World Day of the Sick: Message of Pope Francis
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World Day of the Sick: Message of Pope Francis

The Pope tells the ill how Jesus looks at a “wounded humanity” with eyes “that gaze into the heart of each person.” His Gaze Embraces Everyone in Their Entirety That gaze, he underscored, is not one of indifference, but rather one which embraces “people in their entirety, each person in his or her health condition,…

Cambodia: Ecological Farming
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Cambodia: Ecological Farming

Today while I was walking on by the riverside, I saw Mr. Dang spraying in his farm. A simple smile led us into conversation. He drew my attention. Out of curiosity, I asked him what kind of pesticides he was using to protect plants? He replied, he doesn’t use any pesticides to kill insects. He…

Austen Ivereigh’s ‘Wounded Sherpherd’  – A Review
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Austen Ivereigh’s ‘Wounded Sherpherd’ – A Review

Wounded Shepherd is the follow-up to Austen Ivereigh’s 2013 biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer. The new book covers Francis’s tumultuous first six years, and begins with the story of Francis telling Ivereigh, in June 2018, that he had only one criticism of what Ivereigh had written about him so far. “I braced myself,” writes Ivereigh….

Pope Video February: Hear the Cry of Migrants
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Pope Video February: Hear the Cry of Migrants

Migrants are often victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking. Among other causes, this happens because of corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain. The money from their dirty, underhanded business is blood money. I’m not exaggerating: it’s blood money. We pray that the cries of our migrant…

Israel-Palestine: A Singaporean Surgeon’s Witness of Working with the Palestinians
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Israel-Palestine: A Singaporean Surgeon’s Witness of Working with the Palestinians

Gaza has been blockaded for 12 years and bombarded by land, air and sea with several thousand killed and many more made homeless. Among the dead were more than a thousand children. Electricity is scarce and safe drinking water non-existent. Since March 2018, more than three hundred unarmed demonstrators asking for the right to return…

Battambang, Cambodia: Bon Phoum – A Village Blessing
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Battambang, Cambodia: Bon Phoum – A Village Blessing

We witnessed another unique Khmer-Christian Festival today (Feb. 5) in Chomnaom (ចំណោម). The Bon Phoum which literally means Village feast or Village blessing in Chomnaom started when Fr. Totet SJ was the parish priest of the place in 2002-2005. The idea actually originates from the Cambodian tradition of thanksgiving after the harvest season. The Christianised…

World Interfaith Harmony Week: Message of Pope Francis to Arab Media Convention on Human Fraternity
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World Interfaith Harmony Week: Message of Pope Francis to Arab Media Convention on Human Fraternity

I greet all of you present, and I greet especially all the people in humanity who help their poor, sick, persecuted, and weak brothers and sisters, regardless of religion, color, or race. A year ago, my brother, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr. Aḥmad al-Tayyib, and I signed a document on human fraternity in the…

China Coronavirus – A Moving First-Hand Account from Wuhan
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China Coronavirus – A Moving First-Hand Account from Wuhan

Having returned to their original town of Huajiahe to celebrate the lunar New Year, it came as complete surprise when Yan Xiaowen was quarantined due to showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Yan Hongwei was with him when he went to the clinic and joined him in quarantine. This meant that Yan Cheng was now on…

World Interfaith Harmony Week: The Impact of Nostra Aetate
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World Interfaith Harmony Week: The Impact of Nostra Aetate

In other words, Nostra Aetate set in motion a process of learning in the Church. The voice of the Spirit does not only sound in drafting commissions and in the carefully related hierarchies of Vatican documents. This is where it is important to set Nostra Aetate within the wider framework of the Council’s overall vision and purpose. Behind…

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

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

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