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  • Pope visits Myanmar

    December 12, 2017

    Maria Ja Taung, a displaced person from St. Paul's IDP camp near Myitkyina, capital of Kachin State fled Gadayan village as renewed fighting erupted between the military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) on June 9, 2011.  More than 100,000 people

  • Filipinos mark Marian feast with pomp

    December 12, 2017

    Every year, days before Christmas, Filipinos mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Immaculate Conception is the patronal feast day of the Philippines, where a bill has been passed in Congress declaring Dec. 8 of every year a special non-working holiday. In Manila, a much-anticipated gathering of Marian devotees is held through a "Grand Marian Procession," every first Sunday of December. The three-kilometer procession of over 100 elaborately-adorned carriages bearing the images of the Blessed Mother has become an annual attraction. Many from all over the country join in the festive event. (Photos and text by Angie de Silva)