Recent Editorial

  • Court ruling affirms religious authorities are limited by law

    Jan 08, 2015

    There is the law and no one, including religious authorities, can overstep the limits of the law even if they invoke religion as a right.

  • A Christmas with tears – Pope Francis' words to Middle East

    Jan 08, 2015

    “Dear brothers and sisters: 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction, with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God'.

  • Pope Francis’ four principles for peace

    Dec 26, 2014

    In writing his first apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis reiterates many core lessons of Catholic social teaching. But to summarize his vision, Francis ultimately turns to a fresh and suggestive image — that of a polyhedron.

  • Peacemaking is everybody’s business

    Dec 26, 2014

    For decades now, popes and episcopal conferences have been insisting that to work for peace is the vocation of all Christians.

  • Pope Francis mobilises the laity

    Dec 18, 2014

    At the Wednesday audience last week, Pope Francis began a series of highly significant talks on family life, in preparation for next autumn’s Synod of Bishops.

  • Empowering laity

    Dec 18, 2014

    A sense of being interested in Church services and tasks by the laypeople but a failure to take an active role in the apostolate to the world (society), is indeed a stumbling block to their active lay participation in the world.

  • Vatican calls online harassment ‘violence’

    Dec 18, 2014

    The Holy See joined efforts with other Catholic organizations in order to raise awareness of the increasing trend of Internet threats, which is one among many current forms of violence against youth.

  • Why Asia’s human rights defenders remain defenseless

    Dec 18, 2014

    Human rights defenders from around the world gathered in Manila last week to consolidate "protection platforms" for human rights workers. The meeting highlighted various protection initiatives on the ground and the challenges for their implementation.

  • Prominent Malays plead for rational dialogue on Islam in Malaysia

    Dec 11, 2014

    As the mercury rises over race and religious relations in Malaysia, 25 prominent Malays have penned an open letter asking for a rational dialogue on the position of Islam in a constitutional democracy.

  • Stamped Bibles show BSM raid can happen again

    Dec 11, 2014

    The stamping of 351 Bibles would mean that the Selangor religious authorities can now confiscate non-Muslim books and materials just by virtue of them being printed, said well-known human rights lawyer Andrew Khoo.