Epiphany – How the Gospel Stories Convey the Meaning of the Events we Celebrate at Christmas
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Epiphany – How the Gospel Stories Convey the Meaning of the Events we Celebrate at Christmas

And then there are Matthew’s Magi. What are they about? They are non-Jews, who get Jesus right from the very beginning, just as the establishment (Herod and his religious experts) gets Jesus wrong from the very beginning, at least in the sense that they regard him as so serious a threat to their status quo…

L’Arche: The Amazing Healing Effect of Friendship with the Intellectually Disabled
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L’Arche: The Amazing Healing Effect of Friendship with the Intellectually Disabled

When French Catholic Jean Vanier brought two men with intellectual disabilities to live with him in his home, he did so more out of a sense of religious duty than anything else. But as time went on, he began to realize that what the men needed was not help, but friendship. In the founding of…

Biopiracy: Africa’s Genetic Material Taken without Adequate Safeguards
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Biopiracy: Africa’s Genetic Material Taken without Adequate Safeguards

Biopiracy – the act of directly or indirectly taking undue advantage of research participants and communities in global health research – has a long and contentious history in Africa. A recent case occurred during the West African Ebola outbreak between 2014 and 2016 when thousands of biological specimens left the continent without consent. Very often…

Witu, Kenya: Suspected Terrorist Attack – Lucky Escape for Mill Hill Missionary Students
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Witu, Kenya: Suspected Terrorist Attack – Lucky Escape for Mill Hill Missionary Students

This article is talking about an attack that took place this morning in Witu. It is by luck that our students are safe. Our students Raju from India, Cristiano from Malaysia and Valeriano from Uganda left Witu this morning around 10:00 am for a meeting in Luanda and the next bus was attacked at 11:00…

Pope Francis Prayer Video January: Lord, Make us Instruments of your Peace
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Pope Francis Prayer Video January: Lord, Make us Instruments of your Peace

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity. Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good. We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together…

Seminary Training: Discerning in, Discerning Out
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Seminary Training: Discerning in, Discerning Out

Hubbard had multiple “God moments,” and he entered seminary because of them. But in seminary Hubbard realized that ordination wasn’t his calling. In November 2018, he discerned out of seminary. “By our baptism, we’re all called to be priests, prophets, and kings,” Hubbard told CNA. “So although I won’t be an ordained priest, I’ll be…

A New Kind of Christianity: A Trans-denominational Movement of Contemplative Spiritual Activism. .
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A New Kind of Christianity: A Trans-denominational Movement of Contemplative Spiritual Activism. .

More and more of us are hoping, praying, and dedicating ourselves to a [new] form of Christianity. This new kind of Christianity can only emerge as a trans-denominational movement of contemplative spiritual activism. . . . This emerging or emergence Christianity . . . will be decentralized and diverse rather than centralized and uniform. In…

How Synodality Marks a Paradigm Shift in the Church
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How Synodality Marks a Paradigm Shift in the Church

We often hear from conservative Catholics that “the Church is not a constitutional democracy”. They emphasize the rejection of parliamentarianism and proceduralism, while tending to forget that members of the Church have rights and are not at the mercy of an absolute hierarchy. In fact, it is democracy that corresponds better than any other system…