Philippines

Photo courtesy of Genefir Buckly’s Facebook page
A young Jesuit volunteer was killed while serving as a teacher in a community high school in Pangantucan, Bukidnon in the Philippines.On August 23, Genefir Buckly and fellow Jesuit volunteer Ann Kathleen Gatdula were attacked and stabbed by a man they caught stealing in their quarters. Buckly, 24, died of multiple stab wounds while Gatdula, 30, was wounded and is recovering in the hospital.Both women are part of Jesuit Volunteers Philippines (JVP), a programme that recruits, trains and sends...
Coastline houses in Culion
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, Jesuit Missions responded with an immediate emergency appeal to support local partner Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) a Philippine Jesuit run organisation. This partnership has continued as SLB has developed long-term projects for this disaster-prone area.Supported by Jesuit Missions, SLB began the construction of Ecoville in Culion, Palawan in 2015. Ecoville is a housing project designed to be more resilient and safer from future typhoons. It...
Fr Nicolas cuts his celebration cake
Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ marked his golden jubilee as a priest on March 17 in a manner in keeping with his characteristic humility.  The simple celebration comprised Mass in the Oratory of the Loyola House of Studies, Ateneo of Manila University, concelebrated by Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific President Fr Mark Raper SJ and Arrupe International Residence Superior Fr Renato Repole SJ and dinner in the AIR refectory.“It is a joy for us to celebrate you Nico. I hope you enjoy it too, even if...
A mission of reconciliation and justice: the message from GC36
The Jesuits in the Philippines are intensifying their opposition to the reinstatement of the death penalty in the country and have appealed for prayers from Jesuit Missions supporters in Britain and around the world. Tomorrow (Tuesday), they will be joining a rally in Manila, as the Bill goes for its third reading before Congress.The Jesuit Provincial in the Philippines last month issued a statement regarding the death penalty and the killings happening in the country. Recalling that at...
The Philippines Provincial Fr Antonio Moreno SJ. Credit: Rick Flores
The Jesuits in the Philippines have joined the country’s bishops in condemning efforts to revive the death penalty. Writing to the province last week, Fr Provincial Antonio Moreno SJ described capital punishment as a “wanton disregard for human life”, warning that reinstatement of the death penalty could destroy “an integral ethic of life”.The measure seeking to reinstate capital punishment ‘for heinous crimes’ in the Philippines is currently being...
Fr Pierre T. Tritz SJ, 1914 - 2016
Tributes have been paid to a French-born Jesuit who devoted more than 40 years of his life to the education of poor children in the Philippines. Fr Pierre T. Tritz SJ, who died on 10 September 2016 at the age of 101, has been described as "a model of dedication" by a Jesuit studying in Britain.Born on 19 September 1914, Fr Tritz entered the Society of Jesus in 1933. He studied and worked in China before being assigned to the Philippines in 1950. In Manila, he served as a chaplain in...
The Syrian Cedar tree is decorated with prayer requests in Liverpool
Two art works by Jesuit Filipino artist Fr Jason Dy SJ added poignancy to Liverpool City Centre in the run-up to Christmas. His Sites of Refuge sought to engage the public in topical conversation about displacement, refuge and sanctuary.Fr Dy, who has been studying for his MA in Creative Practice in Liverpool, says he hoped to create sites that evoked disruption as well as meditation.The project was comprised of two installations - both of them interactive: a Tree of Refuge located in Clayton...
Devastation at Nueja Ecija in the Philippines, following Typhoon Koppu. (Raphael Bonaso)
The Jesuit relief and development agency in the Philippines, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) has mounted a relief operation in the region affected by Typhoon Koppu – known locally as Typhoon Lando. Its staff and volunteers are targeting three municipalities in Aurora - Casiguran, Dilasag and Dinalungan – with food and other supplies for communities disrupted over recent days by flooding and power failure. They have succeeded in reaching almost 70% of the 60,000 families affected, despite...
Pope Francis has called for “responsible” parenthood, saying that to be good Catholics people do not need to breed “like rabbits”. Speaking on the flight back to Rome from the Philippines, he was responding to questions from journalists about the size of families and the Church's teaching on birth control.During his visit to Asia, the Pope met with former street children who had been abandoned by their parents because they could not afford to care for them. He was asked whether he felt the...
Tears mingled with heavy rain as Pope Francis met survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. As they recounted their stories of the devastation which claimed almost 7,000 lives in November 2013, he shook his head and shared their suffering in silence.Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle broke down in tears as he asked the Pope whether he wanted to say a few words to them. “You could see the Holy Father shaking his head … and at some moments saying ‘Oh, oh!’ He was suffering,” said the Cardinal...

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