Kenya: Cardinal Otunga’s Cause for Canonisation Still Pending
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Kenya: Cardinal Otunga’s Cause for Canonisation Still Pending

At Holy Mass to mark 18 years since the Servant of God, Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga, died, the Kenyan Cardinal has been remembered for his service to the people of God whom he loved “very very dearly.” “If there was a person who loved the Church and loved it very very dearly, it was the…

Pakistan: Need for Creative Pastoral Care of Refugees, Poor.
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Pakistan: Need for Creative Pastoral Care of Refugees, Poor.

These are challenging times in Pakistan. The Church is doing its best but pastoral support needs to be creative, sensitive and timely. They need to think out of the box. Pastoral and institutional support must not be limited to Christians or Catholics but must be expanded to non-Christians, especially the poor. With the influx of…

USA: Breaking the Spell
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USA: Breaking the Spell

As you might imagine, the suggestion that “America Needs Catholicism” was not received enthusiastically by letter writers to the Times. One correspondent asked where the Church had been in the 1920s and 1930s during the advent of European fascism. A fair question, to be sure, but one that ignores how the Church became an outspoken and…

Missiocom Malaysia
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Missiocom Malaysia

The word “Mission” conjures up nostalgic notions of travelling to distant lands to preach the gospel to people who have not heard about Jesus Christ. Up to recently, missionaries were still considered in such a category. They are those who have dedicated their whole lives to taking the good news to a foreign land. In…

Sunday Reflection: A Life Changing Word
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Sunday Reflection: A Life Changing Word

Have any of you had somebody say either a word or sentence that directly or indirectly, immediately or in retrospect was life changing? It may need a bit of thought, because the power of words affects us all in different ways. This should be of no surprise to any of us as our faith life…

Synodality – A Recipe for Radical Reform
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Synodality – A Recipe for Radical Reform

Synodality sets out to renew the power structures that have characterized the Catholic Church for centuries, but to do so it must achieve a far more ambitious goal: teaching faithful, lay and religious, to come together in dialogue at a time when entrenchment and polarization have turned Pope Francis’ “culture of encounter” into a quasi-utopian…

Mumias Mission Hospital, Kenya: Challenging Situation Transformed
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Mumias Mission Hospital, Kenya: Challenging Situation Transformed

To avoid a situation of total exposure to the pandemic, members of the staff at the hospital had to “recycle the masks by washing in order to keep going under the circumstances,” he further shared. Over time, Fr. Odhiambo narrated, the stock of PPEs was eventually depleted and “we started buying them.” “The impact was…

Mamfe, Cameroon: Kidnapped Priest Released
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Mamfe, Cameroon: Kidnapped Priest Released

The Vicar General of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese, Mgsr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor, who was kidnapped in the country’s Anglophone region Sunday, August 29 has been freed.  In a statement circulated Wednesday, September 1, the Chancellor of Mamfe Diocese, Fr. Sebastine Sinju, announces the safe release of the Cameroonian Priest, says no ransom was paid, and expresses gratitude for…

Pope Video September: An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle
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Pope Video September: An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle

Pope Francis says: We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this. It makes me very happy to see that young people have the courage to undertake projects for environmental and social improvement, since the two go together….