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Haiyan: A story of death and survival
Super Typhoon 'Haiyan' devastated cities, towns, and lives in the central Philippines on 8 November 2013. UCA News reporters Joe Torresand Vincent Go travelled to the devastated city of Tacloban and listened to the stories of death and survival. Here is the first of a series of their reports.
Climate change intensifies extreme weather
Far from being isolated, the Philippines typhoon Haiyan followed other extraordinary meteorological events that are becoming more frequent and increasingly severe.
El Salvador suffers Australia’s maleficent miners
El Salvador is a small, largely agricultural society, with one of the highest population densities in the world. A largely Australian owned mining company proposes to mine for gold there, at great social and environmental cost to the local population. In Australia the wellbeing of people in areas affected by mining is central in the granting of permits. Are we willing to accept a lowering of standards for the overseas operations of Australian companies.
Jesuit school aims to double literacy rate
A new Jesuit school near Dili is processing its second intake of Year 7 students for the 2014 year which starts next month and a teachers training college is expected to open in 2015 to boost the education of the 50 percent of Timorese who cannot read or write. The education system collapsed with the Indonesian invasion of 1999 and today the government admits the standard of education is poor. Jesuit Conference of Asia and the Pacific President Mark Raper SJ wrote this background paper.
Meanwhile students are attending remedial classes this month in preparation for the new school year.
Doubts raised over ‘benefits’ under TPP
Australians could pay more for drugs and medicines, movies, computer games and software under the secret terms of a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal being negotiated this month. Representatives of 12 countries meet in Singapore 7 to 9 December for the third year of negotiations for a TPP agreement.
Pope meets Israeli Prime Minister
Pope Francis met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on 2 December and discussed prospects for peace in the Middle East and the Pope’s still-unscheduled trip to the Holy Land.
The two met privately for about 25 minutes in the Pope’s library.
Society must lead crackdown on access to Internet porn
A Wellington father of three sons says only the community can bring about the changes needed to crackdown on Internet pornography after a group of boys and young men boasted on social media sites about their raping girls and young women who were drunk and sometimes underage.
The Japan J and P council opposes special secrets bill
The Japan Catholic Council for Justice & Peace comprising 232 individuals and 30 groups has expressed concern about a draft Special Secrets Bill …’from the standpoint of those who respect the basic principles of the Constitution of Japan’.
Catholics sign letter to PM on asylum seekers
Australia's most prominent Catholic organisations, including the Archdioceses of Sydney and Melbourne, Catholic migrant and social justice groups, are among a large group of signatories to an open letter to the Prime Minister about asylum seekers. The letter objecting to the use of the term ‘illegal maritime arrivals’ was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 6 November.
Refugees to rappers
They were once just a couple of Burundian refugees who had come to Artful Dodgers Studios in Melbourne to make music. Today they are FLYBZ, Australia’s number one African rap act. The duo has just collaborated with legendary Australian singer Paul Kelly to release their debut single, ‘Child Soldiers’.
Education of the heart
Academic proficiency might guarantee good exam marks, but a particular score never defines a life, writes Fr Peter Hosking SJ. Rather, we are defined by how we use our wisdom for others.
Marking 100 years of Jesuit tertiary education in Japan
In November 2013, Sophia University in Japan celebrated its centenary – 100 years since three Jesuit priests, who had arrived in Japan in 1908, opened a university on the site five years later. The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific president Mark Raper SJ said in his keynote speech at the celebrations on 2 November, the paths to peace, dialogue, reconciliation, forgiveness can be understood by all regardless of cultural or linguistic differences and learning to serve plays a vital role.
Oscar Romero bound for church sainthood
It is the greatest grace and privilege of my life to have known and worked with Archbishop Romero and to have enjoyed his friendship, writes Julian Filochowski about the martyred cleric of El Salvador. There are times in life when one catches a fleeting glimpse of God at work in the world and Christ’s presence among us. The man we all knew as ‘Monseñor’ provided such a glimpse for me.
End gender-based violence
With an estimated up to two million people, mostly women and children, trafficked annually for prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, the United Nations’ UNiTE campaign focusing on ending violence against women and children has called for 16 days of activism from 25 November to 10 December and for a focus on this issue on the 25th of every month.
Were you there...
By Sandie Cornish
This recording was made at the Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney during an ecumenical service praying for refugees and asylum seekers.
Let the Son Shine
An Australian Catholic response to climate change
The words 'climate change' are on many people’s lips. Scientific evidence has convinced many that humans are largely responsible for this change and must act urgently to address it. Others have been shocked out of complacency and into reflection by fickle weather conditions, ranging from recent hurricanes in New Orleans to a ten-year drought throughout Australia. So says Columban Fr Charles Rue in a new release, Let the Son Shine
The Call to Justice in Scripture
How do you experience the Scriptures calling you to live justly? This PowerPoint can be used for personal reflection or as stimulus material for group discussion. Reflecting on The Call to Justice in Scripture
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Major International Catholic Social Teaching Documents