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11th July 2020

India: ‘I Realized that God Called me to be the Voice for the Voiceless’.

I never wanted to live in a “bubble” where I would just look after my own life; I always wanted to do something great with my life. As a child, I was enriched by spiritual experiences, and recognized the presence of God even when I was young. Jesus led me to choose a life for him, even though I was a timid child growing up … Read more

Tamanrasset, Algeria: A Prophetic Voice from the Margins

“Many among these (immigrants) are Christians and for them, the Sisters are a source of comfort and spiritual support,” the Church aid organization explains. Sr. Martine explained to ACN leadership that the female Christian presence in Tamanrasset is important, because women can go into the families in the hugely Islam country and thereby have access to all levels of the Muslim population, “particularly the poorest … Read more

Lampedusa: Key to Understand Francis Papacy

What elevated Lampedusa into iconic status wasn’t just its gripping human drama, but the fact that an electric new pope chose the spot for his first trip outside Rome on July 8, 2013. The visit was just four and a half hours long, but rarely has a mere half-day in the life of a papacy been so replete with both symbolism and substance. Upon his … Read more

Bishops from across the Globe Decry Exploitation of Vulnerable Workers by Multinationals

According to the Bishop signatories, big multinational corporations are exploiting their vulnerable workers and, during the pandemic, giving the workers the raw end of the deal that includes cancelling the raw deals at the last minute. “With the outbreak of COVID-19, humanity faces an unprecedented global crisis. In addition to the threat to public health, the economic and social disruption threatens the long-term livelihoods and … Read more

Letter from Taizé

Brother Paolo writes: There are now a number of tents dotted over the camping field in Taizé, and at prayer times there are as many “other people” in the church as brothers of the community. This week there are more than 100 meeting participants, mostly from France and Germany. Visitors in the church need to sit on crosses marked with tape on the floor… Although the … Read more

Slavery in America: Separating Fact from Myth

Myth One: The majority of African captives came to what became the United States. Truth: Only a little more than 300,000 captives, or 4-6 percent, came to the United States. The majority of enslaved Africans went to Brazil, followed by the Caribbean. A significant number of enslaved Africans arrived in the American colonies by way of the Caribbean, where they were “seasoned” and mentored into slave life. They spent … Read more

Cameroon Conflict: Government Initiates Discreet Talks with Ambazonian Seperatists

According to our sources, Cameroonian government delegates and several Ambazonian leaders detained in Yaoundé’s main prison began negotiations on 2 July with a view to achieving a ceasefire in the North-West and South-West regions. On 2 July, the self-proclaimed president of Ambazonia, Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe, was removed from his cell, along with Wilfried Tassang and Blaise Shufai, and taken outside the prison to meet Léopold Maxime Eko … Read more

From India to The Netherlands: Getting Involved in Reciprocal Mission

Today, Sunday 5th July, Fr Thaddeus de Deckere mhm was officially inducted as ‘parish vicar’ (assistant priest) of a huge pastoral area covering most of the province of Zeeland in the diocese of Breda, The Netherlands. This pastoral area going under the name of ‘Boven de Schelde’ (Above the Scheldt) comprises two parishes with 12 subcentres each covering a number of urban areas, villages and … Read more

Sunday Reflection: The Costly Grace of Interruption

There is another, more costly type of grace that comes with interruption: it forces us to look at things we would often rather not look at, to allow our gaze to linger on what lurks in the shadows. I like the phrase: ‘what the eyes does not see, the heart cannot grieve over’. There is so much we do not see. There is so much … Read more

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