Sunday of the Word of God: The Contribution of Missionaries in Making the Word Accessible in Local Languages
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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…

Pakistan: Sindhi Girl, 14, set to Make Legal History
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Pakistan: Sindhi Girl, 14, set to Make Legal History

This will not only be the first time a forced conversion and marriage case comes before a High Court in Pakistan, but also the first time the 2014 Child Marriage Restraint Act – which bans marriage with minors – has been applied. Tabassum Yousaf – the lawyer representing Huma, who was reportedly kidnapped by Muslim…

The Conversion of Paul
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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…

The Philippines: Taal Volcano Eruption – Unenviable Plight of Aged and Persons with Disabilities
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The Philippines: Taal Volcano Eruption – Unenviable Plight of Aged and Persons with Disabilities

Before going back to Casay, I visited the evacuation center where the aged and PWDs are being housed. These evacuees in Sacred Heart School of Recoletos, Cavite are the “lucky ones” to have a spacious room and folding beds. Many “unlucky ones” are cramped in other evacuation centres. Mario Dimapilis mhm

Walled in Comboni Sisters in Bethany: ‘We are Missionaries and Missionaries are Normally on the Border’
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Walled in Comboni Sisters in Bethany: ‘We are Missionaries and Missionaries are Normally on the Border’

The wall and military towers loom above the convent on all three sides, including over the kindergarten playground, which has been covered by a fireproof roof because of the Molotov cocktails thrown over the wall by Palestinian demonstrators during clashes with Israeli soldiers. Previous shelters have caught on fire from the Molotov cocktails, said Vacas….

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Showing ‘Unusual Kindness’ to Migrants
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Showing ‘Unusual Kindness’ to Migrants

Leaders of Christian communities throughout the world gather each year in the Vatican for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Pope Francis traditionally concludes the initiative presiding over Vespers at the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls. The theme for 2020, chosen and prepared by a group of representatives from the Christian Churches in…

Philippines: Santo Niño – Cardinal Tagle Warns against Manipulation
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Philippines: Santo Niño – Cardinal Tagle Warns against Manipulation

“If there is manipulation, it means somebody is pretending to be powerful … if there is oppression, it means somebody is pretending to be the master,” said the prelate. “That is not the attitude of a child in the Kingdom of God. It will only result in darkness,” he added. Cardinal Tagle made the call…

Echoes of Day of Prayer for Peace in the World
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Echoes of Day of Prayer for Peace in the World

I hear the echoes in my old recorded melodies – “We need healing, we need peace”! I hear the echoes from the sentimental lyrics lamenting wars – “Peace, Salamu, Shalom! I hear the echoes in the best book I read last year by Sr Emmanuel – “Peace will have the Last Word”! I hear the…

Violence against Christians: India and Pakistan Ranked among Ten Worst Offenders
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Violence against Christians: India and Pakistan Ranked among Ten Worst Offenders

Bishop Mascarenhas said Christians in India are known for their “peace-loving nature” and their services in education and health care across the country. “But certain motivated groups target Christians for being messengers of equality, justice, and peace,” he said. The Hindu groups that work towards turning India into an upper caste Hindu hegemony “do not see…

Hyderabad, India: Priestly Ordination of Four Young Mill Missionaries
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Hyderabad, India: Priestly Ordination of Four Young Mill Missionaries

On 17th of January, four of our Mill Hill Deacons in India namely Ananta Nayak, Chandra Sekhar, Madhu Babu ( Mariadas), Govinda Rao ( Marianna) were ordained priests at Christ the King parish in Ramanthapur, Hyderabad, by Rt. Rev. Bishop Udumula Bala, The Bishop of Warangal Diocese. His Lordship Bp. U. Bala started the Holy…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Paul’s Handling of Christian Disunity
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Paul’s Handling of Christian Disunity

In this brief article I should like simply to look at one important New Testament test-case for grappling with Church disunity: Paul’s dealings with the fractious Corinthians, who, to his annoyance, were forever picking a fight, both with one another and with him. The place to start here is perhaps with the last surviving line…

New Zealand: Life as a Kiwi Nun Past, Present, Future
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New Zealand: Life as a Kiwi Nun Past, Present, Future

“God is a loving presence. There are so many little signs and situations that happen. I find myself saying ‘thank you God’. I never feel alone,” Sister Diana says. Sister Lorraine describes God as a faithful friend. Sister Diana’s favourite words in the Bible are “be not afraid” , which is in the Old and…