Suffering as a Way to Character, Maturity – A Reflection
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Suffering as a Way to Character, Maturity – A Reflection

COM-PASSION – BORN TO SUFFER – “WITH GOD IN RUSSIA”! (No way! Not him! Not to him! Wow)! I’m am beginning to understand why we all incline to or recline on horror stories or detective movies.  Ignatius of Loyola was no exception.  I am also sure we equally have a secret space in our rooms…

#RedWednesday: First-hand Testimonies of Persecution
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#RedWednesday: First-hand Testimonies of Persecution

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)’s #RedWednesday event yesterday (25th November) featured testimonies from those living day by day with persecution, including kidnapped teenager Maira Shahbaz and Nigeria’s Archbishop Kaigama, who had one of his priests kidnapped earlier this week. Maira Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl from Pakistan, described how she had been abducted,…

Red Wednesday: Asylum Appeal for Pakistani Girl
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Red Wednesday: Asylum Appeal for Pakistani Girl

A 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan in hiding from the man trying to hunt her down is to release a video statement describing how she and her family are “constantly receiving death threats”. Maira Shahbaz will describe how Mohamad Nakash Tariq “tortured” her by gang-raping and blackmailing her as part of an ordeal in which…

#PrayerfortheNation: Prayer for those who are Grieving, those with Poor Physical or Mental Health
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#PrayerfortheNation: Prayer for those who are Grieving, those with Poor Physical or Mental Health

Mill Hill Missionaries Join New Wave of Faith Inspired Fossil Fuel Divestment
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Mill Hill Missionaries Join New Wave of Faith Inspired Fossil Fuel Divestment

Fr Dermot F Byrne MHM, Regional Representative of Mill Hill Missionaries (British Region), said: “Our members have always worked among the poorest and most disadvantaged in Africa, Asia and South America, and the pursuit of social equality and justice has always been a serious priority for us. Concern for what Pope Francis reminds us is…

Social Distancing – An Old Idea
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Social Distancing – An Old Idea

« … ten lepers approached Jesus. Keeping their distance, they called out….” Lk 17, 12-13.        Keeping their distance: (two metres ??): diseases that are considered to be contagious have been treated seriously through the centuries. Whether it is from fear or from love, from hateful discrimination or for caring isolation, people are obliged to keep…

A Day in the Life of Pluscarden Abbey
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A Day in the Life of Pluscarden Abbey

Pluscarden Abbey is a remote Benedictine monastery on the edge of the Scottish Highlands in Moray and is home to 21 monks. It is the oldest practising monastery in the United Kingdom, dating back to the medieval era. The monks live by the 6th-century Rule of St Benedict and life has changed little in hundreds…

World Mission Sunday: Mission Today Magazine
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World Mission Sunday: Mission Today Magazine

Fratelli Tutti: A Thought Provoking Analysis
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Fratelli Tutti: A Thought Provoking Analysis

In Fratelli tutti, the very liberal-sounding idea of universal fraternity is put into dialogue with the gospel message which points so strikingly in the direction of the brother- and sisterhood of every human being. A more triumphalistic pontiff would have insisted that the gospel was the ultimate source of all that is good in the Enlightenment,…

Season of Creation: Poetic Vision
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Season of Creation: Poetic Vision

GOD’S CREATION Nature means the flowersThe plants and the treesThe fish and the animalsIncluding ants at their ease. Creation is differentIt is all inclusiveIt comprises of treesAnd plants and animals of every kindAnd last of all arrived humankind. We think we are firstWhen in fact we were lastWe must forget that notionForget the past. What…

UK Bishops, Christian Leaders in Solidarity with Anglophone Cameroon
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UK Bishops, Christian Leaders in Solidarity with Anglophone Cameroon

Two Bishops, alongside other Christian leaders in the UK, have called on the international community and the UK government to respond to the ongoing situation of violence in Cameroon. “We hear the cry of our sisters and brothers in Cameroon’s Anglophone region, who are facing daily violations of their human dignity,” reads the ecumenical statement…

‘When Elephants Fight, the Grass Suffers’
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‘When Elephants Fight, the Grass Suffers’

When I worked in Kenya with refugees in the early 1990s, there was a Kiswahili saying I heard often, “Wapiganapo tembo nyasi huumia,” which means, “When the elephants fight, the grass suffers.”  Usually this is a way of saying that when big powers (nations, states, leaders) fight or go to war, it is the poor…