South Sudan Ten Year On: Teetering on the Edge
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South Sudan Ten Year On: Teetering on the Edge

Is there any hope for my country? I believe that there is, and that is rooted in the Church, to which two-thirds of the population belong, with the Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian Churches as the largest. Working with Muslim leaders and traditional religions, we are almost the only institution that people trust. If this pandemic…

India: Is Catholic Education on the Right Track?
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India: Is Catholic Education on the Right Track?

Let us take a recent case in India. An 84-year-old Jesuit priest, Father Stan Swamy, died last week while still under detention. His death triggered an unprecedented outburst of grief and fury against an unjust system that jailed him and denied him bail in a frivolous case. Catholic institutions in India, including several prominent Jesuit-run…

Kiltegan Missionaries in Kenya: Triple Presence Hailed
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Kiltegan Missionaries in Kenya: Triple Presence Hailed

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Nakuru Diocese, Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba, has hailed members of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society (SPS) who have ministered in the Kenyan Episcopal See for their instrumental role in evangelization through what he termed “triple presence.” Bishop Muhatia who was presiding over the Priestly ordination of a member of the Irish-founded…

Meditative Singing
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Meditative Singing

“Something very interesting at Taizé is that this formula of calming repetition has been taken up in the liturgy; that is, it is not used only in personal prayer, but also in prayer together or common prayer. Some young people, who know almost nothing of mystery, are introduced to it here, and they begin to…

DR Congo: Death of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo.  R.I.P.
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DR Congo: Death of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo. R.I.P.

The influential Archbishop Emeritus of Kinshasa, Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, a critical voice of successive regimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, died Sunday near Paris at the age of 81, after having long played a leading political role. Bishop Monsengwo was evacuated Monday in France “in critical condition», According to his diocese, for appropriate…

Hispanic Catholics Still Unaccommodated in U.S.
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Hispanic Catholics Still Unaccommodated in U.S.

After more than a decade of researching parish life, and after teaching many cohorts of diverse pastoral ministers, something has become disturbingly clear to me: institutionalized racial and ethnic inequality, especially of the anti-Hispanic variety, is endemic in Catholic parishes.  There are statistics that bear this out. From 2011 to 2013, the National Study of…

South Sudan: Decade after Independence Country ‘Bleeding Slowly’ – Archbishop
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South Sudan: Decade after Independence Country ‘Bleeding Slowly’ – Archbishop

“It truly a difficult time for us, the people of South Sudan. Our hearts continue to groan with pain, anguish, turmoil, despair and misery as lives are lost every day in every corner of the country,” said a statement from the South Sudan Council of Churches. The council said “conflict has become the context in…

Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: ‘People Have Trust in Catholic Church’- President Catholic Men Association
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Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: ‘People Have Trust in Catholic Church’- President Catholic Men Association

Most of our people have lost trust in us, the elites. But I tell you, what I have come to realize is that the Church and most especially the Catholic Church and the priests are the only people those people back home trust. Let me give you an example. We created a sanctuary in my…

The Netherlands: Celebrating our Jubilarians
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The Netherlands: Celebrating our Jubilarians

Today, July 9th, 2021, we celebrated five jubilarians at St. Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek. We rejoiced with Frans Baartmans, Folkert Kruis, Frans Mol and Kees Vlaming in gratitude for their 60 years of missionary life, and Jan Laarakker who celebrated his 25 years as a lay missionary associate. Earlier, last Sunday, Tjeu Cuijpers (60), Theo Beemster (65)…

50 Years of Service to the Missions
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50 Years of Service to the Missions

50 Years of Service to the Missions.  “Whatever you are giving to the missions you are giving to the Lord.” (Hugh Brennan, Hexham & New Castle Diocese, July 2021) On Sunday 4th July, Fr Dermot and myself celebrated Mass at St Michael’s Parish in Houghton-Le-Spring in New Castle. Mr Hugh Brennan had contacted our Missio…

Netherlands:The Martyrs of Gorkum
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Netherlands:The Martyrs of Gorkum

These were a group of nineteen Dutch religious, including Franciscans, Dominicans Premonstratensian Canons and diocesan priests, who were hanged by militant Dutch Calvinists at Briel in 1572, during the war of independence with Spain. After imprisonments and tortures, a mob hauled them before the fanatical pirate Admiral Lumey. William of Orange ordered their release and…

Philippines: New President of Episcopal Conference
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Philippines: New President of Episcopal Conference

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan was elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
 He was elected Thursday,  during the first of the two-day bishops’ online plenary assembly. The 62-year-old has been serving as conference vice president since December 2017, working alongside Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, the outgoing president. Ordained a…