Values: Please, doctor, help me die now

In this continuing series on Values by Catholic Medical Guild and Caritas Singapore, we look at the moral dilemma of physician-assisted suicide and its implications on true choice and compassion. When Michael Freeland was diagnosed with lung cancer and knew the end was near, he did not want to live. The American was a resident [...]

St Pius X society’s ordinations are ‘illegitimate’: Vatican

VATICAN CITY – The ordinations of 20 new priests for the traditionalist Society of St Pius X are “illegitimate, period”, said Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi.Although Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication of the society’s four bishops in 2009, said Fr Lombardi, he made it clear that until the society had reconciled fully with [...]

Balinese kids ‘go green’ at camp

DENPASAR – Close to 900 children and youths in Denpasar diocese in Bali learnt how to “go green” during a three-day camp.The June 20-22 event in Ekasari, in Jembrana district, saw the young people from 19 parishes and four mission stations take part in art performances, games, and tree planting.More than 100 formators joined the [...]

Caritas Australia to support South Sudan

AUSTRALIA – The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called for support for an appeal by Caritas Australia for the Republic of South Sudan, scheduled to emerge as the world’s newest state on July 9.Archbishop Philip Wilson wrote in a letter released by Caritas ahead of the historic event: “This week we will [...]

Archbishop against focusing on only 1 faith in syllabus

BHOPAL – The Indian government should not mix religion with education and politics, says an archbishop.Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal, who heads the Catholic Church in Madhya Pradesh, supported the Church’s demand that the state government include summaries of all religions in the academic curriculum rather than just one religion.The demand follows the government’s decision [...]

Christian Churches rally for unity in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – A Christian inter-denominational rally was staged in Colombo recently in a bid to bring the nation’s Christians closer together.As well as being a celebration of diversity, some observers believe the event may have had an underlying agenda: to calm religious tensions.Thousands of Christians, including Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, members of the Ceylon [...]

Vietnamese youths to miss WYD

HO CHI MINH CITY – A Church leader says young Catholics in Vietnam will miss the upcoming World Youth Day (WYD) ceremonies in Spain due to financial difficulties.“We are deeply concerned that our youth leaders will not go to Spain for WYD in August because they have not enough money to cover expenses,” said Bishop [...]

Bishops back ban on Filipino maids

MANILA – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has welcomed the decision of Saudi Arabia to stop hiring domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia, saying it gives the Philippine government one less headache.Fr Edwin Corros, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said the ban – although [...]

Christians fear new Nepal laws could ban conversions

KATHMANDU – Christians have expressed alarm at a draft of a new criminal code put before parliament recently that could see the return of a ban on religious conversions.The law and justice ministry, in consultation with judges, presented the drafts of new criminal and civil codes of law to parliament on June 23. The new [...]

Bishop admits accepting govt ‘donations’

MANILA – A Philippine bishop has admitted to accepting “donations” from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office under the former Arroyo administration.“Yes, I received an ambulance in December 2009. I asked [the] president … for it,” said Auxiliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo of Cotabato.UCA News reported that the bishop said he saw nothing wrong in accepting [...]