India: Cremation Crisis
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India: Cremation Crisis

The spread of the coronavirus appears to be slowing in India. Cases have fallen for the third day in a row – raising hopes that the worst could soon be over. But deaths from COVID-19 are still rising. More than 4,000 people have again died within a day. Corpses of COVID-19 victims continue to wash…

Towards Pentecost: Simple Prayer
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Towards Pentecost: Simple Prayer

Sarawak, Malaysia: Imaging the Story of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Borneo
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Imaging the Story of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Borneo

ST. JOSEPH’S HISTORICAL GALLERY IN KANOWIT “Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter” so goes an African proverb. The story of Mill Hill Missionaries in Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei) from 1881 till today is unique and rich. It certainly needs to be…

Sarawak, Malaysia: Sharp Rise in Covid-19 Infections
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Sharp Rise in Covid-19 Infections

Fr. Mathews Olili MHM writes: Here in Malaysia we are all fine, except that the cases continue rising everyday. Last year we in Sarawak, where all our Members are, were spared the direct effects of it. Though movement was restricted and all Church activities suspended, our areas nevertheless largely remained with negative cases. However, this…

Kuching, Malaysia: Archdiocese to Send Aid to Covid-Stricken India
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Kuching, Malaysia: Archdiocese to Send Aid to Covid-Stricken India

Kuching Archdiocese in Malaysia has launched a fundraising campaign to help pandemic-hit India. Archbishop Simon Poh of Kuching has urged Catholics in Sarawak state and other parts of Malaysia to donate money and pray for people in India where millions are struggling to survive as thousands die each day because of the Covid-19 catastrophe. The prelate made…

Grégory Turpin: Notre Dieu – A Song of Praise
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Grégory Turpin: Notre Dieu – A Song of Praise

Video clip: Saigon, Vietnam You turned water into wineTu transforma l’eau en vin Touched the eyes with your handToucha les yeux de ta main No one is like youNul n’est comme toi Like youComme toi In our darkness you shineDans nos ténèbres tu brilles You bring us back to lifeTu nous redonnes la vie No…

Gratitude: Finding God in Nature
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Gratitude: Finding God in Nature

The Sound of Silence
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The Sound of Silence

Lang Co is a popular tourist destination which connects the ancient city of Hue and Da Nang, the largest commercial city in central Vietnam. Lang Co, which is always crowded with locals and tourists, is usually lively and vibrant, especially the local market. Now the streets of Lang Co are empty and quiet. The calm…

Israel-Palestine: Call for Circles of Silence
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Israel-Palestine: Call for Circles of Silence

Together with other Pax Christi International Sections, Pax Christi England and Wales is calling for Circles of Silence on or near Saturday 15th May. May 15th is Nakba Day, when we remember the forced displacement of 750,000 Palestinians after the Israeli Declaration of Independence on 14th May 1948. These families became refugees and have never…

Remembering Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM
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Remembering Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM

The following article in St Joseph’s Advocate Ireland appeared in the Spring 2020 Issue on the occasion of Fr Thomas Raffery’s golden jubilee. Fr. Tom Rafferty is from Milltown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. He was ordained in 1970 at St. Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore – his home parish church. Fr. Tom has spent 50 years in Pakistan,…

Ireland: Knock Shrine reopens
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Ireland: Knock Shrine reopens

Mission in Ministry 2021: Spiritual Dawn Chorus at Knock Shrine The sun is shining, the birds are singing, a dawn chorus of spiritual excitement has arrived with the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the opening of the International Eucharistic and Marian Shrine at Knock. Pilgrims emerge from the nothing of nothingness of Covid restrictions, from…

The Ascension – A Meditation
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The Ascension – A Meditation

Luke speaks of Jesus withdrawing from the disciples and yet he adds that they went back to the City “full of joy”. I used to think that this was perverse of Luke, but their joy means surely that this was not a departure bit a disappearance, the beginning not of an absence but of a hidden presence. He must vanish from their eyes…