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THE NEWS SUPPLEMENT ACN leads campaign to bring back Killings, not Church, behind Duterte Address of Pope Francis to the participants of the
OF COUPLES FOR CHRIST Christians to Iraq rating dipbishop World Congress on Child Dignity in the
Digital World held in Rome on Oct. 3-6, 2017




CBCP condemning killings of top

terror leaders is fake news
By Christine Paguirigan

THE Catholic
Bishops Conference
of the Philippines
( C B C P ) h a s
expressed concern
about a fake news
report purporting to
reflect its view that
regrets the death
of two terrorist
Archbishop Socrates
Villegas, CBCP president,
categorically denied issuing
such statement regarding the
killing of Omar Maute and
Isnilon Hapilon who led the
siege in Marawi City.
An article titled CBCP
condemns the brutal killing
of Omar Maute and Isnilon
Hapilon and was posted on
www.okd2.com went viral
Oct. 17.
The article, which was
shared by the Facebook
page Rodrigo Duterte
Supporters with around a
million followers, quoted
Villegas as saying that the
gory photos of the two
terrorists should not have
been shown in public. The
post got more than 35, 800
shares of October 17.
It also blatantly lied about
the CBCP head as supposedly
lamenting that deaths of
Hapilon and Maute should
be treated as another case of
extrajudicial killings in the Thousands of devotees join the grand Marian procession along the streets of Cebu City to honor and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatimas apparitions in Portugal, October 13, 2017. SAMMY NAVAJA
The CBCP never made efforts to free Marawi. dead, and for lasting peace in two bishops from Mindanao Edwin dela Pea of Marawi Islamic city.
such a statement, Villegas We will gladly join Mindanao, he added. have immediately reacted to who said that the death of Archbishop Martin Jumoad
said. On the contrary, we government in rebuilding While the CBCP has not the killing by the government the Maute Group leaders of Ozamiz, for his part, said
laud the gallantry of our the city in the measure we made any formal statement troops of Hapilon and Maute. signals the beginning of the that the incident serves as a
soldiers and their heroic are able. We pray for the yet on the matter, at least Among them was Bishop end of the hostilities in the Fake news / A6

Church urges faithful to join heal Duterte asked: Wheres your outrage over
the nation Edsa procession the 6.4-billion shabu shipment?
A heal the nation campaign will see To launch the activity, Catholic
people take to the historic street of bishops are inviting Catholics to A RELIGIOUS order is puzzled over President
Edsa next month to pray for peace attend the mass at the Edsa Shrine at Rodrigo Dutertes supposed lack of outrage on
amid the spate of killings in the 3pm, the hour of the Divine Mercy. the P6.4-billion drug shipment from China in
country. After the Mass, a candlelight May.
The Lord Heal Our Land Sunday procession will be held to the People The Redemptorist Missionaries of
on November 5 will start another Power Monument a kilometer away the Philippines said the 600 kg of
month-long period of praying for from the Shrine. methamphetamines, locally known as shabu,
victims of extrajudicial killings as The Church enlisted of Our Lady slipped through the Bureau of Customs due
a result of the governments bloody of Fatima in the campaign, and will to links of drug lords to politicians and BOC
anti-drug war. Procession / A6 officials.
In all of these, there was no howl from the
President and other high ranking government
officials, the Redemptorists said.
Cardinal Vidal dies at 86 Duterte is known for his using colorful
language against people allegedly involved in
illegal drug trade, and even his critics.
The missionaries made the statement as they Churchgoers view photos of alleged extrajudicial killings displayed outside the
Outrage / A6 Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, Paraaque City last year. VINCENT GO

Church leaders react to deaths of top Marawi siege leaders

THE deaths of key leaders behind leaders will finally bring an end
the deadly siege in Marawi City is to the hostilities in the city that
making an impact on the Catholic erupted since last May.
community. Crumbling leadership signals the
Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon beginning of the end. Im beginning
were killed in gunbattle with the to feel relieved, Dela Pea said.
Pope Francis is greeted by Cardinal Ricardo Vidal as he meets the cardinals for the first time government troops past midnight Archbishop Martin Jumoad of
after his election, at the Vatican, March 15, 2013. LOSSERVATORE ROMANO on Monday. Ozamiz said the death of the key
Omar and his brother Abdullah terror is victory for peace and order
CARDINAL Ricardo Vidal, the spokesman said. aligned themselves with Hapilon, in our society.
former Catholic archbishop of Cebu archdioceses spokesman a leader of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist This serves as a lesson that evil
Cebu and the oldest among the Msgr. Joseph Tan said the prelate group and supposed emir of Islamic must be conquered so that goodness Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff
four Philippine cardinals, has died at 7:26am Wednesday due State group in Southeast Asia. may reign. May those who plan General Eduardo Ao shows images of militant
died at the age of 86, a church Cardinal / A6
Bishop Edwin dela Pea is hoping evil realize that there are so many
leaders Isnilon Hapilon, and Omar Maute during
a press conference at a military camp in Marawi,
that the death of the terrorist Siege / A3 Oct. 16, 2017. JOINT TASK FORCE MARAWI
A2 WORLD NEWS October 16- 29, 2017, Vol 21, No. 21 CBCP Monitor

Christians in Middle East feel Vatican Briefing

abandoned, betrayed by the West Vatican court finds ex-hospital chief guilty
of corruption
ROME, Italy As Vatican City announced on Sept. 14 the conclusion
interreligious tensions and of the corruption trial of the former president
a migration crisis continue and treasurer of the Vatican-owned Bambino
in the Middle East, key Ges hospital in Rome. The Oct. 14 communique
Church leaders in the region announced the end of the trial and the conviction
have said Christians largely of former president, Giuseppe Profiti, on charges
feel abandoned by the of abuse of office. The hospitals former treasurer,
international community, Massimo Spina, was acquitted. Profiti was given
which has done little to help a penalty of one year imprisonment, one year
resolve the situation. interdiction from public offices and a fine of 5,000
According to Syriac euros ($5,900). However, subject to the granting
Catholic Patriarch of Antioch of general attenuating circumstances, Profiti was
Ignatius Joseph III Younan, granted a five-year conditional suspension of the
Christians in the Middle sentence. A conditional suspension means that if
East feel that we have been a new offense is committed in the five-year period
abandoned, even betrayed, he becomes immediately subject to the penalty.
because we were hoping that (Hannah Brockhaus/CNA)
the international community
would defend our rights Pope announces special 2019 Synod of
and provide us with the
Bishops on South American region
equal chance to live in our Syriac Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Joseph III Younan attends a prayer event Santa Maria ai Monti parish in Rome, April 17, 2015. Pope Francis announced the decision to hold a
homeland, but that wasnt
the case.
special assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take
Its not easy to endure that neighboring countries such At the present moment, by the law, the patriarch said. place in October 2019, on the state of evangelization
violent upheaval in those two as Lebanon, Turkey, and dialogue is focused on how Another key right is the in the Pan-Amazon region of South America. The
countries, in Iraq and Syria, Jordan are still living in a the two can mutually and ability to choose our creed, purpose of the assembly will be to identify new
he said, explaining that both kind of limbo. They dont peacefully coexist, he said, our religion, and the right paths for the evangelization of people in the Pan-
faithful and Church leaders know what to do for their with an emphasis on the also to announce our creed, Amazon region of South America, meaning Bolivia,
in the region share this sense children, he said. fact that we live in the 21 our religion to others, he Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana,
of abandonment and betrayal In terms of numbers, st century, that we have said. Peru, Venezuela and Surinam, especially the
by Western countries in Younan said that so far more to respect each other, to However, currently its indigenous people, often forgotten, Francis said.
particular, which he said are than 50 percent of Christians accept each other and not forbidden to evangelize in The assembly will also address the crisis of the
more opportunistic than in Iraq have already left the discriminate because of Muslim countries apart from Amazonian Forest, a lung of great importance to our
helpful. country, while a third of religion. Lebanon. Because of this, planet. The Popes announcement was made in St.
We, the heads of Churches, the remaining Christian This is also the mission, weve been always, along Peters Square on Sept. 15 before the recitation of the
along with some other population is internally the task of the countries who the centuries, reduced to Angelus, and following the canonization Mass of 35
prominent lay people who displaced. have a word to say on the minorities because weve been new saints. (Hannah Brockhaus/CNA)
have been caring for their As far as the Christian international scene, he said. forbidden to be missionaries
communities, we try to send presence in Syria, we can We sit together at the United in our own country. Pope Francis to call astronauts aboard the
our voice, our rights, like St. easily talk about a third of Nations...and we talk about Issuing an appeal to the Space Station
John the Baptist, but it seems the Christian population human rights and therefore international community, From the start of his pontificate, Pope Francis
that we are shouting in the having left, with many still we have to uphold those Younan asked that Western has gained a reputation for his phone calls to people
desert, he said. waiting to be admitted to new rights for all, not only for nations not look at Christian around the world--including a priest with cancer,
Y o u n a n c i t e d countries. the ones who believe in our and other minorities in the
a Jesuit doorman, and a mother who had just lost
opportunistic geopolitics The main needs of refugees religion, but for all people. Middle East as numbers,
her son. But the Vatican announced on Oct. 8 that
as one of the main reasons and displaced persons is While the Holy See, and but as people, as persons,
Christians have either been first of all humanitarian Pope Francis in particular, being persecuted along the
the next call on Pope Francis list is going to be out
left homeless with no funding assistance, Younan said, understand and are doing their centuries. of this world literally. Pope Francis will contact
to rebuild their cities, or left explaining that the Church best to help in the plight of Weve been reduced to NASAs International Space Station via a satellite
lingering in refugee camps tries to provide for their Christians in the Middle East, minorities not because we call on Oct. 26 at 5 P.M., according to the Vatican.
for years due to a backlog basic needs, but surely its Younan said that in the broader had to leave our countries, Aboard the International Space Station are a total
in visa requests while being not enough, since most have community the geopolitical but because we are not of six astronauts, including three Americans, two
denied official refugee status. already been displaced for strategy of the mighty countries considered equal citizens Russians and one Italian who have been orbiting the
We dont have the interest several years. is still in, lets say, the winning with the Muslim majority, earth, about 220 miles away. Pope Francis call will
regarding our faith among We still suffer with them part in the world. he said, and called on this mark the second time a Pope has contacted astronauts
the politicians that govern the in our souls because we dont To follow the ethics of so-called civilized world not in space. Pope Benedict XVI called the International
Western countries. We dont know what to do for them. We the Gospel, the real defense just to look for their own Space Station in 2011 via satellite link and spoke with
have the numbers, we dont cant seek refugee visas for of human rights is for those political, economic interest, 12 astronauts for about 20 minutes. (CBCPNews)
have the oil, we dont pose them, because otherwise the who are the weakest and for but to protect the rights of
any terrorist threat to the Christian community would the forgotten ones among those who are persecuted Pope dedicates October to praying for the
civilized world, and therefore be empty in their homelands the minorities in the Middle because of their religion and unemployed
we have been put aside and and for us this is a great East, he said, but thats not their creed. Having dignified work is a topic Pope Francis
neglected, he said. loss, he said. But we try to the case, we are not the point This is the way to deal with has continuously returned to since his election,
The patriarch is in Rome for respond to their basic needs. of their interest. our problems, our very critical and it surfaced again in his latest prayer video,
the Oct. 9-12 plenary assembly In terms of dialogue The first right that needs to situation, he said. And if the which urges viewers to spend October praying that
marking the centenary of the between Christianity and be promoted for Christians in world fails to do defend the employees have just working conditions, and for
Congregation for the Oriental Islam, the patriarch said at the Middle East is to be able human and religious rights the unemployed. The video, published Oct. 3, opens
Churches and the Pontifical times its difficult to speak of to live in freedom as equal of everyone, the Middle
showing a young woman in an office searching
Oriental Institute, founded such a dialogue in the current citizens, rather than second- East will be emptied of their
through files and, when she cant find the one she is
by Benedict XV. cultural context, but it must class citizens who face Christian communities and
Christians from Iraq happen at the level of the harsh discrimination which it would be a very great loss.
looking for, an older colleague comes over and helps
and Syria who have fled to believers of each religion. frequently goes unpunished (CNA/EWTN News) her. As the scene plays out, Francis speaks in his
native Spanish, saying we should always remember

Italian Catholic priest kidnapped in Nigeria

the dignity and rights of those who work, condemn
situations in which that dignity and those rights are
violated, and help to ensure authentic progress by
man and society. (Elise Harris/CNA)
ABUJA, Nigeria An Italian Catholic Haram is active in Nigerias northern in various countries. In 1998, he entered
priest, who is a member of the region, the priest was kidnapped from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in
Neocatechumenal Way, was kidnapped the south. Rome.
Pope announces pre-synod meeting with
on Thursday by armed men in Benin Authorities are investigating the After serving as a chaplain in two youth as participants
City, Nigeria, according to media incident. parishes in Rome, he was sent to Pope Francis announced that ahead of next years
reports. Greg Burke, director of the Holy See Holland, where he was a pastor in the synod of bishops on youth, a preliminary meeting
Fr. Maurizio Pallu had been a Press Office, posted on Twitter that diocese of Haarlem. From there, he will take place drawing young people from various
missionary in Nigeria for three years. Pope Francis has been informed about was sent to the Nigerian archdiocese countries and walks of life. The gathering will give
According to the Italian bishops the Italian priest kidnapped in Nigeria, of Abuja. them a platform to share not only their convictions
publication, Avvenire, the kidnappers Fr. Maurizio Pallu, and is praying for Several other priests have recently in the faith, but also their doubts and critiques. With
may be local criminals whose aim would him. been kidnapped from the Nigerian state this path the Church wishes to listen to the voices,
be to obtain a ransom in exchange for Fr. Pallu is 63 and a native of Florence. of Edo, where Benin City is located, and feelings, faith and even the doubts and critiques
the priest. As a member of the Neocatechumenal one has been killed. (ACI Prensa/ of the youth, Pope Francis said during his Oct. 4
While the Islamist terror group Boko Way, he was a lay missionary for 11 years CNA) General Audience. The meeting is scheduled to take
place March 19-24, 2018--seven months before the
Priest who secretly ministered under Soviet rule moves closer to sainthood synod--and will draw youth from countries all over the
world, including non-Catholics and non-Christians.
VATICAN On Oct. 8, In 1940 he began the Soviet Union. in Wroclaw, and returned to The synod, titled Young People, Faith and the
Pope Francis advanced ministering in Lviv and In 1958 Soviet authorities Kazakhstan in June 1970.
Discernment of Vocation, is scheduled to take place
eight causes for sainthood, Volhynia, which was occupied stripped him of the right to The priest then ministered
in a years time, in October 2018. (Elise Harris/CNA)
including a Capuchin priest by the Soviet Union. The publicly perform priestly primarily in Kazakhstan and
who ministered underground region was later occupied by functions, and he began Ukraine until his Sept. 20,
across the Soviet Union for Nazi Germany, until Soviet ministering secretly in 1977 death, while reciting the Christians must be missionaries of hope,
nearly 40 years. forces returned in 1944. Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, breviary, in Lviv. Pope Francis says
Fr. Serafin Kaszuba, OFM During the ethnic cleansing and Estonia. In 1963 he went Although his cause for True Christians are not sad or gloomy, but have
Cap., was born June 17, of Poles in Volhynia by to Kazakhstan, where the sainthood is in still at an the specific task of being bearers of hope, Pope
1910 in Zamarstynw, near the Ukrainian Insurgent Soviets had deported tens early phase, Fr. Serafin is Francis said Wednesday--and not only with their
Lviv, in what was then part Army during World War of thousands of Poles. He honored by the families of words, but with actions as simple as a smile or an
of Austria-Hungary. Pope II he refused to leave his continued to minister in those he served in Ukraine act of charity. In his Oct. 4 general audience, the
Francis recognized his heroic parishioners, moving from secret, while publicly working and in Kazakhstan, many of Pope said it is encouraging to know that the disciples
virtues Oct. 9, meaning the one village to another as at a bookbinders. whom have preserved the are announcers of Jesus resurrection not only in
priest can now be referred to the settlements were razed. He was arrested in 1966 private altars where the priest word, but with facts and with the testimony of their
as Venerable. He escaped attacks on his and sentenced to prison, but would celebrated Mass in life! Jesus, he said, doesnt want disciples capable
Born Alojzy Kazimierz, rectory. he escaped the following year their homes. only of repeating learned and memorized formulas.
Fr. Serafin entered the Under the Soviet and continued working as a Pope Francis gave the green He wants witnesses: people who spread hope with
Capuchin novitiate in Poland government he was able to priest in Kazakhstan. light for Fr. Serafins cause their way of welcoming, smiling and loving. The
at the age of 18. He made legally register in 1945 as a Suffering from tuberculosis to move forward during an most important part is loving, he said, because
perpetual vows in 1932, and priest in Rivne, in what is and progressing deafness, Fr. Oct. 9 meeting with Cardinal the strength of the resurrection renders Christians
was ordained a priest the now Ukraine. He centered his Serafin was able to return to Angelo Amato, Prefect of the capable of loving even when love seems to have lost
following year. He studied at ministry in Volhynia, while Poland, then a Soviet satellite Congregation for the Causes its meaning. (Elise Harris/CNA)
the Jagiellonian University also travelling to the Latvian state, for hospital treatment of Saints. (CNA / EWTN
in Krakow. and Lithuanian territories of in 1968. He had lung surgery News)
CBCP Monitor October 16- 29, 2017, Vol 21, No. 21 NEWS FEATURES A3

Need a plumber, repairman?

Call the parish
ACN leads campaign to bring
back Christians to Iraq
MANILA Filipinos to join forces with ACN in
may have a mistaken supporting the continued
impression that Iraq is an Christian presence in Iraq.
overwhelmingly Muslim The Vatican Secretary of
country but what many do State expressed his gratitude
not know is parts of Iraq are for the support provided by
home to the most ancient ACN in the three years since
Christian communities said the ISIS invasion, which has
to be established by Saints enabled the many uprooted
Philip and Thaddeus, two Christian families to endure
of the twelve apostles of the this situation with dignity
Lord. and in security.
These Christian The conference was
communities, most of attended by government
which belong to the Eastern representatives, business
Fr. Uldarico Dari Dioquino, assistant parish priest of Immaculate Conception parish
in Marikina, talks to a parishioner. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Orthodox Church, thrived Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaks during the conference Return leaders, ambassadors
to the Roots organized by the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)
despite the predominant in Rome, September 28, 2017.
accredited to the Holy See
MARIKINA City A parish an identification card Islamization of Iraq in and international charitable
in Metro Manila has opened authenticated by the parish the succeeding centuries. efforts to rebuild the conference on behalf of the organizations interested
a hotline for parishioners in authorizes the plumbers and As recent as 2003, it was Christian communities in Holy Father Pope Francis. in humanitarian relief and
need of skilled workers who repairmen to offer services to estimated that there were Iraq, particularly in Nineveh Christian presence is reconstruction of war-
can fix leaky plumbing or parishioners. 1.4 million Christians living province. fundamental in the Middle ravaged zones in Iraq.
repair home appliances. Skilled workers, even relatively peacefully with A few weeks ago, ACN East for peace, stability and Since 2014 to date, ACN
The Immaculate retired ones, regardless of their Muslim countrymen. hosted a conference called pluralism, Cardinal Parolin has spent $36.6 million to
Conception parish in this city age, gender, and religion However, after the rise of Return to the Roots to said. Each of the Christian house and feed the Christian
is providing its parishioners may be duly accredited by Daesh (ISIS), that number update the international communities have made IDPs in Northern Iraq. The
a pool of accredited plumbers the parish, as long as they has fallen to 250,000. community about the their own contribution in the estimated cost for rebuilding
and repairmen they can trust meet specified standards and Had the Iraqi government milestones and the challenges centuries. the Christian villages is $250
to deliver good service, said requirements, said Dioquino. failed to stop the onslaught of the ongoing multi-sectoral ACN is supporting the first million. For more information
Fr. Uldarico Dari Dioquino, He said this program is of Daesh, it was feared that effort to facilitate the return phase of the reconstruction on how to help suffering
assistant parish priest. part of the parishs efforts to Christians would have left the of Iraqi Christians to their of over 13,000 damaged and persecuted Christians in
The parish serves as a help the unemployed earn country for good. hometown. and destroyed homes. In Iraq and Syria, please visit
third party that processes from their skills, and keep This is why pontifical No less than Vatican view of the mammoth task www.acn-philippines.org.
transactions between clients jobless youth off the streets. charity Aid to the Church Secretary of State Cardinal ahead, ACN is calling on the (Josemaria E. Claro/
and the service provider. It is also an effort to protect in Need is spearheading Pietro Parolin attended the international community ACN)
Our parishioners can call unemployed young people
a hotline, then we connect
them to our plumbers and
repairmen, said Dioquino.
from the dangers of abuse
which, Dioquino noted, often
happens at home. (Oliver
Popes trip to Burma comes amid textbook
According to the priest, Samson/CBCPNews)
example of ethnic cleansing
Indonesian bishop resigns NAYPYIDAW, Burma When Pope Burmese military and local Buddhist maintains significant control within

amid embezzlement, affair Francis visits Burma, also known as

Myanmar, this November, his visit will
come at one of the most contentious
vigilantes enacted a campaign of burning
Rohingya villages and massacring the
civilians within them. It is still unclear
Burma. Furthermore, the countrys
leader - Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung
San Suu Kyi has remained silent when
accusations periods of the countrys history.
Over the past month, state-supported
exactly how many people have been
killed in the violence, but Bangladeshi
asked about the persecution of the group
within her country.
RUTENG, Indonesia An confidence in Leteng, citing violence against Burmas Rohingya Foreign Affairs minister A.H. Mahmood To add to the worries, Enos fears
Indonesian prelate resigned their suspicions of financial Muslim community an ethnic and Ali has estimated that at least 3,000 that by focusing on the ethnic element
Wednesday as Bishop of mismanagement and religious minority has reached have died so far. As many as 400,000 of the conflict, Western leaders may
Ruteng amid mounting incontinence. staggering levels, causing the United people have been displaced within the overlook its religious aspect. The
concerns surrounding The Vatican has been Nations to declare the situation a past month. vast majority of people in Burma are
an alleged mistress and investigating the accusations textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Neighboring Bangladesh has accepted Buddhist and they view the Muslim
reportedly stolen funds. brought against Leteng since The scope of the humanitarian crisis the majority of those refugees, and more minority group Rohingya as a threat to
Bishop Hubertus Leteng, April, and Pope Francis is enormous and its ongoing, said people have been internally displaced the native Burman society, she said.
58, was accused of borrowing accepted Letengs resignation Daniel Mark, Chairman of the U.S. within the country. Its a religious conflict.
$94,000 from the Indonesian Oct. 11. Commission on International Religious The military claims the violence is a Mark stated that the religious element
bishops conference, as well Following Letengs Freedom, in an interview with CNA. response to attacks by a small group of of the conflict has been a concern of the
as $30,000 from the Diocese departure, Bishop Sylvester Once again we unfortunately have Rohingya against border agents in the Commission since its founding in 1998.
of Ruteng. San of Denpasar will serve another terrible crisis thats focusing Rakhine province, which left 12 officers As a result of this, weve been following
Leteng said the money was as apostolic administrator peoples attention on something thats dead. However, the violence which this very, very carefully and for a long
being used to fund a poor of Ruteng until a bishop is already a terrible situation. includes arson, sexual violence, and time, he said Weve recommended
youths education, although named. This is a deep and longstanding internal displacement long precedes Burma be designated as a Country
he failed to give any further Leteng was ordained a problem that weve been trying to call those attacks, and other demonstrations of Particular Concern every year, a
details or information, priest of the Ruteng diocese attention to for a long time, but its going within Rohingya communities, said recommendation the U.S. Department
according to Ucanews. He in 1988, and was appointed to need an extremely long and concerted Olivia Enos, a policy analyst in the of State has followed each year its made
was additionally criticized for its bishop in 2009. He was effort to address, Mark told CNA. Asian Studies Center at The Heritage such designations.
reportedly taking a mistress consecrated a bishop April Even addressing the immediate Foundation, who specializes in human The long history of the conflict means
an allegation which Leteng 14, 2010. humanitarian crisis is not going to solve rights. that while there are immediate steps
called slanderous. Though Indonesia is a this profound underlying issue of the Maybe some individual Rohingya are that need to be taken to address the
In June, more than heavily majority-Muslim Rohingya Muslims in Burma. acting out in self-defense, but to place humanitarian situation, work to end
60 priests of the diocese country, the island of Flores, For years, the Rohingya, an ethnic blame on Rohingya is misleading, Enos the conflict will need to look at long-
resigned from their on which Ruteng is located, group whose main religion is Islam, said. term solution. This is all a result of the
assignments in protest of is largely Catholic. Flores have faced grave persecution in the The military has a long, long history systematic exclusion of these people
Letengs administration of was colonized by Portugal, Burmese state of Rakhine, where the of burning homes and villages, raping from Burmese society, he explained. All
the diocese. and nearly 89 percent of the majority of them live. An estimated women and children. The track record the things were saying now about the
A year earlier, 112 of population of the Ruteng 1.1 million Rohingya live within the is so long that to place the blame on treatment of Rohingya Muslims going
the dioceses 167 priests diocese is Catholic. (CNA/ majority-Buddhist country. Members of any kind of radical agents within the forward are thing that we have been
had signed a letter of no EWTN News) the group have been denied citizenship Rohingya would be really inaccurate. saying all along, Mark continued.
since the foundation of Burma in 1948, While violence and discrimination Its been a tinderbox and that needs
Siege / A1 and have suffered violence, and the against the Rohingya people at the to be addressed.
freedom to move or access clean water hands of Burmese authorities has been In the short term, Mark advocated
good people who will oppose poverty eradication and since a military coup detat in 1962. ongoing since the 1960s, with increases for immediate humanitarian aid and
them, he said. infrastructure development After a different military regime took in persecution in 2012 and 2015, the assurance that humanitarian goods
For his part, Fr. Jerome should only be some of control in 1988, with even harsher current crisis is of particular concern, will get to those in need of them.
Secillano, executive secretary the measures that this military crackdowns throughout the Enos said. She explained that the high He also called for accountability
of the bishops Committee on government should undertake country, the country has been referred levels of displacement and increased for human rights violations and a
Public Affairs, said extremism if only to dismantle or at to as Myanmar. incidents of violence and destruction cessation of violence. He also noted the
will not end in the death of least weaken the influence of Pope Francis will visit the country set this conflict apart from the ones that need for the international community
the two leaders alone. terrorist cells, he said. in November, following stories of have come before. to help support Bangladesh as it takes
The priest said a holistic More than 1,000 lives have horrifying human rights abuses and a Also concerning, she said, is the fact in tens of thousands of people a day,
approach and not just been lost in the nearly five- mass exodus of Rohingya civilians from this conflict is occurring after democratic so a secondary crisis is not created
military offensive is needed month war, including 163 Burma. reforms which took place between 2011- there.
in battling terrorism. soldiers, 822 militants and The most recent wave of violence 2015. While the nation is becoming Attacks need to stop and aid needs to
Education, employment, 47 civilians. (CBCPNews) began on Aug. 25, 2017, after which the more democratic, she said, military still start. (Adelaide Mena/CNA)

Pope Francis on why he gives interviews

VATICAN In a preface to a new while adding that as a pastor, its a chief of La Civilt Cattolica. It will popular language, he explained. one eventually persuaded him.
book of interviews, Pope Francis risk hes willing to take. be presented Oct. 21. He takes the same approach Ive always been worried about
outlined his approach to speaking Everything that I do has pastoral In the preface, Francis explained in press conferences aboard the bad interpretations of what I say,
with journalists, explaining that value, in one way or in another, that for him, giving an interview papal plane when returning from he wrote. As with interviews in the
he thinks interviews should be like he said. If I did not trust this, I is not like ascending a pulpit to apostolic visits, he said, though he past, he said he was hesitant to
a conversation and this is why he would not allow interviews: for preach, but is a meeting between sometimes imagines beforehand accept Spadaros request, though
doesnt prepare answers in advance. me it is clear. Its a manner of him and the journalist: I need to what questions journalists may ask. eventually he did and gave two long
For me interviews are a dialogue, communicating my ministry. meet the people and look them in He knows he must be prudent, interviews, both which make up part
not a lesson, the Pope wrote. Pope Francis gave his thoughts the eyes, he wrote. he said, and he always prays to the of the book.
I do not prepare for this, he said, on interviews, and why and how He said he likes to speak with Holy Spirit before listening to the The compilation also includes
stating that he usually declines to he gives them, in a preface written people from both small magazines questions and responding. various conversations with fellow
read the questions when they are for a book called Now Ask Your and popular newspapers, because Historically however, Francis Jesuits, which Francis said are the
sent in advance, instead opting to Questions. he feels even more comfortable. wasnt fond of giving interviews. moments he usually feels the most
answer organically, as he would in The book, a a collection of both In fact, in those cases I really I may be tough, the Pope said, comfortable and free to speak.
an actual conversation. new and old interviews with Pope listen to the questions and concerns but Im also shy, stating that as Im glad theyve been included
Yes, I am still afraid of being Francis, was compiled by Fr. of ordinary people, trying to answer Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he was in this collection, he said, since
interpreted badly, he clarified, Antonio Spadaro, SJ, editor-in- spontaneously and in a simple, a little afraid of journalists, though Interviews / A7
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