The Voice of the suffering in Asia
“They vandalized and destroyed everything, and then they went away, And when the fire was put out, they came back again, to make sure that the church was destroyed.”
“Every human being is related to others, and the Pope has used the word “communion” repeatedly. This communion is more than just an act; it is really a way of being. And whenever something touches a part of the Church, it touches all of us.”
Unlike its neighbor China, Mongolia enjoys extensive religious freedom. However, the challenges of rapid economic and social change have made some local authorities wary of religion, hence the importance of the visit.
The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia that consists of 7,641 islands, 2,000 of which are inhabited. The two largest islands, Luzon and Mindanao, …
The farmers use the income to pay their debts and buy seeds for the coming season. Theoretically, the farmers and their families can earn a modest living this way. But in practice, the majority are caught in a debt trap that turns them into serfs of the rich landowners. If a harvest fails, the families not only lose their own share, but they must also compensate the landowner for the expected profit. If they are unable to pay, they must stay and perform forced labor. This medieval servitude decides the fate of many of the province’s Christian and Hindu families. And last year’s floods made their situation worse: all their harvests failed; villages were destroyed; and their debt grew.