Contradictions of the Congo Seen through the Eyes of a Poet
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Contradictions of the Congo Seen through the Eyes of a Poet

You describe scenes in which a mother and her daughter have to trek for several days through the forest, fleeing fighting. Is this something you have lived and what are the threats to their existence as they run for their lives? I have not lived through this. My own experience of growing up orphaned at…

Cambodia: Ecological Farming
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Cambodia: Ecological Farming

Today while I was walking on by the riverside, I saw Mr. Dang spraying in his farm. A simple smile led us into conversation. He drew my attention. Out of curiosity, I asked him what kind of pesticides he was using to protect plants? He replied, he doesn’t use any pesticides to kill insects. He…

Cameroon: Surge in Violence Ahead of Local Elections
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Cameroon: Surge in Violence Ahead of Local Elections

A surge in violence meted out by the Cameroon military in recent weeks, has led to dozens of killings and thousands of new displacements in several areas across the Anglophone regions, Amnesty International said today, ahead of parliamentary elections due to take place on Sunday 9 February. Amid several reports of villages razed to the…

Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba   part 2/7
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Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba part 2/7

The far side of hell Journalist Paul de Schipper traveled to Africa for the first time in 1985, ended up in the ‘heart of darkness’ and met a toiling ‘light bulb’: Alfons ter Beke mhm, missionary in Sudan from 1983 to 1998, now retired in Vrijland, The Netherlands . Sitting in a wheelchair. Apparently absent,…

Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba   part 1/7
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Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba part 1/7

 “Those rats play catch on my stomach.” Journalist Paul de Schipper traveled to Africa for the first time in 1985, ended up in the ‘heart of darkness’ and met a toiling ‘light bulb’: Alfons ter Beke mhm, missionary in Sudan from 1983 to 1998, now retired in Vrijland, The Netherlands . Sitting in a wheelchair….

Kenya Human Rights: Will the Truth about Fr John Kaiser MHM’s Brutal Killing Finally Come to Light?
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Kenya Human Rights: Will the Truth about Fr John Kaiser MHM’s Brutal Killing Finally Come to Light?

The victims of Moi and the KANU regime have never been given justice. These include those who were assassinated, murdered, tortured, detained without trial, exiled, and those whose lives were destroyed. Neither Moi, not his regime, ever faced justice or paid for these crimes. Only a credible truth commission and effective prosecutions can bring justice…

Austen Ivereigh’s ‘Wounded Sherpherd’  – A Review
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Austen Ivereigh’s ‘Wounded Sherpherd’ – A Review

Wounded Shepherd is the follow-up to Austen Ivereigh’s 2013 biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer. The new book covers Francis’s tumultuous first six years, and begins with the story of Francis telling Ivereigh, in June 2018, that he had only one criticism of what Ivereigh had written about him so far. “I braced myself,” writes Ivereigh….

‘Querida Amazonia’- Amazon Synod Exhortation to be Presented next Week
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‘Querida Amazonia’- Amazon Synod Exhortation to be Presented next Week

In a statement from the Holy See Press Office today, journalists were informed that Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 , at 1 pm , there will be the presentation of the document, titled: “Querida Amazonia (‘Dear Amazon’),” in the Holy See Press Office. The papal document is the fruit of the Special Assembly of the Synod…

Pope Video February: Hear the Cry of Migrants
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Pope Video February: Hear the Cry of Migrants

Migrants are often victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking. Among other causes, this happens because of corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain. The money from their dirty, underhanded business is blood money. I’m not exaggerating: it’s blood money. We pray that the cries of our migrant…

Israel-Palestine: A Singaporean Surgeon’s Witness of Working with the Palestinians
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Israel-Palestine: A Singaporean Surgeon’s Witness of Working with the Palestinians

Gaza has been blockaded for 12 years and bombarded by land, air and sea with several thousand killed and many more made homeless. Among the dead were more than a thousand children. Electricity is scarce and safe drinking water non-existent. Since March 2018, more than three hundred unarmed demonstrators asking for the right to return…

Mill Hill Missionaries Ireland: St. Joseph’s Advocate Spring 2020

Mill Hill Missionaries Ireland: St. Joseph’s Advocate Spring 2020

I am a Mill Hill Missionary priest from Cameroon. I arrived in Ireland in September 2019 to do a formation ministry course for a year. I have been resident in our House in Dublin where I live with Irish Mill Hill colleagues who have been on the missions for many years in all the continents…

Battambang, Cambodia: Bon Phoum – A Village Blessing
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Battambang, Cambodia: Bon Phoum – A Village Blessing

We witnessed another unique Khmer-Christian Festival today (Feb. 5) in Chomnaom (ចំណោម). The Bon Phoum which literally means Village feast or Village blessing in Chomnaom started when Fr. Totet SJ was the parish priest of the place in 2002-2005. The idea actually originates from the Cambodian tradition of thanksgiving after the harvest season. The Christianised…