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I’ll serve my country but not at home



HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Ching Baltazar is an active member of the several migrant communities in Hong Kong.

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Visit to the Maryknoll Motherhouse

A visit by 10 students and four staff from theto the Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse in Ossining, New York, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the school


Our group from Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section) arrived at the Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse on the evening of July 26 during this year’s summer vacation.

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Fidelity to monastic life

From morning alarms to evening texts, life in a city makes constant demands. How can we make our faith part of a daily life that is so busy? 

St. Benedict asked his monks to consecrate their time through the vow of conversatio morum, freeing their daily lives from possessiveness, either in relationships or in property. 

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Benedictine hospitality

There are fabulous hotels and lavish restaurants in Hong Kong. Is that what hospitality means—the industry that offers luxurious comfort, entertainment, and fine dining? St. Benedict saw hospitality not as an industry but as a collective and individual responsibility, part of our everyday lives.

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Glaring violations of safety standards found in Kentex factory after deadly fire

Seventy-two workers, many of whom were women, were burned to death and 20 more are still missing in the biggest factory fire that hit The Philippines—the fire that gutted the factory of Kentex Manufacturing Incorporated on 13 May 2015. The company, located along Tatalon Street in Barangay Ugong in Valenzuela City, manufactures rubber slippers for sale and distribution in various parts of The Philippines.

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A Christmas Mass behind bars

As another year begins, some of us will look back over the past regretting mistakes made, lost opportunities and past misdeeds.

However as the Christmas season comes before the year ends, for believers it is a time to renew spiritual vigour by focussing more on God and less for worldly things.

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Media panders to what employers and workers want to read

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Hong Kong people hold an ambivalent feeling towards migrant workers.

They need them, as they provide low cost domestic service and put in long hours, but at the end of the day most people don’t trust them.

Nevertheless, the role of a foreign domestic worker is important to families, especially where both parents need to work and children or aged relatives need to be taken care of.

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Pope Francis on healing the pain of Mother Earth

Even though concerns about what was happening to our environment began to appear in Church documents as early as 1971, I have argued that the Catholic Church’s teaching on ecology was certainly not a central element in its preaching of the gospel of Jesus.

This might be about to change during the Petrine ministry of Pope Francis.

During a Mass to mark his inauguration as bishop of Rome on March 19, he focussed on the role of Joseph as the protector of Jesus and his mother.

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Challenge is to promote the real Philippine tourism

The Philippines is famous for its tropical island beaches, natural scenic and adventure tourism, scuba diving, golf, heritage and historic tourism.

For the beautiful Philippines to have an attractive, clean and healthy tourism industry, much effort must go into eradicating an image tarnished by the influx of thousands of men travelling alone to look for sex.

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Pilgrim and mission are related concepts

Leaving home and undertaking a journey at the behest of God has deep roots in the bible.

God called Abram to “leave your country and your father’s house and go to the land that I will show you... and I will make you a great nation and I will bless you” (Genesis12:1-2).

The notion of Peregrinatio (pilgrim or wanderer) can go right back to St. Patrick himself.