Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Moving towards a Ceasefire
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Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Moving towards a Ceasefire

The Southern Cameroons Defence Forces (SOCADEF), an Ambazonian armed group, agreed to the United Nations’ call for a ceasefire due to the coronavirus outbreak impacting the country. The Cameroon government has yet to respond. “SOCADEF are prepared to support the ceasefire and will ensure the security and free circulation of international observers and humanitarian organisations…

Pope Francis Delivers Defining Image of Coronavirus Emergency
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Pope Francis Delivers Defining Image of Coronavirus Emergency

Twenty years from now, if you were to ask Italians to think back about what images stuck in their minds from the coronavirus, it’s a good bet that after Friday night, many would give the same answer. “Papa Francesco standing alone in St. Peter’s Square, under the rain, praying for it to end,” they’d likely…

Five Tips for Participation in Live Streaming Celebrations on Internet
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Five Tips for Participation in Live Streaming Celebrations on Internet

For several days, Facebook seems to have become one big liturgical space. Worldwide, all possible celebrations and prayer moments are streamed. Sometimes clumsy, often really enjoyable. A journalist asked me what I thought of there being no celebrations in Holy Week this year. I replied that there will be celebrations. However, most faithful will not…

A Letter from Saint Ignatius
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A Letter from Saint Ignatius

Heaven 14th March 2020, Earth time   Dear people on earth, I see you’re having a hard time finding the right attitude to the coronavirus. That’s not strange. Over the past few decades, science has made such progress that you have come to believe that a solution to every problem can be found in no…

Covid-19 Mozambique: ‘People here Think they are Going to die like Dogs’ – Missionary
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Covid-19 Mozambique: ‘People here Think they are Going to die like Dogs’ – Missionary

Arias lives in Mangunze, a rural zone some 100 miles from Maputo, the capital, and some 20 miles from Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza state. There’s only one hospital in the state that has an ICU: 12 beds, in a wing opened last year. Not nearly enough when the region has 2.5 million inhabitants. “They’re opening…

Lent – Forgiveness and Reconciliation
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Lent – Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Perhaps this is a good time for us to reflect on how we do domestic Church, and how the great liturgical moments in the year or the great theological themes that underpin them permeate our ordinary lives. After all, we all want and need forgiveness in our lives, don’t we? Or do we? It is…

Reflections on the Annunciation
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Reflections on the Annunciation

In many ways, then, the early chapters of Luke’s Gospel are similar in intent to the classical paintings of the Annunciation and of the other episodes in the childhood of Jesus. In those paintings Mary appears as no ordinary woman; the child is no ordinary child; and every artistic symbol is used to make sure…

Why One-size-fits-all Measures against COVID-19 Could be Lethal in Africa’s Social Context
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Why One-size-fits-all Measures against COVID-19 Could be Lethal in Africa’s Social Context

It’s not even clear that the social distancing measures will curb the spread of disease here. We know from award winning work on HIV transmission by South African epidemiologists that local social context can neuter a health intervention that is effective elsewhere. So it may be with social distancing. In a South African township, living conditions are…

Kenya: COVID-19 Infected Kenyan Priest Defies Self-Quarantine
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Kenya: COVID-19 Infected Kenyan Priest Defies Self-Quarantine

Fr. Richard Oduor, a member of Saint Patrick’s Society (SPS), was taken to hospital Friday, March 20 “after some fever and vomiting” and the report of his having tested positive for the new coronavirus make public on Sunday, March 22, his confreres have stated in a collective message. He had landed back at Kenya’s Jomo…