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12th July 2020

Uganda: Testimony of a Trappist Monk

Timeline of the Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Victoria, Uganda. 1956 Foundation of Our Lady of Victory in Songhor (Kenya) at the request of bishop Frederick Hall mhm to Dom Willibrord van Dijk, abbot of the abbey of Koningshoeve, The Netherlands.The founding group is led by Father Pius Drijvers, the first superior. 1958 Relocation to Kipkelion (Kenya) due to drought in Songhor. Relocation takes … Read more

Meet an Irish Missionary in Sindh, Pakistan

The hour-long call will include prayer, a short introduction and a question and answer session. The Columbans hope this will be a real encounter, not just an event to watch, so numbers will be limited. Fr Liam was born in Ireland and now lives in Hyderabad, located in the Sindh province of Pakistan. He is passionate about justice, peace and caring for creation. Being based … Read more

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

Italy/DR Congo: Reciprocal Mission

But Ombeni stressed that he would never say one Catholic community is better than the other, and each has its own riches to share with the universal Church. “I am here to see another way of living in the Church,” he explained. “I know I have a responsibility. I was sent here to share what I learned here with my people.” He underlined the importance … 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

Elak-Oku, Cameroon: Fr Hermann Gufler MHM Remembered

The Catholic community of Elak-Oku in NW Cameroon came out en masse to remember Fr Hermann Gufler mhm who died on July 1st. Fr Cyprian Taah and Dennis Martin, parish priest, presided at the Eucharistic celebration in his memory. Fr Hermann served at Elak-Oku for more than seventeen years. A pictorial report of a Cameroonian ‘cry-die’. Additional pictures on FLICKr

Former General Superior Missionaries of Africa Appointed Member Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

A Ghanaian Bishop known for his love for people suffering from mental illness in the West African country has been recognized by the Holy Father who has appointed him to the position of member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) in one of the latest Papal appointments. In the July 4 appointment, Pope Francis named Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Wa alongside … Read more

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