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27th January 2020

Sunday of the Word of God: The Contribution of Missionaries in Making the Word Accessible in Local Languages

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Sunday, January 26, the first “Sunday of the Word of God” will be celebrated in the world, announced by Pope Francis with the Apostolic Letter “Aperuit Illis”, so that “the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires of speaking to his Bride” (n.2). The Pope stresses that … Read more

The Conversion of Paul

The Conversion of St Paul is celebrated on 25th January, on the last day of what is now called ‘The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’, a tradition begun one hundred years ago in 1908 by Lewis Thomas Wattson, an American Episcopalian priest, and Spencer Jones, an Anglican priest from Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire.  It was then called ‘The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity’.  Wattson became a … Read more

Uganda Tops Hospitality for Migrants League in Africa

Today, some 941,000 refugees fleeing from violence and poverty in their home countries come to Uganda, making it the largest refugee-hosting country in the region. They mostly come from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia where there has been protracted violence, according to the migration officer. “It is difficult to understand why there has been a protracted crisis in countries in … Read more

South Sudan: Comboni Missionaries Take up Challenge of Providing Quality Education

On his part Br. Jorge Rodriguez Floyd working in the nation’s Diocese of Malakal disclosed the Province of Comboni Missionaries has plans underway in the education sector to meet the Comboni tradition of education. “We are organizing to clarify our education to make it the Comboni tradition and education that we have gained through the many years of our presence in Africa,” Bro. Jorge Rodrigug … Read more

Southern Africa: New Pastoral Plan – ‘All Change’

According to the Bishop, “This Pastoral Plan aims at helping us to move from a maintenance Church to a Missionary Church, from a church that services those who come to Church to a Church that goes forth,”  as envisioned by Pope Francis  in his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium where he desired a “missionary option, a missionary impulse transforming everything.” Acknowledging that it will not be easy to change … Read more

DR Congo – Holy See Agreement: A New Beginning in Relationships

“With this agreement, we have a legal framework that will henceforth regulate relations between the Catholic Church and the Congolese State, because a legal framework gives rise to the recognition of reciprocal rights and reciprocal obligations and it is in this spirit that we will work to promote the well-being of the Congolese people and also the common good of the Democratic Republic of the … Read more

Cameroon: Ongoing Violence in Anglophone Areas

Last week the military left Fundong, passed through Ngwah, clearing the roadblocks, and went to Abuh where a camp of the Amba Boys is situated. Four Amba Boys were killed, several were wounded, and some arrests were made. The military took some of the wounded Boys to the Catholic Health Centre in Ngwah and kept them there. The military continued to Fonfuka [i.e.towards the direction … Read more