Saint Joseph, Please Give us a Sign of your Goodness…
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Saint Joseph, Please Give us a Sign of your Goodness…

SAINT JOSEPH, PLEASE GIVE US A SIGN OF YOUR GOODNESS…   This is one of two Miraculous interventions of St Joseph as recounted by Sr Emmanuel Maillard in her book, PEACE WILL HAVE THE LAST WORD.  When I read this book and this miraculous story of St Joseph, our dear Patron last year, I immediately thought…

Humour in Times of Coronavirus – A View from South Africa
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Humour in Times of Coronavirus – A View from South Africa

Almost immediately after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in South Africa, the jokes started. From memes featuring prominent politicians to bad puns, from TikTok video clips to pictures of people posing with silly home-made protective gear, South Africans took to Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook to make fun of the virus. It is not unusual for South Africans…

Pope Francis Walks Alone through Rome’s Deserted Streets to Pray for End of Pandemic
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Pope Francis Walks Alone through Rome’s Deserted Streets to Pray for End of Pandemic

Pope Francis walked through Rome’s deserted streets to pray for an end to the coronavirus as the Vatican said his Easter services will be held without the public for the first time. He left the Vatican unannounced on March 15 to pray at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and then walked along one of…

Neighbourly Love in Times of Coronavirus – A Bishop’s Golden Rules
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Neighbourly Love in Times of Coronavirus – A Bishop’s Golden Rules

Think about who may be suffering more than me. For those of us who are healthy there is much less to worry about but the elderly, the housebound and those with chronic health conditions may be very anxious. How about each church undertaking an audit of all the vulnerable people they know and sharing out…

Controversial Appointment New Archbishop of Juba : Retired Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Weighs in
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Controversial Appointment New Archbishop of Juba : Retired Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Weighs in

“I urge all diocesan priests, religious and faithful of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba to refrain from violent activities and (desist) from violent threats and hostilities,” the 79-year-old South Sudanese prelate read his statement. “We must avoid divisive politics and reckless utterances which lead to animosity and violence,” he added and urged “our young people…

Kisumu, Kenya: Uzima Catholic Medical School Forced to Close
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Kisumu, Kenya: Uzima Catholic Medical School Forced to Close

Following the multi-agency inspection, the management of the Catholic institution was given six months to close and distribute the continuing students to the other medical schools, after the third joint inspection of medical and dental schools, and teaching hospitals found the institution to be only 49 percent compliant. The March 2-6 inspection focused on governance…

Africa’s Largest Diocese: ‘Desert, My Cathedral’ – Where Charles de Foucault once Dwelt as a Hermit
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Africa’s Largest Diocese: ‘Desert, My Cathedral’ – Where Charles de Foucault once Dwelt as a Hermit

In the Diocese of Laghouat, the missionaries run a number of projects that impact locals, regardless of their religious affiliations. This, according to the Bishop, is what has kept the Christians to live in harmony with Muslims. “We have five communities of sisters whose main activity is a project supported by Caritas and other organizations…

Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Woman of Samaria
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Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Woman of Samaria

Welcome to our exploration of the great narrative in John’s Gospel where Jesus meets the woman of Samaria at a well; she immediately tries to end the conversation and disconnect from the encounter. Why? In everyday life, what do you say after you say “Hello”? More basically, some people might ask, “How do you get…

Juba, South Sudan: Protests against Archbishop-Elect Turn Violent
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Juba, South Sudan: Protests against Archbishop-Elect Turn Violent

On Sunday afternoon, a group of Catholic youth attached to St. Theresa’s Cathedral Parish, Kator, of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, identified as members from the dominant ethnic group of the Archdiocese, the Bari, stormed the residence of priests at the parish, beating up and injuring one cleric while two managed to flee. “The priest was…

Pope Francis: Livestreaming Mass from Casa Santa Maria
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Pope Francis: Livestreaming Mass from Casa Santa Maria

Yesterday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis had decided that his 7:00 morning Mass would be broadcast in these days. This morning, Pope Francis introduced the liturgy saying “In these days, I will offer Mass for those who are sick from the coronavirus epidemic, for the doctors, nurses, volunteers…