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Battambang, Cambodia: Bon Phoum – A Village Blessing

We witnessed another unique Khmer-Christian Festival today (Feb. 5) in Chomnaom (ចំណោម). The Bon Phoum which literally means Village feast or Village blessing in Chomnaom started when Fr. Totet SJ was the parish priest of the place in 2002-2005. The idea actually originates from the Cambodian tradition of thanksgiving after the harvest season. The Christianised…

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Bishop Robert Barron: When American Bishops Meet Pope Francis

But by far the dominant theme in our lengthy conversation, expressed both in the questions of the bishops and the substantive responses of the Pope, was evangelization. When one bishop made reference to Evangelii Gaudium, Francis’s seminal encyclical on the topic, the Pope wryly commented that that text was largely “plagiarized” from St. Paul VI’s 1975…

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Muka, East Malaysia: Asian Cluster Meeting of the Mill Hill Missionaries

The Asian Cluster Meeting was held in Mukah, Sarawak, East Malaysia from 20th to 24th January 2020. The Society Representatives from mission areas of Pakistan, India, Malaysia and the Philippines met together with the Asian Councillor who facilitated the meeting. The General Superior who happened to be in Sarawak for an official visitation of the…

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Kenya’s Ranking on CPI Corruption Scale ‘Lamentable’ – Bishop John Oballa

Three months after Bishops in Kenya launched a nationwide six-months anti-corruption campaign, an initiative described as a big stride by faith-based leaders in fighting against corruption in their country, a Bishop in the East African nation has termed as “lamentable” the recent results by Transparency International (TI) ranking Kenya below the global average. “It is indeed lamentable…

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Philippines: National Conference on New Evangelization – ‘Who is My Neighbour?’

The Philippines is celebrating the Year 2020 as the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples. This was also the theme of this year national conference on new evangelization. This conference was attended by thousands of peoples from all over the country. Cardinal Tagle, in his homily, commissioned all who attended the conference to…

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Cameroon: ‘The Truth Will Save Cameroon’ – Cardinal Tumi in Interview

One recommendation to resolve the Anglophone problem emanating from the grand dialogue was the special status for the English-speaking regions. Are you comfortable with the contents? I was among the first to make a proposition for the content. I was clear, and the Prime Minister’s office too, said that I was the clearest: I proposed a government,…

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‘Light a Candle on 27th January at 15h00’ – Bishops of Europe

“On this anniversary, we appeal to the modern world for reconciliation and peace, for respect for each nation’s right to exist and to freedom, to independence, to maintain its own culture. We cannot allow the truth to be ignored or manipulated for immediate political needs. This appeal is extremely important now, for – despite the…