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…

Social Distancing – An Old Idea
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Social Distancing – An Old Idea

« … ten lepers approached Jesus. Keeping their distance, they called out….” Lk 17, 12-13.        Keeping their distance: (two metres ??): diseases that are considered to be contagious have been treated seriously through the centuries. Whether it is from fear or from love, from hateful discrimination or for caring isolation, people are obliged to keep…

USA: What Does it Mean to be Black and Catholic?
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USA: What Does it Mean to be Black and Catholic?

What does it mean to be Black and Catholic? It means that I come to my Church fully functioning. That doesn’t frighten you, does it? I come to my Church fully functioning. I bring myself, my Black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become, I bring my…

Mission to the Margins: Clergy, Religious in Kenya Challenged to Leave Comfort Zones
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Mission to the Margins: Clergy, Religious in Kenya Challenged to Leave Comfort Zones

Sr. Florence blamed older members of various Religious Orders for misleading younger members by talking ill of marginalized areas. “Some of us who are older in Religious Life may discourage the young ones who join Religious Life, energetic to serve the people of God in marginalized areas, Sr. Florence said. the member of the Sisters…

Extraordinary Mission Month: ‘You Evangelize by the Simple Fact that You are Here’
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Extraordinary Mission Month: ‘You Evangelize by the Simple Fact that You are Here’

Oran (Agenzia Fides) – “I symbolize the mission in Algeria which I have been experiencing for more than 10 years, like a jug full of fresh water representing the love of God with which we are filled and the way in which He offers himself to the people we meet”, writes to Agenzia Fides Sister…

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  …