For Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle, the Synod of Bishops on the family is a "hopeful" sign that the church is willing to listen to the difficulties families experience.
NCR Today: Former papal nuncio to Dominican Republic defrocked; Bishops and (civil) marriage equality; Gay and proud in the Philippines.
Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila was saying Mass in typhoon ravaged Palo cathedral at the close of the archdiocese's diamond jubilee celebration last November when he witnessed with admiration the "unshakable faith" of people amidst suffering.
This, Tagle said at a press conference May 30, was what the fund raising concert of sacred music of renowned composer and musician Ryan Cayabyab called "Rise! Rebuilding from the Ruins" on June 11 hopes to recognize.
The superior of the church mission of Afghanistan (sui iuris) has appealed for "silent prayer" for the resolution of yesterday's kidnapping of the priest who heads Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the country.
Faith and Justice: The pope gave the press lots to write about after Francis held a free-wheeling press conference aboard an airplane again.
A mother and her six children who survived the floods and winds of Typhoon Haiyan died Wednesday when their tent in a camp near the city's airport went up in flames.
Authorities identified the victims as Maria Elisa Ocenar, 39, and her children Cathleen, 11; Justine, 10; Jan Mark, 6; Jovelyn, 5; Jasmine Claire, 3; and Jacklyn, 4 months, the Asian church news portal ucanews.com reported.
NCR Today: Pope Francis confirmed that he wants to visit the Philippines and Sri Lanka for two days in January, although neither bishops' conference has heard from him yet.
Aboard the papal plane: Pope Francis said he will meet with six to eight sex abuse victims and confirmed an investigation of the Vatican's former secretary of state.
NCR Today: Holy Land trip round up; What to do with old churches? The priest shortage (have you seen that headline before?); Buffalo Catholic schools.
Religious of the Cenacle Sr. Malen Java Java presented on the topic “Faces of the Family: The Overseas Filipino Workers Challenge” on the first day of the four-day conference organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. She discussed the plight of families whose members are scattered in different countries because that is where they can find temporary work.