Prayer for Peace in Ukraine
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Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

Heavenly Father, Your will for your people is peace, not war. Pour out on our world, especially in Eastern Europe, your Spirit of compassion and solidarity. Grant all those who believe in you the strength to be close to those who suffer and the courage to resolve their differences and conflicts in truth and without…

Cameroon: Anglophone Bishops Condemn Ongoing Violence
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Cameroon: Anglophone Bishops Condemn Ongoing Violence

In a statement after their 72nd ordinary meeting held Feb. 10-11, the prelates noted “with deep pain and regret, the deteriorating socio­-political situation that has prevailed in the North West and South West Regions for a very long time now.” The bishops expressed “solidarity with the suffering, oppressed and displaced persons and refugees,” and said they…

Philippines: Evangelizing Politics
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Philippines: Evangelizing Politics

After 500 years of Christianity, it is a pity that the moneyed can still flood the streets with cash during election time and buy millions of supposedly sacred votes, manipulating the ugly side of the Filipino value called utang-na-loob, or gratitude. If sweet talks, tactical lies and disinformation are added to money, the powerful will absolutely control the…

Cameroon: Bilingual School Sign of Hope
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Cameroon: Bilingual School Sign of Hope

One solution to Cameroon’s Anglophone separatist war could come from an unlikely source: The Catholic Bilingual School of Our Lady of Resurrection. Embedded in the depth of the Obili neighborhood of Yaoundé, the school serving mostly orphans is working to promote bilingualism with the belief that a new generation of Cameroonians who can comfortably speak…

India: Dalit Struggle for Proper Representation in Church
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India: Dalit Struggle for Proper Representation in Church

The policy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) of empowering Dalits talks quite openly about traditional casteism in the Church and all aspects of discrimination existing, including in vocations and hierarchy. The nuncio says he is aware of the policy and supports and recommends its implementation. He quotes from the policy: “Caste with its…

South Sudan: Joint Pope Francis-Archbishop Welby Visit in Next Few Months?
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South Sudan: Joint Pope Francis-Archbishop Welby Visit in Next Few Months?

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby may undertake their much anticipated, but delayed joint trip to South Sudan in “the next few months” to encourage peace in a country still recovering from a bloody civil war and a humanitarian crisis.  “God willing, sometime in the next few months, perhaps year, we will go…

Brazil: Hostile Anti-Homeless Architecture
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Brazil: Hostile Anti-Homeless Architecture

Social media has also made another kind of aggression against homeless people more evident: the implantation of spikes and other obstacles in public places that have the intent of repelling homeless people. Many middle-class Brazilians may pass by without even noticing these examples of so-called hostile architecture, or residential or public space that is designed…

Latin America: Need to Make Afro-descendant Communities Visible
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Latin America: Need to Make Afro-descendant Communities Visible

Suyapa is Garifuna, a Métis people from the Caribbean coast of Central America, mainly from Honduras, where she was born. For the 57-year-old nun, who has been a religious for the past 34 years, the assembly was just a new stage in her long struggle. All her life, she says, she wanted to help the…

Asia: Minority Christian Communities under Increased Pressure
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Asia: Minority Christian Communities under Increased Pressure

Asian states, including Russia, together account for some 380 million Christians in a population of 4.5 billion, forming less than one percent. Among them, some 210 million Christians come from just five nations — the Philippines, China, Indonesia, India and South Korea. In this vast geographical area, despite calling themselves Asian, Christians have hardly anything…

Kalimantan – In Defense of the Dayak Iban People
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Kalimantan – In Defense of the Dayak Iban People

Land grabbing, illegal logging, and land conversion, however, threatened the indigenous communities on the island of Kalimantan. Archbishop Agus said that aside from outside help, the Dayak Iban people need to have their rights to their land protected. During his pastoral visit to remote area in Kapuas Hulu District in West Kalimantan (Borneo) Province, the…

Fundong, Cameroon – Learning to Live with Conflict
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Fundong, Cameroon – Learning to Live with Conflict

Guylain Agbasoa MHM writes: Greetings from Fundong! I hope we are doing well wherever we are. Fundong is a bit fine, although yesterday around 11pm, military had some exchange of bullets among themselves just around the market area. One of them got bullet on the leg and one civilian also got injured with grenade. Beside…

Cameroon: How Some People Benefit from Conflict
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Cameroon: How Some People Benefit from Conflict

“Kumbo is blocked now, for example, because there are people fighting for their interests. Kumbo for one week is blocked. The markets are closed, the roads are blocked, nothing moves. I traveled from Jakiri to Kumbo [a distance of 14 miles] yesterday by motorbike. There is no doubt about the fact that there are people…