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22nd February 2020

Advent: Lighting a Candle

When I started visiting people in detention every Thursday, lighting a candle soon became a habitual pattern before leaving my house. It has become my personal daily prayer, through which I am strongly convinced that the energy of ‘light’ will reach and comfort each person I visit. This has been an important task for me each day. By lighting a candle, I know I will … Read more

St Francis Xavier: Tracing his Footsteps in Japan

St Francis Xavier spent two years in Japan from 1549-51. I bet he was curious as he sailed into the port of Kagoshima, on the island of Kyushu in south Japan. He had been at sea for almost four months and had been planning his journey since first hearing about the ‘island’ of Japan two years previously. As one of the founder members of the … Read more

Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network: UK Branch Closes

On the 6th November a ZOOM video conference meeting of CORE group members of the UK antenna of the Africa. Europe, Faith and Justice Network implemented a wider consensus of members to mark the closure of its network. We thank everyone who has been part of the network founded in the mid-eighties by returning religious from Africa and those who have given support to the … Read more

UK: A Song for an Age of Polarisation – ‘May We Be Reconciled’

Andy Flannagan said: “As someone from Northern Ireland, I know only too well what can happen when two tribes begin to live separately within one country. This is a heart-cry for us to come together. It is not a song about Brexit. It is a song about Jesus. But it has been written in the shadow of Brexit – it’s a song of repentance to … Read more

Father Joseph Burton RIP

It is with regret that we inform you of the death at approximately 2 a.m. on Friday morning, 8th November 2019 in Southport Hospital, aged 92, of         Father Joseph Burton Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Joseph was born on 18 January 1927 in Newbottle, County Durham, in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. His father Alfred, a journeyman – butcher, was married … Read more

Film: ‘Sorry We Missed You’ – Gripping Indictment of the Modern Gig Economy

The film focuses on husband Ricky Turner played by Kris Hitchen, who takes a job as a van delivery driver. The job is deemed to be self-employed but with little freedom and harsh penalties for taking time off, even to respond to family emergencies. We see the pressure of meeting delivery targets where basic human needs such as even going to the toilet are ignored. … Read more

Mission Sunday, Cookham, GB: Promoting Mission through Art

Mill Hill Missionaries Brian Oswald and Thaddeus de Deckere, both resident at Maidenhead, hit upon an original way of celebrating and promoting ‘Mission’ during this month of October, the Extraordinary Mission Month: an exhibition of artworks created by Brian in support of the Grihini Girls Project initiated by Thaddeus. An impression of an ‘Extraordinary Mission Art Weekend’. EAST TO WEST An exhibition of art from … Read more

St John Henry Newman: Archbishop of Canterbury’s Sermon at Thanksgiving Vespers

The care for salvation, the passion for truth, the desire for holiness, are apparent and more apparent than the weaknesses. If we want perfection in saints, give up. There are no perfect saints, but we have as witnesses to our struggles the great crowd of witnesses who are sanctified not by their own efforts, but by a particular openness to grace, an unusual, utterly entrancing … Read more

The Day, Month and Year of Mission in Song and Dance

Here are some long digested yet amateur lyrics of song and dance that I conjured for the Extraordinary Month of Mission and Mission Sunday in relation to Missio and Mill Hill, which I gladly participate in. It has been a long struggle to fine tune the vocals and the instruments, let alone the dancing and editing.  Emmanuel Mbeh mhm   Mission to the East, Mission … Read more

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