On Training Pastors for our Contemporary World
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On Training Pastors for our Contemporary World

The priests of yesterday were formed in a religious and patriarchal mold. In addition, they also had a strong sense of entitlement. In the secularized world of today, however, problems are more related to the social sciences, management and technology. Our social situation is also more pluralistic and democratic than in earlier times. No wonder…

Pope’s Prayer Intention for Extraordinary Mission Month: Missionary Disciples
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Pope’s Prayer Intention for Extraordinary Mission Month: Missionary Disciples

“Jesus asks us all, and you as well, to be missionary disciples. Are you ready?” Pope Francis opened The Pope Video—containing his prayer intention for the month of October—with that invitation to all Christians. The Pope said we are all invited to be open to Jesus’ call and to live united to Him in the…

October Extraordinary Mission Month- World Mission Church!
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October Extraordinary Mission Month- World Mission Church!

Simply put, we are the world’s encounter with God. We are God’s gift to the world. And when we act otherwise, we are betraying our vocation. So, how should we act? Does being the incarnation of God’s mission today mean we should be God’s recruiting agents? No. Jesus did not proselytize. Usually when he healed…

Australia: Critical View of Seminary Training
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Australia: Critical View of Seminary Training

‘Clericalism is the idealisation of the priesthood, and by extension, the idealisation of the Catholic Church. Clericalism is linked to a sense of entitlement, superiority and exclusion, and abuse of power.’ A person suffering from clericalism sees himself as special, superior to others and worthy of greater respect. This could lead to arrogance and the…

Formation Philippines: Holidays Curtailed by Corona Restrictions
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Formation Philippines: Holidays Curtailed by Corona Restrictions

It has been three years now getting to four years ever since I was with my family. I have been working in the Philippines for over two years now and after all this I was looking forward to going home when the opportunity presented itself. I was due for home leave last year, 2020 and…

World Day of Migrants and Refugees: ‘Don’t be Afraid to Dream’ – Pope Francis
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World Day of Migrants and Refugees: ‘Don’t be Afraid to Dream’ – Pope Francis

World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday #26September. In his new video, #PopeFrancis tells us not to be afraid to dream – rather, we should dream together as a single human family – and two Venezuelan #migrants relate how integration has allowed them to fulfill themselves and dream of a better…

World Day of Migrants and Refugees – 26th September
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World Day of Migrants and Refugees – 26th September

The Gift of a Stranger Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, in the world today we are becoming more and more a depressed community.[1] The Dominican theologian Albert Nolan speaks of our times as the ‘age of despair’.[2] We look everywhere for people, things and experiences that might help us overcome this sense of hopelessness, but…

Global Mercy Hospital Ship – To be Deployed in Africa
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Global Mercy Hospital Ship – To be Deployed in Africa

The world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Global Mercy, last week attracted large crowds as it arrived in Antwerp after completing its maiden voyage from China. The ship, part of a growing fleet from international development charity Mercy Ships, was built in China, and is now in the equipping phase in Antwerp wherein it will…

Pope Francis: ‘Old Age is not a Disease, but a Privilege’.
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Pope Francis: ‘Old Age is not a Disease, but a Privilege’.

Pope Francis told elderly priests from northern Italy that aging is a privilege because they have the chance to suffer like Jesus Christ. “You are experiencing a season, old age, which is not a disease but a privilege,” he said in a Sept. 16 letter to priests from the Lombardy region. “And even those of you who…

Pakistan: Thirsty Poor Attacked for Drinking Water
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Pakistan: Thirsty Poor Attacked for Drinking Water

In April, Caritas Pakistan Karachi under its “WASH Initiatives in Remote Areas of Pakistan” project restored the water supply of Ahsan Raza Goth village in Gadap of Malir district in Karachi. The village faced a perennial shortage of water for drinking and cooking as well as for agricultural purposes after the breakdown of a submersible solar pump —…