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Oct 18th
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Matsudo - Japan

Philip Bonafacio is a Columban priest from the Philippines working in Japan. He finds signs of hope in the faith and life of his small community in Matsudo: a child's baptism, a Confirmation group, celebrating a birthday .

Ku Sang - Poet ,South Korea

Columban Kevin O'Rourke offers his translation of a poem by Ku Sang, one of Korea's finest Catholic poets, with the comment that he can't imagine a more Easter centred statement of the beauty of  life:
I want the ecstasy of flight
I want to don wings in the company of the angels,
to be a caterpillar become a butterfly,
to have the whole planetary system as my garden

Tacloban -Philippines

The people of Tacloban in the Philippines, like many other communities who suffer so much from natural and man-made disasters continue to reflect the resilience and the hope that life is possible for all.

Casimir - South Korea

Casimir's association with Columbans goes back to the devastation after the Korean War. Now 80 years of age and in failing health he still has a deep interest in the welfare of migrant people in his local area. On March 1st this year Kasan Migrant Centre marked his birthday with a cake and happy birthday greetings. Casimir has a good sense of humour and is a gentle and open minded person. Casimir's welcome and support for migrants springs from a deep faith and a willingness to be a Good Samaritan to those in need.

Maxima - Peru

Maxima on horseback, is a poor 'campesina' from Cajamarca Peru, living on a small holding but who took on the might of a giant transnational mining company who were after her piece of land in their search for gold. They demolished her home but she fought a phenomenal battle, and is here seen arriving in to her newly erected home.
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