Presidency of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean

The Council of Episcopal Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) has condemned the impact of drug trafficking on society, highlighting corruption, violence, and the destabilization of states. On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the bishops called for life protection, human development, and financial system accountability.

DEHONIAN PRIESTS IN THE PHILIPPINES

On May 17, 2024, the Dehonian Priests celebrated 35 years in the Philippines. O Clarim interviewed Fr. Donald Longno, SCJ, and Fr. Rechie Gier, SCJ, who marked 20 years of religious profession, and the new regional superior, Fr. Niño Etulle, SCJ. They discussed community life, their charism of “love and reparation,” mission growth, international collaboration, and social apostolate. Fr. Etulle also addressed challenges in vocational ministry, emphasizing the importance of mental health and ongoing education.

CHURCH FATHERS (35) Jerome (1): From sinner to saint, with the help of a friend

Saint Jerome, born around 347 AD to a moderately wealthy Christian family, was educated in Rome, mastering Latin and Greek. Despite his intellectual pursuits, he indulged in the pleasures of Rome. Jerome’s temper and sarcastic tone often led to conflicts. However, inspired by his friend Bonosus, Jerome converted to Christianity and was baptized by Pope Liberius in 366. His journey highlights the transformative power of friendship and the importance of repentance.

A SIMPLE LIFESTYLE

In “A Simple Lifestyle,” Fr. Fausto Gomez, OP, addresses the urgent need for simplicity in a world plagued by forced poverty and overconsumption. Highlighting the teachings of Jesus and the virtues of simplicity, sobriety, and frugality, Fr. Gomez calls for a lifestyle grounded in divine grace and characterized by humility, compassion, and ecological responsibility.

Persisting Through Persecution: The Inspiring Journey of the Catholic Church in Equatorial Guinea

The Catholic Church in Equatorial Guinea is experiencing a dynamic revival, marked by the beatification process of martyred catechist José Si Esono. Bishop Juan Domingo-Beka Esono Ayang highlights the Church’s resilience through decades of persecution. Today, the Church honors their sacrifices, with ongoing beatification processes for several catechists and laypeople. The community remains vibrant, with increasing vocations and a pressing need for expanded seminary facilities to accommodate future priests.

Ganjuran Sacred Heart Church Centenary

Established in 1924, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Ganjuran in Java, Indonesia, uniquely blends Javanese architecture with Catholic tradition. Drawing thousands of pilgrims yearly, it features Javanese artistic elements and is renowned for its healing spring and Marian Grotto. Despite historical and natural challenges, it remains a spiritual and cultural hub, embodying religious harmony and social commitment, including sustainable agriculture initiatives. This centenary church is a vital part of Ganjuran’s identity.

Consolata Missionaries around the World

Blessed Giuseppe Allamano, founder of the Consolata Missionaries in 1901, emphasized holiness and missionary work. Born in Italy, he pioneered Catholic press, social works, and sent missionaries to Africa. His legacy includes the Consolata Missionary Sisters and advocating for World Mission Day. The Consolata Missionaries, inspired by Mary, serve worldwide, dedicated to evangelization, social justice, and human rights, embodying their motto: “First the saints and then the missionaries.”

Is the Philippines edging closer to legalizing divorce despite Church objections?

The Philippines, one of the last countries where divorce is illegal, is seeing renewed efforts to legalize it. Despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, which argues that divorce undermines marriage, the House of Representatives recently passed a bill allowing divorce in limited cases. Proponents argue it’s needed for those in abusive marriages, while opponents, including Church leaders, believe it weakens marital commitment and fails to address the root causes of domestic violence.

The d’Angers tapestry

On May 18, 2024, newly-discovered fragments of the d’Angers tapestry, depicting the Apocalypse of St. John, were unveiled. Originally commissioned in 1375, this masterpiece suffered severe damage during anti-Catholic persecutions but has now been partially restored. Found in Paris, these vibrant, well-preserved fragments highlight the tapestry’s exceptional craftsmanship and historical significance.