South Sudan: Retired Bishop Paride Taban (85) Models Vaccination Preparedness
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South Sudan: Retired Bishop Paride Taban (85) Models Vaccination Preparedness

The Bishop emeritus of South Sudan’s Torit Diocese has, in a bid to dispel fears over COVID-19 vaccination exercise, become the first known prominent religious leader in the East-Central African nation to receive the jab. In an interview with ACI Africa on Thursday, April 15 shortly after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, Bishop Paride Taban, 85,…

Unpacking my Packed Luggage: How Covid-19 Affected my Appointment to Lemek, Kenya
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Unpacking my Packed Luggage: How Covid-19 Affected my Appointment to Lemek, Kenya

“[The Lord] will rebuild the ancient ruins, [he] will raise up the former devastations; and [He} will repair the ruined cities; the desolations of many generations (Isaiah 61:4).” This message of the prophet Isaiah to the exiled Israelites is what the world is longing to hear when all hope seems to be shattered in this…

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…

Kenya: Deafening Silence Church Leaders
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Kenya: Deafening Silence Church Leaders

Last Friday, the president of Kenya declared partial lockdown for unknown period of time. This is after what was termed as the third wave of Covid was experienced raising the positivity rate of the country to almost 25%. Nairobi, the capital and the surrounding counties of Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado and Nakuru were all put under…

Philippines: Basic Christian Community Shows Way to Survive Pandemic
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Philippines: Basic Christian Community Shows Way to Survive Pandemic

Members of the Basic Ecclesial Community in the Parish of San Vicente de Paul in the Philippine capital share stories of struggle as they faced challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Source:Licas News

Sarawak, Malaysia: Churches Reopen for Lent
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Sarawak, Malaysia: Churches Reopen for Lent

Churches in Kuching, capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Malaysia (located on the island of Borneo), have reopened their doors for Lent. As communicated to Agenzia Fides by the Archbishop of Kuching, Simon Poh, the local government has allowed the reopening of most of the churches, after more than two weeks of closure…

Kroonstad, South Africa: ‘For Vaccination Follow Conscience’ – Bishop Peter Holiday
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Kroonstad, South Africa: ‘For Vaccination Follow Conscience’ – Bishop Peter Holiday

South Africa is battling a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by a new mutation of the disease identified as the 501.V2 variant. The new strain has led to a spike in infections that have crossed the one million mark. The country has recorded at least 1.49 million COVID-19 cases, 1.39 million recoveries and 47,899…

Kashmir, India: Serving the Poor in a Conflict Zone
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Kashmir, India: Serving the Poor in a Conflict Zone

It’s early morning in Samba, a frontier district located in the northern Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir, bordering Pakistan. Sister Annie, a Catholic nun, is preparing herself for a field visit along with a team of doctors in the region’s innermost hamlets. The team will inspect villages and conduct free medical checkups for local…

Coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic in Oranjeville and Deneysville – South Africa
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Coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic in Oranjeville and Deneysville – South Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic which is currently plaguing the world has come along with tremendous adverse repercussions which are even worse among the most vulnerable people. The impact is crippling the world’s economy and leaving many people jobless and even in the unthinkable state of hunger and starvation for the less privileged. Those affected the most…

Model Preventive Covid Measures in Place at St. Joseph’s House, Dartry
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Model Preventive Covid Measures in Place at St. Joseph’s House, Dartry

AMRI or “The Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious in Ireland” (the successor of the Irish Missionary Union and Conference of Religious in Ireland when these two amalgamated) had set up a Covid-19 ‘helpline’ in the second part of 2020.  It was a result of congregations and Societies making enquiries on what to do…

Herbert House, UK: Everyone Vaccinated!
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Herbert House, UK: Everyone Vaccinated!

After a year of apprehension for everyone, especially at the British Region Mill Hill retirement home, during this year of pandemic, there was good news today.  At lunch-time a team of doctors and nurses we had been expecting from a local medical practice, arrived at Herbert House to give everyone the vaccination against Covid-19. All…

Challenges Facing the Church in Pakistan
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Challenges Facing the Church in Pakistan

“We are living in a time marked by loneliness during this pandemic period. But we believe that God never abandons his people and he is with us,” said Archbishop Evarist Pinto, archbishop emeritus of Karachi. Just when it seemed like everything was bad news, Pope Francis surprised us all with a New Year gift of…