Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis
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Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis

Francis, speaking about the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, said: “I was touched by something that Chancellor [Angela] Merkel, who is one of the great figures of world politics, said in Moscow. I hope the wording is correct, but she said: ‘It is necessary to put an end to the irresponsible policy of intervening from outside…

Season of Creation: Dublin Archbishop Pastoral Letter on Climate Change
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Season of Creation: Dublin Archbishop Pastoral Letter on Climate Change

“We are living on the edge of huge historical change. Our common home, indeed our only home – this planet – is under threat. Our lifestyles, and the economies which support them are contributing significantly to climate change, and to the crisis it is causing: the many wildfires raging in these days, the melting of…

The Bread of Life – John 6
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The Bread of Life – John 6

Mass-goers in year B of the lectionary cycle, when Mark is the gospel regularly read on Sundays, might be taken aback on the 17th Sunday of the year when John’s Gospel takes over once the story comes to the feeding of the five thousand. For the following five successive Sundays, we have readings from John…

Pakistan: National Minorities Day Elicits Thought-Provoking Comments
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Pakistan: National Minorities Day Elicits Thought-Provoking Comments

The year was 1997. Bishop John Joseph, Pakistan’s first Punjabi bishop, led a rally of about 10,000 people on Aug. 11 to demand implementation of the historic speech of the nation’s founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah. “You are free, you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or any…

South Africa: Mill Hill Missionary Reports on Current Crisis
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South Africa: Mill Hill Missionary Reports on Current Crisis

Over the past decade, South Africa has faced a series of governance crises and scandals which have eroded public confidence. The multiracial nation of close to 60 million people has been under periodic strains ranging from corruption scandals to the high rate of Covid-19 infection leading to severe lockdown with a higher impact on the…

Kitale, Kenya: The Heart-Rending Story of Lucy
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Kitale, Kenya: The Heart-Rending Story of Lucy

Jacinta van Luijk MHM , Mill Hill lay missionary associate, is the driving force behind the KItale Community Advancement Programme (KAP. She shares the searing story of Lucy (not her real name), one of th e particpants of the ‘unreached youth’ programme. The story of Lucy, participant in the training for ‘unreached’ young people in…

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…