For years, I have written in the pages of NCR about the Philippines. (See here and here.) The country, I believe, epitomizes the need for all Catholics to continue the fight against the Roman Catholic church's ban on contraception.
The pope's visit to the Philippines last week seems to have finally raised awareness of the issue.
It wasn't the media or the theologians who brought this crisis to the world's attention, but rather, a 12-year-old girl named Glyzelle Palomar.
A former street kid, Glyzelle gave voice to the estimated 1.2 million homeless Filipino children who every day forage in the trash for food and sleep on cardboard boxes in slums.