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

Southern Africa: New Pastoral Plan – ‘All Change’
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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…

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

Cameroon: Ongoing Violence in Anglophone Areas
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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…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Showing ‘Unusual Kindness’ to Migrants
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Showing ‘Unusual Kindness’ to Migrants

Leaders of Christian communities throughout the world gather each year in the Vatican for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Pope Francis traditionally concludes the initiative presiding over Vespers at the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls. The theme for 2020, chosen and prepared by a group of representatives from the Christian Churches in…

Echoes of Day of Prayer for Peace in the World
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Echoes of Day of Prayer for Peace in the World

I hear the echoes in my old recorded melodies – “We need healing, we need peace”! I hear the echoes from the sentimental lyrics lamenting wars – “Peace, Salamu, Shalom! I hear the echoes in the best book I read last year by Sr Emmanuel – “Peace will have the Last Word”! I hear the…

A Time in History: The Nigeria-Biafra War
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A Time in History: The Nigeria-Biafra War

The Nigeria-Biafra War was fought over the formation of the state of Biafra, made up of eastern states in Nigeria who declared their independence in May 1967. By the time the war was over, as many as two million Biafran civilians had died of starvation, disease and injury. Christian Aid was one of the humanitarian…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Paul’s Handling of Christian Disunity
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Paul’s Handling of Christian Disunity

In this brief article I should like simply to look at one important New Testament test-case for grappling with Church disunity: Paul’s dealings with the fractious Corinthians, who, to his annoyance, were forever picking a fight, both with one another and with him. The place to start here is perhaps with the last surviving line…

Cameroon: National Days of Prayer for Respect of Human Life
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Cameroon: National Days of Prayer for Respect of Human Life

“The ongoing clashes in the Anglophone regions make activities impossible. Difficulties are increasing in the economic field. The majority of businesses have ceased to operate. The population makes a living from agriculture, but cultivating the fields is becoming complicated, many peasants have been killed while working on their farms,” Bishop Kome lamented. He added, “Today…

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’…