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GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (10)

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

In Dhaka, Estêvão Cacela and João Cabral lived a historical event of tragic proportions and it was due to the proverbial disagreement among the Portuguese, who so often left perplexed the peoples with whom they came in contact. As a result of an accounting between an old Portuguese soldier – “a very old Portuguese who grew old in Dhaka,” as Cacela describes it – and a Christian (we do not know if he was Portuguese as well), and later an attempt of appeasement by a reputed captain, a certain Jorge de Sousa – “… on both sides, all were Christian soldiers and, as captain of all, Jorge de Souza disarmed to remove them …” – served as justification for the local praetorian guard, the “resputos,” as Cacela calls them, would carry out their reprisals, taking advantage to kill the undesirable foreigners, to plunder and destroy their properties. In an instant the Portuguese quarter of Dhaka was engulfed in flames, and the priests themselves feared for life, hidden in an abandoned house.


Teresa Lo

My colleague had been contemplating how he could bring out team spirit in a team building activity he was invited to lead.  A week before it took place, he gave me a preview of his design and its related purpose, hoping we all could fit into it seamlessly.  “All is fine,“ I said.  “Our colleagues are high in IQ and EQ.  They can do it.”

Knowing the design of the activity is one thing, however, experiencing it can be remarkably surprising. 


Dom Stephen Lee presenting gift to the Holy Father

Dom Stephen Lee Bun-sang, Bishop of Macau, was in Rome for his Ad Limina visit from June 18 to 24, 2018. The visit Ad Limina Apostolorum (“to the thresholds of the Apostles”), also known as “the quinquennial visit” to the Holy Father is mandatory according to Canon Law (cc. 399-400) in order to report on the overall situation of the local diocese to the Holy See. Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, OFM of the Diocese of Hong Kong also took part in the same visit.


Tej Francis



(CNA/EWTN News) In an interview with Reuters, Pope Francis said more space has to be created for women to take on leading roles in the Roman Curia, but that priestly ordination is not an option. Responding to a question about women’s ordination to the priesthood, the pope said “there is the temptation to ‘functionalize’ the reflection on women in the Church, what they should do, what they should become.”

PRESIDENT DUTERTE AND THE PHILIPPINE CHURCH – A Reflection on Politicization in the Philippines

Fr Leonard E. Dollentas

President Duterte was on the headlines once again. This time it was not about what he said but what he did. As always, the hot news sends a sensational theme for the media: “Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ controversial president has stoked outrage by kissing a woman on the lips while meeting the Filipino community on a three-day official visit to Seoul, South Korea.” (The Telegraph News, June 4, 2018) The kiss-frenzy has added more fuel to the constantly flaring agitations against him. Duterte humorously explained himself that he used to kiss women, and that he has kissed already a thousand women. This has stirred an even more virulent reaction from his critics.


Featured Image: TheFourthLink at Pixabay

Aurelio Porfiri

His special role makes the Roman Pontiff subject to both praise and criticism. Yet we need to remember always the words of Jesus: “Tu es Petrus” — “You are Peter.” As we approach the feast of Saints Peter and Paul [celebrated today, 29 June], let us take a quick glance at what the most recent Pontiffs themselves have said about the special role and the tremendous responsibility they have inside the Church.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (9)

– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

Sebastião Manrique, an Augustinian missionary and a Portuguese traveler, visited Dhaka in September 1640 and stayed there for about twenty-seven days. According to him, the city stretched along the Buriganga River for more than four and a half miles; from Maneswar to Narinda and Fulbaria. Several Christian communities lived around these suburbs to the west, east and north of the heart of the metropolis. Manrique also mentions the existence in Dhaka of “a small but beautiful church with a convent.” Here are his words: “This is the principal city of Bengal and the seat of the principal of the Nababo or viceroy, appointed by the emperor, who conferred this viceroyalty on several occasions to one of his sons. It is situated on a beautiful and wide plain, on the banks of the famous, and here very generous, river Ganges, beside which the city stretches for more than a league and a half.”


– Tej Francis



(Al Jazeera) The killings of three Catholic priests since December have raised alarm in the Philippines, with the church and political leaders condemning the continued “culture of impunity” in the country.

MURDER WITH WHITE GLOVES – Pope says abortion of sick, disabled children reflects Nazi mentality

Featured Image: Pope Francis holds a baby, during a special audience with members of the confederation of Italian cooperatives, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (Photo by Reuters.)

– Elise Harris

(CNA/EWTN News).- In a speech to a family association Saturday, June 16, Pope Francis again stressed that God’s vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality.

“I’ve heard that it’s fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let’s send it away,” the pope said June 16, referring to the trend of aborting sick or disabled children.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (8)

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro


In Dhaka, traffic is hellish, a crazy mixture of pedal rickshaws and motorized ones. And many pedestrians, in a frantic search of space to be able to move on. There are also camouflaged military men under umbrellas and Tourist Police agents on powerful motorcycles. The honks are constant and the colors are of all shades and the most varied shifting. The prolonged traffic jams that we all experience in a day-to-day stupor reaches an unimaginable dimension in Dakha. Taking advantage of the chaos, drivers and passengers mitigate the thirst with gulps of water using a technique that prevents touching the bottle with the lips. In the course of this delicate operation, there are those who moisten their hair by applying the precious liquid as if it were gel.

The advertisements stamped on the walls of the buildings encourage, among other things, to go abroad, a suggestion to which only a tiny part of the millions of people who live there can ponder. In Dhaka everything is transported and everything is prone to be carried. Cars and vans rehearse slaloms among thousands of multicolored rickshaws with floral motifs engraved on a silver plate. They are, without doubt, the most common form of transportation.