From the Editor

Janette Mentha

In the May issue of The Far East magazine many of the stories focus on Social Justice issues, the need for peace and the need to respect human life.

In the aftermath of the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Columban Fr Patrick O’Shea reflects on how New Zealanders are still coming to terms with what happened.

In Mission World on page 16 you can read how Catholic leaders around the world sent prayers in solidarity and concern for the Muslim community in New Zealand.

In his Director’s column, Columban Fr Trevor Trotter also refers to the tragedy in Christchurch and how the killing and the pain was not the end of the story. A thought-provoking column which gives us a lot to think about.

USA born, Columban Fr Chris Saenz writes about the polarisation of USA society over the issue of immigration and wonders how his grandfather, an illegal migrant from Mexico, would have fared today. From Birmingham in the UK, Columban lay missionary, Nathalie Marytsch gives an insight into her work with women asylum seekers, some of whom have been waiting for as long as 18 years for the Home Office to recognise them as asylum seekers. A gut-wrenching story.

When Columban Fr Ed O’Connell heard the women in the northern outskirts of Lima saying, “We have to do something about the children, they are at risk,” the work of the Warmi Huasi (Women’s House) began, resulting in a project to protect the rights and safety of children.

From South Korea and working in Taiwan, Columban lay missionary, Teresa Bae writes about her work with women who are discriminated against and are denied the right of education. The faith of these women has made a big impression on Teresa.

Columban Fr Charles Rue pays tribute to Mgr. Denis Edwards, a priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, Australia, and inspiring teacher and theologian. He died suddenly on March 5, 2019.

Columban Fr Patrick McInerney gives a witty account of how baby photos can outweigh serious academic comment while Columban Fr Warren Kinne, from Surfer’s Paradise, takes us into the life of a schizophrenic named David who prefers to be called 'The Princess of Paradise'. Both excellent reads.

And finally we say farewell to Columban Fr Leo Baker who passed away on March 27. Much loved by many, Leo was a quiet and gentle soul. Rest in Peace, Leo.

As we leave the Easter season behind, let us remember that there is hope for the future. A hope that was given to us by Jesus who died on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Let us pray with hope and optimism for all those seeking justice and especially for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand.

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