‘Pope’s Visit Will Further Strengthen Bonds between Christians and Muslims’ – Indonesian President Widodo
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‘Pope’s Visit Will Further Strengthen Bonds between Christians and Muslims’ – Indonesian President Widodo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has extended an official invitation to Pope Francis to visit the Muslim-majority country after news reports emerged last week saying the pope wanted to go there. A copy of the formal invitation letter began spreading on social media later last week. In the letter, Widodo said he had been informed about…

Cameroon: ‘The Truth Will Save Cameroon’ – Cardinal Tumi in Interview
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Cameroon: ‘The Truth Will Save Cameroon’ – Cardinal Tumi in Interview

One recommendation to resolve the Anglophone problem emanating from the grand dialogue was the special status for the English-speaking regions. Are you comfortable with the contents? I was among the first to make a proposition for the content. I was clear, and the Prime Minister’s office too, said that I was the clearest: I proposed a government,…

‘Light a Candle on 27th January at 15h00’ – Bishops of Europe
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‘Light a Candle on 27th January at 15h00’ – Bishops of Europe

“On this anniversary, we appeal to the modern world for reconciliation and peace, for respect for each nation’s right to exist and to freedom, to independence, to maintain its own culture. We cannot allow the truth to be ignored or manipulated for immediate political needs. This appeal is extremely important now, for – despite the…

Sunday of the Word of God: The Contribution of Missionaries in Making the Word Accessible in Local Languages
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Sunday of the Word of God: The Contribution of Missionaries in Making the Word Accessible in Local Languages

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Sunday, January 26, the first “Sunday of the Word of God” will be celebrated in the world, announced by Pope Francis with the Apostolic Letter “Aperuit Illis”, so that “the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires…

Pakistan: Sindhi Girl, 14, set to Make Legal History
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Pakistan: Sindhi Girl, 14, set to Make Legal History

This will not only be the first time a forced conversion and marriage case comes before a High Court in Pakistan, but also the first time the 2014 Child Marriage Restraint Act – which bans marriage with minors – has been applied. Tabassum Yousaf – the lawyer representing Huma, who was reportedly kidnapped by Muslim…

The Conversion of Paul
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The Conversion of Paul

The Conversion of St Paul is celebrated on 25th January, on the last day of what is now called ‘The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’, a tradition begun one hundred years ago in 1908 by Lewis Thomas Wattson, an American Episcopalian priest, and Spencer Jones, an Anglican priest from Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire.  It was then called…

Uganda Tops Hospitality for Migrants League in Africa
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Uganda Tops Hospitality for Migrants League in Africa

Today, some 941,000 refugees fleeing from violence and poverty in their home countries come to Uganda, making it the largest refugee-hosting country in the region. They mostly come from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia where there has been protracted violence, according to the migration officer. “It is difficult to understand…

The Philippines: Taal Volcano Eruption – Unenviable Plight of Aged and Persons with Disabilities
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The Philippines: Taal Volcano Eruption – Unenviable Plight of Aged and Persons with Disabilities

Before going back to Casay, I visited the evacuation center where the aged and PWDs are being housed. These evacuees in Sacred Heart School of Recoletos, Cavite are the “lucky ones” to have a spacious room and folding beds. Many “unlucky ones” are cramped in other evacuation centres. Mario Dimapilis mhm

South Sudan: Comboni Missionaries Take up Challenge of Providing Quality Education
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South Sudan: Comboni Missionaries Take up Challenge of Providing Quality Education

On his part Br. Jorge Rodriguez Floyd working in the nation’s Diocese of Malakal disclosed the Province of Comboni Missionaries has plans underway in the education sector to meet the Comboni tradition of education. “We are organizing to clarify our education to make it the Comboni tradition and education that we have gained through the…

Southern Africa: New Pastoral Plan – ‘All Change’
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Southern Africa: New Pastoral Plan – ‘All Change’

According to the Bishop, “This Pastoral Plan aims at helping us to move from a maintenance Church to a Missionary Church, from a church that services those who come to Church to a Church that goes forth,”  as envisioned by Pope Francis  in his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium where he desired a “missionary option, a missionary impulse transforming…