India: ‘Facing Most Critical Phase in its History’
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India: ‘Facing Most Critical Phase in its History’

The Feb. 12 open letter by Jesuit Father Cedric Prakash was written as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) was about to begin its 34th biennial plenary assembly Feb. 13-19 in Bengaluru. The theme of this year’s assembly is “Dialogue: The Path to Truth and Charity.” “Dear Bishops, your meeting takes place at a time…

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

New Year’s greetings with bullets. It looks like a ‘live’ report from the war front, with a Mill Hill missionary as reporter. A message from Alfons ter Beke from Juba in South Sudan, 1989. Paul de Schipper   “I live in a city of 250,000 people, Juba, in South Sudan. The city is surrounded. Soldiers are brought…

Egyptian Coptic Church Marks 5th Anniversary of 21 Martyrs Beheaded by ISIS in Libya
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Egyptian Coptic Church Marks 5th Anniversary of 21 Martyrs Beheaded by ISIS in Libya

As the Egyptian Coptic Church marks the 5th anniversary of the 21 Christian men who were beheaded by ISIS on a Libyan beach on February 15, 2015, the mother of two brothers who were among those that were killed by the abductors has said that she is a “mother of martyrs” and exuded confidence that…

A Closer Look at the Sermon on the Mount
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A Closer Look at the Sermon on the Mount

Whatever be its ecclesial provenance, from its content and inner structure Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount is evidently aimed at presenting an authoritative portrait of Christian discipleship. After a description of Jesus’s introductory healing ministry the scene is set in his ascending the hill and solemnly sitting down to address his disciples and the crowd…

Mexico City: Three Key Missionary Events
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Mexico City: Three Key Missionary Events

Three important events are taking place in Mexico City these days, which concern the pastoral and missionary conversion of the Church on the American continent from the perspective of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium. The first, which begins today, is intended for missiologists. The continental Seminary of Missiologists is held from February 14-16, which aims to…

Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Umbeddah  6/7
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Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Umbeddah 6/7

Tragic Accident 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, yet poignantly present: with a smile.  Because still perstistently socially involved….

Bolivia: Indigenous Peoples Environmental Pioneers
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Bolivia: Indigenous Peoples Environmental Pioneers

On indigenous territories in Bolivia that have secured property rights, deforestation rates are 2.8 times lower than outside of them. Such lands cover 20% of the country’s territory, so the contribution of indigenous peoples in Bolivia to fighting climate change is substantial. But this situation has been undermined by Bolivia’s development policies, and could be threatened further…

Uganda: First-ever Catholic TV Station Being Tested
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Uganda: First-ever Catholic TV Station Being Tested

“I thank all the Clergy, Religious, our Lay Faithful and all the people of good will who have contributed financially and in other ways towards this project. I greatly appreciate the Social Communications Commission, the staff of Uganda Catholic Secretariat and the technical team that have made this TV a reality,” the Italian Prelate said….

Cameroon: Election Violence in Anglophone Regions – Human Rights Watch
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Cameroon: Election Violence in Anglophone Regions – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch interviewed 55 victims and witnesses of crimes committed by armed separatists and government forces since the elections were announced in November 2019, as well as opposition party members, candidates, and other residents of the North-West and South-West Anglophone regions. Human Rights Watch also analyzed satellite imagery and video footage to independently corroborate witness…

Fascinating Reflections on 1960: The Year of Africa – ‘A Continent Remade’
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Fascinating Reflections on 1960: The Year of Africa – ‘A Continent Remade’

A little more than a year ago, the archival storytelling group came across a photo of a woman carrying on her back a baby holding a tiny Nigerian flag. The year was 1960. It was a powerful illustration of how new independence felt for so many African nations. Seventeen countries declared independence that year, which…

Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Khartoum 5/7
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Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Khartoum 5/7

Bin Laden’s neighbor  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, yet poignantly present: with a smile.  Because still perstistently socially…