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October, 2012

Media must give visibility to the vulnerable

October 10, 2012 ·  By C.M. Paul SDB.

The Asian Catholic media professionals from 16 countries gathered at Petaling Jaya (Malaysia) for Signis Asia Assembly, 1-5 October. They discussed the plight of vulnerable communities, especially migrant workers, refugees, trafficked persons, internally-displaced persons and children, in the Asian context. “Hosting the Assembly in this country is exceptionally significant because Malaysia is not just the […]


Aussie pedophiles may flock to RP if SoVFA OK'd

October 9, 2012 ·  , Angie M. Rosales, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00

The Philippines has primary jurisdiction over all offenses that fall outside the official duty of Australian soldiers under the proposed Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SoVFA) with the said country. Sen. Loren Legarda yesterday made this assurance amid concerns raised by some of her colleagues over the grant of Philippine congressional concurrence on the agreement […]


Report Details History of Abuse in Australian Military

October 9, 2012 ·  , MATT SIEGEL, Published: June 15, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia — Newly released documents detail numerous cases of physical and sexual abuse of minors in Australia’s armed forces dating back to the 1950s, prompting Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Friday to raise the possibility of a high-level public inquiry. The cases are described in a confidential report commissioned by the Australian military last […]


Full extent of Australia military sex abuse revealed

October 9, 2012 ·  , Agence France-Presse on Friday, June 15th, 2012

Documents released Friday revealed “horrific” child sex assaults and brutal initiation ceremonies in the Australian military, prompting Prime Minister Julia Gillard to signal a possible public inquiry. The suggestion of a royal commission followed Defence Minister Stephen Smith denying covering up the extent of abuse, stretching from the 1950s to the present. Three months ago […]


ASIA/BANGLADESH – A Bishop: "Christian Children kidnapped and converted in madrassas or sold as slaves"

October 9, 2012 ·  , Agencia Fides,

Chittagong (Agenzia Fides) – It is a phenomenon that “disturbs the Catholic community in Bangladesh” and that “has to be monitored by the police”: Christian children, of the tribal communities, are kidnapped, sold to “madrassas” (Koranic schools) and converted to Islam or “end up in the hands of unscrupulous traffickers who sell them abroad as […]


Taking the war to the sex traffickers Movement mobilizes church to rescue victims of child-porn industry

October 8, 2012 ·  By Drew Zahn

DES MOINES, Iowa – On Oct. 19, a new army will be recruited to combat the frightening abduction of thousands of children in the U.S. each year, some of whom are subject to sexual abuse and even slavery. The 10th Preventing Abuse Conference will convene at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines to inform, equip […]



October 4, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

CYBERCRIME LAW GAGS FREE SPEECH – CRITICS SAY by Fr. Shay Cullen (Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Manila Times,in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.)   A new Philippine law called draconian by some and a danger to free speech by others if implemented could drive a spike of fear […]


Conference on evangelization recalls memory of Irish missionaries

October 1, 2012 ·  ,

The conference  on The New Evangelization  will be held  Council of the Episcopal European Conference (CCEE), in Saint Gallen, a town in Switzerland that  bears the name of an Irish  missionary saint ,the  companion o the   St. Columban ,patron the Missionary Society of St. Columban .  Over a thousand missionaries for many countries ,mostly form […]


Priest linked to sex abuse in US, expelled by Dominicans

October 1, 2012 ·  ,

Belonging to the Archdiocese of Cebu, he is the head of the Commission on Worship; the rector of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Jesus Nazareno in Cansojong, Talisay; and director of the archdiocese publications, “Bag-ong Lungsuranon” and “Mag-ambahan Kita,” according to the 2008-2009 Catholic Directory of the Philippines. His high-profile ministry is a far cry from […]


PH has nothing to hide, rights groups told

October 1, 2012 ·  , With Fat Reyes, Originally posted at 12:24 am | September 27, 2012

  LOS ANGELES-The Aquino administration has “nothing to hide” when it comes to human rights abuses, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told United States-based human rights groups that she invited to a meeting at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “I cannot emphasize enough that the Aquino administration does not sanction any policy […]

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