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posted Nov 28, 2018, 5:42 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 5:43 AM ]

WYD 2019 journey continues

Less than 60 days before the beginning of World Youth Day (WYD) that will take place in Panama from January 22 to 27, 2019, and after the announcement of the official agenda of Pope Francis for his apostolic visit to the country, the activities continue to multiply in the archdiocese in preparation for the arrival of the Holy Father.

On Sunday, November 18, thousands of young people who make up the Panamanian delegation "Peregrinos Panama" for the next WYD, gave life to a march from the University of Technology to the University of Santa Maria la Antigua (USMA), where they ended the day with the Mass presided by the Archbishop of Panama, Msgr José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, who, in his homily, told them: "Dear young people, you are the reason for this great effort that, as a Church and nation, we are doing, in the organisation of WYD." He also recalled that "the goal of WYD is to meet Jesus, to continue living our baptismal commitment with joy, humility and the availability of believers."


Documentary on priest who transformed poverty into hope

Known as the 'Holy Fighter' or 'the man of miracles', Fr Pablo Pedro Opeka, the Lazzarist missionary, shows Christ's compassionate face to the poor in the peripheries of Madagascar through his humanitarian work. Fr Pedro Opeka, an Argentinian with Slovenian origins, was ordained a priest in Buenos Aires on September 28, 1975 and was sent to a rural parish in southeast Madagascar.


South Korean missionaries bring medical care and hope to the poor

Bringing the announcement of God's love, giving a word of comfort and hope and practical help to the poor and marginalised in the Philippines; with this spirit, 26 Catholic lay missionaries, nurses and medical personnel from South Korea offered their services to patients who cannot afford medical treatment, bringing joy and hope. These health workers took part in a five-day medical mission in November organised by the 'Catholic Health Association of Korea', in collaboration with Fr Andreas Chang, priest of the Sacred Heart parish of Jesus in the city of Malabon, near Manila.

Fr Chang is a South Korean missionary who lives in the diocese of Caloocan, committed to proclaiming the Gospel and serving the poor who live in urban slums on the outskirts of the metropolis. The priest noted the extreme poverty and need to provide healthcare to people who remain cut off from any kind of public or private healthcare. This is why he contacted the Catholic Health Association of Korea.


Patriarchs to meet young people, celebrate martyrs

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako - who was President delegate during the recent Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church entitled 'Youth, faith and vocational discernment' - will host the 26th meeting of the Eastern Catholic Patriarchs, scheduled from November 26 to 30 at the patriarchal seat of Baghdad, and dedicated to young people as "a sign of hope in the Middle East." The important summit will begin on the afternoon of November 26, with a Eucharistic concelebration presided over by the Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan at the Syro-Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, theatre of a massacre committed by a commando of al Qaeda on 31 October 31, 2010, in which about 50 faithful and two priests died.


Farida Adib Khanam awarded Mother Teresa Gold Medal

Professor Farida Adib Khanam, Principal of Gonoshasthaya Samaj Vittik Medical College (GSVMC), has been awarded the Mother Teresa Gold Medal 2018, at a function held in Dhaka on November 20 by Bishwa Manabadhikar Foundation for her contribution to education and health services.

Graduated from Rajshahi Medical College in 1973, Farida Adib was Principal of Cumilla Medical College and Sir Salimullah Medical College before joining GSVMC.


War leads to 85,000 children dead from malnutrition

According to Save the Children, 85,000 children under age five could have died due to severe acute malnutrition since the start of conflict in Yemen nearly four years ago.

David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP) said, "We are now supporting over eight million people in this country. It appears that, because of the war, we are going to have to scale up to maybe 12 million people. That's why I am here in this port today to send a very clear message to the world that we need to protect this port at all costs, to function at the highest capacity, because if we don't, then people are going to die."