Extraordinary Mission Month: An Interview
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Extraordinary Mission Month: An Interview

The Dutch Missionary Organisation ‘People with a Mission’/AMA recently asked me for an interview to be published in a promotional brochure. Here it is in translation. Fons Eppink mhm MISSION IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE In conversation with Fons Eppink mhm After many years in the mission and in administrative positions, Fons Eppink was a…

Cop 26: The State of the Climate in Asia
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Cop 26: The State of the Climate in Asia

In its annual “State of the Climate in Asia” report, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said every part of the region had been affected. “Extreme weather and climate change impacts across Asia in 2020 caused the loss of life of thousands of people, displaced millions of others and cost hundreds of billions of dollars, while…

‘Thank you’ to Missionaries – Pope Francis on Mission Sunday
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‘Thank you’ to Missionaries – Pope Francis on Mission Sunday

Rome (Agenzia Fides) – A “thank you” and the request for “a big applause” for “the many missionaries – priests, men and women religious and lay faithful – who spend their energies in the front line in the service of the Church, paying personally – sometimes at a high price – for their witness”. Thus,…

Season of Creation: The Four Seagulls
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Season of Creation: The Four Seagulls

THE FOUR SEAGULLS That’s the title of the new dotpainting which I finished yesterday.It depicts four seagulls who are anxiously looking at the people who are discussing how to stop the pollution of the oceans, especially the plastic-soup (the grey areas). The people portrayed by the Aboriginal symbol of the U, are in the green…

Sunday Gospel – To See as Jesus Sees
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Sunday Gospel – To See as Jesus Sees

In the Greek text of Mark, it says ‘That I may look up…’ The word ‘looking up’ had been used before by Mark to describe how Jesus blessed the loaves of the first multiplication of bread (6:41), and again when he healed the deafmute man (7:34). The translation used in the Mass gives ‘Let me…

Mission Sunday: Cardinal Tagle Speaking
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Mission Sunday: Cardinal Tagle Speaking

“Asia is a world of mission, and now they say that Europe is also becoming a mission territory,” he said. “Our experience in Asia is that, though the Holy Spirit is always the major agent in evangelization, we also need living witnesses. Those who through their witness of life, quality of relationship, compassion for the…

Synodality – A Reflection by  Fr Guido Gockel MHM
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Synodality – A Reflection by Fr Guido Gockel MHM

THE ROAD TOGETHER On Oct. 10, 2021, Pope Francis formally opened the “Synod 2021-2023”.Some of you may well wonder what this is all about. What is a synod? The Church’s governing structure is pyramidal, which means that the Pope is the head, followed by the cardinals as the next rank, then the bishops, and priests….