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San José, Philippines: Bishop Marvyn Maceda Continues Partnership with Diocese of Lodwar in Kenya

ELDORET, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 (CISA)-Bishop Marvyn Maceda of the Catholic Diocese of San Jose de Antique, Philippines has assured of their continued partnership with the Catholic diocese of Lodwar, even with the exit of Bishop Dominic Kimengich. Since 2017 the diocese the Diocese of San Jose de Antique has been sending priests under the Fidei Donum program…

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World Interfaith Harmony Week: 1st Anniversary of Document on Human Fraternity

The “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, signed in Abu Dhabi a year ago by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb,  was widely hailed as a milestone, not only regarding relations between Christianity and Islam, but as a blue-print indicating the way to a culture of dialogue…

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Muka, East Malaysia: Asian Cluster Meeting of the Mill Hill Missionaries

The Asian Cluster Meeting was held in Mukah, Sarawak, East Malaysia from 20th to 24th January 2020. The Society Representatives from mission areas of Pakistan, India, Malaysia and the Philippines met together with the Asian Councillor who facilitated the meeting. The General Superior who happened to be in Sarawak for an official visitation of the…

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Philippines: Conference on New Evangelization Pays Tribute to Departing Cardinal Tagle

Thousands of Filipino Catholics who attended a conference on new evangelization paid tribute to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the archbishop of Manila. The Manila prelate, who has been appointed new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, initiated the annual Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in 2013. The meeting, which is usually attended…

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Pakistan: Silent Suicides

Suicide is a criminal offense in Pakistan. According to Section 325 of the Penal Code, those attempting suicide can either be imprisoned for one year or fined or both. However, most cases are not reported owing to taboos, fear of harassment, social stigma and complicated legal procedures. According to the World Health Organization, 15 to…

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Philippines: National Conference on New Evangelization – ‘Who is My Neighbour?’

The Philippines is celebrating the Year 2020 as the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples. This was also the theme of this year national conference on new evangelization. This conference was attended by thousands of peoples from all over the country. Cardinal Tagle, in his homily, commissioned all who attended the conference to…

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‘Pope’s Visit Will Further Strengthen Bonds between Christians and Muslims’ – Indonesian President Widodo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has extended an official invitation to Pope Francis to visit the Muslim-majority country after news reports emerged last week saying the pope wanted to go there. A copy of the formal invitation letter began spreading on social media later last week. In the letter, Widodo said he had been informed about…

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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…

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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…