Category Archives: Asia-Pacific

Showdown in the Philippines

Only one cardinal had their own campaign song at the last conclave. Not an official one, of course: presumably that would result in an early flight home. The anthem was written by a Filipino rapper called Latigo and set to the tune of “YMCA" by the Village People. (One wonders whether the arranger knew this






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Rev. Sister Cecilia Maria who died with a Smiling face

Pictures of a young Argentinian nun – smiling and serene though dying from a devastating battle with cancer – have erupted on social media, with thousands sharing the images and heartfelt prayers. Sister Cecilia Maria (General Curia of the Discalced Carmelites). Sister Cecilia Maria lived in Saints Teresa and Joseph Monastery in Santa Fe, Argentina,






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President-elect says he will promote birth control in Philippines

The president-elect of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has pledged to promote contraception, a month after downplaying reports that he would pursue an aggressive family planning programme. Duterte reiterated his belief that three children should be the maximum number for families, and joked about amputating men’s genitalia. He also alluded to his policies as mayor of Davao,






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Cardinal Nichols: ‘Today we set out on a new course that will be demanding on all’

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the bishops’ conference, has said the British decision to leave the European Union sets the country “on a new course that will be demanding on all". The cardinal called for Britain to work hard to be “good neighbours" and “resolute contributors" to international efforts tackling the world’s problems. He prayed






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