January 1st World Peace Day: ‘The Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’
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January 1st World Peace Day: ‘The Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’

On January 1, the Community of Sant’Egidio will stream testimonies from different countries, such as Mozambique, Lebanon, Syria, South Sudan, and Central Africa. Voices from humanitarian corridors and from the Greek Island of Lesbos will be heard, plus a message from Pope Francis. Even if the lockdown imposed by the pandemic does not allow this…

At the Beginning of the Year of St Joseph
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At the Beginning of the Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis celebrates Joseph as a father in his recent apostolic letter, Patris corde. At the beginning of this Year of St Joseph, consider what we can learn about Joseph’s fatherhood of Jesus from the context in which Matthew tells us about the birth of Christ. ….”The invitation to us is to do whatever it is…

Christmas 2020: The Storyteller
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Christmas 2020: The Storyteller

The Mill Hill Missionaries wish all visitors to this website a Happy Christmas, and abundant blessings in the new year. THE STORY GOES. We live from stories and when we grow older we also love to tell stories ourselves, stories without end, about things past. And wherever you go in the world, people tell stories…

Taizé: Hoping in Season and out of Season
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Taizé: Hoping in Season and out of Season

The international Taizé meeting will take place online from December 27, 2020 to January 1, 2021. For the first time the European Meeting of Young Adults will be held in Taizé at the end of 2020, a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic. Already in June, it was announced that the scheduled meeting in Turin,…

Madame Acarie: ‘Too Greedy for Whom God is not Enough’
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Madame Acarie: ‘Too Greedy for Whom God is not Enough’

MADAME ACARIE (Paris-Pontoise 1566-1618) A woman in the world, wife and mother of six children, who becomes a Carmelite, once widowed, under the name of Sister Marie of the Incarnation: beatified in 1791 by Pope Pius VI, she is celebrated on April 18. An example of humility, charity, tenacity: Barbe Acarie shows extreme spiritual intuition….

4th Sunday of Advent:God doesn’t Choose the Way we would
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4th Sunday of Advent:God doesn’t Choose the Way we would

Support Free Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Low Income Countries
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Support Free Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Low Income Countries

Now that the first vaccines against corona are available, there is light at the end of the tunnel. But for the time being only for the rich countries. They have bought up most of the available quantities of vaccines. India and South Africa have submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to release…

4th Sunday of Advent: Local Story – Universal Implication
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4th Sunday of Advent: Local Story – Universal Implication

Pope Francis highlights the relationship between the local and the global in his teaching, not least in Fratelli tutti, and what he says has implications for the way in which we relate to our sisters and brothers. Massimo Faggioli invites us to reflect on the illustrations of that contrast that we find in the readings for…

‘Where is God in all this?’ – Matthew’s Genealogy and God’s Presence
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‘Where is God in all this?’ – Matthew’s Genealogy and God’s Presence

A question that has surfaced quite often in 2020 (and not just this year, of course, for it leaps often to our lips) is: ‘Where is God in all this?’ That question has a particular sharpness at this time when the coronavirus has turned all our lives upside down, making them impossible to plan, and…

Advent: Season of Longing
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Advent: Season of Longing

Expectant waiting and passionate longing are dominant themes in Advent We wait and long for the coming Christmas Event. We wait and long for the coming of the Kingdom, and for the Final Coming. We wait and long for Christ to be born in us. The Bach Cantata BWV 140 expresses this beauifully: ‘Wann kömst…

3rd Sunday of Advent: Gospel Reflection
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3rd Sunday of Advent: Gospel Reflection

The place we really live our faith is not in a church. It is in the desert of our workplaces, our schools, our streets, our homes. There is no other place for the world to hear our call to prepare the way of the Lord, to join us on the way of and to the…

Advent Reflection: Making Neighbours out of Strangers
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Advent Reflection: Making Neighbours out of Strangers

Pope Francis identifies this vicious circle of suspicion and cruelty that needs to be overcome if we wish to repair a fractured world through fraternal care. Although we have concrete experiences that explain some suspicions of certain others, letting these suspicions develop into an attitude of stranger-blaming only hardens the ‘walls and citadels’ of indifference…