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S+L BLOG: Noel Ocol



In the Philippines where thousands of Filipino Catholics marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to the Philippines. ...read more
I was honored to be invited to join a discussion panel that featured some high profile industry experts and TV personalities to discuss specifically the importance of rigorous journalism. Here's my opening address. ...read more
The Three Chilean abuse survivors who met with Pope Francis last weekend said that his apology to them must be accompanied by concrete actions, not only against those who commit sexual abuse, but also against those who cover it up. ...read more
During his weekly general audience in Rome today, the Pope asked for prayers for peace in Syria and invited Christians, to be joyful, for the grace of Baptism. He continued his catecheses, focusing on the Sacrament of Baptism. He offered a reflection on water, as the source of life. ...read more
The US government is drastically cutting the number of refugees allowed into the country. As a result, nearly 20 US Catholic refugee resettlement programs were forced to close, with many more scaling back operations. ...read more
The Korean bishops welcome the positive outcome of the, "Two Koreas" Summit last friday that saw the offer of North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons if the United States promises not to attack. ...read more
A survivor of clergy sexual abuse in Chile said he hopes his upcoming meeting with the Pope this weekend will be an opportunity to bring an end to the culture of abuse and cover-up among the bishops in his country. ...read more
71-year-old Sr. Patricia Fox, has been serving the poor communities in the Philippines for 3 decades so why did the immigration bureau kick here out of the country? ...read more
As news of the tragedy spread throughout the world, Cardinal Thomas Collins issued a statement saying, “I invite the Catholic community across the Archdiocese of Toronto to join me in offering our prayers for all those who were killed and injured in the violent incident earlier today.” The statement concluded, “Let us all unite in our efforts to bring comfort and care to those who are hurting today.”   ...read more
To Cuba where Catholic youth received a video message from the Pope asking them to be good patriots, to love your nation, and to love your country. "Be generous and open your hearts to the Lord," the Pope said in the video message sent to young men and women attending a meeting for youth ministry leaders in Havana. ...read more