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December, 2011

Caritas Switzerland assists disaster-affected areas

December 29, 2011 ·  By CDRC Admin,

Caritas Switzerland, a Catholic social service agency, sent funding to the disaster-stricken areas in the Philippines following the massive destruction brought by Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) last December 16, 2011 in Northern Mindanao and Central Visayas. Thousands of families were left homeless after floods and landslides submerged and destroyed villages, and killed more than 1,000 […]


Palparan draws support from generals

December 29, 2011 ·  By By Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Norman Bordadora, TJ Burgonio

Fugitive retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. has finally found succor and comfort from among his own. The organization of the country’s past and present military and police generals has called for a halt to the “undue trial by publicity” of Palparan who carries a P500,000 bounty on his head, even as they urged […]


New Year Hope and Happiness for 2012

December 28, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

The year 2011 is passing and it’s a good time for us to ask ourselves what we did in 2011 to make a difference for the good in the life of even one person. Mindful that our life is quickly passing us by, we are carried on the river of time towards our final inescapable […]


International Criminal Court convicts Rawandan politicians

December 27, 2011 ·  By Mark C. Toner, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC

CTR Judgment Against Former Officials Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 27, 2011 On December 21, 2011, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted Mathieu Ngirumpatse, former National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development (MRND) President, and Edouard Karemera, former Minister of Interior and former MRND […]


Priest blames deforestation for tragic Philippines floods

December 25, 2011 ·  By Paul Donovan, The Universe

A priest who formerly worked in the area of the Philippines recently hit by devastating floods has blamed deforestation in the area for the disaster. Tropical Storm Washi, which hit Mindanao island in the southern Philippines, caused flash floods and landslides which killed more than 650 people and drove tens of thousands from their homes. […]


Priest's death threats

December 22, 2011 ·  By Nick Bramhill

A brave Irish missionary has told how he has received death threats from the thugs (like those) he believes are responsible for a fellow priest’s murder. Fr Shay Cullen, who runs a charity to help the plight of children caught up in the sex industry in the Philippines, is also at the helm of a […]


Jesus, the failed Messiah?

December 21, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

The truly amazing thing about the birth of Jesus Christ, called the Messiah, Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, Saviour, Teacher, Rabbi, Master, healer, as he is named throughout the gospels, is that he never claimed those titles for himself other than the simplest thing of all, “Son of Man” which means […]


Drug Legalisation: An Evaluation of the Impacts on  Global Society 

December 21, 2011 · 

The flawed proposition of drug legalisation Various  well  funded  pressure  groups  have  mounted  campaigns  to  overturn  the  United  Nations Conventions  on  drugs.    These  groups  claim  that  society  should  accept  the  fact  of  drugs  as  a problem that will remain and, therefore, should be managed in a way that would enable millions of people to take […]


Irish Ministers Appointed

December 20, 2011 ·  By MARY MINIHAN,

Cabinet promotes O’Sullivan Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan has been promoted to the so-called “super junior” position vacated by Willie Penrose last month. Mr Penrose resigned as minister of state for housing over the closure of his local Army barracks in Mullingar. Ms O’Sullivan (61), who represents Limerick City, was until today the junior minister […]


What Would Jesus Do?

December 19, 2011 ·  By Columbans Ireland,

The appearance of the slogan “What Would Jesus do?” at the Occupy London Protest prompted Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to consider what exactly we might mean when we use the phrase.

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