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Africa’s Largest Diocese: ‘Desert, My Cathedral’ – Where Charles de Foucault once Dwelt as a Hermit

In the Diocese of Laghouat, the missionaries run a number of projects that impact locals, regardless of their religious affiliations. This, according to the Bishop, is what has kept the Christians to live in harmony with Muslims. “We have five communities of sisters whose main activity is a project supported by Caritas and other organizations…

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Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Woman of Samaria

Welcome to our exploration of the great narrative in John’s Gospel where Jesus meets the woman of Samaria at a well; she immediately tries to end the conversation and disconnect from the encounter. Why? In everyday life, what do you say after you say “Hello”? More basically, some people might ask, “How do you get…

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Malaysia: Minorities on Edge

In Malaysia, geographically at the more Muslim end of the Malay-Indonesia archipelago, the hardliners have gained a foothold in the federal ruling alliance for the first time since 1974. This has sparked immediate and obvious fears from Christian denominations. It will also have sparked even deeper fears for the Chinese, who have suffered both personal…

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Pope Francis: Livestreaming Mass from Casa Santa Maria

Yesterday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis had decided that his 7:00 morning Mass would be broadcast in these days. This morning, Pope Francis introduced the liturgy saying “In these days, I will offer Mass for those who are sick from the coronavirus epidemic, for the doctors, nurses, volunteers…

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DR Congo: End of Ebola Outbreak – Lessons Learnt

Innovative medical technologies (vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics) are not enough to prevent and contain epidemics. What’s needed is the inclusion of social science as an important component of outbreak management. What I mean by this is that communities need to be engaged and empowered as primary partners in preparing and responding to an outbreak. But…