Daily Archives:August 10th, 2018

MOT holds meeting to launch SYD-5

Members of the 5th Sabah Youth Day (SYD5) pose for the camera at their gathering at Kg Notoruss Penampang, 4-5 Aug 2018.

PENAMPANG – Members of the main organising team held a two-day meeting to launch the 5th Sabah Youth Day (SYD-5) on 5-6 Aug 2018 at the Bamboo House Riverside Kampung Notoruss here.

The 13 participants represented the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese and the Dioceses of Keningau and Sandakan.

The theme of the SYD-5 will be “I am the handmaid of the Lord; let what you have said be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).

The gathering was a time for prayer, reflection and brainstorming on enfleshing the rationale and objectives of the youth event in countering the issues brought up in the March 2018 meeting at Pace Bene Papar.

The objectives of SYD-5 are threefold:  1) bringing the youth to celebrate their Catholic faith; 2) helping the youth to follow Mother Mary in obeying the call of God; 3) strengthening the youth to become witnesses to Christ in this millennium.

The Main Organising Team (MOT) together with Father Joshua Liew and Father David Garaman paid a courtesy call on Archbishop John Wong at his office on Aug 7.

Franciscan Sister Dora Obod, as SYD5 coordinator, presented the rationale, objectives and progress report to the prelate.  In response, the prelate expressed his support for the programme presented.

The launching of SYD5 will be at Holy Trinity Tawau on 22-24 Feb 2019, followed by the Journey of the Youth Cross and Marian Icon across Sabah until the culmination in 2020 at St Joseph Papar / Holy Rosary Limbahau.


Argentine Senate rejects voluntary abortion law

Argentines rally in Buenos Aires in favour of life (AFP or licensors)

BUENOS AIRES – In a victory for pro-life advocates in Argentina, the country’s Senate rejected a bill on 9 Aug 2018 to legalise voluntary abortion into the 14th week of pregnancy.

Hours of heated debate and impassioned pleas ended with a 38 to 31 vote against the measure. The bill had narrowly passed the lower house in July.

Senators from Argentina’s northern regions led the charge against legalising voluntary abortion, while representatives from the Buenos Aires region and those in the south pushed to pass it.

Ahead of the Senate vote, President Mauricio Macri said he was personally against abortion, but added that the debate itself was “a win for democracy.”

Current Argentine law only permits abortions if the mother’s life is at risk, or in cases of rape.

Pro-life advocates from the country’s Catholic Church likely helped swing the vote in favour of life.

On the day of the vote, Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli celebrated Mass to pray for the vote’s positive outcome. The Archbishop of Buenos Aires appealed to Senators not to interrupt “the honorable and praiseworthy tradition of legislating for the common good and for a culture of life, protecting the weakest and most defenseless, who are waiting to participate in history.”

At the same time, Cardinal Poli called on Catholics to find space in their communities to allow pregnant women in difficulty “to share their fears and to feel the embrace and tenderness of women who had the joy of giving birth to a child, despite all difficulties.”

Following Thursday’s vote against voluntary abortion, the Catholic Church in Argentina seeks to remain a place of welcome for mothers facing difficult, unforeseen, or unwanted pregnancies.

Local priests in the poorest parts of the Buenos Aires region have created a network of “Houses of the Maternal Embrace.”  These centres provide food, medical assistance, psychological counseling, and legal advice to pregnant mothers in difficulty.

One pro-life activist, Victoria Osuna, told Reuters the Senate’s vote against abortion “showed that Argentina is still a country that represents family values.” –Devin Watkins, Vatican News 

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