Praying with Mark’s Gospel
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Praying with Mark’s Gospel

Speaking about his ‘cross’, what did he mean? Till this moment we have heard that Jesus did Messianic work by healing people, and how the religious leaders of his days turned against him. The Pharisees were always complaining to him (2:16, 18:24). Finally they discussed with the Herodians how to destroy him (3:6). Later, we…

Season of Creation: Will Laudato Si’ ever Lead to Serious Action in Asia?
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Season of Creation: Will Laudato Si’ ever Lead to Serious Action in Asia?

In the past two years, a major interdenominational effort in several Asian nations has been planting trees. From the Philippines to Korea to India, churches have also undertaken several diocesan-level activities in the spirit of Laudato Si’. Over the past two years, churches have also translated Laudato Si’ into more than a dozen Asian languages.  And when this much-hyped season is over, what…

Cameroon: Trauma Counseling for Catholic Nuns Bamenda
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Cameroon: Trauma Counseling for Catholic Nuns Bamenda

Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has announced plans to support the psychosocial training of Sisters in Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese who the foundation notes have been traumatized by the ongoing violence in the Anglophone region of the Central African country. In a Wednesday, September 8 report, ACN notes that…

Pakistan: Need for Creative Pastoral Care of Refugees, Poor.
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Pakistan: Need for Creative Pastoral Care of Refugees, Poor.

These are challenging times in Pakistan. The Church is doing its best but pastoral support needs to be creative, sensitive and timely. They need to think out of the box. Pastoral and institutional support must not be limited to Christians or Catholics but must be expanded to non-Christians, especially the poor. With the influx of…

Missiocom Malaysia
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Missiocom Malaysia

The word “Mission” conjures up nostalgic notions of travelling to distant lands to preach the gospel to people who have not heard about Jesus Christ. Up to recently, missionaries were still considered in such a category. They are those who have dedicated their whole lives to taking the good news to a foreign land. In…

Synodality – A Recipe for Radical Reform
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Synodality – A Recipe for Radical Reform

Synodality sets out to renew the power structures that have characterized the Catholic Church for centuries, but to do so it must achieve a far more ambitious goal: teaching faithful, lay and religious, to come together in dialogue at a time when entrenchment and polarization have turned Pope Francis’ “culture of encounter” into a quasi-utopian…

Season of Creation: A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God.
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Season of Creation: A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God.

During the 2021 Season of Creation, from 1st September through 4th October, thousands of Christians on six continents get together for a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, and to discover radically new ways of living with creation. The theme of this year’s Season of Creation is ‘A home for all?…

Cameroon Anglophone Conflict: Surviving by Obeying Opposing Forces
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Cameroon Anglophone Conflict: Surviving by Obeying Opposing Forces

Civilians in the troubled Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon are surviving each day by obeying commands from the country’s military as well as from members of the Ambazonia Restoration Forces (ARFs) so as not to appear siding with either group, a Catholic peace foundation working in the Central African nation has said. In a…

Pope Francis: Letter to Priests
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Pope Francis: Letter to Priests

Some time ago, I shared with the Italian bishops my worry that, in more than a few places, our priests feel themselves attacked and blamed for crimes they did not commit. I mentioned that priests need to find in their bishop an older brother and a father who reassures them in these difficult times, encouraging…

Africa: Religious Sisters in Search of Economic Sustainability
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Africa: Religious Sisters in Search of Economic Sustainability

“As a way of economic sustainability of a Congregation, this paper has advocated for members of a congregation to be allowed to move outside their community projects and work elsewhere in public or other private institutions in search of better pay,” Sr. Bibiana said Tuesday, August 24. The member of the Little Sisters of St….

Lay Mill Hill Missionary Associates Renew Contract (2)
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Lay Mill Hill Missionary Associates Renew Contract (2)

On Sunday, August 15th, lay Mill Hill Missionary associates Toos Beentjes and Corry van de Bosch renewed their contract of association. Prompted to write about her experience as a Mill Hill Missionary associate Corry van den Bosch writes: As a result of the renewal of the Mill Hill contract of association, I was asked what…