First Sunday of Lent
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First Sunday of Lent

Lent – a new liturgical season, and an opportunity to start again.We can give thanks to God for giving us this season of grace. Lent isclosely associated with God’s Covenant and with baptism, and thereadings this Sunday strongly underline this. In the First Reading from Genesis, God makes a Covenant withNoah’s people, saved from the…

The Importance of Mother Tongue Literacy to Combat Poverty and Marginalisation
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The Importance of Mother Tongue Literacy to Combat Poverty and Marginalisation

21 February is International Mother Language Day. Theodora Hawksley describes the development of the Quality Bilingual Education Programme for Wapichan Children in Guyana and explains the significance of indigenous Amerindian children being taught in their own language for the first time. “The path chosen by the communities of the South Rupununi, in collaboration with the…

Philippines: Country to be Consecrated to Protection of Saint Joseph
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Philippines: Country to be Consecrated to Protection of Saint Joseph

Manila (Agenzia Fides) – The Bishops of the Philippines are preparing to consecrate the country to the protection of Saint Joseph as part of a solemn celebration called to be held on May 1st, the day in memory of Saint Joseph. As reported to Agenzia Fides, Msgr. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, the Philippine…

Building Projects Inspired by St. Joseph ‘the wood worker’.
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Building Projects Inspired by St. Joseph ‘the wood worker’.

Saving the roof of a new cathedral in an area of Malawi beset by natural disasters is one of the key building projects Aid to the Church is undertaking to mark the year of Saint Joseph. National director Neville Kyrke-Smith said: “These projects will transform the lives of the local Catholic communities struggling to live…

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Coptic Martyrs ‘Saints of All Christians’ – Pope Francis
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Coptic Martyrs ‘Saints of All Christians’ – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.” In a video message for the “Day of Contemporary Martyrs” Feb. 15, the pope said, “I hold in my heart that baptism of blood, those twenty-one men baptized as Christians with…

Kroonstad, South Africa: ‘For Vaccination Follow Conscience’ – Bishop Peter Holiday
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Kroonstad, South Africa: ‘For Vaccination Follow Conscience’ – Bishop Peter Holiday

South Africa is battling a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by a new mutation of the disease identified as the 501.V2 variant. The new strain has led to a spike in infections that have crossed the one million mark. The country has recorded at least 1.49 million COVID-19 cases, 1.39 million recoveries and 47,899…

Lent: Learning from the Oppressed and Persecuted
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Lent: Learning from the Oppressed and Persecuted

“When I hear the stories of those oppressed and my eyes cannot get any bigger, just listening to them. They tell me: ‘But Marcela, please, when you speak about us, ask them to pray for us. We want to be like you, to be able to read the Bible whenever we want, to go to…

Year of St. Joseph: Diocese of Nakuru, Kenya – Promote Participation of Men
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Year of St. Joseph: Diocese of Nakuru, Kenya – Promote Participation of Men

The leadership of Kenya’s Nakuru Diocese is planning to use the Year of St. Joseph to have the participation of men church activities improved, the Pastoral Director of the Diocese has told ACI Africa.  “Our plan this year is to see that men grow in Christian faith and participate in church activities. They are actually our target,”…

Year of St. Joseph: The American Connection
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Year of St. Joseph: The American Connection

American Father Donald Calloway, a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, has long been a promoter of the consecration to St. Joseph, and in early 2020 wrote a letter to the pope, which was hand-delivered to Francis, in which he asked for just such a year….

Outreach – Magazine of the Mill Hill Formation Community at Jinja, Uganda
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Outreach – Magazine of the Mill Hill Formation Community at Jinja, Uganda

Pakistan: Newly Appointed Archbishop of Karachi Prioritises Good Relations with other Faiths
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Pakistan: Newly Appointed Archbishop of Karachi Prioritises Good Relations with other Faiths

Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi told Crux that Travas’s appointment was “very good news” for the Church in Pakistan. “Bishop Benny is called a priest of Karachi, so he is very familiar with the situation of the Archdiocese of Karachi,” he explained. “Bishop Benny is young (54), energetic and will contribute to the growth of the archdiocese….