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24th January 2020

Philippines: Santo Niño – Cardinal Tagle Warns against Manipulation

“If there is manipulation, it means somebody is pretending to be powerful … if there is oppression, it means somebody is pretending to be the master,” said the prelate. “That is not the attitude of a child in the Kingdom of God. It will only result in darkness,” he added. Cardinal Tagle made the call during his homily at a Mass to mark a feast … Read more

The Philippines: Black Nazarene Procession an ‘Outpouring of People’s Longing for Good’

Wherever the people’s devotion came from, whether it’s liturgically sound or not, there is no stopping them from offering prayers and giving thanks to the suffering Jesus. Through the years, many have attested, and believed wholeheartedly, to the miraculous power of the image of the Black Nazarene, from granting personal petitions to healing the sick. There are those who have accused devotees of bordering on … Read more

The Netherlands: Church Closures Trigger Further Disaffection

“The fact that every neighborhood in the Netherlands used to have its own church is an exception worldwide. The closing of churches is a logical consequence of the fact that the church no longer is a binding factor in Dutch society,” he said. According to religious sociologist Theo Schepens, people in the Netherlands have been “spoiled” with so many churches close by. “That cannot be … Read more

Pondering the Mystery: ‘The Word Became Flesh’

“The Father spoke one Word, which was His Son, and this Word He always speaks in eternal silence, and in silence must It be heard by the soul.”  (John of the Cross) …..Jesus was so different… his state of mind so pure and full of love that no human interpretation could do Him justice. He had the same mentality that was described in the Holy … Read more

The Netherlands: Portuguese Speaking Community in Christmas Play

Nossa encenação do nascimento de Jesus. A vulnerabilidade do nené fica bem claro. A Christmas play at the end of mass. Jac.Hetsen mhm Francis of Assisi would have delighted in this!! Pope Francis writes: But let us go back to the origins of the Christmas crèche so familiar to us. We need to imagine ourselves in the little Italian town of Greccio, near Rieti. Saint … Read more

Sudan: Christmas Celebrated Publicly for First Time in Ten Years

“This time is special, not like previous years,” Simon Kunda, a 16-year-old student from the Nuba Mountains, told Middle East Eye.  “It’s peaceful, enjoyable and very special that Sudanese youth from different religions are celebrating together.” Public Christmas celebrations had been cancelled by former President Omar al-Bashir since the secession of Christian-majority South Sudan in 2011.  He was ousted in April after months of protests by a popular movement … Read more

It’s Christmas when……..

It’s Christmas every time you smile at a brother and reach out to him. It’s Christmas every time you remain silent to listen to each other. It’s Christmas every time you don’t accept those principles that relegate the oppressed on the margins of society. It’s Christmas every time you hope with those who despair in physical and spiritual poverty. It’s Christmas every time that you … Read more

Cambodia: ‘A light to the Gentiles’

Jesus Farm was filled with about 300 people; children and adult (mostly non-Christians) as we celebrated our Christmas mass yesterday. Jesus Farm is one of the parish outstations which is about an hour and a half drive from the parish Church. Since some outstations like Jesus Farm are very far and we lack priests to celebrate khmer mass, Christmas masses are celebrated earlier so people … Read more

Cameroon: A Simple Christmas Story

Born at the wrong time? It seemed to Charley that the people around him in the church were singing rather loud and joyfully.  Maybe this was always like that at the end of the Christmas midnight Mass.  The song in the vernacular had very meaningful words, and the beat of the drums could turn a heart of stone into flesh.  But… Charley couldn’t join in … Read more