Grace and a Rough Landing in Bangladesh

HLI’s director of Asia and Oceania, Dr. Ligaya Acosta, sends an initial report on her first mission to Bangladesh. Dhaka, Bangladesh — The foreigner coming to Bangladesh for the first time is in for a culture shock. The roads are always teeming with honking buses, cars, trucks, rickshaws,  CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) tricycles, and a . . . Read more

HLI’s Dr. Ligaya Acosta Challenges Faithful at March for Life

As keynote speaker for the first ever March for Life organized by the Diocese of Caceres in Naga City, Philippines, I was amazed at the overwhelming number of participants. 1,500 marchers exceeded expectations! The event was organized in response to the growing threats to life and family: a significant rise in abortions, teenage pregnancies, suicides, . . . Read more

Inspired by ASPAC, Filipino Mayor Declares City Pro-Life

SORSOGON CITY, Philippines — Mayor Sally Lee declared Sorsogon City a “Pro-Life City” on February 2, in honor of pro-life month in the Philippines. The executive order highlights pertinent provisions of the Philippine Constitution, which recognizes the sanctity of family life, the protection of the life of the mother and the life of the unborn . . . Read more

Kazakhstan Celebrates Holiness of Life Week

Inspired by the HLI 18th Asia-Pacific Congress on Faith, Life and Family (ASPAC) held in Astana, Kazakhstan in September 2011, the Archdiocese of Astana has been hosting an annual “Holiness of Life Week.”  This year, it will be held on March 19-25, said Archbishop Tomash Peta, Archbishop of Astana, and the President of the Catholic . . . Read more

Pope Francis Challenges Filipinos to Hold Traditional Family Sacred

When Pope Francis arrived late afternoon in the Philippines on January 15, church bells simultaneously rang and a predominantly Catholic Filipino people gave an enthusiastic welcome to the 78-year-old leader of the worldwide Catholic Church.  It was a brilliant beginning for the pontiff’s pilgrimage to the Philippines – a time of jubilant hope for Filipino . . . Read more

How Western Agencies Foist a Population Agenda on Filipinos

Many Catholics around the world have become aware of the goings-on in the Philippines, perhaps the most Catholic and pro-life country in the world. Thanks primarily to the strong and united leadership of our faithful bishops, Filipinos have been successful in fighting off a sustained assault from the West in the form of a “Reproductive . . . Read more