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Rowan Williams: On Solid Foundation of Human Rights

“The survival of Christian faith does not depend on our resources or ingenuity,” he said. Invoking Jewish holocaust victim Etty Hillesum, he suggested the more modest aim ought to be to “live in such a way that it makes sense to say God lived in these times.” Source: CRUX Read more

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
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Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

The work of the Messiah is often described in the Bible in terms of warfare: the cosmic struggle between good and evil. Judging from the first reading (Gen 3), one might think that Mary, as the new Eve, deserved the title of Lieutenant General. That distinction, however, has traditionally been awarded to the Archangel Michael….

150th Anniversary of St. Joseph Universal Patron of the Church: ‘Go to Joseph’
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150th Anniversary of St. Joseph Universal Patron of the Church: ‘Go to Joseph’

On Tuesday, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, in this grace-filled Season of Advent, the Church celebrates a major event – the 150th anniversary of St Joseph being declared the Universal Patron and Protector of the Church by Blessed Pope Pius IX. We are witnessing something truly remarkable and unprecedented. As of today, eleven dioceses…

Suffering as a Way to Character, Maturity – A Reflection
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Suffering as a Way to Character, Maturity – A Reflection

COM-PASSION – BORN TO SUFFER – “WITH GOD IN RUSSIA”! (No way! Not him! Not to him! Wow)! I’m am beginning to understand why we all incline to or recline on horror stories or detective movies.  Ignatius of Loyola was no exception.  I am also sure we equally have a secret space in our rooms…

Sindh, Pakistan: Celebrating Feast of Light
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Sindh, Pakistan: Celebrating Feast of Light

Sr Anita Mansingh is a PBVM sister from the Cutchi Kohli tribe , Tando Allahyar, Sindh, Pakistan, Diocese of Hyderabad For me this experience of celebrating Joti Prub with my people was not less than a mystical experience. I found Jesus in those people who look very simple, without many words, but with their strong…

Ireland, Knock Shrine: Mary in Advent, the Woman Who Said Yes to Faith
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Ireland, Knock Shrine: Mary in Advent, the Woman Who Said Yes to Faith

Mission in Ministry 2020: “Mary in Advent, the woman who said yes to faith” Knock Shrine In Advent we are invited through scripture, prayers, meditations and reflection on our mission in ministry, to clear away all that entangles us in our lives. We are called to open our hearts for “love incarnate” to be born…

Revitalising Christian Imagination in Advent: ‘He comes, comes, ever comes’
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Revitalising Christian Imagination in Advent: ‘He comes, comes, ever comes’

As the liturgical calendar was turning over into a new year this week, my husband Eric and I were at the tail end of a visit to India, staying with new friends Jyoti and Jane Sahi. Jyoti’s an artist, and Jane is a children’s educator, and together they live in the Christian village of Silvepura,…

#RedWednesday: First-hand Testimonies of Persecution
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#RedWednesday: First-hand Testimonies of Persecution

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)’s #RedWednesday event yesterday (25th November) featured testimonies from those living day by day with persecution, including kidnapped teenager Maira Shahbaz and Nigeria’s Archbishop Kaigama, who had one of his priests kidnapped earlier this week. Maira Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl from Pakistan, described how she had been abducted,…

Advent Retreat: God is with You
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Advent Retreat: God is with You

Welcome to this year’s Advent retreat in collaboration with Sacred Space, written by Gemma Simmonds CJ.  Do you know that God is with you? After a year of challenges, changes, suffering, isolation and social distancing, perhaps there’s never been a more important time to reflect on the Incarnation; to reflect on God’s incredible plan to…

Pakistan: Caste Stigma Runs Deep
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Pakistan: Caste Stigma Runs Deep

Although Islam does not adhere to a rigid caste system yet there exists a division of upper and lower castes. Those who claim to belong to the clan of the Prophet Muhammad like the Qureishis or the Sayyids are considered to be upper class. Indeed, Indian Muslims have their own special caste system inherited from…

Pope Francis – the Church’s Spiritual Director
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Pope Francis – the Church’s Spiritual Director

Austen Ivereigh is quite right to compare Francis’s style of governance, revealed in a unique way during the pandemic, to that of a spiritual director accompanying the Church and helping it to navigate through the complex global crisis of our times in all its manifestations.[3] Key to this navigation has been his astute discernment of spirits…

DR Congo: The Curse of Abundant Minerals
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DR Congo: The Curse of Abundant Minerals

While traders moved bullion at the press of a button, in Kamituga, a mining town in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), disaster struck. In the early afternoon of 11 September at least 50 young creuseurs, or artisanal miners, drowned in a river of mud when torrential rains flooded the ‘Detroit’ gold mines to the…