Category Archives: World

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (12)

– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

On the banks of the Buriganga river there are myriads of small boats, true water taxis, maneuvered by a single man. With one of his hands he moves the oar attached to the rail, and with one of his foot he maneuvers the rudder, when there is one. Only one passenger embarks at a time. There he stands – the oar man – stiff, with solemn air, an umbrella wide open and pointed forward as if holding a sword. On other occasions, pairs of women embark identified by the colorful saris.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SINOLOGIST PAOLO SANTANGELO – Exploring the Chinese psyche

– Aurelio Porfiri

Italy has devoted great energies to studying China. That is not by chance, if we consider our long history of contact with the Chinese world, that goes back much earlier than Matteo Ricci and the Jesuits. Paolo Santangelo is a very well known sinologist, author of several books and studies especially about Ming and Qing China.

MARIAN APPARITIONS (74) – Montichiari, Italy

The Blessed Mother appeared under the title of “Rosa Mystica” (Mystical Rose) at Montichiari in Northern Italy to Pierina Gilli. The purpose of this devotion was the reform of the religious and religious institutions. During the sixth apparition, Our Blessed Mother appeared with the two children of Fatima (Francisco and Jacinta) which shows Her appearance under the title of “Rosa Mystica” was a continuation of Fatima.

NEWS BRIEFS

– Tej Francis

VATICAN CITY

VATICAN ISSUES NEW DOCUMENT ON VOCATION OF CONSECRATED VIRGINS

(Catholic News Service) The Vatican has released a document that establishes norms and principles for women who dedicate their lives as consecrated virgins and their place in the life of the church. Presenting the new document at the Vatican press office July 4, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said it is the “first document of the Holy See that delves into the character and discipline of this way of life.”

BILL FACES ROUGH SAILING – Will divorce be finally legalized in the Philippines?

– Fr Leonard E Dollentas

For more than 20 years, the divorce bill in the Philippines has repeatedly been proposed and discussed by the Philippine Congress, with no success. It has always been intensely opposed by the Catholic Church and by a number of Philippine presidents themselves. One president worth recalling who opposed divorce was Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, a bachelor. When divorce was gaining an amount of support in 2010, he vehemently condemned it and those who supported it by revealing to the media that he did not want to turn the Philippines into Las Vegas, where “you get married in the morning and you get divorced in the afternoon.”

HUMANAE VITAE FIFTY YEARS HENCE (2) – Reactions

– Fausto Gomez OP

As soon as the encyclical on the regulation of birth was issued by Pope Paul VI on July 25, 1968, contrary reactions from “liberal” priests and theologians in favor of contraception appeared in magazines and journals. Let us examine their arguments and the contrary comments of an outstanding theologian in those times in the Philippines, Fr Francisco del Rio OP (1902-1984).

NEWS BRIEFS

– Tej Francis

VATICAN CITY

THE HIGHEST HONOR IS TO SERVE GOD’S PEOPLE, FRANCIS TELLS NEW CARDINALS

(CNA/EWTN News) At a ceremony for the creation of 14 cardinals Thursday, Pope Francis said the best promotion a person can receive is to serve the person of Christ as seen in the least of his people.  “This is the highest honor that we can receive, the greatest promotion that can be awarded us: to serve Christ in God’s faithful people,” the pope said at an ordinary consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica June 28.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MASSIMO INTROVIGNE – A Bitter Winter

– Aurelio Porfiri

A new website aims to shed light on the topic of Christianity, religions and new religious movements in China. Bitter Winter, under the leadership of Marco Respinti and Massimo Introvigne can be an invaluable resource for all those interested in religion in the country. Professor Massimo Introvigne is a world leading authority in the field of the sociology of religions. He is also an expert in new religious movements.

WHEN HUMAN REASON MEETS THE ULTIMATE REASON

Director of the group “Science, Reason and Faith” at University of Navarra Fr Javier Sánchez on Science and Religion

– Pedro Daniel Oliveira

Science and religion are not in conflict, Director of the Group “Science, Reason and Faith” at the University of Navarra, Spain, Fr Javier Sánchez told O CLARIM in an exclusive interview. He also talked about Stephen Hawking, extraterrestrial life, the colonization of other planets, and the role of religion in this new reality. Furthermore, he shared his views on creationism and evolutionism, also on Physics and Theology.

HUMANAE VITAE FIFTY YEARS HENCE (1) – The encyclical that defended nature

Blessed Pope Paul VI

– Fausto Gomez OP

In July 2018, the Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae (HV), the controversial Encyclical Letter On the Regulation of Birth. From an ethical and theological perspective, we wish to present the Encyclical Humanae Vitae of Blessed Paul VI when it was issued fifty years ago, and the continuing influence of the papal encyclical upon the Magisterium of the Church through fifty years, that is, from 1968 up to 2018.