreement…

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Migrant rights groups protest anti-terror bill
Protesters outside the Philippine Consulate General call for the withdrawal of the anti-terror bill on June 12.

HONG KONG (SE): The 122nd anniversary of the declaration of the Philippine Independence was marked by migrant rights groups picketing Read more

The chilling effect of Duterte’s anti-terrorism bill

Joseph Peter Calleja Former United States (US) president, Woodrow Wilson, once said: “Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has Read more

Philippine schools join calls against anti-terror bill
Rights groups and different sectors took part in a large protest action opposing the anti-terror bill at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, on June 12. Photo: Migrante International

MANILA (UCAN): The Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP) released a statement calling on the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, Read more

Alarm over vague Philippine anti-terrorism bill
Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Manila 22 July 2019. Photo: CNS/Reuters

MANILA (UCAN): “This government is criminalising dissent, further suppressing criticism, while at the same time evading accountability in the guise Read more

Conditions ‘not right’ for Rohingya return to Myanmar

MANDALAY (UCAN): United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has said conditions are still not conducive for Rohingya Read more

‘Sue us’ Duterte spokesperson told after criticising pastoral letter
Bishop Pabillo says clergy have a right to free speech. Photo: UCAN

MANILA (CNS): Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Manila, defended a recent pastoral letter issued by the Read more

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Rohingya refugees play football at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. Photo: CNS/Reuters
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United Nations adopts human rights resolution on Myanmar

MANDALAY (UCAN): The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council adopted the Human Rights Situation in…

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Holy See renews pope’s debt-relief appeal

GENEVA (SE): Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, renewed Pope Francis’ call Read more

Pope joins UN in call for global ceasefire amid Covid-19 pandemic

VATICAN (SE): Antagonism and differences “must be overcome through dialogue and a constructive search for peace, ”Pope Francis said after Read more

Conditions ‘not right’ for Rohingya return to Myanmar

MANDALAY (UCAN): United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has said conditions are still not conducive for Rohingya Read more

Pope and United Nations chief record video with Christmas wishes
Pope Francis with UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, during a private audience at the Vatican on December 20, . Photo: CNS/pool via Reuters

VATICAN  (CNS): Following a 40-minute private meeting in the papal library on December 20, Pope Francis and, the secretary-general of Read more

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