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We begin in the Philippines today, where Catholics came out and stated their strong opinions against the "threats to life" in rallies held in various major cities on Feb. 24. Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila then led priests, nuns, and lay people in an early morning "Walk for Life" around the capital's main park.
The main issues raised during these national marches were: drug-related killings, a congressional proposal to legalize divorce, and changes to the constitution. "Let us bring back the belief that the lives of other people, even of our enemies, are a gift from God" Cardinal Tagle said. He also told Filipino Catholics to value all lives, even their enemies, and society's so-called outcasts.
Meanwhile, in the central Philippines, over 5000 Catholics joined a "Walk for Life With Mary", which was led by Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu. The walk protested against the Government's violent war against drugs, as well as its questionable motives and circumstances. "No man has the right to end another's life. God is the beginning and end of life. Let us protect life from womb to tomb", the Archbishop said. Rights groups say that close to 12,000 suspected drug users and dealers have been mercilessly killed, in the government's violent campaign against narcotics.
Here in Canada Archbishop Michael Miller of Vancouver said that the provincial government must stop its attempts to force hospices and care homes to provide euthanasia.
"Provincial health authorities are making a serious mistake in trying to force caregivers who are committed to making the final stages of life for the elderly into supporting assisted suicide”, the archbishop said in a recent statement. "Assisted suicide, stands in stark contrast to the care that hospices offer, and none should be compelled to provide it." the statement said.
More than 2,000 Canadians have died of assisted suicide since the practice was made legal in June 2016. "If the elderly, sick and suffering in our population, feel that euthanasia is their best option it means we as a society and individuals are letting them down", Archbishop Miller wrote. He is the most recent voice who's spoke against the recent announcement from the regional Fraser Health Authority, saying their mandating that care homes in its jurisdiction must provide assisted suicide onsite.
In China, the news agency of The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples called 'Fides' has recently reported that nearly 50,000 baptisms were registered in China last year. According to the report, this high number is an accurate representation of the missionary strength of their Catholic communities. To put it into perspective, the province of Hebei has had the highest number of baptisms, surpassing 11,000 last year; while the Archdiocese of Beijing reached over one thousand.
The report said the following: "In spite of the encouraging figures, we must always feel called to a renewed missionary commitment in China."
Finally, tonight we go to the US where the Knights of Columbus in West Virginia are packaging meals for thousands in need.
That is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspectives of a Catholic Lens. Thank you for joining us.