Philippines: Western Visayas Bishops Question Killings of Tribal Leaders
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Philippines: Western Visayas Bishops Question Killings of Tribal Leaders

“We, the bishops of the Western Visayas, share the grief and anxieties of our brothers and sisters of the Tumandok tribe in Capiz. We grieve with the families of the nine Tumandok tribespeople who were killed,” they said. The bishops called for the military to withdraw from the ancestral lands of tribespeople so that they…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 2
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 2

“Abide in me as I abide in you” (John 15:4a) Ephesians 3:14-21 May Christ dwell in our hearts Luke 2:41-52 Mary treasured all these things The encounter with Jesus gives rise to the desire to stay with him and to abide in him: a time in which fruit matures. Being fully human, like us Jesus…

Corona-Time: An Artist’s Impression
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Corona-Time: An Artist’s Impression

This new painting is called Corona-time. It is the result of having plenty of time at home, where I paint a few hours every day. I try to explain the meaning.There is the road of life of a person and his home (middle bottom). It is wintertime: snowflakes and bare trees. It is snowing and…

Iraq: Initiating Prayer for Pope’s Visit
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Iraq: Initiating Prayer for Pope’s Visit

Cardinal Sako has composed the following prayer which will be recited during Masses every Sunday: Lord our God, grant Pope Francis health and safety to carry out successfully this eagerly awaited visit. Bless his effort to promote dialogue, enhance fraternal reconciliation, build confidence, consolidate peace values and human dignity, especially for us Iraqis who have…

U.S.A.: January 8 – Martin Luther King Day
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U.S.A.: January 8 – Martin Luther King Day

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 1
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 1

“You did not choose me but I chose you” (John 15:16a) Genesis 12:1-4 The call of Abraham John 1:35-51     The call of the first disciples The start of the journey is an encounter between a human being and God, between the created and the Creator, between time and eternity. Abraham heard the call: “Go to…

Finding God in the Ordinary – A View from Knock, Ireland
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Finding God in the Ordinary – A View from Knock, Ireland

Mission in ministry 2022, “practicing the spirituality of the everyday or the ordinary” at the Knock Shrine I have been here at the National Marian Shrine at Knock for some time now and I have encountered many people from many countries from around the world. The Shrine at Knock attracts many people for many and…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January

Our spiritual well-being is as important as our physical well-being. In the past year both of these have been seriously challenged: the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to be careful about our own health, taking precautions such as washing hands and wearing facemasks and maintaining social distance. Some of us have been ill or have…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Chinese Protestant Communities
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Chinese Protestant Communities

Once again, the week of prayer for Christian unity is back. Once again, I would like to turn the spotlight on Chinese Christians. It is true that many of them do not know much about this joint initiative of the World Council of Churches and of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Yet, with divisions among…

Cameroon: Mill Hill Missionaries Gather in Assembly
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Cameroon: Mill Hill Missionaries Gather in Assembly

The Mill Hill Missionaries in Cameroon held their annual Society Assembly  at the Mill Hill Central House, Bamenda. The meeting  started on January 12th  and  concluded on  15th of January 2021. The 26 members who gathered for the Assembly, started their meeting with a day of Recollection led by Fr. Charles Senka, a Diocesan priest from Kumbo Diocese, reflecting on…

USA: Making Sense of Catholic Attitudes towards Trump
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USA: Making Sense of Catholic Attitudes towards Trump

In the weeks before the election, I received Facebook messages from many Catholics struggling to make sense of pastors who cast the election in such terms or condemned Democrats outright, either from the pulpit or in private conversations. Many felt not only attacked for their political views but alienated from their own parishes. “How do…

The Netherlands: Canonisation of Carmelite Friar Titus Brandsma Imminent?
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The Netherlands: Canonisation of Carmelite Friar Titus Brandsma Imminent?

Priest, professor and former dean Titus Brandsma is an important step towards canonization. “If things go fast, it could be in February,” says philosopher and FTR dean Christoph Lüthy. Titus Brandsma (1881-1942) is well on his way to being canonized. The Carmelite, priest and former professor and dean of the Catholic University of Nijmegen who…