Violence against Christians: India and Pakistan Ranked among Ten Worst Offenders
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Violence against Christians: India and Pakistan Ranked among Ten Worst Offenders

Bishop Mascarenhas said Christians in India are known for their “peace-loving nature” and their services in education and health care across the country. “But certain motivated groups target Christians for being messengers of equality, justice, and peace,” he said. The Hindu groups that work towards turning India into an upper caste Hindu hegemony “do not see…

Hyderabad, India: Priestly Ordination of Four Young Mill Missionaries
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Hyderabad, India: Priestly Ordination of Four Young Mill Missionaries

On 17th of January, four of our Mill Hill Deacons in India namely Ananta Nayak, Chandra Sekhar, Madhu Babu ( Mariadas), Govinda Rao ( Marianna) were ordained priests at Christ the King parish in Ramanthapur, Hyderabad, by Rt. Rev. Bishop Udumula Bala, The Bishop of Warangal Diocese. His Lordship Bp. U. Bala started the Holy…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Paul’s Handling of Christian Disunity
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Paul’s Handling of Christian Disunity

In this brief article I should like simply to look at one important New Testament test-case for grappling with Church disunity: Paul’s dealings with the fractious Corinthians, who, to his annoyance, were forever picking a fight, both with one another and with him. The place to start here is perhaps with the last surviving line…

Cameroon: National Days of Prayer for Respect of Human Life
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Cameroon: National Days of Prayer for Respect of Human Life

“The ongoing clashes in the Anglophone regions make activities impossible. Difficulties are increasing in the economic field. The majority of businesses have ceased to operate. The population makes a living from agriculture, but cultivating the fields is becoming complicated, many peasants have been killed while working on their farms,” Bishop Kome lamented. He added, “Today…

Southern Africa: Launch of Innovative Pastoral Plan
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Southern Africa: Launch of Innovative Pastoral Plan

In the plan, the Bishops have identified evangelization, described as a “personal relationship with Jesus,” as “fundamental to the pastoral plan,” particularly because all other seven focus areas “flow out of this foundational experience.” Empowering the laity through their formation is a focus area that will see the Bishops work toward having the lay faithful…

Terrorism in West Africa: Sisters Offering Mercy Amid the Madness
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Terrorism in West Africa: Sisters Offering Mercy Amid the Madness

The Sisters said: “We are currently living in a climate of permanent insecurity. “Above all, our Sisters in the communities in the north of the country are witnessing daily clashes. “In Bam [northern Burkina Faso], the terrorists were just two miles away from the community.” Stressing that the violence was indiscriminate, the Sisters said: “Everyone…

The Hidden Life: Deeply Moving Film about Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, Conscientious Objector to Hitler
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The Hidden Life: Deeply Moving Film about Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, Conscientious Objector to Hitler

Last week I was invited to a private viewing of A Hidden Life. This deeply moving film, directed by Terence Malick, presents the struggle of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter to live his decision in conscience and refuse to take the military oath to Hitler. Franz Jägerstätter was born on 20th May 1907 in St Radegund, Upper Austria in the…

New Zealand: Life as a Kiwi Nun Past, Present, Future
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New Zealand: Life as a Kiwi Nun Past, Present, Future

“God is a loving presence. There are so many little signs and situations that happen. I find myself saying ‘thank you God’. I never feel alone,” Sister Diana says. Sister Lorraine describes God as a faithful friend. Sister Diana’s favourite words in the Bible are “be not afraid” , which is in the Old and…

Timothy Radcliffe OP: On Christian Unity
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Timothy Radcliffe OP: On Christian Unity

Yves Congar OP, the greatest ecumenist of the twentieth century, discovered his theological vocation when he was a young Dominican friar and was overwhelmed by studying John 17, where Jesus prays that the disciples may be one as he and the Father are one. Congar called it ‘the apostolic prayer of Jesus for Christian unity’…

DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Meets President Tshisekedi After Visit to Conflict-Ridden East
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DR Congo: Cardinal Ambongo Meets President Tshisekedi After Visit to Conflict-Ridden East

“I witnessed a traumatised population” the Cardinal said, adding that “it’s impossible to comprehend how human beings can behave like this towards their own brothers and sisters. As a pastor, this affected me profoundly.” Flashpoint of military conflict The region has been one of the more politically unstable parts of the country, with ongoing conflicts…

Retired Pakistani Bishop in Canada Works for Persecuted Christians
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Retired Pakistani Bishop in Canada Works for Persecuted Christians

Former Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, who moved to Canada shortly after his retirement in 2011, celebrates 60 years of priesthood on Jan. 16. He became a Canadian citizen in 2016. “We live in a dark and dangerous world that is threatened by climate change, wars, economic hardships, and large-scale migrations. In the past seven…

Nairobi, Kenya: Jesuits Launch Scholarship Programme for Women to Study Theology
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Nairobi, Kenya: Jesuits Launch Scholarship Programme for Women to Study Theology

“The Jesuit School of Theology of Hekima University College (HUC) in Nairobi, Kenya, is delighted to announce the ‘St. Ignatius Scholarship for Women Theologians’. This scholarship is for African women (Religious or Lay) to study towards the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) or the Master of Theology/Licentiate in Sacred Theology,” read in part the poster announcing…