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Archbishop Socrates Villegas greets churchgoers after celebrating Mass at the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan province. GLENN MUNOZ LOPEZ

Archbishop Soc tells clergy:

Preach even if the govt is hostile
By Roy Lagarde Socrates Villegas believes the signs The outgoing head of the Catholic old archdioceses weeklong synod Leading the archdiocese with
of the times call the pastors to fill bishops leadership said there is a which was held after 32 years to around a million Catholics since
the dark world with the light of need for the Church to go to what discuss matters of concern to the 2009, Villegas said the synod is a
A RANKING Catholic Christ. Pope Francis calls the peripheries. local Church. listening event and a pilgrimage
archbishop said the We must teach even if our voices According to him, the challenge Located about 216 kilometers of doing what Jesus has done. It is
Church must break the get hoarse. We must teach even if is not inside churches but in the north of the capital of Manila, the a call to serve, he said.
status quo and continue they threaten us, Villegas said in his streets, to reach out to the people archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, We must listen to Lord and to
preaching even if the homily at the Dagupan Cathedral on in the margins. one of the countrys fastest growing the world so that the Gospel can
Saturday, Sept. 2. (See full text of We dream not of status quo pastoral jurisdictions, had its first penetrate more hearts, touch more
government is hostile homily in B4) Church but an ever vibrant Church synod in 1985. lives and build the Kingdom of
and online trolls are We must teach even if they kill us that is excited not afraid to plunge Lingayen-Dagupan is one, if God, he said.
unrelenting. and if they kill us, our message will into the deep, Villegas said. not the most, vocal archdiocese to The Church, he also said, is called
Speaking at the opening Mass for echo even more because the best way More than a hundred clergymen, question the governments ruthless to let go of customs and practices
the second synod of the Lingayen- to teach is through martyrdom! he the religious, and lay people war on drugs that has already that have become security blankets
Dagupan archdiocese, Archbishop said. gathered together for the 52-year- claimed thousands of lives. rather stimuli for the Gospel.

Whatever we do to nature comes Drug war risks more minors

getting killed, bishop warns
back to us Cardinal Tagle
CARDINAL Luis Antonio
Tagle of Manila has warned
that whatever we do to the
environment will eventually
come back to us.
Presiding a Mass to mark
the World Day of Prayer for
the Care of Creation on Sept.
1, he stressed that human
being is inseparable with the
He said the world is facing
a lot of environmental
concerns which could
have been averted if only
Thousands of supporters call for justice as Kian Loyd Delos Santos is laid to rest at
people were aware of the the La Loma Cemetery in Quezon City, August 26, 2017. VINCENT GO
consequences of their actions
to the environment. MANILA More people, engaging them in a shootout.
We should be wise by including the youth, could Autopsy results, however,
being caring, by being get killed if the government revealed that Arnaiz was
responsible because in the wont change its hardline tortured before he was shot
end we would be destroyed by approach to stamping out to death similar to Delos
the very destructive culture illegal drugs in the country, a Santos.
that we have propagated, Catholic bishop has warned. The case of Carl Angelo
Tagle said in his homily. Reacting to the killing of Arnaiz was a murder, plain
Nature / A6 Nuns attend the Mass to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation at the Luneta Park in Manila, September 1,
2017. ROY LAGARDE another teenager, Bishop and simple except that
Pablo Virgilio David of it was committed by our
Lay group urges probe of Marcos family must return wealth Kalookan said more people law enforcers. That gives a
without condition priest could be killed because the chilling effect, David said.

drug war deaths governments violent drug

war is nave, seriously
flawed, and needs serious
Arnaizs body was found
by his parents at a funeral
home in Caloocan City on
THE lay arm of the Catholic evaluation and rethinking. Aug. 28, after 10 days since
Church is calling for an He said the killings of 19- he had gone missing in their
investigation into the high year old Carlo Angelo Arnaiz, hometown of Cainta, Rizal.
death tolls linked to the including that of 17-year old I will insist that Kian and
Duterte administrations Kian Loyd delos Santos, are Carl are not isolated cases.
brutal crackdown against not isolated cases as claimed The Caloocan policemen
narcotics trade. by police authorities. just happen to be sloppy
The Council of the Laity If they dont stop the in carrying out their
of the Philippines (CLP), an killing, well have more Kians extrajudicial killings. Theyve
umbrella group of various and Karls, said David, who made it too obvious, he
Catholic lay organizations, is also the incoming Vice added.
said killings wont stop President of the Catholic The bishop is calling for
Nuns join a rally to mark the 31st anniversary of the near-bloodless revolt that toppled
without a meaningful probe the 20-year-rule of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, February 25, 2017. ROY LAGARDE Bishops Conference of the more investigation into the
into the deathsboth from Philippines. thousands of other drug-
police and vigilante-style A CATHOLIC priest, who offer of the Marcos family to According to the Caloocan related deaths, adding that
killings. was jailed and tortured return a part of their wealth police, Arnaiz had robbed a the drug war has created a
Zenaida Capistrano, CLP President Probe / A7 during martial law, said the Return / A7 taxi driver in the city before Minors / A7
A2 WORLD NEWS September 4 - 17, 2017, Vol 21, No. 18 CBCP Monitor

Pope emphasizes peace-building in meeting Vatican Briefing

with Korean religious leaders Popes Colombia trip about faith, not politics,
VATICAN In a meeting with religious people. indifference and silence. Vatican official says
leaders from Korea on Saturday, Pope He called on them to reject violence, In his speech, Pope Francis also Pope Francis upcoming visit to the South American
Francis said the world is looking to them and to speak with words which oppose appealed to a spirit of cooperation, country of Colombia Sept. 6-11 isnt a political statement
for an example of how to work together the current narrative of fear and especially between religions. The world, a Vatican official said, but about the renewal of the
peacefully in order to combat violence rhetoric of hatred in the world. The he said, looks to us for answers and a Catholic faith of Colombians in order that violence may
and preserve the dignity and rights of world is looking to us, he urged, it asks shared commitment to various issues: be combatted at its root.But I say immediately, to see the
all people. us to work together and with all men and the sacred dignity of the human person, Popes visit as centering on the process of the peace accords
We have, therefore, a long journey women of good will. the hunger and poverty which still is a mistake, said Guzmn Carriquiry, vice president of
ahead of us, which must be undertaken Archbishop Kim also met with Pope afflict too many peoples, the rejection the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. He told
together with humility and perseverance, Francis in May, when he came to Rome of violence. journalists Sept. 1 that the Church in Colombia has to
not just by raising our voices but by as a special envoy for Koreas newly- In particular we must reject that face an enormous challenge to be a point of fundamental
rolling up our sleeves, the Pope said elected President Moon Jae-in. violence which profanes the name of reference for not only the revolution of Christianity in the
Sept. 2. According to a newsletter from the God, as well as the corruption that Colombian people, but for the rebirth of Colombia, for
We must work to sow the hope of a Catholic Bishops Conference of Korea promotes injustice, moral decline, and the spiritual regeneration, and the reconciliation of this
future in which humanity becomes more (CBCK), during that visit Archbishop a crisis of the family, the economy and country.(Hannah Brockhaus/CNA)
human, a future which heeds the cry of Kim asked Francis to pray for peace of hope, he said.
so many who reject war and implore and the reconciliation of the Korean The Pope pointed out that when Pope emphasizes peace-building in meeting
greater harmony between individuals people, expressing gratitude for the interreligious dialogue is open and with Korean religious leaders
and communities, between peoples and Holy Fathers special affection and care respectful this is when it can bear fruit In a meeting with religious leaders from Korea on
states, he continued. for Korea. leading to the promotion of peace and Saturday, Pope Francis said the world is looking to
Francis met with leaders of Koreas According to the Archbishop, the Holy the common good. them for an example of how to work together peacefully
seven major religions, including Father showed a deep understanding of With mutual respect is also found in order to combat violence and preserve the dignity
Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-jong the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the right to life, physical integrity and and rights of all people.We have, therefore, a long
of Gwangju, president of the Korean putting emphasis on the importance of fundamental freedoms, such as those journey ahead of us, which must be undertaken
bishops conference, Sept. 2. The dialogue without resort to armed force of conscience, religion, thought and together with humility and perseverance, not just by
groups visit to the Vatican took place in dealing with the current difficulties, expression from which the foundations raising our voices but by rolling up our sleeves, the
as threats of nuclear war with North the announcement continued. for lasting peace are built, something Pope said Sept. 2.Francis met with leaders of Koreas
Korea continue to grow. In August, the CBCK issued an appeal we are all called to pray and work for, seven major religions, including Archbishop Hyginus
We will him ask to impart his prayers for peace on the Korean peninsula which he said. Kim Hee-jong of Gwangju, president of the Korean
and help the Korean people for the addressed authorities in North and South Pope Francis met with Korean bishops conference, Sept. 2. The groups visit to the
reunification of the Korean peninsula, Korea, in neighboring countries, Koreans, religious leaders induring a visit to the Vatican took place as threats of nuclear war with North
Archbishop Kim said ahead of the trip, and Christians around the world. country in August 2014 as well, which Korea continue to grow.(Hannah Brockhaus/CNA)
as reported by the Italian news agency Peace on the Korean Peninsula, it he recalled with gratitude to God and
Agensir. said, can function as a balance weight the beloved Korean people. Its official: Pope Francis to visit Myanmar,
Pope Francis is well informed and for international peace and stability I constantly pray that God will Bangladesh in November
closely follows the situation; the Holy beyond that of the Northeast Asia. bestow upon them the gifts of peace and The Vatican confirmed rumors that have been
Father deeply hopes in the establishment The current situation on the Korean fraternal reconciliation, he concluded. swirling the past few weeks about a papal visit to
of peace in the Korean peninsula. Peninsula demands our collective efforts May our mindfulness of the friendship Myanmar and Bangladesh, announcing that Pope
In the meeting Saturday, Francis said to awaken our conscience and use our and the good things we have received Francis will visit the two Asian countries Nov. 27-Dec.
religious leaders are called to initiate, intelligence in the spirit of solidarity, from one another grant us the strength 2.Welcoming the invitation of the respective heads of
promote and accompany processes for compassion, cooperation and respect. to move forward together, with the help state and bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will make
the welfare and reconciliation of all We must not overlook this crisis with of God. (Hannah Brockhaus/CNA) an apostolic visit to Myanmar from 27 to 30 November
2017, visiting the cities of Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, an
In deadly CAR conflict, Catholic seminary shelters 2,000 Muslims Aug. 28 statement from Vatican spokesman Greg Burke
read. The communiqu also noted that after Myanmar,
BANGUI, Central African heart and another was shot the Pope will head to Bangladesh from 30 November
Republic Thousands of in his chest. to 2 December 2017, visiting the city of Dhaka. The
Muslim refugees have fled Ernest Lualuali Ibongu, a logo for the trip was also published, and the schedule is
deadly militias in the Central doctor with Doctors without expected to be released shortly.(Elise Harris/CNA)
African Republic thanks to Borders, told the BBC that
Bangassous Bishop Juan many refugees need medical Pope sends message to imprisoned youth
Jos Aguirre Munoz. care but cannot leave the Pope Francis sent a video message to youth in a
They would risk death seminary compound to go to prison in Argentina who are part of a program helping
if they venture out, the the hospital. them attend university while in jail, praising the
Spanish-born Bishop Munoz According to Bishop program and speaking words of encouragement for
told the BBC program Munoz, that appeals to the their futures. Those in prison are serving a penalty, a
Newsday. For us, theres militia to allow aid workers penalty for a mistake committed, he said Aug. 24. But
no such thing as a Muslim into the seminary were not let us not forget that, for punishment to be fruitful, it
person or a Christian person, successful. must have a horizon of hope, otherwise it is enclosed
everyone is a human being. The anti-Balaka are within itself and is only an instrument of torture, it is
We need to protect those who armed and very violent and not fruitful. Though there are problems and there will
are vulnerable. capable of killing children, be problems, he continued, the horizon is bigger than
The approximately 2,000 he said, adding that it is very the problems, hope goes beyond all the problems. The
refugees sought help at difficult to reason with them. Pope sent the four and half minute message to students
the Catholic seminary in Bangassou seminary say they General for Humanitarian Since the conflict began, in Argentinas Ezeiza Federal Penitentiary who are
the southeastern city of fear what is outside. Affairs and Emergency thousands of people have attending university while in prison.(CNA)
Bangassou after the most Nearby, there are Relief Coordinator, warned been killed and at least a
recent outbreak of fighting anti-Balaka militias who that severe violence is million people have been Cardinal Parolin: Russia has key responsibility
in May. prevent them from going possible. displaced. At least half of in brokering world peace
In 2013, the largely Muslim out to search for food, The early warning signs Central Africans depend on After his recent visit to Russia, Vatican Secretary of
Seleka rebels seized power water or firewood, said of genocide are there. We humanitarian aid, the U.N. State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said a key message of his
and were accused of killing Bishop Munoz. So they are must act now, OBrien said. reports. overall positive trip was the crucial role the country
non-Muslim civilians. Since completely confined inside Violence is intensifying, A tentative peace deal plays in working for peace, which he voiced to President
then, the Central African the seminary. risking a repeat of the was signed in June. The Vladimir Putin.I tried above all to say this, this was the
Republic has suffered Both anti-Balaka and devastating destructive crisis government and 13 of 14 message that I wanted to convey: that Russia, because
sectarian violence. Self- Seleka militias have attacked that gripped the country four armed groups agreed to of her geographic position, her history, her culture,
defense groups called anti- the Churchs properties, but years ago. end fighting in return for her past and her present, has a great role to play in
Balaka formed, composed the bishop says the Church Some of the refugees at political representation and the international community, in the world, Cardinal
mainly of Christians. Those is determined to protect the the seminary have been integration of the militias into Parolin said Aug. 25.Because of her role, Russia also has
groups too have been accused vulnerable on all sides. shot at, including a 10-year- the military. Pope Francis a particular responsibility regarding peace, he said,
of atrocities. Stephen OBrien, the old boy. He said one of his visited the country in 2015. adding that both the country and her leaders have a
The refugees at the U.N. Under-Secretary- brothers was shot in the (CNA/EWTN News) great responsibility regarding the building of peace and
they must really strive to put the higher interests of
Ahead of ballot, Australian bishops reaffirm Church cant support gay marriage peace above all other interests.(Elise Harris/CNA)

CANBERRA, Australia As a non- gay marriage, a bill to do so would agencies be free to choose staff in Pope urges full rights be given to persecuted
binding poll on same-sex marriage in be introduced in parliament, where sympathy with their churchs teachings? Rohingya minority
Australia looms, some leading Catholic members of parliament would not be he asked, also wondering whether Pope Francis made a fresh appeal on behalf of the
bishops have again clarified Catholic bound to vote with the public. Catholic welfare agencies would be persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority, voicing his
teaching that marriage can only be In mid-August, Archbishop Anthony required to provide marriage preparation closeness to those suffering from recent violence, and
between a man and a woman. Fisher of Sydney told The Australian or counseling for same-sex couples or asking that members of the ethnic group be given full
I wish to state quite clearly that the newspaper that the redefinition of face anti-discrimination penalties. rights. During his Aug. 27 Sunday Angelus address, the
Catholic Church, through its official marriage would imperil the free exercise For his part, Archbishop Denis Hart of Pope said he is following the sad news of the religious
teaching, cannot support proposals for of religion. Melbourne became the subject of media persecution of our brother and sister Rohingya. I would
the changing of the legal definition of In other parts of the world that have coverage for commenting that Catholic like to express all of my closeness to them, he said, and
marriage to include same-sex couples, legalized same-sex marriage, those who Church employees who contract a same- asked pilgrims to pray for the Lord to save them, to
Archbishop Tim Costelloe of Perth wrote believe in traditional marriage have sex union risk being fired for publicly arouse men and women of goodwill to help them, who
an Aug. 17 pastoral letter. been harassed or coerced into complying contradicting Catholic teaching. give them full rights. Pope Francis, who is expected to
He explained that this position is based with the new view of marriage, he said. Amid the debate, several leaders at make a trip to both Myanmar and Bangladesh sometime
on Catholic conviction that marriage is a It would be extremely naive to think prestigious Australian boarding schools before Christmas, has spoken out on the behalf of the
beautiful union of a man and a woman that wont happen here. have weighed in with statements that Rohingya frequently, and their plightrights included
for life, and the best way to raise children. Archbishop Fisher said the only appeared to challenge the bishops and are likely to be a key talking point during his visit to the
These convictions rest on the belief that explicit religious protections he had seen Catholic teaching. Asian nations. (Elise Harris/CNA)
Gods creative design is written into the applied to ministers of religion and civil Principal Paul Hine of the prestigious
nature of creation itself and especially celebrants. Sydney-area St. Ignatius College Let Church teaching pervade your work, Pope
into the nature of humanity. What protections will be offered appeared most defiant of the bishops. Francis tells Catholic politicians
This view presumes that marriage is to people who work for church-run In an Aug. 25 message to parents, Pope Francis received a group of Catholic lawmakers
about more than the mutual love between institutions such as schools, hospitals staff and students, he said Archbishop from around the world on Sunday, telling them their
two people: it is also about the creation and universities? he said. Will teachers Harts comments have not gone work must build bridges with others and bring Catholic
of a family, the archbishop said, while be free to teach church teaching on unchallenged. teaching into public life.As long as the contribution
also rejecting unjust discrimination marriage or will they be forced to teach Hine portrayed his stand as supportive of the Church to the great questions of society in our
against same-sex couples. a more politically correct curriculum? of all the schools self-identified LGBTQI time can be put into discussion, he said, it is vital
Australia is about to conduct a ballot The archbishop asked political leaders employees. People with same-sex that your commitment be constantly pervaded by her
survey by mail on whether to recognize to explain whether schoolchildren would orientation face the onslaught of the moral and social teachings, in order to build a more
gay marriage. Ballots will go out Sept. 12, be subject to propaganda in favor of press, religious institutions and the humane and just society.The lawmakers were in Rome
with voters encouraged to return their same-sex marriage and gender fluidity social divisions that surround this for a meeting of the International Catholic Legislators
ballots by Oct. 27. The final deadline for as part of anti-bullying programs, and contentious matter, he said, adding, Network. The network aims to bring together Catholic
ballots is Nov. 7. whether parents and church schools could we will continue to support staff in lawmakers to discuss common concerns and to share
The poll is not legally binding, but if exempt the children under their charge. whatever marriage choices they make. ideas about bringing their faith to their work. (CNA)
the results show support for legalizing Will employers of such church (CNA/EWTN News)
CBCP Monitor September 4 - 17, 2017, Vol 21, No. 18 NEWS FEATURES A3

At-a-glance facts on PH to join Red Wednesday

Christian persecution campaign for persecuted Christians
MANILA It may not be motivated violence which
MANILA Expect the Manila Cathedral, years Feast of St. Stephen, the Churchs in Need United Kingdom. During the
strongly felt in predominantly can be described as Islamist
EDSA Shrine, the Minor Basilica of first martyr. said inter-religious event, Englands
Christian countries such as hyper-extremism, a process
the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) Today too, this happens before the famous monuments were lit up in red
the Philippines, but studies of heightened radicalization
and other famous church buildings whole world, with the complicit silence including the Palace and Cathedral
have consistently shown that and unprecedented violence
to be lighted and adorned in red this of many powerful leaders who could of Westminster among others. This
Christians continue to be the as exemplified by Daesh
November 22. stop it, the Pope added in a separate year, the Philippines will be one of the
most persecuted faith group (ISIS) in the Middle East and
Red is the Christian color of martyrdom event. countries to join the United Kingdom
in the world. Experiences Boko Haram in Africa.
and studies have shown that Christians The Catholic Bishops Conference of in this global gesture of solidarity for all
of religious discrimination, Since mid-2014, violent
continue to be the most persecuted the Philippines (CBCP) has endorsed persecuted Christians.
oppression and persecution Islamist attacks have taken
faith group in the world. The symbolic the request of Aid to the Church in Aid to the Church in Need is a
ab o u nd in are as w h e re place in one in five countries
gesture is part of Red Wednesday, a Need (ACN) to hold the Red Wednesday Pontifical Foundation established to
Christians are a minority. around the world.
global public awareness campaign for campaign during its Permanent Council assist the needs of the Church wherever
Some Filipinos may In parts of the Middle
the intention of persecuted Christians Meeting last 13 March 2017. The CBCP it is oppressed, persecuted or suffering
dismiss this fact by East, including Syria and
around the world. has requested all bishops to illuminate material need. ACN Philippines
assuring themselves that Iraq, this hyper-extremism
The Holy Father Pope Francis has all cathedrals, national shrines, and invites all parishes, schools, religious
the situation will never is eliminating all forms of
emphasized again and again the need minor basilicas with red lights to organizations and the private sector
happen in our country. religious diversity and is
to raise awareness about the plight of remember the blood of the faithful who to join the Red Wednesday campaign
However, to put things in threatening to do so in some
persecuted Christians. have been killed because of the Christian by wearing red clothing and holding
perspective, data from the regions of Africa and the
How many of our brothers and faith. Through this campaign, the CBCP programs as well as sharing their
Pew Research Center reveal Asian sub-continent.
sisters in faith suffer abuse, violence, hopes the Catholic faithful will be more pictures of participation online so
that at present, Christians Islamist extremism and
and are hated for Jesus sake! Ill tell sensitive to the plight of persecuted that together, all can shine a light on
only make up 7% of the hyper-extremism, observed
you something. The martyrs of today Christians worldwide. the need to uphold religious freedom
total population in Asia. in countries including Iraq,
are greater in number than those of the The Red Wednesday campaign was around the world. (Josemaria E.
Furthermore, in 50 years, Afghanistan, Somalia, and
first centuries, the Pope said during last started last year by Aid to the Church Claro/ACN)
the same research center Syria have been a key driver

How my community can join #RedWednesday

projects that Islam is set to in the sudden explosion of
overtake Christianity as the refugees which according to
worlds dominant religion. the United Nations, recorded
Analysts attribute this its highest incidence in THE Catholic Bishops places of worship were religious organizations, plans and templates for
expected change to a fast- history last 2015. Conference of the Philippines floodlit in what was a very different educational public assemblies. These may
growing Islam population The lack of public (CBCP), in partnership successful public awareness programs may be held be downloaded at https://
in Asia and Africa and the awareness is undoubtedly with Pontifical Foundation campaign. including allotting class
fast decline of Christianity one of the leading factors Aid to the Church in Need But the Red Wednesday time for CVE and/or redwednesday
in Europe and America, why Christian persecution (ACN), has requested all campaign is not just about Theology classes to discuss ACN Philippines welcomes
regarded for centuries as the continues to exist and cathedrals, minor basilicas lighting landmarks in red. the issue of religious all suggestions and
stronghold of Christianity. intensify. ACN believes that and shrines to be illuminated Small communities such persecution, holding encourages the support and
Minority faith groups if only more Christians can in red this November 22 as an as schools, parishes and academic conferences and participation of everyone
are perennial targets of consistently voice out their expression of solidarity with religious organizations education sessions that will as we prepare for Red
discrimination, oppression, protest in behalf of persecuted Christian communities that may participate in the tackle religious freedom, Wednesday this November.
and persecution due to the Christian communities, then are facing oppression and Red Wednesday campaign celebrating a special parish If you wish to express you or
lack of power to influence and world leaders may be forced persecution. Red symbolizes through myriads of ways. or campus-wide community your communitys intention
affect policy and decision- to prioritize the issue of the blood of the modern-day For individuals and small Mass, holding prayer to join and support the Red
making in their societies. religious freedom. martyrs that was offered as groups, the most important campaigns, exhibits and Wednesday campaign, please
These situations are worse for This November 22, the a powerful testimony of love gesture is wearing red other awareness activities email ACN Philippines at
totalitarian countries where Philippines and Malta and devotion to the Christian this November 22. ACN and conceptualizing other
the government itself is the will follow the lead of the faith. encourages everyone to appropriate activities in line For more information about
main perpetrator of systemic United Kingdom in holding The initiative was started take pictures and post these with the objectives of Red ACN Philippines, kindly
cultural discrimination and the Red Wednesday, a by the United Kingdoms on social media networks Wednesday. visit www.acn-philippines.
oppression. solidarity campaign to create ACN office in 2016. During and match it with a short ACNs UK office has also org or like its Facebook
Aid to the Church in Need, awareness about the issue of last years events, the caption, prayer or message made available several page at www.facebook.
a Pontifical foundation religious persecution. As the Westminster Palace, Abbey, to support persecuted resources which schools com/
established to assist the 4th largest Christian country and Cathedral, as well as Christians. and organizations may use (Josemaria E. Claro/
Church wherever it is in the world, ACN hopes the other Anglican and Jewish For schools, parishes and including modules, lesson ACN)
oppressed, persecuted or Philippines will become a
suffering material need, key player in making this
releases a bi-annual Religious campaign an annual, global Heidi meets Juan: Swiss & PH youths powerful encounters through play
Freedom Report (RFR). In movement for years to come
the 2016 RFR, ACN outlines so that more people may MANILA Every other
below some of its most worship and follow Christ year, a different kind
notable findings: without fear of losing ones of youth encounter
Recent trends reveal a new life. (Josemaria E. Claro/ happens between
phenomenon of religiously ACN) Jungwacht and Blauring
(JUBLA) Swtizerland,
From addiction to ordination: A homeless the largest Catholic
mans journey to priesthood youth organization
in German-speaking
MONTREAL, Canada Lpine of Montreal, who has Switzerland, and Chiro
Claude Paradis was described the initiative as a Philippines.
impoverished and homeless, presence of the Church to For about 21 days, a
living on the streets of give encouragement. It also team of Swiss leaders
Montreal, Canada. He has the support of the city. from JUBLA fly to
struggled with addiction to Our mission is especially the Philippines to
both alcohol and drugs, with a to give encouragement. personally see the life,
future so bleak, he considered Unlike the shelters, we go culture, and structure
ending his own life. out to the people, a bit like of their partner, Chiro
He did not end his life, a door-to-door service. We Philippines, a youth
however, and today he is talk to them, sometimes we group that aims to
a priest who dedicates his pray together before they go form young ones to
time to serving the physical back to face the harshness of be instrument(s) of
and spiritual needs of those the street. societal transformation
trapped in poverty, prison Fr. Paradis knows how hard and evangelization
and prostitution. life on the street is. After through formation and
The street brought me to growing up in the Gasp region meaningful play.
the Church and the Church and working in Cowansville as (I)t is called an
in the end brought me back a nurse, he came to Montreal exchange. Through the
to the street, the priest told 25 years ago. exchange, youth leaders
the Journal Metro. However, he was unable to are able to understand
When Heidi meets Juan. Swiss volunteers soak up the Filipino culture during a three-week Partnership Visit of Chiro
Last December, as a sign of find a job. Isolation and despair the realities of the other Philippines and Jungwacht and Blauring Switzerland this July and August 2017. MARIE GUTTIEREZ/CONTRIBUTOR
his closeness and solidarity took hold of me, he said. country in deeper way.
with the homeless, Fr. Paradis Living on the street, he This fosters friendship, The group then proceeded to visit Then they stayed in Naga and stayed
decided to sleep on the street thought about committing understanding and cooperation, said Baguio, where Chiro started in the in Pili where they met their host families
for the whole month, to care suicide. I started doing Rozanne Jamaica Vasallo, Partnership P h i l i p p i n e s . T h e y s a w a D S W D for the week and had a Sunday activity
for the homeless people there cocaine and then crack, he Visit 2017 head. project for children, met the leaders, with Chiro children of San Raphael
with solidarity and charity. recalled. and the Chiro alumni. Their north Parish. They also had a Lets Have
His hope was that he In a letter posted on the Life-long friends Luzon trip also led them to the Breakfast activity at the Bagolatao
could accompany people in website of La Victoire de Entitled When Heidi Meets Juan, Mountain Trail to Banaue where Elementary School where they talked
a difficult situation while lAmour (the Victory of Love), the core theme of the event was gender they were graciously met by the about the importance of eating healthy
also making the citizens of Fr. Paradis tells how he met equality. Paulina Borner, Tamara parishioners. breakfast.
Montreal aware of the harsh the Lord. Muller, Desiree Bosshard, Kevin Youth from Chiro Banaue went on a In the middle of the visit, the Heidis
reality faced by those living I had the privilege of meeting Piredda, Peter Egli, and Franziska trek with the Heidis to Battad where and Juans got to hit the beach for some
on the street. God just at the moment I was Eggel discovered the different roles men they shared a meal together by the swimming and had a sunset prayer
Fr. Paradi founded an doubting Him. On a little back and women play while exploring the waterfalls. together on the beautiful island of
institution called Notre-Dame- street in Montreal, abandoned Philippines. Their Pinoy counterparts After Banaue, the Heidis and Juans Caramoan.
de-la-rue (Our Lady of the by people, there was nobody also learned more than a thing or two visited the Fastenopfer project in Back in Manila, the team attended a
Street). Each night, he goes out there. Passing by the old about the topic as well. Infanta, Quezon, where Jubla supports gender equality forum followed by an
to bring food and shelter to those church, impelled by I dont Indeed, leaders get the chance to a childrens project. Swiss children raise exchange of play methodologies. The
living on the streets. He also know what instinct, I turned see the country and its people from the funds for the project by selling pencils. Heidis also spent a day in Cavite where
administers the sacraments, back in there. locals perspective. This way, they also The group also spent some time in the they shared different arts and crafts
celebrates the Eucharist and Fr. Paradis went on to gain life-long friends, added Vasallo, Agta community, indigenous people with the children. Finally, they joined a
even presides at funerals. fight his addictions and now who has been with the group since 2009. living in Infanta. local noontime show to complete their
The priest is accompanied ministers to many people Kicking off in the streets of Manila Thereafter, the Heidis and Juans went immersion.
by one of his co-workers, who face the same challenges and of Payatas, the participants met the to Bicol. Their first stop was a courtesy It was only three weeks and yet
Kevin Cardin, who also was he struggled with years ago. SSVP sisters and volunteer mothers, call to Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon, the mutually enriching for both youth
addicted to drugs, but found The 57-year-old priest has who prepare home-cooked meals for the chairman of the FABC-OLF-Youth Desk. organizations, said Vasallo.
help, changed his life and dedicated the rest of his life children within the area. One volunteer The prelate talked about the different The send-off Mass was presided over
now has a family. to serving the poor, saying shared about their life in Payatas, the challenges and the unique context of by CICM Chaplain Fr. Antonio Tanchoco
Notre-Dame-de-la- on the street is where I want place where people continue to build the Asian youth. at the Provincial House. (Chiro
rue ha s the support of to be, until I die. (CNA/ their dreams despite the hardships of Youth Movement Philippines/
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