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On the Way to World Mission Sunday: Video Message of Hope

The Pontifical Mission Societies of Spain launched a video in which missionaries from all over the world and representatives of local churches send out a message of hope during the coronavirus pandemic. The video, an initiative of various national mission societies, invites us all to “warm up the engines” on the way to World Mission…

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Cameroon: No End in Sight to the Conflict

There is no end in sight to the crisis in Cameroon’s North-West and South-West regions despite initial ceasefire talks with rebels seeking independence from the government in Yaoundé. The Cameroonian government launched secret talks with jailed Anglophone leader Ayuk Tabe and nine others at the beginning of July in an effort to negotiate a ceasefire…

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Pope Francis: The Driving Force of his Pontificate

Referring to the Synod for the Amazon, regarding the priestly ordination of viri probati, Francis wrote: “There was a discussion… a rich discussion… a well-founded discussion, but no discernment, which is something different from arriving at a good and justified consensus or relative majority.” He continued: “We must understand that the Synod is more than a  …

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25 Years ago: Epic Centenary Walk from Mombasa to Kampala

Sixty Mill Hill mission pilgrims who trekked from Mombasa to the Buganda King’s court at Mengo arrived at Bulange to a rousing welcome from Lukiiko members and a cross section of people. Prince Lincoln Abraham Ndawula, Kabaka Mutebi’s uncle, received the pilgrims on behalf of the King who was out of the country.  The pilgrims,…

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This is What We Die for: Child Labour in DR Congo Cobalt Mines

This film documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep…

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2nd Cycle, Nairobi: New Formation Year Opens with a Book Launch

We are now two weeks into the new formation year in Nairobi. On Sunday 23rd August, 2020, we opened the 2020/2021 formation year even amidst the on-going corona virus pandemic restrictions. Reflecting on the current  reality of the world, that is, the ecological crisis, the effects of the pandemic, and the ongoing conversion to which…

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Pope Francis: The Difficult Art of Discernment

On of the proposals that was most heatedly debated, both inside and outside the synod hall, was the possibility of ordaining married men into the priesthood to try to address the shortage of priests in the region. In the note published by Spadaro, Francis writes that sometimes the “bad spirit” ends up “conditioning discernment, favoring…