Philippines War on Drugs: Revictimisation
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Philippines War on Drugs: Revictimisation

On the day of Duterte’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address on July 26 before his term ends next year, Nanette shared a post telling the president that his contract is over and that the Filipino people do not want him.  “I hope that he will be enlightened. His sins are grievous. He should…

DR Congo: Government Lifts Moratorium on Forest Exploitation
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DR Congo: Government Lifts Moratorium on Forest Exploitation

The country director of Rainforest Foundation Norway in the DRC, Kevin Siasia, said that the decision of the Congolese government to lift the moratorium on forest concessions in force in the DRC since 2002 was taken in haste. In an interview with Radio Okapi on Friday, July 24, Kevin Siasia said that lifting the moratorium…

South Africa: Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu – A Portrait
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South Africa: Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu – A Portrait

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality“. While his opposition to Apartheid was admired, his insistence on rejection of violence…

Obituary Father Gerard van de Laar MHM
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Obituary Father Gerard van de Laar MHM

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 24th day morning of July,2021, in the Missiehuis, Vrijland, Oosterbeek in the Netherlands aged 99 of Father Gerard van de Laar Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Gerard was born on the 24th of December, 1921 in the town of…

Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”
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Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly: Papal Message “‘The prayer of the elderly can protect the world, helping it perhaps more effectively than the frenetic activity of many others.’ [Benedict] spoke those words in 2012, towards the end of his pontificate,” Francis said. “There is something beautiful here. Your prayer is a very precious…

Uganda: Covid Shows Up Sheering Inequality
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Uganda: Covid Shows Up Sheering Inequality

“The cost of hospital care for those with COVID-19 is incredibly high in Uganda,” SDB members say in a Monday, July 19 report, and add, “some private hospitals in the country are charging up to 5 million Uganda shillings per day (US$1,400.00).” In the report, the Director of Don Bosco Namugongo School, Fr. Ellie Nyandwi, has…

Who Cares? – A Reflection on Servitude
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Who Cares? – A Reflection on Servitude

Who cares! Talking to a fellow missionary, I asked him. “What is the greatest problem of the people in the country you serve?”  Little did I expect to hear his immediate response “Slavery”. For the past 12 years, my friend worked as a missionary among farmers and brick kiln workers, whose homes are little mud huts, in…

Father Gerard van de Laar Has Died.  R.I.P.
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Father Gerard van de Laar Has Died. R.I.P.

It is with regret that we inform you of the death in the early morning of24th July, 2021, in Missiehuis Vrijland, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands, aged 99 of Gerard van de Laar Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Full obituary notice to follow soon.

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today and for the next five weeks, the Lectionary puts Mark aside for awhile and focuses on the sixth chapter of St John’s Gospel. This chapter,which begins with Jesus feeding the 5000, will lead us to reflect on theBread of Life. This same story is also told in the other three Gospels withslight variations. In…

The Netherlands: Flowers of Murdered Journalist Placed Around Monument Fallen Refugees
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The Netherlands: Flowers of Murdered Journalist Placed Around Monument Fallen Refugees

‘At the request of his family, the flowers from the funeral of Peter R de Vries have been placed in the garden of the Our Saviour church in The Hague around the monument to the fallen refugees’. (Sjaak de Boer MHM) Peter R de Vries was perhaps best known for his work on cold cases…

Ireland: Jubilee Celebrations
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Ireland: Jubilee Celebrations

The Irish Region held their Jubilees Day on Wednesday 21st of July. Jubilee Day is always a great day for members to gather from the different parts of Ireland and further afield to celebrate with gratitude and thanksgiving the jubilees of our members.  The 2020 Jubilee of the now late Tom Rafferty could not be…

Cameroon Anglophone Conflict: Catholic Clergy targeted by Both Sides
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Cameroon Anglophone Conflict: Catholic Clergy targeted by Both Sides

As the fighting intensifies, it requires acts of courage for religious leaders, particularly Catholic clergy, to continue to do their jobs for the flocks they serve. Because they refuse to be drawn into the partisan fight, both sides now see Catholic clerics as their opponents. Reverend Father Herman Lawong is the new pastor of Ndzevru…