Uganda: Foot Pilgrims to Namugongo Set off Again after Two Year Break
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Uganda: Foot Pilgrims to Namugongo Set off Again after Two Year Break

This year, Fort Portal Diocese shall animate the Liturgy on Martyrs day at Namugongo and the preparations are ongoing in high gear. Pilgrims from Fort Portal the Diocese that is charged with responsibilities to organized and animate the liturgy for this year’s celebrations and other Dioceses in Uganda, have started the pilgrimage to Namugongo Martyrs…

Uganda/Ireland: 20th Anniversary of Violent Death of Fr Declan O’Toole MHM
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Uganda/Ireland: 20th Anniversary of Violent Death of Fr Declan O’Toole MHM

On the 21st March 2002 Fr. Declan was shot dead together with his driver Patrick Longoli and his cook Fidelis Longole while travelling on their way home from a peace meeting within the territory of his mission. Fr. Declan’s cause has been opened since October 2014 for Beatification by Most Rev. Dr. Giueppe Filippi, M.C.C.I,…

Philippines: Canonisation Titus Brandsma ‘a Gift to Philippines Carmel’
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Philippines: Canonisation Titus Brandsma ‘a Gift to Philippines Carmel’

“The canonization of Titus Brandsma is truly a milestone and an inspiration, not only for the Church but particularly for Filipino Carmelites,” said Father Rico P. Ponce, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Philippine Province. “Having our Province named after this modern-day martyr and mystic is made more meaningful by our own present struggles against the…

‘Faith in Jesus is Rare, very Rare’ – the Case of Alfred Delp SJ
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‘Faith in Jesus is Rare, very Rare’ – the Case of Alfred Delp SJ

Ruth Burrows is a Carmelite sister, a follower of Teresa of Avila, who lives in their convent in Quidenham, in Norfolk. She had written that ‘faith in Jesus is very, very rare’, by which I took her to mean not so much the intellectual assent to a God and to Jesus as the Son of…

Melanesian Martyr: In Defense of the Dignity of Women
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Melanesian Martyr: In Defense of the Dignity of Women

During the Japanese occupation, at least 200,000 women from numerous Asian countries were taken as comfort women for Japanese soldiers. It remains a contentious issue to this day. Last year a South Korean court ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to Korean women turned into sex slaves during the Japanese occupation there. As Papua…

Missionaries Killed in 2021
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Missionaries Killed in 2021

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – According to information gathered by Agenzia Fides, in 2021 22 missionaries were killed in the world: 13 priests, 1 religious man, 2 religious women, 6 lay persons. This year the highest number of missionaries killed was registered in Africa, where 11 missionaries (7 priests, 2 religious women, 2 lay persons)…

India: The Blood of Martyrs….
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India: The Blood of Martyrs….

Father Dibakar Parichha, a Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Archdiocese official, told UCA News that victims of the Kandhamal riots won admiration even after losing everything, including near and dear ones, because they kept their faith alive and were able to give another priest to the Church. “Father Nayak is the ninth priest from his village that comes under Our Lady of Charity Parish…

Netherlands:The Martyrs of Gorkum
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Netherlands:The Martyrs of Gorkum

These were a group of nineteen Dutch religious, including Franciscans, Dominicans Premonstratensian Canons and diocesan priests, who were hanged by militant Dutch Calvinists at Briel in 1572, during the war of independence with Spain. After imprisonments and tortures, a mob hauled them before the fanatical pirate Admiral Lumey. William of Orange ordered their release and…

India: Fr Stan Swami SJ ‘latest Saint of India’s poor’
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India: Fr Stan Swami SJ ‘latest Saint of India’s poor’

The Catholic bishops of Asia have expressed their sorrow at the death of jailed Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, describing him as the “latest saint of modern India’s poor”. “His last month in custody on a hospital bed till the last moments is the most heart-wrenching tragedy of an innocent man persecuted for doing good,”…

Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred
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Visiting the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ at Gentinnes: A Dream Deferred

For many years, ever since I heard of its inauguration, I have felt a strong desire to visit the ‘Mémorial Kongolo’ in the Belgian hamlet of Gentinnes, but somehow a suitable occasion never seemed to materialise. For too long it remained a dream deferred. Until, that is to say, towards the end of last month,…

Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence
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Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence

Although Christians are simply one among a staggering set of vulnerable minority groups around the world exposed to hatred and persecution, there remains a sort of wall of silence around their suffering. In part, that’s because the people who set the tone in global politics and the media generally live in the affluent West, where…

Pakistan: 10th Anniversary of Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti
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Pakistan: 10th Anniversary of Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti

Ten years ago today, I woke up and, as usual, switched on the radio and turned on my computer. Within seconds I received the news that I had long feared and expected, though hoped would never happen: the assassination of my friend Shahbaz Bhatti. For over five years from 2004 to 2009, I worked side…