Philippines

The Foxes Have Lairs

In Guatemala poverty and homelessness are the direct results of concentration of land in a few hands; 65% of the land belongs to a small minority who are growing richer all the time because of this situation.  Three out of four Guatemalans are very poor and live in very ineadequate housing, with the direct result that infant mortality is 170 for every 1000.  There is no sharing, not even a little, by those few who own thousands of acres -some properties extending from the volcanos to the sea --with the majority who spend sleepless nights in vercrowed shacks worrying about how to earn a few centavos the next day for their families.

FATHER ROMEO G. NIMEZ, CICM, from the Philippines, who writes this article, has been a missionary in Guatemala for five years.  While working in the parish of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa in the department of Escuintla along the Pacific Ocean,  Father Nimez is also the CICM Vocation Director in Guatemala.

Saving The Rain Forest

By Fr. Frank Connon, C.SS.R.

At Sunday Mass Fr. Pat Kelly, is a Canadian Scarboro Missionary, asked the question: ‘when the Rain Forest of San Fernando is cut down, will there still be any future for the children there? The word ‘any future for the children’ struck a sensitive chord in the heart of the small farmers. After all, it was for the sake of the children that they have uprooted themselves from their families and friends in the Island and settled here in San Fernando.

Malate Martyrs

Fr. Arthur Price

We arrive in Manila on a beautiful tropical evening just before sunsets, four newly ordained priests, Father James McDevitt, Dermot Feeny, Martin Strong and Arthur Price. We made our way to Malate church, which we found in a festive mood as that annual novena in honor of Our Lady of Remedies was then in Progress. It was on November 15, 1936. A wonderful atmosphere of relaxed enjoyment. Religion was really seemed to be the center of the lives of these people in more ways than one.

Country Profile

CHILE, one of the strangest shaped countries in the world, is a long strip of territory sandwich between the Pacific Ocean and the highest peaks of the  Andes mountain range. This ribbon of lands is never more than 110 miles wide. Most of the population lives in the fertile central zone. To the north dry hills, the Atacama Desert, and mineral deposit which gave the country it’s main export-Copper. It is here, at giant workings like Chuquicamata (the largest open- cast mine in the world) that the copper is mined.

A Tiny Something Of Myself

By Sr. Walfridis, SSpS

Before I posted to Papua New Guinea in 1592, I taught in our college in Manila. When I received my mission appointment, I thought to myself, now I will really taste some bush mission work. But, to my disappointment, I landed in a school catechists the week I arrived.

But Every Thursday morning (our free day instead of Saturday) I went to Kananam, a nearby village, for religious instruction. When the sea was calm, I went by a small canoe and when the sea is rough, by push-bike.

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