Festa de Despedida – Fr Jac Hetsen MHM Bids Farewell to Lusophone Parish in Amsterdam
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Festa de Despedida – Fr Jac Hetsen MHM Bids Farewell to Lusophone Parish in Amsterdam

It was my farewell party from the Portuguese speaking Fatima parish. I was privileged to work there for sixteen years and to allow myslef to be touched by their faith and their lives as migrants in this Dutch society. Some were “legal” and others were undocumented. We didn’t care, because they wanted to survive. The…

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Pakistan – Celebrating Father’s Day

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw joined parishioners for Father’s Day celebrations on June 19 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore, Pakistan. The prelate urged fathers to spend more time with their children, review their family budget and focus on real needs amid rising inflation. The federal government last week announced a massive increase in prices of all petroleum products, the…

Kembong, Cameroon: A Celebration of Christ the King Marked by Joy and Fear
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Kembong, Cameroon: A Celebration of Christ the King Marked by Joy and Fear

JOY AND FEAR: THE CONTRADICTION OF CHRIST THE KING IN KEMBONG The celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King in the ecclesiastical province of Bamenda is usually like no other solemnity around the year. This is chiefly so because, it marks the dawning of a new Churches year for all, and it is also…

Echoing “I Dance Therefore I am’
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Echoing “I Dance Therefore I am’

Amen to “I dance therefore I am”! That lovely clip and reflection by Sr Philomena on 07/09/21. Setting many of us smiling, grinning, glowing, glad! I dance therefore I am is nearly an understatement! After the heartbeat, dancing is my/our next prove of living, with or without thinking or reasoning. With our without food, drinks,…

South Sudan Marks 10 Years of Independence: A Sobering Assessment
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South Sudan Marks 10 Years of Independence: A Sobering Assessment

“There was much fanfare,” recalls New Zealand Sr. Margaret Scott, a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, and former principal of Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio, South Sudan. But this month’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of what is still the world’s youngest country is overshadowed by uncertainty, violence and ongoing…

India: Celebration of First Ever ‘Christian Day’.
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India: Celebration of First Ever ‘Christian Day’.

Christians of various denominations in India announced that they will celebrate for the first time what they described as “Indian Christian Day” on July 3, feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle. According to tradition, the saint supposedly traveled to India, as far as the Malabar Coast, which is in modern-day Kerala State, to preach the…

Quincentennial Philippines: ‘Best Missionaries’ Epithet at Celebration
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Quincentennial Philippines: ‘Best Missionaries’ Epithet at Celebration

The papal nuncio to Spain led the celebration of the quincentennial of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines this week, praising migrant Filipinos for being “missionaries” to the world. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio to Spain, said Filipino migrants are the “fruits” of the Church born in the Philippines in the 1500s through the work of…