Father Michael Anselm Aherne MHM Has Died.  R.I.P.
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Father Michael Anselm Aherne MHM Has Died. R.I.P.

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 24th day of September, 2022 in Atawhai Assisi Care Home & Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand, aged 84, of  Father Michael Anselm Aherne Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Michael Anselm Aherne was born on the 21st of April, 1938…

Asia – Europe:  The Role of Religion in Migration
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Asia – Europe: The Role of Religion in Migration

One of the things about the book is that with these selections of chapters and works of different authors, we were trying to communicate the role of religion in migration. But we realized that some of the traditional migrant categories such as missionaries or refugees were not very useful when it comes to studying religion…

Vietnam – Questions about Proclaiming the Good News
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Vietnam – Questions about Proclaiming the Good News

I work in the mountainous provinces in northwestern Vietnam where a few villagers from ethnic minority groups have converted to Catholicism, and many men and women religious from various orders ask me about the local situations. They want to know if there are many Catholics and if they can open kindergartens and produce herbal medicine….

Hiroshima Survivor’s Daughter – Music for Peace
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Hiroshima Survivor’s Daughter – Music for Peace

Five days before the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing in Japan’s Hiroshima, the daughter of a survivor played the violin inside a church that was destroyed in the attack, to call for peace and nuclear disarmament. Tomoko Kurita, a child of a Hiroshima atomic bomb blast survivor played the “Gigue” by German composer and…

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Marking Hiroshima and Nagasaki Anniversaries

Next Saturday 6th August is the anniversary of dropping the first atomic bomb in 1945, killing a quarter of the million people in Hiroshima, devastating the city and leaving a legacy of radiation-induced cancers and disability. Join Pax Christi England and Wales outside Westminster Cathedral from 11am to 1.00pm on 6th August in prayers, readings…

General Chapter Diary: An Asian Perspective
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General Chapter Diary: An Asian Perspective

What follow is an extract from the report of the General Councillor for Asia, Jimmy Lindero, to the General Chapter The Social – Political Situation Asia is undergoing a dynamic economic development. China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and India represent new economic centres. There is great technological change. Yet most people are still…

Cherry Blossom: A Reflection on Transience
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Cherry Blossom: A Reflection on Transience

Cherry blossoms remind us to appreciate life, beauty and the other moments and things we encounter while we have them, either in spite of or because of the fact that they will end. And as the falling petals teach, even the end can be beautiful. The Japanese phrase for this is mono no aware (the “alas” of…

Vietnam: Christ calls, Asians Respond
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Vietnam: Christ calls, Asians Respond

As a young Buddhist, Tran Thi Ha Ngan often wondered what motivated her Catholic friends to help people who were abandoned due to physical disabilities, leprosy or HIV/AIDS, regardless of their religion. “I would often visit Catholic websites to look for what inspires them to take care of patients whom other people close their eyes…