AYD 2017 facilitation


CLC was privileged to be invited to facilitate a two hour workshop session at the Asian Youth Day in Yogyakarta. AYD participants had 15 topics to choose from, many focused on challenges of multiculturalism, others focusing on morality issues such as corruption, drugs and abortion. The speakers were chosen by the AYD organisers; CLC’s role was to provide an experience of discernment following the presentations.

CLC on our own did not have enough people to cover all the sessions so we were joined by members of the Focolare Movement.

We provided our service to the event which went smoothly. In the evening we reflected on the experience. There was some disappointment in some of the workshops where we did not get the opportunity to break into small groups for discussion and sharing (one was simply too large, with 280 people). On the whole participants felt it was a good experience but not as good as we hoped and that CLC should decide on the merits whether to participate in the next AYD or whether we would be better to bring Asia-Pacific communities together for some other initiative.

The gathering continued in Yogyakarta as we moved into the youth workshop phase.

Formation Day in Macau

On 11/16-18, 2015, more than 20 members of CLC Macao joined a formation program lead by Ingrid Kao – former president of CLC Taiwan.  Our Charism was introduced to CLC Macao for 3 nights.  It was the first time that the members of 3 groups leaned about DSSE.  At the end of the program, most of the members showed their willing to follow the way of life of CLC.

In supporting CLC Macao, Fr. Beda Liu, S.J., and members of AP Team, Daphne Ho and Theresa Wang also attended the program one night each.  A member of Macao regarded it as an experience of St. Paul of the Early Church.

For all the graces we received, thanks be to God.  Please keep CLC Macao in your prayers.

Gallery: Asian Youth Day 2014

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The Weekly Francis Archive



The Weekly Francis ebook is a compilation of the Holy Father’s writings, speeches, etc which I pull from the Vatican’s web site. Each week I publish links for “The Weekly Francis” at Jimmy Akin’s blog along with links to the latest ebook.

This page is intended as an archive of all the weekly volumes of The Weekly Francis that I have published.

Also in this archive are links to all of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the volumes of “The Weekly Benedict”

The ebooks are available in two formats:

  • ePub – Used by many devices including Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • mobi – Used by Amazon’s Kindle

Omnibus Edition: In addition to The Weekly Francis volumes listed below I am also maintaining an Omnibus edition that contains all of Pope Francis writings, speeches, etc.

Habemus Papam

(an article from Ignatian Spirituality network)

During his time as a Cardinal in Argentina he became known as a bold voice for social justice in the Church.  It has been reported by many sources that as Cardinal he chose to use public transportation in an effort to live simply and also brought attention to many injustices in Argentina over the years.

Clearly, as time moves forward there will be much to learn about Pope Francis, but for the time being we thought we would share a few quotes that represent the importance the social mission of the Church has played in his ministry:

Speaking of contrast between the economically rich and poor, “Poor people who are persecuted for demanding work, and rich people who are applauded for fleeing from justice”.  -August 2001 Speaking at the church dedicated to San Cayetano, the patron saint of work and bread (SOURCE: BBC News) Continue reading

Sede vacante, let us pray for the conclave


A reflection on Pope’s resignation.

Fr. James Martin SJ from Huffington Post Magazine

(reflection by Dani Pranoto, a CLC’ers living in Perth, Australia)

Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II reached entirely different conclusions to the same question: Should an ailing pope resign?
For John Paul, the image of the suffering, sick pope was of spiritual value to his flock; for Benedict, the job needed to be done. Discernment is always very personal; and it is important to see how two holy men reached two entirely different decisions.

God speaks differently to different people facing the same question. In the lives of the saints, for example, we often see how the same situation is handled differently by different saints. When St. Francis of Assisi was facing a painful malady of the eyes, brought on, doctors thought, by excessive tears during Mass, St. Francis decided that he would continue as he had with attending Mass. When St. Ignatius faced similar problems with his eyes, the physicians warned him, he decided to curtail his devotions, in order to have sufficient health to do his work. Both were responding to what they felt were God’s promptings in their lives.

The Pope also shows great spiritual freedom in his resignation, what St. Ignatius calls a freedom from “disordered attachments.” Rare is the person today who can relinquish such power, voluntarily.

(as written in Dani P Notes)

Jesuit Network with migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean: Migrants,an urgent call by God for justice and hospitality

An RJM-LAC press release on 18 December 2012

In commemoration of International Migrants Day, the works of the Society of  Jesus, members of Jesuit Network with migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean (RJM-LAC), issue a message of solidarity and hope to the 214 million migrant brothers and sisters in the world. Despite the valuable contributions migrants make to their new host societies and countries of origin, a significant number of them are forced to live in vulnerable circumstances, without international protection from human rights violations. Continue reading

Fr. Robin Koning, SJ, EA of CLC Australia visits CLC Philippines


Present during his visit (in the photo from L-R) were:  Bebs Sim (April Fools/Core), Aida Endaya (Sunflower/Core), Eos Capistrano (Pilgrims/NCR LC), Fr. Robin, Terence Ang (Tantum Quantum/CLC-P President), Kat Yu(Babies/YDT Coordinator), Je Ching (Tantum Quantum/AP Regional Coordinator), Jaymee Duran (GWIP/CLC-P Full Timer), and Lolit Agbayani (Piling Punla/CLC-P Office Secretary).

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Spreading Ignatian Fire – Christian Life Community of the Philippines

01 February 2012

Dear CLCers,

Peace of Christ!
Over the past weekend, your new LC endeavored to better understand the situation and the needs of our national community. We also discerned carefully the roles that would allow us to be of greater service to the CLCP.
We are happy to share that we have collectively chosen our roles.
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