27th January 2020

Sunday of the Word of God: The Contribution of Missionaries in Making the Word Accessible in Local Languages

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Sunday, January 26, the first “Sunday of the Word of God” will be celebrated in the world, announced by Pope Francis with the Apostolic Letter “Aperuit Illis”, so that “the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires of speaking to his Bride” (n.2). The Pope stresses that … Read more

Pakistan: Sindhi Girl, 14, set to Make Legal History

This will not only be the first time a forced conversion and marriage case comes before a High Court in Pakistan, but also the first time the 2014 Child Marriage Restraint Act – which bans marriage with minors – has been applied. Tabassum Yousaf – the lawyer representing Huma, who was reportedly kidnapped by Muslim man Abdul Jabbar last October – told Catholic charity Aid … Read more

The Conversion of Paul

The Conversion of St Paul is celebrated on 25th January, on the last day of what is now called ‘The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’, a tradition begun one hundred years ago in 1908 by Lewis Thomas Wattson, an American Episcopalian priest, and Spencer Jones, an Anglican priest from Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire.  It was then called ‘The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity’.  Wattson became a … Read more

The Philippines: Taal Volcano Eruption – Unenviable Plight of Aged and Persons with Disabilities

Before going back to Casay, I visited the evacuation center where the aged and PWDs are being housed. These evacuees in Sacred Heart School of Recoletos, Cavite are the “lucky ones” to have a spacious room and folding beds. Many “unlucky ones” are cramped in other evacuation centres. Mario Dimapilis mhm

The Philippines: Taal Volcano Eruption Evacuees in Alfonso, Cavite

The eruption of Taal Volcano near Tagaytay scattered not only volcanic ashes but people as well. Many municipalities situated near the volcano became ghost towns. Their people are now seeking refuge in many municipalities and villages in Alfonso, Cavite, my home town. Since I’m home for the 1st death anniversary of my youngest sister, I’m taking my home visitation to visit and to offer support … Read more

Walled in Comboni Sisters in Bethany: ‘We are Missionaries and Missionaries are Normally on the Border’

The wall and military towers loom above the convent on all three sides, including over the kindergarten playground, which has been covered by a fireproof roof because of the Molotov cocktails thrown over the wall by Palestinian demonstrators during clashes with Israeli soldiers. Previous shelters have caught on fire from the Molotov cocktails, said Vacas. She said the wall near the convent is easier to … Read more

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 Malta, is from the Acts of the Apostles: “They Showed … Read more

Philippines: Santo Niño – Cardinal Tagle Warns against Manipulation

“If there is manipulation, it means somebody is pretending to be powerful … if there is oppression, it means somebody is pretending to be the master,” said the prelate. “That is not the attitude of a child in the Kingdom of God. It will only result in darkness,” he added. Cardinal Tagle made the call during his homily at a Mass to mark a feast … Read more

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 echoes in the famous abbreviation – JPIC – Justice and … Read more