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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Pope Francis: Applying Gospel Message to Big Questions of our Age

Over the last four Wednesdays in August, Francis has focussed his audiences on the pandemic, peppering his reflections with economic messages designed to make world leaders sit up and think. And he’ll be continuing in this vein over the coming weeks.  His reflections are not designed to offer policy proposals or support any political program….