Karamoja, Uganda: A Student’s Experience in a Traditional Pastoralist Environment
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Karamoja, Uganda: A Student’s Experience in a Traditional Pastoralist Environment

The Parable of the Good Shepherd Read in the Karimojong Cultural Context During my Mission Experience Program in  Kotido Diocese- Loyoro Parish  I learned a unique thing about  cattle. Among the Karamojong culture cattle have a central place in the life of the people. This importance goes back to their history and way of life:…

The Forgotten Pandemic – by Bill Tollan MHM
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The Forgotten Pandemic – by Bill Tollan MHM

THE FORGOTTEN PANDEMIC Recently, for some reason, I recalled a strange daily ritual that took place in the morning in the Chapel of St Joseph’s College in Mill Hill. (I was a student there from 1955 to 1959.) What was going on? At that time there were about 120 students of theology in Mill Hill,…

Nairobi, Kenya: Rehabilitating Most Difficult Cases on Nairobi’s Streets
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Nairobi, Kenya: Rehabilitating Most Difficult Cases on Nairobi’s Streets

“I was brought in to comb the streets of Nairobi in search of the boys and girls who had gone back to the streets even after they were reunited with their families,” says Br. James Kanindo who has been working with the street children since 2014 when he joined the Religious Order of the Brothers…

Laudato Si’ and Covid-19 – a Tale of Interconnectedness
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Laudato Si’ and Covid-19 – a Tale of Interconnectedness

This year was supposed to be a year of celebration in Rome, commemorating five years since the release of Laudato si’, the papal encyclical on care for our common home. However, instead of the gratitude that ought to have characterised the marking of that anniversary, the underlying public sentiment when witnessing the unfolding events first in…

All You Need to Know about Fake News
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All You Need to Know about Fake News

In the last three years, there’s been a rampant increase in reports of the use of digital marketing tools like social media to spread false information, commonly referred to as “fake news.” From the supposed deaths of many celebrities (like the Cher story below)  to election tampering, it seems that this trend is – unfortunately…

America: Bias -The Sources of Wilful Blindness in the Face of the Covid-19 Crisis
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America: Bias -The Sources of Wilful Blindness in the Face of the Covid-19 Crisis

But in the midst of this collective push to secure compliance with necessary safety measures, a number of people still refuse to take the threat seriously. We now know, for example, that coronavirus can incubate in the body for several days without symptoms, yet you may still hear from some that, as long as no…

Kisumu, Kenya: Uzima Catholic Medical School Forced to Close
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Kisumu, Kenya: Uzima Catholic Medical School Forced to Close

Following the multi-agency inspection, the management of the Catholic institution was given six months to close and distribute the continuing students to the other medical schools, after the third joint inspection of medical and dental schools, and teaching hospitals found the institution to be only 49 percent compliant. The March 2-6 inspection focused on governance…

Religious Orders, NGO’s told to Find Alternative Ways of Mobilizing Resources for Sustainability
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Religious Orders, NGO’s told to Find Alternative Ways of Mobilizing Resources for Sustainability

Sr. Mutiso underscored the importance of resource mobilization skills for any leader saying, “like now we have this donor fatigue, organizations have to learn alternative ways of mobilizing resources for sustainability.” “We hope that by the end of the workshop they will have mastered these skills and also know how to write winning proposals,” the Kenyan-born…

John Allen’s Light Hearted Take on the Pros and Cons of a Roman Sojourn for Priests
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John Allen’s Light Hearted Take on the Pros and Cons of a Roman Sojourn for Priests

Yet bishops and religious superiors continue to send priests to Rome to study, to work in the Vatican, to teach in a pontifical university, to work at the headquarters of some Catholic institution, and for myriad other reasons. A few become lifers, while most put in a few years and then move on to something…

China: The Face of Catholicism in the 21st Century
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China: The Face of Catholicism in the 21st Century

In the last twenty years, a good number of priests, nuns and laity were sent to abroad for further study, e.g., to the Philippines, the USA, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France and Taiwan. Some even studied for doctoral degrees. It is clear that these returnee priests, nuns and laity have encountered a variety of difficulties and…

Pope Francis’ Love Letter to the Peoples of the Amazon: A Moving Reflection
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Pope Francis’ Love Letter to the Peoples of the Amazon: A Moving Reflection

As we are on the road, I start reading a good number of articles, previews and reflections about this, and most of them come from elsewhere, from all around the world. This is good in a way, but then I start sensing again and again the lack of understanding in commentaries that are not truly…

Fascinating Reflections on 1960: The Year of Africa – ‘A Continent Remade’
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Fascinating Reflections on 1960: The Year of Africa – ‘A Continent Remade’

A little more than a year ago, the archival storytelling group came across a photo of a woman carrying on her back a baby holding a tiny Nigerian flag. The year was 1960. It was a powerful illustration of how new independence felt for so many African nations. Seventeen countries declared independence that year, which…