St Nicholas: Protector of Children
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St Nicholas: Protector of Children

Several sources state Saint Nicholas is believed to have died on December 6, 343. Over the years, stories of his miracles and work for the poor spread to other parts of the world. He became known as the protector of children and sailors and was associated with gift-giving. He was a popular saint in Europe…

Tororo, Uganda: Archbishop Emeritus James Odongo has Died
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Tororo, Uganda: Archbishop Emeritus James Odongo has Died

Archbishop Emeritus of Tororo James Odongo, 89, has passed on today at Nsambya Hospital. Uganda Episcopal Conference Secretary-General Msgr John Baptist  Kauta has confirmed. James Odongo was the fourth African Bishop in Uganda and the first African Bishop of Tororo Diocese. He was also the first African chair of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in…

Cameroon: ‘Only Federated State Will Bring Stability’ – Cardinal Tumi
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Cameroon: ‘Only Federated State Will Bring Stability’ – Cardinal Tumi

Cameroon needs to return to the federal system of government to bring an end to the protracted Anglophone crisis that has resulted in the death of thousands of people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands, the Cardinal in Central African nation has said. In an interview with Radio France International (RFI) published Wednesday, December 2,…

Philippines: National Human Rights Consciousness Week
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Philippines: National Human Rights Consciousness Week

As the human rights community starts to commemorate National Human Rights Consciousness Week from Dec. 4-10, it is meaningful to pay tribute to the hundreds of desaparecidos in the Philippines.  To mention a few names, we remember Father Rudy Romano, Father Nilo Valerio, Romeo Legazpi, Jonas Burgos, Darryl Fortuna, Karen Empeno, Shirley Cadapan and Elena Tijamo. The…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Space of Remembrance
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Space of Remembrance

Bishop Joseph Mokobe has inaugurated a “Space of Remembrance” in memory of his three predecessors, namely, Bishop Gerard Wantenaar (1924-1951), Bishop Willem van Kester (1952-1974), and Bishop Ignace Matondo Kwa Nzambi (1975-1998).  He talked with emotion praising the nature of their commitment to the Diocese.  He admired their enthusiasm, simple lifestyle and their zeal for…

Liturgical Inculturation in Congo Shows Gifts of the Spirit – Pope Francis
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Liturgical Inculturation in Congo Shows Gifts of the Spirit – Pope Francis

The Zaire Use is an inculturated Mass formally approved in 1988 for the dioceses of what was then known as the Republic of Zaire, now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in central Africa.  The only inculturated Eucharistic celebration approved after the Second Vatican Council, it was developed following a call for adaptation of the liturgy in “Sacrosanctum…

Uganda: Total’s Mega Oil Project Devastating Communities
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Uganda: Total’s Mega Oil Project Devastating Communities

Les Amis de la Terre France/Friends of the Earth France, Nape/Friends of the Earth Uganda, Survie and other Ugandan organisations have uncovered the devastation to both peoples and the environment caused by Total’s mega oil project in Uganda. Total is causing untold environmental damage and grabbing the land of tens of thousands of people. So…