Belgium – DR Congo: Coming to Terms with Colonial Past
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Belgium – DR Congo: Coming to Terms with Colonial Past

Between 1885 and as late as 1958 – two years before the Congo declared independence from Belgium – men, women and children were shipped from the Congo to be put on show in Belgium’s major cities. Many of those brought over to be displayed by the colonialists would die on the way or on arrival…

Historical Slavery: A Dutch Perspective
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Historical Slavery: A Dutch Perspective

The author, Paul de Schipper, is a retired Dutch journalist, with extensive experience reporting on African affairs. He is a friend of the Mill Hill Missionaries Decaying ‘Amsterdam’ slavery monument on Ghanaian coast. In Amsterdam they are busy with the slavery past. Much publicity, an exhibition on Slavery in the Rijksmuseum. And official apologies from…

Papal Prayer Intention for August: Church Reform ‘in the Light of the Gospel’
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Papal Prayer Intention for August: Church Reform ‘in the Light of the Gospel’

“The specific vocation of the Church is evangelization, which isn’t proselytism, no. Its vocation is evangelization; even more, the Church’s identity is evangelization. We can only renew the Church by discerning God’s will in our daily life and embarking on a transformation guided by the Holy Spirit. Our own reform as persons is that transformation….

Philipppines: Aglipay and Catholic Reconciliation
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Philipppines: Aglipay and Catholic Reconciliation

The Philippine Catholic Church and the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (commonly called Aglipay Chuch) released today (August 03, 2021) a joint statement committing to continue the healing process of the estranged relationships between the two churches.  The IFI is a Christian denomination that broke away from the Catholic Church in 1902 due to alleged mistreatment of…

Cameroon Conflict: Harassment and Arrest of Staff at Catholic Hospital
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Cameroon Conflict: Harassment and Arrest of Staff at Catholic Hospital

According to the peace entity of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), a member of the ARFs was brought to the Catholic Health Centre “with life-threatening injuries” in the early hours of July 18. “The Nurse on duty was threatened to fetch the Doctor or the Health Centre would be burnt down,” the leadership…

DR Congo: Cardinal’s Residence Targeted by Vandals
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DR Congo: Cardinal’s Residence Targeted by Vandals

“In the morning of Sunday, 1 August 2021, we noticed with great pain that a group of unidentified persons violently stormed the residence of His Eminence Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa, chanting and making derogatory remarks against the Cardinal,” Fr. Georges Njila says August 1. Fr. Njila adds, “We strongly condemn this irresponsible…

Pakistan: Fear of Bias in School Curriculum
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Pakistan: Fear of Bias in School Curriculum

According to a study by the Catholic bishops’ National Commission for Justice and Peace, the school and college curricula cultivate aggressive discrimination against non-Muslims, encourage blasphemy allegations and violence against minorities and liberals. The history textbook for Grade 8 clearly states: “They [Muslims] thought that education promoting Christianity might corrupt their beliefs. The Muslims had learned an…

South Sudan: Bishops Request Seat at Peace Negotiation Table
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South Sudan: Bishops Request Seat at Peace Negotiation Table

In an article published on the formal communications platform for AMECEA, the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla of Juba said that “Since the signing of revitalized peace agreement, we as bishops of South Sudan had not paid visit to the president and we thought it better to…

Kenya: Facing Fourth Wave of Covid
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Kenya: Facing Fourth Wave of Covid

Kenya is grappling with the COVID-19 Delta variant, which recently resulted in the western part of the country being put into lockdown. It now threatens the capital, Nairobi. A modelling forecast from the Kenya Medical Research Institute in June 2021 warned of an imminent fourth wave with attendant risks of health service demand exceeding capacity. The Delta variant is much…

Poetic Tribute to Our Silver Jubilarians
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Poetic Tribute to Our Silver Jubilarians

25 FOR THE LUO DUO AND THE IRISH MINI-STAR A SILVER CELEBRATION OF FORTITUDE AND FRAGILITY, OF FAST AND FURY, OF CONCORD AND DISCORD! (With no regular rhyme and rhythm in this poem, other literary devices colour it: assonance, allusions, inclusion, pun, paradox, contrast, irony, hyperbole and rhetorical question)  Twenty Five Years of touching and…