‘Our Call’ – Sermon at Opening Mass  General Chapter Mill Hill Missionaries
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‘Our Call’ – Sermon at Opening Mass General Chapter Mill Hill Missionaries

At the opening Eucharist of the 19th General Chapter of the Mill Hill Missionaries celebrated that the church of Our Lady and St Edmund, Abingdon, General Superior, Fr Michael Corcoran, reflected on our missionary calling taking his cue from the inspired and inspiring writings of Pope Francis – The Joy of the Gospel, Laudato Si’…

Laudato Si’ Week: Raising Eco-Awareness
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Laudato Si’ Week: Raising Eco-Awareness

Laudato Si’ Week has begun, marking the seventh anniversary of the publication of the bestselling and accessible encyclical letter by Pope Francis addressing everyone’s responsibility to care for our common home. Ahead of the Week, Bishop Martin Hayes highlighted that Laudato Si’ remains central to the universal Church’s blueprint for climate action. Bishop Hayes said:…

Laudato Si’ Week: Appeal for Climate Change Victims
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Laudato Si’ Week: Appeal for Climate Change Victims

As the International Migration Review Forum (IMFR) gets underway, the leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is calling on the international community to grant a special protection status to people and communities displaced due to climate change. In a Tuesday, May 17 report, the CI Secretary General said that the entity is pushing for…

South Sudan: Pope’s Planned Ecumenical Visit Unique
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South Sudan: Pope’s Planned Ecumenical Visit Unique

n a Thursday, May 19 interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Jim Greene who is the Executive Director of Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS) said the coming of Pope Francis to South Sudan is “a huge occasion” for the people of God in the country.  “It’s a huge occasion for the rejoicing of Bishops, Priests, and Laity. The ecumenical approach…

Prophets of Joy – A Gospel Reflection for Participants General Chapter Mill Hill Missionaries
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Prophets of Joy – A Gospel Reflection for Participants General Chapter Mill Hill Missionaries

On the first day of the 19th Chapter of the Mill Hill missionaries the assembled delegates were taken on a journey of discovery of Gospel Joy in a day of recollection led by New Testament scholar and Dominican friar, Richard Ounsworth. Sharing elements of his personal search for a meaningful engagement in religious life, Fr…

Mill Hill Missionary General Chapter Set to Commence
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Mill Hill Missionary General Chapter Set to Commence

Today, Saturday 21st May, participants in the 19th General Chapter of the Mill Hill Missionaries will be gathering at the Milton Hill House venue in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Fortunately none of the delegates arriving from overseas have experienced visa problems. But a Covid-19 infection is preventing sr Catherine Ryan, the Chapter facilitator, from being present at…

Pope’s DR Congo Visit to Go Ahead as Planned – Cardinal Ambongo
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Pope’s DR Congo Visit to Go Ahead as Planned – Cardinal Ambongo

Pope Francis is expected to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in July despite his health challenges, especially the pain in his knee, the Cardinal in the Central African nation has said. In a Friday, May 20 report, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo speaks about his encounter with the Holy Father during last month’s meeting of the Council of Cardinals in Rome.  “Pope Francis…

Beatification of Pauline Jaricot – Passion for Mission
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Beatification of Pauline Jaricot – Passion for Mission

Sunday 22 May is a day of prayer and celebration for our overseas mission organisation ‘Missio’, and indeed the whole Church. One of its founders, Pauline-Marie Jaricot, will be beatified in Lyon. It’s a leap forward on the path to Sainthood that will see Pauline Jaricot declared a ‘Blessed’. Fr Tony Chantry, Missio’s National Director…

Uganda: Foot Pilgrims to Namugongo Set off Again after Two Year Break
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Uganda: Foot Pilgrims to Namugongo Set off Again after Two Year Break

This year, Fort Portal Diocese shall animate the Liturgy on Martyrs day at Namugongo and the preparations are ongoing in high gear. Pilgrims from Fort Portal the Diocese that is charged with responsibilities to organized and animate the liturgy for this year’s celebrations and other Dioceses in Uganda, have started the pilgrimage to Namugongo Martyrs…

Anna Qabale Duba: Kenyan Nurse Wins Prestigious Award
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Anna Qabale Duba: Kenyan Nurse Wins Prestigious Award

Duba lost many family members, which inspired her to study nursing. “Many lives would have been saved if there were health facilities. I lost many family members. That inspired me to want to help my people,” said Duba. She also has campaigned against harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, or circumcision, and early…

Authorisation for Non-Clerics to be Major Superiors in Certain Cases – Pope Francis
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Authorisation for Non-Clerics to be Major Superiors in Certain Cases – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has authorised the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated and Societies of Apostolic Life to grant dispensations that would allow non-clerics to hold the office of Major Superior in some cases. The Holy Father did so in a rescript promulgated on Wednesday, concerning the possibility of a dispensation from Canon 588 §2 of the…

Pope Francis on Saint Charles de Foucauld: ‘Focus on his Joy’
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Pope Francis on Saint Charles de Foucauld: ‘Focus on his Joy’

Speaking off-the-cuff, the Pope said Charles de Foucauld’s spirituality helped him personally when he was studying theology. “He helped me overcome my crises and find a more simple, less Pelagian path of Christian life which is closer to the Lord.” The Pope concluded his speech by inviting the group to focus on St. Charles’ joy,…