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North Africa: Two Recent Events Illumine Church on the Margins

In their collective statement circulated Tuesday, November 3, CERNA members identify Pope Francis’ New Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti and the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Charles de Foucauld as “the two recent Church events” that “shed a new and joyful light on what we are living.” They term the Holy Father’s Encyclical a document that sheds light on the value of…

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St Willibrord: Patron Saint of the Netherlands

Missionary archbishop. Born in Northumbria in 658, Willibrord studied at Ripon monastery under St Wilfrid and spent twelve years studying in Ireland at the abbey of Rathmelsigi, under Saints Egbert and Wigbert. After his ordination he set out, in about 690, with a dozen companions for Frisia, or Friesland. These men covered extraordinary distances on…

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Cameroon: Cardinal Christian Tumi Briefly abducted

Cameroonian Media reported that armed men kidnapped Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi in the restive North West region of the country on Thursday.  Cardinal Tumi, who is the Archbishop Emeritus of Douala, was in the company of the paramount ruler of Nso. The traditional ruler was heading back to his traditional palace after months of self-imposed…

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Pope Video for November: Artificial Intelligence for Common Good

“Artificial intelligence is at the heart of the epochal change we are experiencing. Robotics can make a better world possible if it is joined to the common good. Indeed, if technological progress increases inequalities, it is not true progress. Future advances should be oriented towards respecting the dignity of the person and of Creation. Let…

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Freedom of Expression: An Asian Perspective

Two Catholic Church leaders in South Asia have strongly criticized caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo and their support by French President Emmanuel Macron as well as broader French society for the sake of secularism and freedom of expression. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore in Pakistan and Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi in…

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DR Congo: Exploring New Area of Mill Hill Missionary Involvement in Archdiocese of Kinshasa

My Visit to Bita and Nga Sub-Parishes,  After the Covid-19 had shut down the world, which led every country in the world to impose entry restrictions, I was finally able to travel to Kinshasa on the 16th July 2020. Before proceeding to Basankusu, for my ordination, I visited two sub-parishes in the Archdiocese of Kinshasa…