18th November 2019

Sunday 17 November: World Day of the Poor

Just recently, I came across in this very Church one of my patients who, he wouldn’t mind my saying, is homeless and has quite a lot of both physical and mental health problems. And it happened that he had lain down to rest on one of the benches in this Church. Little did he know that I was the one who would shortly be saying … Read more

Message of Pope Francis for World Day of the Poor

In this World Day of the Poor message, the Pope mentions two people, who in their lives worked tirelessly for the disadvantaged. Quoting Italian priest Father Primo Mazzolari, he says, “the poor are a constant protest against our injustices; the poor are a powder keg. If it is set on fire, the world will explode”. He also recalls the late Jean Vanier saying that, “thanks … Read more

November 10 – 17: Third World Day of the Poor

Prior Concert On the eve of the celebration of the 3rd World Day of the Poor, 7,000 needy persons were guests of honor at the third concert “With the Poor and for the Poor,| which took place last Saturday, November 9, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. Maestro Nicola Piovani, winner of an Oscar for the soundtrack of the film “Life is Beautiful,” directed the Italian … Read more

Pope Video November: Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Middle East

In the Middle East, as in the entire world, people need to speak the language of reconciliation, forgiveness, and dialogue. Although sometimes it’s not easy, it’s very worthwhile. This is why Pope Francis encourages us all to become men and women of reconciliation. The Holy Father says in this video: “In the Middle East, concord and dialogue among the three monotheistic religions is based on … Read more

Pope Francis at the Conclusion of the Extraordinary Missionary Month: On Mission as Attraction

At the end of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, we are providing a few extracts from the book-length interview of Gianni Valente from Fides News Agency with Pope Francis, in which the Pope emphasizes that “Either the Church evangelizes or she is not Church”. The book, published by Libreria Edictrice Vaticana and Edizioni San Paolo will be available in bookstores as of November 5th. Rome (Agenzia … Read more

All Saints or Halloween? A Young Mill Hill Missionary Ponders

All Hallows day: A day for Exultation of Evil Spirits or the Saints? A question for any practicing Catholic. All Hallows or all Saints day in our generation has become one of most popular celebrations depending on where you are from 31st October to 2nd November. Last year I happened to be in Europe, more precisely in Ireland, on these days. A few weeks before … Read more

Pope Francis: ‘The Question of Death is really a Question about Life’

“The question of death is really a question about life.” Pope Francis repeated that seemingly-paradoxical idea just to be clear: “It is death that allows life to remain alive!” He said the “end goal” is what allows a story to be written or a painting to be painted. The Holy Father invited the students in Mexico City to pay attention to “each small purpose of … Read more

Jesus and Zaccheus: Imaginative Contemplation

Saint Ignatius believed that God could speak to us just as clearly in our imagination as through our thoughts and our memories. This exercise tries to bring the listener into a closer encounter with Jesus. This imaginative contemplation exercise focuses on the story Zacchaeus from the Gospel of Luke. Listen

Nairobi, Kenya: Six New Perpetual Members

On Friday 25th October six theology students and temporary members of the Mill Hill Missionaries made their missionary life commitment in the Chapel of St Joseph’s Formation House, Nairobi. Fr Michael Corcoran, general superior of the Mill Hill Missionaries, presided at the oath taking ceremony of Blaise Forbi (Cameroon), Patrick Ndzedzeni (Cameroon), Emmanuel Abonge (Cameroon), Herman Mejuan (Malaysia), Patrick Lonkoy (DR Congo), Glenn Dumali (Philippines). … Read more