India: Fr Stan Swami SJ ‘latest Saint of India’s poor’
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India: Fr Stan Swami SJ ‘latest Saint of India’s poor’

The Catholic bishops of Asia have expressed their sorrow at the death of jailed Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, describing him as the “latest saint of modern India’s poor”. “His last month in custody on a hospital bed till the last moments is the most heart-wrenching tragedy of an innocent man persecuted for doing good,”…

Uganda: Worrying Rise in Covid-19 Infections and Deaths
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Uganda: Worrying Rise in Covid-19 Infections and Deaths

How is Uganda coping? Not well, I am afraid. Our health system is quite fragile and was never built for large scale or prolonged critical care. There have been pockets of success building the resilience of the health system, but efforts are generally fragmented and rarely consolidated. So the country’s health system has been stretched…

Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred
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Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred

For many years, ever since I heard of its inauguration, I have felt a strong desire to visit the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ in the Belgian hamlet of Gentinnes, but somehow a suitable occasion never seemed to materialise. For too long it remained a dream deferred. Until, that is to say, towards the end of last month,…

‘Arise’: Magazine Mill Hill Formation Cameroon
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‘Arise’: Magazine Mill Hill Formation Cameroon

South Sudan:First Woman Vice President ‘a Headache to Patriarchy’
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South Sudan:First Woman Vice President ‘a Headache to Patriarchy’

Since her appointment as South Sudan’s first woman vice president last year, Rebecca Nyandeng Garang de Mabior says she has strived to demonstrate to her people that women belong in politics. The 65-year-old widow of John Garang de Mabior, a national hero who struggled for independence after decades a war between north and south, says…

Remembering René Graat MHM
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Remembering René Graat MHM

Closure When René Graat MHM died on 11th April 2020, a victim of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in The Netherlands, the parish community of Banholt, Noorbeek and Reijmerstok, where he had served for the past 12 years, was deeply traumatised. They had fervently prayed for his recovery, kept a weekly candle lit…

East Africa: An Update from the Regional Superior
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East Africa: An Update from the Regional Superior

It has really been an unpredictable time for all of us and we thank God for keeping us safe till now We are experiencing total lockdown in Uganda. All inter district movement is prohibited and so too every little activity that congregates people. There is partial lockdown in Kenya especially Western Kenya. A few of…

Kisumu, Kenya: Striking Witness to Life at the Grassroots in Times of Covid.
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Kisumu, Kenya: Striking Witness to Life at the Grassroots in Times of Covid.

The KUAP Pandipieri projects in Kisumu, Kenya arose from the idea that problems should be solved in the first place by the own community, with as much own resources as possible and using the talents that are present. KUAP Pandipieri is now one of the oldest projects in East Africa and a recognized NGO that…

Discernment: a Guide
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Discernment: a Guide

If we believe that God is acting in the world through the Holy Spirit, it makes sense to try to follow the movements of that Spirit in our lives. This does not only happen in peak moments of prayer or liturgy, but throughout our experience. Discernment of spirits is the reflective exercise of trying to…

Pope Video July 2021: Social Friendship
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Pope Video July 2021: Social Friendship

Friendship is one of the great gifts that life gives us. Being able to count on friends, during good times as well as bad, is a gift from God. Wouldn’t it be stupendous if we could “go beyond (our) groups of friends and build social friendship, which is so necessary for living together well,” as…

South Sudan Marks 10 Years of Independence: A Sobering Assessment
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South Sudan Marks 10 Years of Independence: A Sobering Assessment

“There was much fanfare,” recalls New Zealand Sr. Margaret Scott, a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, and former principal of Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio, South Sudan. But this month’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of what is still the world’s youngest country is overshadowed by uncertainty, violence and ongoing…

Ngong, Kenya: Rehabilitating Children with Intellectual Disabilities
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Ngong, Kenya: Rehabilitating Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Based in Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Ngong, Orione Community Training Centre offers rehabilitation to children and youth with intellectual disabilities who the leadership of the centre says are usually treated with stigma by society. Those enrolled in the program also acquire agribusiness skills from the centre’s four-acre farm that has different kinds of crops.