Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Raising of Lazarus
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Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Raising of Lazarus

Lent – Forgiveness and Reconciliation
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Lent – Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Perhaps this is a good time for us to reflect on how we do domestic Church, and how the great liturgical moments in the year or the great theological themes that underpin them permeate our ordinary lives. After all, we all want and need forgiveness in our lives, don’t we? Or do we? It is…

Pope Francis: Universal Call to Prayer
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Pope Francis: Universal Call to Prayer

Reflections on the Annunciation
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Reflections on the Annunciation

In many ways, then, the early chapters of Luke’s Gospel are similar in intent to the classical paintings of the Annunciation and of the other episodes in the childhood of Jesus. In those paintings Mary appears as no ordinary woman; the child is no ordinary child; and every artistic symbol is used to make sure…

Why One-size-fits-all Measures against COVID-19 Could be Lethal in Africa’s Social Context
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Why One-size-fits-all Measures against COVID-19 Could be Lethal in Africa’s Social Context

It’s not even clear that the social distancing measures will curb the spread of disease here. We know from award winning work on HIV transmission by South African epidemiologists that local social context can neuter a health intervention that is effective elsewhere. So it may be with social distancing. In a South African township, living conditions are…

Kenya: COVID-19 Infected Kenyan Priest Defies Self-Quarantine
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Kenya: COVID-19 Infected Kenyan Priest Defies Self-Quarantine

Fr. Richard Oduor, a member of Saint Patrick’s Society (SPS), was taken to hospital Friday, March 20 “after some fever and vomiting” and the report of his having tested positive for the new coronavirus make public on Sunday, March 22, his confreres have stated in a collective message. He had landed back at Kenya’s Jomo…

Pope Francis: Current Crisis Reminds us that Humanity is a Single Community
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Pope Francis: Current Crisis Reminds us that Humanity is a Single Community

In the interview with “La Stampa”, published on Friday, Pope Francis speaks of the sorrow and pain that “everyone” is experiencing due to the coronavirus. The only way to survive this situation, he says, is by sticking together. The Pope invites us to live this moment “with penance, compassion and hope”. We need “humility”, he…

Juba, South Sudan: Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Installed
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Juba, South Sudan: Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Installed

Until his appointment as the Local Ordinary of Juba Archdiocese on December 12, Archbishop Ameyu recalled that he “was simply a priest, a staff, a teacher at St. Paul’s Major Seminary and I wanted to remain so for the whole of my life as teacher.” Recalling the events of the months following his appointment, the…

Juba, South Sudan: Background to Controversy over New Archbishop’s Appointment
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Juba, South Sudan: Background to Controversy over New Archbishop’s Appointment

Relying on sources in Juba and seeking to make sense of the protests against the planned installation of the Archbishop elect, slated to take place this Sunday, March 22, the new Archbishop seems to have his work cut out, ACI Africa has gathered from multiple sources. It is the untold story of lamentations about a…

Austen Ivereigh on ‘Querida Amazonia: A Path to Inculturate and Transform the Church’
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Austen Ivereigh on ‘Querida Amazonia: A Path to Inculturate and Transform the Church’

On 10th March the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Jesuits organized a webinar on Querida (Beloved) Amazonía: A Path to Inculturate and transform the Church with Austen Ivereigh, a fellow in Contemporary Church history at Campion Hall, Oxford University. Austen who has written extensively on Pope Francis as well as on many of Church documents…

Lockdown – A Song for our Time
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Lockdown – A Song for our Time

Lockdown Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death.   But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is…

Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Man Born Blind
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Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John: The Man Born Blind