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Biopiracy: Africa’s Genetic Material Taken without Adequate Safeguards

Biopiracy – the act of directly or indirectly taking undue advantage of research participants and communities in global health research – has a long and contentious history in Africa. A recent case occurred during the West African Ebola outbreak between 2014 and 2016 when thousands of biological specimens left the continent without consent. Very often…

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Pope Francis Prayer Video January: Lord, Make us Instruments of your Peace

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity. Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good. We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together…

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Seminary Training: Discerning in, Discerning Out

Hubbard had multiple “God moments,” and he entered seminary because of them. But in seminary Hubbard realized that ordination wasn’t his calling. In November 2018, he discerned out of seminary. “By our baptism, we’re all called to be priests, prophets, and kings,” Hubbard told CNA. “So although I won’t be an ordained priest, I’ll be…

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A New Kind of Christianity: A Trans-denominational Movement of Contemplative Spiritual Activism. .

More and more of us are hoping, praying, and dedicating ourselves to a [new] form of Christianity. This new kind of Christianity can only emerge as a trans-denominational movement of contemplative spiritual activism. . . . This emerging or emergence Christianity . . . will be decentralized and diverse rather than centralized and uniform. In…

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How Synodality Marks a Paradigm Shift in the Church

We often hear from conservative Catholics that “the Church is not a constitutional democracy”. They emphasize the rejection of parliamentarianism and proceduralism, while tending to forget that members of the Church have rights and are not at the mercy of an absolute hierarchy. In fact, it is democracy that corresponds better than any other system…