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….

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time
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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

After having called his disciples Jesus started his Messianic work: preaching and healing. Evening came (1:32) and morning came (1:35), a new day. That new day brought new things. Jesus went to other towns to proclaim the Good News (1:38-39). And another aspect of the new day was that his Messianic work had adverse effects…

India’s Ganga River Facing Slow Death
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India’s Ganga River Facing Slow Death

India’s holiest river, The Ganga — also known as The Ganges — is facing a slow death due to pollution. Unplanned urban and industrial growth have led to the river system’s abuse, turning it into a toxic stream at several points during its journey to the sea, says the above video by CNA. The Indian…

Missionary Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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Missionary Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

A Catholic missionary priest in Madagascar known for serving the poor living on a landfill has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Fr. Pedro Opeka, 72, is a Vincentian priest from Argentina who has worked with the poor in Madagascar for more than three decades. He founded the Akamasoa humanitarian association in 1989…

Cameroon: Cardinal Tumi on School Boycott
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Cameroon: Cardinal Tumi on School Boycott

Cameroon’s Cardinal Christian Tumi says a violently enforced schools boycott is tuning the population against separatists in the country’s Anglophone regions. On Feb. 6,  gunmen struck in a school in Elak Oku in Cameroon’s North West region, taking four children away. The children have since been released, but the attack once more demonstrates just how…

DR Congo: Reflection on the Message of Evangelization in a Local Context
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DR Congo: Reflection on the Message of Evangelization in a Local Context

                                                  Meditation on the Message of Evangelisation (Text of a conference given to the Soeurs Thérésiennes of Basankusu on 2 February, World Day f or Consecrated Life) “Go therefore to the men of all nations and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy…

Irish Advocate: Spring 2021
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Irish Advocate: Spring 2021

Homabay, Kenya: Bishop Michael Odiwa Recalls Reaction to Appointment
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Homabay, Kenya: Bishop Michael Odiwa Recalls Reaction to Appointment

Recalling that he “prayed and prayed” after the news, Bishop Odiwa highlighted the Psalm that kept lingering in his mind, “Psalm 46:10 kept coming to my mind as the prayer I needed at that time – be still and know that I am God.” “I realized, then, that the Holy Father’s request was for me…

Mission in Ministry 2021: A spiritual reflection from Knock Shrine-Ireland
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Mission in Ministry 2021: A spiritual reflection from Knock Shrine-Ireland

“Letting Our Virtues Evolve” Much of our spirituality is hidden from ordinary people because it is cloaked in a language that is obscure. We could say that it was hijacked by theologians over many years. This development led to a language of spirituality that prevented the ordinary person from penetrating simple concepts, and of articulating…

John Doran MHM: Portrait of a Missionary
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John Doran MHM: Portrait of a Missionary

“I think the notion of becoming a missionary probably came from collecting the mission boxes with my mum,” Fr John said. “My Dad would usually go with her, but if he was working, I’d go with her, walking the streets with her like her own little bodyguard. “I also used to go to the Mill…

Cafod: The Distinctive Role of the Catholic Church in Development and Humanitarian Response
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Cafod: The Distinctive Role of the Catholic Church in Development and Humanitarian Response

Faith and religious practice are central to most people’s lives in the Global South. Religious institutions are at the heart of society, the cornerstones of the community, with a long reach into even the most remote communities. Religious leaders hold people’s trust and often have authority and influence where state and local officials do not….

Pakistan:Blossoming of Media Ministry
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Pakistan:Blossoming of Media Ministry

The year 2020 will go down in history as the year of coronavirus, but for the Catholic Church in Pakistan, it marked a revival of the media ministry. When the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of churches last March, many priests were forced to train in social media and take their parishes online by celebrating…