Why Are Christians Persecuted? –  A Personal Viewpoint
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Why Are Christians Persecuted? – A Personal Viewpoint

However, what is significant is that you are more likely to be persecuted if you are poor and politically weak. Since most Christians in South Asia are such, they become a ‘soft target’ for criminal or terrorist gangs who use religion as a cloak for their violence. How often today have you heard of the…

Stories Behind Africa’s Growing Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life
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Stories Behind Africa’s Growing Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life

Statistics have indicated a steady increase in the number of people joining the Priesthood and Religious Life in Africa despite an overall global plunge in those choosing to dedicate their lives to service of God as Priests and Religious. According to the latest Vatican Statistics based on the Pontifical Yearbook 2019 and the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae…

Kenya: Rediscovering the Church as Family of God
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Kenya: Rediscovering the Church as Family of God

In the Gospels, we hear much of Jesus spending time in people’s homes and houses. At those occasions he either taught or healed people. The response of those whose houses were visited was conversion. The Apostles must have been used to house visitations so that when they began their ministry after the experience of the…

U.S. – ‘Trump a Threat to Catholic Values – Catholic Leaders
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U.S. – ‘Trump a Threat to Catholic Values – Catholic Leaders

National Catholic social justice leaders, scholars from nearly two dozen Catholic universities, and several retired officials from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, have endorsed a nationwide open letter to Catholic voters released this week warning that President Trump “flouts core values at the heart of Catholic social teaching.” “The same President who used a…

Pope Francis: The Driving Force of his Pontificate
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Pope Francis: The Driving Force of his Pontificate

Referring to the Synod for the Amazon, regarding the priestly ordination of viri probati, Francis wrote: “There was a discussion… a rich discussion… a well-founded discussion, but no discernment, which is something different from arriving at a good and justified consensus or relative majority.” He continued: “We must understand that the Synod is more than a  …

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This is What We Die for: Child Labour in DR Congo Cobalt Mines

This film documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep…

Our Lady of Stono. Amazing Story of Kongolese Freedom Fighters
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Our Lady of Stono. Amazing Story of Kongolese Freedom Fighters

September 8 is celebrated by Catholics as the feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It should also be honored in a special way by all Americans. Thirty-six years before Patrick Henry issued his famous 1775 call to rebellion—“Give me liberty, or give me death!”—a group of Black Catholics proclaimed the same message,…

Season of Creation: The Earth Sessions
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Season of Creation: The Earth Sessions

This is a space to encounter creation with God; to reflect on your own experiences of creation and discern the ways you are moved into action, to help take care of our common home. 

Sudan: A Dazzling Civilisation Flourished Here 5000 Years Ago
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Sudan: A Dazzling Civilisation Flourished Here 5000 Years Ago

While Egypt has long been explained in light of its connections to the Near East and the Mediterranean, Kush makes clear the role that black Africans played in an interconnected ancient world. Kush was “at the root of black African civilizations, and for a long time scholars and the general public berated its achievements,” Geoff…

Taking the Knee for the Disinherited – An Essay by Fr Robert O’Neil MHM  Part 3/3
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Taking the Knee for the Disinherited – An Essay by Fr Robert O’Neil MHM Part 3/3

A Reminder for Mill Hill Missionaries from St Joseph’s College, Mill Hill: A recent message from the Cameroon mission recalls the ordination of Fr Elvis Berka in Kumbo fourteen years ago. Fr Elvis wrote that there will soon be twenty-six ordained Cameroonian members of the Mill Hill Missionaries. Therefore in Cameroon and throughout the Mill…

Taking the Knee for the Disinherited – An Essay by Fr Robert O’Neil MHM  Part 2/3
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Taking the Knee for the Disinherited – An Essay by Fr Robert O’Neil MHM Part 2/3

The First Black Major League Baseball Player in the 20th Century: Jackie Robinson was a Black baseball player admired and loved by many of his generation, Black and White. But there was sadness in his life that most of his admirers were unaware of. He wrote in his 1972 memoir, I Never had it made:…

‘Taking the Knee for the Disinherited’ – An Essay by Fr Robert O’Neil MHM  Part 1/3
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‘Taking the Knee for the Disinherited’ – An Essay by Fr Robert O’Neil MHM Part 1/3

Taking the Knee for the Disinherited You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, though decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why…