Violence against Christians: India and Pakistan Ranked among Ten Worst Offenders
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Violence against Christians: India and Pakistan Ranked among Ten Worst Offenders

Bishop Mascarenhas said Christians in India are known for their “peace-loving nature” and their services in education and health care across the country. “But certain motivated groups target Christians for being messengers of equality, justice, and peace,” he said. The Hindu groups that work towards turning India into an upper caste Hindu hegemony “do not see…

Hyderabad, India: Priestly Ordination of Four Young Mill Missionaries
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Hyderabad, India: Priestly Ordination of Four Young Mill Missionaries

On 17th of January, four of our Mill Hill Deacons in India namely Ananta Nayak, Chandra Sekhar, Madhu Babu ( Mariadas), Govinda Rao ( Marianna) were ordained priests at Christ the King parish in Ramanthapur, Hyderabad, by Rt. Rev. Bishop Udumula Bala, The Bishop of Warangal Diocese. His Lordship Bp. U. Bala started the Holy…

Nairobi, Kenya: Jesuits Launch Scholarship Programme for Women to Study Theology
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Nairobi, Kenya: Jesuits Launch Scholarship Programme for Women to Study Theology

“The Jesuit School of Theology of Hekima University College (HUC) in Nairobi, Kenya, is delighted to announce the ‘St. Ignatius Scholarship for Women Theologians’. This scholarship is for African women (Religious or Lay) to study towards the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) or the Master of Theology/Licentiate in Sacred Theology,” read in part the poster announcing…

Uganda: The Potent Communicative Power of Music
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Uganda: The Potent Communicative Power of Music

For the Ugandan survivors of a landslide who are relocated to a faraway camp, for example, music becomes the most effective mode of communication. That’s because music can play a dual role: it entertains while at the same time passing on specific messages to listeners. And due to its ability to use metaphors, music communicates on…

Africa: What Hope for Peace in 2020 ? – A View from Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa
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Africa: What Hope for Peace in 2020 ? – A View from Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa

“The impetus for change is often really in the hands of those on the margins and we need to gather alongside the marginalized and together find strategies for change. This is also my hope for this year. That we will nurture small but feisty and strong-minded people determined to shape a better life for all…

The Philippines: Black Nazarene Procession an ‘Outpouring of People’s Longing for Good’
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The Philippines: Black Nazarene Procession an ‘Outpouring of People’s Longing for Good’

Wherever the people’s devotion came from, whether it’s liturgically sound or not, there is no stopping them from offering prayers and giving thanks to the suffering Jesus. Through the years, many have attested, and believed wholeheartedly, to the miraculous power of the image of the Black Nazarene, from granting personal petitions to healing the sick….

Epiphany – How the Gospel Stories Convey the Meaning of the Events we Celebrate at Christmas
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Epiphany – How the Gospel Stories Convey the Meaning of the Events we Celebrate at Christmas

And then there are Matthew’s Magi. What are they about? They are non-Jews, who get Jesus right from the very beginning, just as the establishment (Herod and his religious experts) gets Jesus wrong from the very beginning, at least in the sense that they regard him as so serious a threat to their status quo…

Pope Francis Prayer Video January: Lord, Make us Instruments of your Peace
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Pope Francis Prayer Video January: Lord, Make us Instruments of your Peace

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity. Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good. We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together…