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Global Formators Meeting in Namugongo

From the 27th to the 31st of December 2019,  Formation staff  representatives from all our Formation Houses around the world gathered in the pilgrimage place of Namugongo, Uganda,  for their once in two years Global Formators Meeting. The meeting was presided over by the Councillor for Africa/Formation in the presence of the Councillor for Asia….

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Kenya: Addressing the Pastoral Dichotomy between Faith and Life

At a conference organized to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II “Ecclesia in Africa” after 25 years of its publication, a Kenyan Bishop acknowledged the “revolutionary” nature of the document but noted the exhortation’s threefold limitations. “25 years later after the issuance of the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Ecclesia…

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Local Religious Sisters in Central African Region to Promote Reconciliation

The February 16-19 meeting that took place in Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala was held under the theme, “Reconciliation, Communion, Justice and Peace: a pressing mission in our Institutions and in our world.” The Church in the Central Africa sub-region is concerned about the tense socio-political and economic climate, marked by inter-ethnic conflicts, technological and infrastructural…

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Philippines: Siffer Penalties for Child Abuse and Exploitation

Philippine lawmakers have passed a measure that would impose stiffer penalties in child abuse, exploitation and discrimination cases.The proposed Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act imposes bigger fines and longer jail terms for violators. “This is a good step to minimize or totally eradicate cases involving children,” said Father Conegundo Garganta,…

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South Sudan: Reduction in Number of States Significant Step in Peace Process

“After a thorough deliberation on the subject matter and in the interest of peace and stability in the country, the presidency … resolved to return the country to ten (10) States and their previous respective counties; plus three (3) administrative areas,” the statement from South Sudan Presidency dated February 14 seen by ACI Africa reads….

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A Closer Look at the Sermon on the Mount

Whatever be its ecclesial provenance, from its content and inner structure Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount is evidently aimed at presenting an authoritative portrait of Christian discipleship. After a description of Jesus’s introductory healing ministry the scene is set in his ascending the hill and solemnly sitting down to address his disciples and the crowd…

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Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Umbeddah 6/7

Tragic Accident Journalist Paul de Schipper traveled to Africa for the first time in 1985, ended up in the ‘heart of darkness’ and met a toiling ‘light bulb’: Alfons ter Beke mhm, missionary in Sudan from 1983 to 1998, now retired in Vrijland, The Netherlands . Sitting in a wheelchair. Apparently absent, yet poignantly present: with a smile.  Because still perstistently socially involved….

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Querida Amazonia: Antonio Spadaro SJ’s Commentary on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhoration

Let me say straightaway that Querida Amazonia is a unique text. I will try to highlight why. This is the first time that a document of such magisterial importance explicitly presents itself as a text that “accompanies” another one, namely, the synod’s Final Document, The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology. The pope immediately wishes to…

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Cambodia: Ecological Farming

Today while I was walking on by the riverside, I saw Mr. Dang spraying in his farm. A simple smile led us into conversation. He drew my attention. Out of curiosity, I asked him what kind of pesticides he was using to protect plants? He replied, he doesn’t use any pesticides to kill insects. He…