Saints of the New Millennium is a new feature series that aims to profile several ordinary Asian Catholics as part of our mission to help the world see the face of the Church in Asia.
It goes with the idea of the ongoing Vatican Syond on Synodlaity which, among other things, wants to make space for the voices of those who are often marginalized or excluded.
November is the month we remember all saints. Saints were extraordinary people capable of extraordinary things. However, they were not unlike the rest of us. In fact, they are us. St. Paul refers to us, the followers of Christ, again and again as saints. In November, we are starting the new series that will profile some of Asia’s saints — “ordinary” people who try to live faithfully amid the demands of life in our time. Let their example encourage us to live our own sainthood.
The new series is also part of our attempt to project the changing face of the Church in Asia. Amid the changing socio-political realities in Asia, it is important to debunk the idea of projecting Christianity as a colonial leftover.
Each of the eight features in the series will focus on the life of an ordinary Catholic person, and provide a detailed look into their life in a particular Asian country, against the backdrop of that country's socio-political reality.
Our editors maintain a clear understanding of what they need to convey to readers through this new series. They are also aware of the difficulties and obstacles in gathering information for these features from Asian nations, many of which are under authoritarian governments.
Although these features come to you for free, producing them requires financial support. The financial crisis is the only obstacle that is stopping us from bringing these interesting stories to you and the world.
The budget we have set for this particular series is around US$16,000
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