Christmas Greetings
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Christmas Greetings

Wishing a truly Luminous Christmas to all visitors – regular and occasional – to this website of the Mill Hill Missionaries. And may Peace be yours in abundance in the New Year. God has come. God is there in the world. And therefore everything is different from what we imagine it to be. . ….

Pakistan: Musical Harmony Meets Communal Harmony
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Pakistan: Musical Harmony Meets Communal Harmony

About 400 people attended an interfaith Christmas concert at Al Qalm Girls High School in Chak (village) 11 4L, home to 350 Christian families, in Okara district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. They were entertained by liberal rock band Laal, which has been performing Christmas concerts in parishes and schools free of charge for the past…

John Wijngaards’ ‘Ten Commandments for Church Reform’ – a Review
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John Wijngaards’ ‘Ten Commandments for Church Reform’ – a Review

John Wijngaards has set himself a challenging task. He has lived a full and fascinating life. He tells his story with a luxury of detail. It is obvious he is telling it ‘like it is’, or was. For any Catholic who has lived the experience of post-Vatican II, his book is a significant contribution to…

Philippines: A Call to End Impunity of Priests Guilty of Sex Abuse
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Philippines: A Call to End Impunity of Priests Guilty of Sex Abuse

The vast majority of Philippine clergy are faithful and hard-working and are deeply ashamed of the terrible crimes against children that are being allowed to happen. They feel their priesthood is under a cloud by church inaction or silence against abusive clergy. No priest has been known to have reported a fellow priest for child…

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A Tale of Two Christmases

We have become used to parallel Christmases, Family Gatherings and Festive Good Cheer alongside Christmas Cribs and Nativity Plays. We’ve learned to enjoy both, though with a growing sense of unease at the widening gap opening up between them. It has become harder to ignore the poor and the homeless on our doorstep and across…

Timothy Radcliffe – ‘Hope and Despair are Contagious’
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Timothy Radcliffe – ‘Hope and Despair are Contagious’

“It’s not just Omicron, but a sense that history is not going anywhere. There’s a rise of violence, threats of war, the ecological catastrophe… Many young people say they don’t want to have children because they don’t want to bring them into a world that has no future. But we believe in God’s future”. “I…

Philippines: ‘Simbang Gabi’ Pre-dawn Masses Christmas Habingers
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Philippines: ‘Simbang Gabi’ Pre-dawn Masses Christmas Habingers

Liturgically, the “Simbang Gabi” is a Mass celebrated early in the morning in honor of the Virgin Mary “in which the interplay of light and darkness convey the meaning of Advent.” With Vatican II, the original intention of the celebration was revisited in the context of the modern times and the needs of modern society….

The Visitation – Histories, Hands, Sons Intertwined
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The Visitation – Histories, Hands, Sons Intertwined

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have come to know the meaning and the consequences of ‘social distance’. At best, we have been allowed to constitute a small group – a bubble – of family or those with whom we normally share our lives. If it is true that ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ then…