Churchmen arriving in Manila, Philippines, for the opening of the Pan-Asian Conference of Bishops on Monday (November the 23rd) ran into a student demonstration for more rights.
Churchmen arriving in Manila, Philippines, for the opening of the Pan-Asian Conference of Bishops on Monday (November the 23rd) ran into a student demonstration for more rights. Pope Paul is scheduled to arrive in Manila on Friday (November the 27th) to address the closing session of the conference.
The conference is being attended by delegates from 16 Asian countries. On Tuesday (November the 24th) Cardinal Thomas Cooray of Ceylon said Asia hide become an international arena between conflicting ideologies and power blocs. Asia had not known peace in 40 years, he said, due to revolutionary wars, the conflicts of narrow nationalism and the earlike interests of world powers. H cited Vietnam and Cambodia as examples.
Earlier, On Monday, nuns carried a statue of the Virgin Mary through the streets of Manila to the conference hall at the University of Santo Tomas. Some of the 250 arriving Bishops were greeted at the hall by women from the university, who shook hands with the clerics. The President of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines, Archbishop Teopisto Alberto, gave the welcoming address at Monday's opening. While the opening was in session, students with placards picketed outside. They were demanding greater rights and re-instatement of expelled students' representatives.