Iraq: Initiating Prayer for Pope’s Visit
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Iraq: Initiating Prayer for Pope’s Visit

Cardinal Sako has composed the following prayer which will be recited during Masses every Sunday: Lord our God, grant Pope Francis health and safety to carry out successfully this eagerly awaited visit. Bless his effort to promote dialogue, enhance fraternal reconciliation, build confidence, consolidate peace values and human dignity, especially for us Iraqis who have…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 1
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 1

“You did not choose me but I chose you” (John 15:16a) Genesis 12:1-4 The call of Abraham John 1:35-51     The call of the first disciples The start of the journey is an encounter between a human being and God, between the created and the Creator, between time and eternity. Abraham heard the call: “Go to…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January

Our spiritual well-being is as important as our physical well-being. In the past year both of these have been seriously challenged: the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to be careful about our own health, taking precautions such as washing hands and wearing facemasks and maintaining social distance. Some of us have been ill or have…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Chinese Protestant Communities
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Chinese Protestant Communities

Once again, the week of prayer for Christian unity is back. Once again, I would like to turn the spotlight on Chinese Christians. It is true that many of them do not know much about this joint initiative of the World Council of Churches and of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Yet, with divisions among…

India: ‘Migrants with Christ and for Christ’
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India: ‘Migrants with Christ and for Christ’

As I was planning the content and layout of this year’s Vocation Promotion calendar with Fr. Bhaskar MHM, my classmate, we discussed what image to put on the cover page. He suggested we focus on migrants which is apt for the current situation in the world during the time of pandemic here in India and…

Kenya, Uganda: Human Trafficking Returnees Tell Their Stories
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Kenya, Uganda: Human Trafficking Returnees Tell Their Stories

Juanita Ndagire was sure that she had a well-paying receptionist job waiting for her at a hotel in Dubai when she left home in Uganda in search for greener pastures. This was, however, a lie that the agents she was working with invented to sell her into slavery thousands of miles away from home. Arrangements…

Pope Video January: At the Service of Human Fraternity
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Pope Video January: At the Service of Human Fraternity

“When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs. We are brothers and sisters who pray. Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother or sister,…

Pakistan: Poverty Reduction Hits a Pause
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Pakistan: Poverty Reduction Hits a Pause

Pakistan has made remarkable progress in lifting its people out of poverty in the last 30 years. But COVID-19 has dealt a severe blow to its economy and reversed all the gains it had made in its poverty eradication efforts. An estimated 10 million more people are expected to fall into extreme poverty from the…

Epiphany: Where is the Babe Born to be King?
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Epiphany: Where is the Babe Born to be King?

I read the words the messenger had brought me: ‘Buried with a hundred pounds of myrrh and aloes’. I had almost forgotten him … God knows I’ve tried! Nothing has been quite right since that fool’s errand thirty years ago in my misspent, mystical youth. And now he’s dead, embalmed and buried with my spices,…

Challenges Facing the Church in Pakistan
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Challenges Facing the Church in Pakistan

“We are living in a time marked by loneliness during this pandemic period. But we believe that God never abandons his people and he is with us,” said Archbishop Evarist Pinto, archbishop emeritus of Karachi. Just when it seemed like everything was bad news, Pope Francis surprised us all with a New Year gift of…

Th Star of Bethlehem
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Th Star of Bethlehem

The whole question of ‘what was the Star of Bethlehem,’ asked of a Vatican astronomer, has hidden within it all sorts of wildly wrong assumptions. It assumes that our position at the Vatican gives us some special insight into the issue. (It doesn’t. We don’t know anything more than anyone else who’s looked casually into…

Baswar, India: Ordination of Indra Kumar Parwar MHM
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Baswar, India: Ordination of Indra Kumar Parwar MHM

On December 30th the ordination of Indra Kumar Parwar took place at Baswar mission in the diocese of Ambikapur. Bishop Patras Minj SJ of the diocese of Ambikapur was the ordaining minister