Asia Pacific

First female principal for St Joseph’s College Alafua Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

For the first time St. Joseph’s Alafua, Samoa, has a female principal. Since it was founded in 1950 the principal has always been a Marist Brother. 44-year-old laywoman Susitina Maletino Levao replaces Br Bryan Stanaway, who resigned for medical reasons last year. A mother of one child, Ms Levao has a long history with the college Read more

Churches in Fiji observe Break-the-Silence Sunday Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017
break the silence

Last Sunday Churches across Fiji observed Break the Silence Sunday in a united attempt to break the culture of silence and shame around violence against women. This is in response to research conducted by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre which suggests that 64 percent of Fijian women aged between 15 and 49 have experienced physical or Read more

Fiji has what world needs to create connectedness – Archbishop Chong Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong, says Fiji and other indigenous faith communities have what the world needs – a pathway for connectedness. In his opinion piece in the Fiji Times, he said Fiji has the language to move people to heal the crisis in creation. Chong said the myth of economic development causes widespread impoverishment, Read more

Guam’s Archbishop Byrnes leading by example Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Archbishop Michael Byrnes lives a simple life. You can see him walking in his sandals in the parking lot at the Agãna Shopping Centre after grocery shopping. Writing in Pacific Daily News, Haidee Eugenio says you can also spot him with other clergy in the food court of the Micronesia Mall in Dededo. Or having Read more

Churches support Samoa’s Victim Support Group Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017
victim support

The President of the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), Siliniu Lina Chang, says church leaders of various denominations have come forward to be part a Men’s and Women’s Advocacy programme as facilitators of these counselling sessions. Chang also acknowledged their partnership with the Ministry of Justice, Administration and Court which has referred many of the Read more

Fiji steals show at UN climate change talks Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017
climate change

Fiji has turned a tiny part of Germany into a tropical Pacific island as it leads global negotiations on climate change, and so securing a stage for islanders’ worries about rising sea levels. Fiji is the first small island state to preside at UN climate negotiations since they began in the 1990s. The country’s chief Read more

Ecclesiastical trials need to be transparent and follow due process Comments 0

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The handling of cases involving clergy must be “completely transparent, just like in the state system” says a missiology lecturer at the Catholic School of Philosophy in Maumere on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Father John Mansford Prior’s opinion piece specifically addressed the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng on Flores. It was published in the October Read more

Manus: Take up New Zealand’s offer, says Australian bishop Comments 0

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The Australian Bishops’ Delegate for Migrants and Refugees says the Australian government should accept New Zealand’s offer to take detainees on Manus Island. “It is time to find an alternative and conscionable solution, including accepting New Zealand’s offer of resettlement and bringing the remaining detainees on Manus Island to Australia,” said Bishop Vincent Long Van Read more

Duterte wants better relationship with the Church Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017
better relationship

A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte has responded to the launching of a 33-day period of religious activities aimed at stopping extrajudicial killings in the country, by expressing a desire to build a better relationship with the Catholic Church. Harry Roque said that as of September 30, authorities have been investigating 2,243 incidents with “drug-related motives”. He added Read more

Fiji’s multi-faith declaration on climate change Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017
climate change

A group of faith-based organisations in Fiji have come together to draft and promulgate the COP23 Multi-Faith Charter. They have committed themselves to do more to help address the effects of climate change within their own faith communities, as well as make specific calls for increased ambition and action by Parties and non-state actors. The Read more