Southern Africa: Launch of Innovative Pastoral Plan
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Southern Africa: Launch of Innovative Pastoral Plan

In the plan, the Bishops have identified evangelization, described as a “personal relationship with Jesus,” as “fundamental to the pastoral plan,” particularly because all other seven focus areas “flow out of this foundational experience.” Empowering the laity through their formation is a focus area that will see the Bishops work toward having the lay faithful…

Terrorism in West Africa: Sisters Offering Mercy Amid the Madness
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Terrorism in West Africa: Sisters Offering Mercy Amid the Madness

The Sisters said: “We are currently living in a climate of permanent insecurity. “Above all, our Sisters in the communities in the north of the country are witnessing daily clashes. “In Bam [northern Burkina Faso], the terrorists were just two miles away from the community.” Stressing that the violence was indiscriminate, the Sisters said: “Everyone…

Timothy Radcliffe OP: On Christian Unity
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Timothy Radcliffe OP: On Christian Unity

Yves Congar OP, the greatest ecumenist of the twentieth century, discovered his theological vocation when he was a young Dominican friar and was overwhelmed by studying John 17, where Jesus prays that the disciples may be one as he and the Father are one. Congar called it ‘the apostolic prayer of Jesus for Christian unity’…

DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Meets President Tshisekedi After Visit to Conflict-Ridden East
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DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Meets President Tshisekedi After Visit to Conflict-Ridden East

“I witnessed a traumatised population” the Cardinal said, adding that “it’s impossible to comprehend how human beings can behave like this towards their own brothers and sisters. As a pastor, this affected me profoundly.” Flashpoint of military conflict The region has been one of the more politically unstable parts of the country, with ongoing conflicts…

Nairobi, Kenya: Jesuits Launch Scholarship Programme for Women to Study Theology
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Nairobi, Kenya: Jesuits Launch Scholarship Programme for Women to Study Theology

“The Jesuit School of Theology of Hekima University College (HUC) in Nairobi, Kenya, is delighted to announce the ‘St. Ignatius Scholarship for Women Theologians’. This scholarship is for African women (Religious or Lay) to study towards the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) or the Master of Theology/Licentiate in Sacred Theology,” read in part the poster announcing…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18 – 25 January on Theme: ‘They Showed Us Unusual Kindness’
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18 – 25 January on Theme: ‘They Showed Us Unusual Kindness’

On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer. Hospitality is a much…

Kisumu, Kenya: Franciscan Sisters of St Anne Extend Apostolate to Tanzania
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Kisumu, Kenya: Franciscan Sisters of St Anne Extend Apostolate to Tanzania

A congregation of women religious of the order of St. Francis headquartered in Kenya’s Kisumu Archdiocese has extended its apostolate to the East African country of Tanzania in addition to its presence in Ethiopia, responding to the needs of the people at the grassroots who require “pastoral care, education and medical care.” Last week, the Franciscan Sisters…

South Sudan: Sant’Egidio Facilitates End to Hostilities and Humanitarian Access
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South Sudan: Sant’Egidio Facilitates End to Hostilities and Humanitarian Access

In the Rome Declaration, the signatories acknowledge efforts made by global leaders of Christians churches as well as church leaders in their country saying they are “humbled by the relentless spiritual and moral appeal for peace, reconciliation and fraternity.” Specifically, the leaders express their appreciation for “Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Former…

Uganda: The Potent Communicative Power of Music
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Uganda: The Potent Communicative Power of Music

For the Ugandan survivors of a landslide who are relocated to a faraway camp, for example, music becomes the most effective mode of communication. That’s because music can play a dual role: it entertains while at the same time passing on specific messages to listeners. And due to its ability to use metaphors, music communicates on…

‘The Bible is the Book of the Lord’s People’ – Pope Francis Announcing Sunday of the Word of God
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‘The Bible is the Book of the Lord’s People’ – Pope Francis Announcing Sunday of the Word of God

In his letter, Pope Francis wrote, “A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a yearlong event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in…

Holy Land: Visiting and Supporting the Local Christian Communities
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Holy Land: Visiting and Supporting the Local Christian Communities

This annual visit was set up over 20 years ago at the invitation of the Holy See with the aim of visiting and supporting the Holy Land’s local Christian communities as they experience the political and socio-economic realities of living in Israel and Palestine. During their stay, the bishops will be based in Ramallah with…

Africa: What Hope for Peace in 2020 ? – A View from Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa
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Africa: What Hope for Peace in 2020 ? – A View from Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa

“The impetus for change is often really in the hands of those on the margins and we need to gather alongside the marginalized and together find strategies for change. This is also my hope for this year. That we will nurture small but feisty and strong-minded people determined to shape a better life for all…