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…

Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ – A Quirky Reflection on Doing God’s Will
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Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ – A Quirky Reflection on Doing God’s Will

A REFLECTION ON DOING GOD’S WILL The coronavirus pandemic has stopped my going to the hospital. also having been diagnosed with secondary cancer just before the arrival of coronavirus, it makes me a bit more vulnerable and bound to 12 weeks of self-isolating. We never think that we are doing their will. We trust that…

Debt Relief – A Cry from the Heart
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Debt Relief – A Cry from the Heart

DEBT RELIEF – I BEG TO DIFFER! (A critique not dissent or discord).  From Pope Francis to the Ecumenical body in the UK, the G20 is urged to encourage developed and indebted Nations to suspend or cancel their respective Debts with poorer and developing countries, to alleviate the devastating impact of the ongoing pandemic vis-av-is…

Religious Imagery: Does a Black Jesus Matter?
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Religious Imagery: Does a Black Jesus Matter?

We began by asking: Does a black Jesus matter? Paraphrasing this, we ask again: Does a Dalit Jesus matter? Or a poor Jesus? Does a Jesus matter who asserts the place of women in his life? Yes, it does. This is what incarnation means — Jesus is a wholly Jewish man, with a brown face…

Going out into Multiple Deserts: The Pioneering Missionary Life and Practice of Charles de Foucauld, Dorothy Day and Madeleine Delbrêl
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Going out into Multiple Deserts: The Pioneering Missionary Life and Practice of Charles de Foucauld, Dorothy Day and Madeleine Delbrêl

In light of the news that he’s due to be raised to the altars, it’s worth looking again at de Foucauld’s life and ministry. Christopher Lamb has adeptly summarised de Foucauld’s life story, and the lessons he can provide for inter-religious dialogue. An intriguing aspect of de Foucauld’s legacy – and one, in my view, that bears…

South Africa: ‘Becoming Men’ – A Study of Black Masculinity
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South Africa: ‘Becoming Men’ – A Study of Black Masculinity

Studies about young black men in South African townships are not new, but many tend to associate young black men with gangs, crime and violence. What is new in this book is the focus on young black men who do not subscribe to stereotyped ideas of being a black township man. These are young township…

Corpus Christi: To Become the Body of Christ we also must be Broken like Christ
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Corpus Christi: To Become the Body of Christ we also must be Broken like Christ

My point is this: it is the very nature of the eucharist, in enacting the drama of Christ, to incorporate an element of the brokenness of the world and the brokenness of human relations into the story of the foundational event of Christian faith precisely because it mirrors the brokenness of Christ himself. To put that another…

US Race Riots: ‘How Long, O Lord?’ – A Deeply Touching Essay by Black American Jesuit Mario Powell
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US Race Riots: ‘How Long, O Lord?’ – A Deeply Touching Essay by Black American Jesuit Mario Powell

But how does such change happen? Simply put, these structures will not change until white America—which means individual white Americans—gets close to black and brown people. Until you can smell the stench of sin that we smell, until the smell of that strange fruit fills your nostrils and will not let you inhale the sweet fragrances…

Cardninal Vincent Nichols on Pentecost
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Cardninal Vincent Nichols on Pentecost