Future Face of the Church in a Pluralistic European Society –
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Future Face of the Church in a Pluralistic European Society –

“She (the Church) will be more modest, smaller, more sympathetic and more confessional”. Those are the four adjectives that the Cardinal Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels used to paint the face of the Catholic Church, outspokenly missionary and open, in a pluralistic European society. The two sides of that face are the encounter as embodied by the…

Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary: An Asian perspective
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Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary: An Asian perspective

While the war in Ukraine continues to kill military personnel and civilians and to displace millions of people, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. To highlight the critical and international dimensions of the situation “Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the whole world, along with their priests,…

Ukraine: Powerful Statement on Human Dignity
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Ukraine: Powerful Statement on Human Dignity

This statement by the Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, is a powerful summons. It shows up the hollowness of much other, contemporary discourse concerning what the Church is about. ‘Today in Ukraine we see a huge disdain for human dignity. Humanity is being destroyed, the human being is being dehumanised….

Pray for Peace
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Pray for Peace

On 29 September 1938, Francis Poulenc found an excerpt from a poem by Charles d’Orléans (1394–1465) reprinted in Le Figaro. The text, profoundly topical, moved him. He set it to exquisite music. This song has been ringing in my ears ever since, this morning, I read of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine: Pray for peace, sweet Virgin Mary,Queen of heaven and…

An Urgent Appeal from Christians in  Ukraine
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An Urgent Appeal from Christians in Ukraine

Dear friends, brothers and sisters from different parts of the world, We are appealing to you at this dark time for all of us, when black clouds from the explosions are blocking the sun over our capital. Tonight, the elite special forces of the Russian Federation along with the Chechen Muslim units will storm one…

Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness through Film
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Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness through Film

RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) invited 16-24 year-olds in European countries to join its mission to tackle human trafficking by entering a short film competition individually or in a team. First prize went to Elliott Engberg, a student at the Warsaw Film School. His movie ‘Traffic’ , showing the commodification of…

Belgium – DR Congo: Coming to Terms with Colonial Past
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Belgium – DR Congo: Coming to Terms with Colonial Past

Between 1885 and as late as 1958 – two years before the Congo declared independence from Belgium – men, women and children were shipped from the Congo to be put on show in Belgium’s major cities. Many of those brought over to be displayed by the colonialists would die on the way or on arrival…