Fascinating Reflections on 1960: The Year of Africa – ‘A Continent Remade’
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Fascinating Reflections on 1960: The Year of Africa – ‘A Continent Remade’

A little more than a year ago, the archival storytelling group came across a photo of a woman carrying on her back a baby holding a tiny Nigerian flag. The year was 1960. It was a powerful illustration of how new independence felt for so many African nations. Seventeen countries declared independence that year, which…

Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Khartoum 5/7
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Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Khartoum 5/7

Bin Laden’s neighbor  Journalist Paul de Schipper traveled to Africa for the first time in 1985, ended up in the ‘heart of darkness’ and met a toiling ‘light bulb’: Alfons ter Beke mhm, missionary in Sudan from 1983 to 1998, now retired in Vrijland, The Netherlands . Sitting in a wheelchair. Apparently absent, yet poignantly present: with a smile.  Because still perstistently socially…

Querida Amazonia: Antonio Spadaro SJ’s Commentary on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhoration
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Querida Amazonia: Antonio Spadaro SJ’s Commentary on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhoration

Let me say straightaway that Querida Amazonia is a unique text. I will try to highlight why. This is the first time that a document of such magisterial importance explicitly presents itself as a text that “accompanies” another one, namely, the synod’s Final Document, The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology. The pope immediately wishes to…

Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba 4/7
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Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba 4/7

“A wind full of fire blew us away Journalist Paul de Schipper traveled to Africa for the first time in 1985, ended up in the ‘heart of darkness’ and met a toiling ‘light bulb’: Alfons ter Beke mhm, missionary in Sudan from 1983 to 1998, now retired in Vrijland, The Netherlands . Sitting in a wheelchair. Apparently absent, yet poignantly present: with a…

St.Joseph’s Advocate Scotland Spring/Summer 2020
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St.Joseph’s Advocate Scotland Spring/Summer 2020

I write this on February 2nd, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, – also called ‘Candlemas’. On this day we remember the two elderly people, Simeon and Anna, who welcomed the Holy Family to the Temple, and recognized in the infant Jesus the long- awaited Saviour of the world. Simeon took the child into…

Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba  part 3/7
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Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba part 3/7

“Keep smiling at a gun” Journalist Paul de Schipper traveled to Africa for the first time in 1985, ended up in the ‘heart of darkness’ and met a toiling ‘light bulb’: Alfons ter Beke mhm, missionary in Sudan from 1983 to 1998, now retired in Vrijland, The Netherlands . Sitting in a wheelchair. Apparently absent,…

How to Spot Fake News?
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How to Spot Fake News?

False allegations and rumours about the coronavirus outbreak have been running riot on social media and in some mainstream media. Misinformation is rampant and conspiracy theories have added to the confusion. Examples include reports that the virus can kill a person in seconds, that Ghana has developed a successful vaccine and that HIV drugs have been used as a cure. There has…

World Day of the Sick: Message of Pope Francis
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World Day of the Sick: Message of Pope Francis

The Pope tells the ill how Jesus looks at a “wounded humanity” with eyes “that gaze into the heart of each person.” His Gaze Embraces Everyone in Their Entirety That gaze, he underscored, is not one of indifference, but rather one which embraces “people in their entirety, each person in his or her health condition,…

Contradictions of the Congo Seen through the Eyes of a Poet
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Contradictions of the Congo Seen through the Eyes of a Poet

You describe scenes in which a mother and her daughter have to trek for several days through the forest, fleeing fighting. Is this something you have lived and what are the threats to their existence as they run for their lives? I have not lived through this. My own experience of growing up orphaned at…

Cambodia: Ecological Farming
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Cambodia: Ecological Farming

Today while I was walking on by the riverside, I saw Mr. Dang spraying in his farm. A simple smile led us into conversation. He drew my attention. Out of curiosity, I asked him what kind of pesticides he was using to protect plants? He replied, he doesn’t use any pesticides to kill insects. He…

Cameroon: Surge in Violence Ahead of Local Elections
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Cameroon: Surge in Violence Ahead of Local Elections

A surge in violence meted out by the Cameroon military in recent weeks, has led to dozens of killings and thousands of new displacements in several areas across the Anglophone regions, Amnesty International said today, ahead of parliamentary elections due to take place on Sunday 9 February. Amid several reports of villages razed to the…

Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba   part 2/7
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Sudan’s ‘Field Hospital’ Church: The Story of Alfons ter Beke MHM in Juba part 2/7

The far side of hell Journalist Paul de Schipper traveled to Africa for the first time in 1985, ended up in the ‘heart of darkness’ and met a toiling ‘light bulb’: Alfons ter Beke mhm, missionary in Sudan from 1983 to 1998, now retired in Vrijland, The Netherlands . Sitting in a wheelchair. Apparently absent,…