Sindh, Pakistan: Empowering Women
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Sindh, Pakistan: Empowering Women

The Parkari Tribal Women of St. Joseph Parish, Matli The status of women in Pakistan varies depending on class or religion, with patriarchal and cultural customs greatly impacting on their status. In the tribal community women are regarded as second-class citizens: they are offered little say in the community’s decision-making process; most are deprived of…

Kitale, Kenya: A Lay Missionary’s Community Gospel Discipleship (3)
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Kitale, Kenya: A Lay Missionary’s Community Gospel Discipleship (3)

The ‘Kitale Community Advancement Programme’ (KAP) under the direction of Associate Mill Hill missionary Jacinta van Luijk was originally started and run by the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) under the the name ‘Kitale Aids Programme’ (KAP). KAP’s main objective is “To facilitate, promote and create innovative and sustainable educational and counselling approaches to mitigate…

Kitale, Kenya: A Lay Missionary’s Community Gospel Discipleship
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Kitale, Kenya: A Lay Missionary’s Community Gospel Discipleship

The ‘Kitale Community Advancement Programme’ (KAP) under the direction of Associate Mill Hill missionary Jacinta van Luijk was originally started and run by the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) under the the name ‘Kitale Aids Programme’ (KAP). KAP’s main objective is “To facilitate, promote and create innovative and sustainable educational and counselling approaches to mitigate…

Building Projects Inspired by St. Joseph ‘the wood worker’.
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Building Projects Inspired by St. Joseph ‘the wood worker’.

Saving the roof of a new cathedral in an area of Malawi beset by natural disasters is one of the key building projects Aid to the Church is undertaking to mark the year of Saint Joseph. National director Neville Kyrke-Smith said: “These projects will transform the lives of the local Catholic communities struggling to live…

Missionary Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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Missionary Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

A Catholic missionary priest in Madagascar known for serving the poor living on a landfill has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Fr. Pedro Opeka, 72, is a Vincentian priest from Argentina who has worked with the poor in Madagascar for more than three decades. He founded the Akamasoa humanitarian association in 1989…

Cafod: The Distinctive Role of the Catholic Church in Development and Humanitarian Response
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Cafod: The Distinctive Role of the Catholic Church in Development and Humanitarian Response

Faith and religious practice are central to most people’s lives in the Global South. Religious institutions are at the heart of society, the cornerstones of the community, with a long reach into even the most remote communities. Religious leaders hold people’s trust and often have authority and influence where state and local officials do not….

Let Us Dream – Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Model of a Sustainable Economy
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Let Us Dream – Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Model of a Sustainable Economy

Pope Francis readily reads Kate Raworth. In November, an international conference entitled The Economy of Francesco took place, where she was one of the speakers. The Pope also mentioned her donut model in his book ‘Let us dream’. What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? “Like a doughnut,” says Oxford economist Kate Raworth….

The Netherlands: Two Large Christian Development Organisations Join Forces
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The Netherlands: Two Large Christian Development Organisations Join Forces

Fr Sjaak de Boer MHM is a member of the Supervisory Board of Cordaid and has signed up for another two years on the joint Board. He writes: “The merger of Cordaid and ICCO is a fact! Today widely in the press. ICCO will merge into Cordaid and join forces for the poor. Front page…