Pakistan: Judges Afraid to Acquit Falsely Accused Christians
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Pakistan: Judges Afraid to Acquit Falsely Accused Christians

The threat from extremists means judges in Pakistan are too afraid to acquit Christians falsely accused of blasphemy, according to a human rights’ activist, speaking on the day yet another death sentence was handed out. Sajid Christopher Paul, President and Executive Director of Human Friends Organization (HFO), spoke to Catholic charity Aid to the Church…

On the Way to World Mission Sunday: Video Message of Hope
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On the Way to World Mission Sunday: Video Message of Hope

The Pontifical Mission Societies of Spain launched a video in which missionaries from all over the world and representatives of local churches send out a message of hope during the coronavirus pandemic. The video, an initiative of various national mission societies, invites us all to “warm up the engines” on the way to World Mission…

Pope Francis: The Driving Force of his Pontificate
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Pope Francis: The Driving Force of his Pontificate

Referring to the Synod for the Amazon, regarding the priestly ordination of viri probati, Francis wrote: “There was a discussion… a rich discussion… a well-founded discussion, but no discernment, which is something different from arriving at a good and justified consensus or relative majority.” He continued: “We must understand that the Synod is more than a  …

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This is What We Die for: Child Labour in DR Congo Cobalt Mines

This film documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep…

2nd Cycle, Nairobi: New Formation Year Opens with a Book Launch
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2nd Cycle, Nairobi: New Formation Year Opens with a Book Launch

We are now two weeks into the new formation year in Nairobi. On Sunday 23rd August, 2020, we opened the 2020/2021 formation year even amidst the on-going corona virus pandemic restrictions. Reflecting on the current  reality of the world, that is, the ecological crisis, the effects of the pandemic, and the ongoing conversion to which…

Pope Francis: The Difficult Art of Discernment
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Pope Francis: The Difficult Art of Discernment

On of the proposals that was most heatedly debated, both inside and outside the synod hall, was the possibility of ordaining married men into the priesthood to try to address the shortage of priests in the region. In the note published by Spadaro, Francis writes that sometimes the “bad spirit” ends up “conditioning discernment, favoring…

Battambang, Cambodia: Supporting People with Disabilities
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Battambang, Cambodia: Supporting People with Disabilities

Battambang (Agenzia Fides) – Supporting the life and work of the Arrupe Center in Cambodia, managed by Bishop Enrique Figaredo Alvar Gonzalez SJ in the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang, in the north-west of the country, where for over 20 years they have accompanied and provide learning and growth opportunities for people with disabilities: this is…

Palawan, Philippines: Interfaith Clean-up
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Palawan, Philippines: Interfaith Clean-up

“This interfaith project is our little way to respond to Pope Francis’ call to care for the earth, our common home,” Palawan Bishop Socrates Mesiona said in a statement. “Common home means all peoples, regardless of religion or religious affiliation, the earth is the home of all mankind. So, all of us must take care…

‘New Priests Sign of Hope for the Church’: Bishop Shukardin, Hyderabad, Pakistan
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‘New Priests Sign of Hope for the Church’: Bishop Shukardin, Hyderabad, Pakistan

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) – “A young priest is always a gift for the People of God, chosen as the prophets and apostles to bring people closer to God. It is the priest’s responsibility to serve people and accompany them to live a life of holiness. This is a day to celebrate and rejoice: let us…

Care of Creation: Message of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
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Care of Creation: Message of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has issued a message to Orthodox bishops and faithful, calling for a renewed commitment to protecting the environment. His message comes on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, September 1, which also marks the beginning of the Byzantine ecclesiastical year. The Day of Prayer…

Pakistan: Popular Mariamabad Pilgrimage Cancelled due to Pandemic
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Pakistan: Popular Mariamabad Pilgrimage Cancelled due to Pandemic

Every year Mariamabad village in Punjab province becomes a destination for devotees from all over the country. More than a million devotees and young people from all over Pakistan travel to the shrine on foot, by bicycle or in vehicles to queue for hours and pray at the Marian shrine for special favors. Many light…

Season of Creation: The Earth Sessions
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Season of Creation: The Earth Sessions

This is a space to encounter creation with God; to reflect on your own experiences of creation and discern the ways you are moved into action, to help take care of our common home.