Uganda: The Potent Communicative Power of Music
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Uganda: The Potent Communicative Power of Music

For the Ugandan survivors of a landslide who are relocated to a faraway camp, for example, music becomes the most effective mode of communication. That’s because music can play a dual role: it entertains while at the same time passing on specific messages to listeners. And due to its ability to use metaphors, music communicates on…

‘The Bible is the Book of the Lord’s People’ – Pope Francis Announcing Sunday of the Word of God
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‘The Bible is the Book of the Lord’s People’ – Pope Francis Announcing Sunday of the Word of God

In his letter, Pope Francis wrote, “A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a yearlong event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in…

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Holy Land: Visiting and Supporting the Local Christian Communities

This annual visit was set up over 20 years ago at the invitation of the Holy See with the aim of visiting and supporting the Holy Land’s local Christian communities as they experience the political and socio-economic realities of living in Israel and Palestine. During their stay, the bishops will be based in Ramallah with…

A Dot Painter’s View of Life’s Journey
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A Dot Painter’s View of Life’s Journey

ACCOMPLISHING: The Dutch title is ‘voltooiing’, accomplishing instead of accomplished, finishing instead of finished. The picture shows the life of a person, the dark circle (starting at the bottom, right), going through various communities, situations in life, relationships, the red circles (love). The red lines are the children who are going their own way, who…

Africa: What Hope for Peace in 2020 ? – A View from Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa
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Africa: What Hope for Peace in 2020 ? – A View from Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa

“The impetus for change is often really in the hands of those on the margins and we need to gather alongside the marginalized and together find strategies for change. This is also my hope for this year. That we will nurture small but feisty and strong-minded people determined to shape a better life for all…

The Philippines: Black Nazarene Procession an ‘Outpouring of People’s Longing for Good’
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The Philippines: Black Nazarene Procession an ‘Outpouring of People’s Longing for Good’

Wherever the people’s devotion came from, whether it’s liturgically sound or not, there is no stopping them from offering prayers and giving thanks to the suffering Jesus. Through the years, many have attested, and believed wholeheartedly, to the miraculous power of the image of the Black Nazarene, from granting personal petitions to healing the sick….

Sant’Egidio Lay Catholic Association in Peace Mediation for South Sudan
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Sant’Egidio Lay Catholic Association in Peace Mediation for South Sudan

With the countdown to the possible formation of South Sudan’s unity government into the last full month after the latest 100-day extension, a group of opposition leaders is currently in Rome for a meeting under the auspices of Sant’Egidio Catholic community, a lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts,…

Nairobi, Kenya: First Lay VC Takes Office at Tangaza University College
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Nairobi, Kenya: First Lay VC Takes Office at Tangaza University College

“I receive with gratitude this symbol of the Tangaza University College Educating Community,” Prof. Wang’ombe said while receiving the mace of power and added, “I am mindful that with it, I receive the fruit of the faith, love, dedication and professional expertise of generations of students, educators, sponsors and indeed the leadership of this College…

The Netherlands: Church Closures Trigger Further Disaffection
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The Netherlands: Church Closures Trigger Further Disaffection

“The fact that every neighborhood in the Netherlands used to have its own church is an exception worldwide. The closing of churches is a logical consequence of the fact that the church no longer is a binding factor in Dutch society,” he said. According to religious sociologist Theo Schepens, people in the Netherlands have been…

The Light: Newsletter for the Friends of Mill Hill in The Philippines
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The Light: Newsletter for the Friends of Mill Hill in The Philippines

Warm greetings and welcome to All our Readers! At last our Friends of Mill Hill-Philippines newsletter got its name. During our November 2019 assembly, we decided to give this newsletter its name to give it an identity. It is now called THE LIGHT. (Ang Bag-ong Iwag). Why this name? THE LIGHT is a translation of…