» 11/05/2009, 00.00
Philippines: over 6 million young people drop out of school
Poverty among the main causes. Bishop Ongtioco: you have to "motivate" the parents to recognize the importance of education for their children's lives. Distance learning programs to help those who drop out continue their studies.
Filipino Church and government helping country's poor
President Arroyo has visited a refugee camp in the village of Misereor, in the province of Nueva Ecija. Collaboration between the government and Catholics has permitted the birth of a school and the use of a field, dedicated to organic farming. The inhabitants are being provided with basic medical care and rice at controlled prices.
Philippine government "spreads" use of condoms even on television, radio and in newspapers
Catholics and bishops condemn the Department of Health (DOH) initiative and accuse the government of using public taxes for campaigns that go against morality. Former director of the DOH: condoms do not prevent pregnancy or protect against infection.
Work of training, formation at Ho Chi Minh City parish
Thanks to the help of the Italian bishops, in the parish of St. Paul in the district of Binh Tan a training house has been built that can accommodate 500 people participating in formation courses.
Building a "new India" through education
This is the desire of the Indian bishops, who yesterday closed the General Assembly of their Conference. Their final statement included guidelines and proposals to set up, within a year, a national policy on education: in schools, places will be set apart for marginalized children, more hostels will be built in rural areas and more attention will be paid to those with disabilities.
"Meet and share Christ," a winning formula for young Filipino catechists
YouCat, a Catholic Youth movement, is one of the busiest in the country, with 8,500 members already involved in catechist training of young converts. Its aim, even on the Internet, is to train "young missionaries" interested in teaching the faith.
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