Pope Video January: At the Service of Human Fraternity
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Pope Video January: At the Service of Human Fraternity

“When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs. We are brothers and sisters who pray. Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother or sister,…

Buea, Cameroon: Mgr Michael Bibi Appointed New Bishop
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Buea, Cameroon: Mgr Michael Bibi Appointed New Bishop

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi, until now titular of Amudarsa and auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Bamenda, as bishop of the diocese of Buéa, Cameroon. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 5/1/2021) Born on July 28, 1971 in Bamessing, Ndop, North West Region of Cameroon, +Bibi was ordained Priest on April 26, 2000….

Epiphany: Where is the Babe Born to be King?
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Epiphany: Where is the Babe Born to be King?

I read the words the messenger had brought me: ‘Buried with a hundred pounds of myrrh and aloes’. I had almost forgotten him … God knows I’ve tried! Nothing has been quite right since that fool’s errand thirty years ago in my misspent, mystical youth. And now he’s dead, embalmed and buried with my spices,…

Cameroon: US Senate Paves Way for Sanctions
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Cameroon: US Senate Paves Way for Sanctions

After four years of conflict, people living in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon may finally have reason to be optimistic. On New Year’s Day, the US Senate passed a strongly-worded resolution paving the way for punitive sanctions on those responsible for atrocities in Cameroon. In a rare bipartisan motion, the US Congress slammed the Francophone-dominated…

Nigeria: Speaking Truth to Power
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Nigeria: Speaking Truth to Power

“Ours has become a nation wrapped in desolation. The prospects of a failed state stare us in the face: endless bloodletting, a collapsing economy, social anomie, domestic and community violence, kidnappings, armed robberies etc. Ours has become a house of horror with fear stalking our homes, highways, cities, hamlets and entire communities,” Bishop Kukah says….

Th Star of Bethlehem
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Th Star of Bethlehem

The whole question of ‘what was the Star of Bethlehem,’ asked of a Vatican astronomer, has hidden within it all sorts of wildly wrong assumptions. It assumes that our position at the Vatican gives us some special insight into the issue. (It doesn’t. We don’t know anything more than anyone else who’s looked casually into…

Congolese Christmas Carol
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Congolese Christmas Carol

An unusual rendering of a Congolese Christmas carol Lyrics: EmanuelNzambe o kati ya biso ooBakonzi basatoBayei komotala oo Noele gloriaTosepela bansoToyemba ee Mokonzi wa nseEmanueleAbotami o Beteleme ooMtoma wa boboto oo Bakuti mpe mwanaO mbeto ya matiti ooBapesi mabonzaBakumisi mwana oo Noele, gloriaTosepela banso,toyemba ee Mokonzi wa nseEmanueleAbotami o Beteleme ooTomba wa boboto E Mama…

Our Lady of Kibeho
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Our Lady of Kibeho

The very first Marian Apparitions on the Continent of Africa recognized by the Holy See. These apparitions took place at Kibeho, the small village of southwestern Rwanda. It was on November 28, 1981, that the Virgin Mary visited Rwanda to deliver her message to the whole world. She appeared to three girls who were students…

Missionary Disciples Killed in 2020
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Missionary Disciples Killed in 2020

The annual list says that the 20 “missionaries” killed include 8 priests, 1 male religious, 3 nuns, 2 seminarians and 6 lay people. Fides uses the term “missionary” for all the baptized, aware of what Pope Francis explains in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii gaudium: “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of…

January 1st World Peace Day: ‘The Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’
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January 1st World Peace Day: ‘The Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’

On January 1, the Community of Sant’Egidio will stream testimonies from different countries, such as Mozambique, Lebanon, Syria, South Sudan, and Central Africa. Voices from humanitarian corridors and from the Greek Island of Lesbos will be heard, plus a message from Pope Francis. Even if the lockdown imposed by the pandemic does not allow this…

Msgr Wilybard Lagho Appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Malindi, Kenya
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Msgr Wilybard Lagho Appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Malindi, Kenya

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Malindi, Kenya, the Reverend Msgr. Wilybard Lagho, of the clergy of Mombasa, until now vicar general of the same metropolitan archdiocese. Curriculum vitae Msgr. Wilybard Lagho was born on 23 March 1958 in Taita-Taveta, in the metropolitan archdiocese of Mombasa. He studied philosophy at Saint…

At the Beginning of the Year of St Joseph
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At the Beginning of the Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis celebrates Joseph as a father in his recent apostolic letter, Patris corde. At the beginning of this Year of St Joseph, consider what we can learn about Joseph’s fatherhood of Jesus from the context in which Matthew tells us about the birth of Christ. ….”The invitation to us is to do whatever it is…