Gratitude: Finding God in Nature
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Gratitude: Finding God in Nature

The Sound of Silence
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The Sound of Silence

Lang Co is a popular tourist destination which connects the ancient city of Hue and Da Nang, the largest commercial city in central Vietnam. Lang Co, which is always crowded with locals and tourists, is usually lively and vibrant, especially the local market. Now the streets of Lang Co are empty and quiet. The calm…

Israel-Palestine: Call for Circles of Silence
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Israel-Palestine: Call for Circles of Silence

Together with other Pax Christi International Sections, Pax Christi England and Wales is calling for Circles of Silence on or near Saturday 15th May. May 15th is Nakba Day, when we remember the forced displacement of 750,000 Palestinians after the Israeli Declaration of Independence on 14th May 1948. These families became refugees and have never…

Remembering Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM
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Remembering Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM

The following article in St Joseph’s Advocate Ireland appeared in the Spring 2020 Issue on the occasion of Fr Thomas Raffery’s golden jubilee. Fr. Tom Rafferty is from Milltown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. He was ordained in 1970 at St. Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore – his home parish church. Fr. Tom has spent 50 years in Pakistan,…

Ireland: Knock Shrine reopens
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Ireland: Knock Shrine reopens

Mission in Ministry 2021: Spiritual Dawn Chorus at Knock Shrine The sun is shining, the birds are singing, a dawn chorus of spiritual excitement has arrived with the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the opening of the International Eucharistic and Marian Shrine at Knock. Pilgrims emerge from the nothing of nothingness of Covid restrictions, from…

The Ascension – A Meditation
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The Ascension – A Meditation

Luke speaks of Jesus withdrawing from the disciples and yet he adds that they went back to the City “full of joy”. I used to think that this was perverse of Luke, but their joy means surely that this was not a departure bit a disappearance, the beginning not of an absence but of a hidden presence. He must vanish from their eyes…

Thy Kingdom Come – Ecumenical Prayer movement from Ascension to Pentecost
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Thy Kingdom Come – Ecumenical Prayer movement from Ascension to Pentecost

Hundreds of thousands of Christians worldwide will be gearing up to take part in the sixth Thy Kingdom Come– a global ecumenical prayer movement for evangelisation, occurring annually from Ascension to Pentecost (13th – 23rd May this year). From outdoor Pentecost celebrations to prayer walking in the local community, continuous prayer events (online and in person) to…

DR Congo: Bokakata and Mill Hill
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DR Congo: Bokakata and Mill Hill

Bokakata and Mill Hill. Consternation! The unexpected death of a missionary in the prime of his pastoral activity is disturbing, esp Consternation! The unexpected death of a missionary in the prime of his pastoral activity is disturbing, especially when he is the leader of a small team in challenging circumstances. It is really distressing for…

Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Funeral Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM – Missionary with an Eye for the Most Abandoned
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Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Funeral Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM – Missionary with an Eye for the Most Abandoned

n 1987, the late Simeon Pereira of Islamabad-Rawalpindi permitted Father Rafferty to start the mission in the foothills of the Himalayas, especially through the Swat valley and the Karakoram mountains. The tribal areas of the north are predominantly inhabited by Pashtun who identify themselves with members of the same tribe across the border in Afghanistan. “He felt…

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 10 – Pentecost
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 10 – Pentecost

After the Ascension of Jesus we have the story of the followers of Jesus, Mary, the women, the brothers of Jesus and the eleven remaining apostles gathered together in prayer in the upper room of the Last Supper. Although they realised that Jesus had risen, his followers didn’t seem to be clear what to do…

In Memory of Matteo Ricci (†11 May 1610): ‘Shaped by the Chinese’
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In Memory of Matteo Ricci (†11 May 1610): ‘Shaped by the Chinese’

Looking at Ricci, one can discern several characteristics that can be labelled the ‘Ricci method’. However, this method has too often been presented as the result of the proactive Self, at the neglect of the influence of the Chinese Other. I have tried to show that the role of the Other in the formation of…

Mental Health Awareness Week
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Mental Health Awareness Week

10th-16th May is Mental Health Awareness Week, an initiative to encourage discussion about and reduce stigma around mental health issues. The Jesuits in Britain want to take this opportunity to help our readers and listeners to pray, think, learn and talk about life’s uphill struggles, whether they are associated with diagnosed mental health conditions or…