Japan: August 1945
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Japan: August 1945

“In August 1945, atomic bombs instantaneously reduced our cities to utter ruin and took over 201,000 precious lives. Many of those who survived have since suffered the devastating after-effects of radiation, the never-ending horror of a nuclear weapon. Even today, the full scope of radiation effects is unknown, and survivors still live in dread. Hiroshima…

South Africa: Mill Hill Missionary Reports on Current Crisis
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South Africa: Mill Hill Missionary Reports on Current Crisis

Over the past decade, South Africa has faced a series of governance crises and scandals which have eroded public confidence. The multiracial nation of close to 60 million people has been under periodic strains ranging from corruption scandals to the high rate of Covid-19 infection leading to severe lockdown with a higher impact on the…

Kitale, Kenya: The Heart-Rending Story of Lucy
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Kitale, Kenya: The Heart-Rending Story of Lucy

Jacinta van Luijk MHM , Mill Hill lay missionary associate, is the driving force behind the KItale Community Advancement Programme (KAP. She shares the searing story of Lucy (not her real name), one of th e particpants of the ‘unreached youth’ programme. The story of Lucy, participant in the training for ‘unreached’ young people in…

Kitale, Kenya: Increased Needs – But Working with the Brakes on
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Kitale, Kenya: Increased Needs – But Working with the Brakes on

Jacinta van Luijk MHM , Mill Hill lay missionary associate, is the driving force behind the KItale Community Advancement Programme (KAP. She writes: Since corona started, there have been visibly more sick and dead, teenage mothers, school dropouts, alcohol and drug abusers, suicides and domestic violence. Preparations for the elections at the end of 2022…

Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: ‘Need to Change Approach’ – Catholic Peace Entity
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Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: ‘Need to Change Approach’ – Catholic Peace Entity

“With the failure of the military solution to the crisis, it is about time the government used a different method to end it,” Fr. Godlove tells ACI Africa in a Monday, July 26 interview. The Catholic Priest makes reference to a July 18 attack in Bali Nyongha subdivision of Mezam Division of the Northwest region in which…

Famed Nigerian Author’s Critical Reflections upon Reading Fratelli Tutti
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Famed Nigerian Author’s Critical Reflections upon Reading Fratelli Tutti

True social friendship is impossible in the absence of dignity, both among the church’s leaders, and between them and the faithful. My family’s experiences during my parents’ funerals served to reaffirm, if not renew, my reservations about the Nigerian church. So much could have been handled with compassion for the grieving but was not. So…

Asia: The Challenge of Becoming a Church of the Poor
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Asia: The Challenge of Becoming a Church of the Poor

Palatial church buildings and huge institutions in the cities and towns of Asia have become the faces of the Church. Church leaders are often seen hobnobbing with political and business elites. The pastors, still part of a triumphalist church, make sure they do not smell like their sheep. When the rights of their beleaguered communities are violated,…

South Africa: Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu – A Portrait
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South Africa: Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu – A Portrait

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality“. While his opposition to Apartheid was admired, his insistence on rejection of violence…

Uganda: Covid Shows Up Sheering Inequality
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Uganda: Covid Shows Up Sheering Inequality

“The cost of hospital care for those with COVID-19 is incredibly high in Uganda,” SDB members say in a Monday, July 19 report, and add, “some private hospitals in the country are charging up to 5 million Uganda shillings per day (US$1,400.00).” In the report, the Director of Don Bosco Namugongo School, Fr. Ellie Nyandwi, has…

Who Cares? – A Reflection on Servitude
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Who Cares? – A Reflection on Servitude

Who cares! Talking to a fellow missionary, I asked him. “What is the greatest problem of the people in the country you serve?”  Little did I expect to hear his immediate response “Slavery”. For the past 12 years, my friend worked as a missionary among farmers and brick kiln workers, whose homes are little mud huts, in…

The Netherlands: Flowers of Murdered Journalist Placed Around Monument Fallen Refugees
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The Netherlands: Flowers of Murdered Journalist Placed Around Monument Fallen Refugees

‘At the request of his family, the flowers from the funeral of Peter R de Vries have been placed in the garden of the Our Saviour church in The Hague around the monument to the fallen refugees’. (Sjaak de Boer MHM) Peter R de Vries was perhaps best known for his work on cold cases…