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24th February 2020

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

Kirtan: Bangladeshi Carol Singing Tradition

Kirtan (Carol) is a very popular musical tradition during Christmas in Bangladesh. It has origins in ancient and traditional Bengali Hindu religious practices, but has evolved into a Christian music in the course of time. During Christmas season, Bengali and ethnic indigenous Catholics in various parts of Bangladesh perform kirtan in groups, in their villages and contests. On Dec. 16, 2019 the Christian Cooperative Credit … Read more

Cambodia: Village Christmas Party

While I missed the first day Aguinaldo mass in the Philippines , I am also gradually introduced to a unique Cambodian Christmas celebration as I attended today for the first time , the Christmas party in one of the villages in Siem Reap; the Anlong Sa community. Attended by mostly grandmothers, mothers and young children, I was impressed by their simplicity and contentment. They are … Read more

San Antonio, Texas, Congregation Celebrates the Congolese Way.

In 1969, four years after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo petitioned the Vatican for permission to use a new rite that spoke to the needs of Catholics in the sub-Saharan African nation. Nineteen years and two popes later, that permission was granted. By 1988, though, the country’s name had been changed to Zaire, so … Read more

Uganda: Celebratory Pilgrimage of ‘First-Born Children of the Missionaries of Africa’

DR Congolese Fr. Innocent Maganya, a Missionaries of Africa based in Kenya has explained to ACI Africa the reason for choosing Uganda for the Congregation’s 150th anniversary saying, “Kampala has been chosen for the closing ceremony because of the history of the Missionaries of Africa in Uganda … and Namugongo is the shrine of the Martyrs of Uganda, spiritual sons of the Missionaries of Africa.” According … Read more

Iloilo, Philippines: Mill Hill Missionaries Family Night

The Mill Hill Missionaries in the Philippines celebrated the annual (last November 15, 2019) Family Night in our Formation House in Iloilo. It was attended by the families of our students and Friends of Mill Hill. There were religious sisters as well in attendance. Apart from sumptuous foods, the students prepared and showed their talents as well in singing, dancing and acting. The friends of … Read more

Cambodia: Celebrating the Water Festival

Tonight we witnessed the floating candle ceremony in Siem Reap. Candles are lit in little boats made of lotus flowers (Loy Pratip) and are set afloat down the river. The place is very crowded as people come from different villages and take part in the merry making. There are riverside markets, street food stalls, live music concerts, traditional performances and games on the riverbank and … Read more

Juba, South Sudan: Celebrating Centenary

Christians in Juba are today, Friday, 01 November 2019, celebrating a hundred years of faith at Rajaf Parish where the main celebrant, Cardinal Zubeir Wako, has reminded Christians that the centenary is worth celebrating with Joy especially in such difficult time that people are going through. “It’s worth celebrating the 100 years with joy. It’s a way of telling ourselves that we are not going … Read more

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