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…

Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred
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Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred

For many years, ever since I heard of its inauguration, I have felt a strong desire to visit the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ in the Belgian hamlet of Gentinnes, but somehow a suitable occasion never seemed to materialise. For too long it remained a dream deferred. Until, that is to say, towards the end of last month,…

South Sudan:First Woman Vice President ‘a Headache to Patriarchy’
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South Sudan:First Woman Vice President ‘a Headache to Patriarchy’

Since her appointment as South Sudan’s first woman vice president last year, Rebecca Nyandeng Garang de Mabior says she has strived to demonstrate to her people that women belong in politics. The 65-year-old widow of John Garang de Mabior, a national hero who struggled for independence after decades a war between north and south, says…

‘A World Trip Behind the Stove’ at Church of Our Saviour, The Hague, Netherlands
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‘A World Trip Behind the Stove’ at Church of Our Saviour, The Hague, Netherlands

Meals for the homeless. “A world trip behind the stove” Isabelle Pradier is Meals for the Homeless Coordinator at Church of our Savior. Meals for the Homeless serves a three-course hot meal to 120 homeless people in The Hague twice a month. Meals consist of hot soup in the winter months or salad in the…

The Role of the Church in a Secular World – An Interview with Brussels Cardinal de Kesel.
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The Role of the Church in a Secular World – An Interview with Brussels Cardinal de Kesel.

In his latest book the 73-year-old cardinal, who recently completed treatment for cancer, talks about his vision on the role faith can play in modern times. “Christianity has become a cultural religion in the West due to historical circumstances. However, that is not necessarily the case in other parts of the world, just look at…

Focus on Priestly Formation: Pope Francis’ Concerns
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Focus on Priestly Formation: Pope Francis’ Concerns

The issues at play concern both who is admitted to seminaries, and the formation of clergy before and after ordination. It is not primarily a question of a seminarian or a priest’s liturgical preferences but whether they might seek to impose an ideologically-driven vision of the Church in their parish. That results in division and…

Handing on the Faith – What Matters Most
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Handing on the Faith – What Matters Most

“I’ve long been interested in the condition and status of religion in modern society, including families and religion and the spiritual life of young people growing up,” Smith said in an interview with Aleteia.  Back in 2000, Smith started researching religion among adolescents. But that project led him down a different rabbit hole.  “What I…

The Ultimate Embrace – A Reflection by Fr Guido Gockel MHM
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The Ultimate Embrace – A Reflection by Fr Guido Gockel MHM

The Ultimate Embrace Did you know that our spectacles make us blind?  Just think of it!  When we do not see clearly, we put a lens before our eyes so that we can see better.  Some time later we do not see well again, thus we have to adjust by getting a stronger lens and…

Sarawak, Malaysia: Imaging the Story of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Borneo
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Imaging the Story of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Borneo

ST. JOSEPH’S HISTORICAL GALLERY IN KANOWIT “Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter” so goes an African proverb. The story of Mill Hill Missionaries in Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei) from 1881 till today is unique and rich. It certainly needs to be…

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…