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American Catholicism’s Contradictions

If I am disappointed that American Catholicism is not bringing to our politics what Pope Francis has called “the joy of the Gospel,” it is an impatience born of gratitude, not bitterness. Perhaps that’s why I have used the restrained word “underperforming” to describe what others might fairly see as the scandalous failure of its leadership…

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Philippines:First Easter Sunday Mass in 1521 at Limasawa

The Catholic hierarchy in the Philippines has adopted a government-led study affirming Limasawa island as the site of the first Easter Sunday Mass in the country, reported CBCP News. In a resolution dated Sept. 25, the bishops’ conference “stand by the proceedings and findings” of a panel of historians affirming previous findings on the historic…

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St Francis of Assisi

“Sermon to the birds: ‘Esteemed friends, birds of noble lineage, I have no message to you except this: be what you are: be birds. Thus you will be your own sermon to yourselves!’ Reply: ‘Even this is one sermon too many!’” — Thomas Merton (Day of a Stranger, p.51)   Francis and the Wolf Carlo Carretto (1910–1988)…

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Malaysia: Missionary Stewards of Creation

Fr Oniz Kihokolo MHM is Parish Priest for St. Alphonsus’ Parish, Julau. Originally from Uganda, the missionary has created a demonstration garden, where he grows pineapples, sweet potatoes, pawpaws, tomatoes and passion fruit. He also rears rabbits and chickens and uses their natural waste for organic pesticide and fertil Fr Oniz shared: “A healthy environment…

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Malakal, South Sudan: Launch of Cargo Boat to Ease Transport

Poor road transport in South Sudan’s Diocese of Malakal has motivated the vast Diocese to build its first ever cargo boat for transporting construction materials from the country’s capital Juba as well as to facilitate pastoral ministry in the East-Central African country, the Bishop has told ACI Africa. Bishop Stephen Nyodho said that the cargo…