Ireland: Dramatic Decline in Number of Priests
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Ireland: Dramatic Decline in Number of Priests

More than 21% of Ireland’s entire population of parish priests and brothers — both serving and retired — have died in just three years. The Association of Catholic Priests says that parishes are going to have to be amalgamated, churches closed, and fewer Masses held. Fr John Collins, one of the ACP’s directors, said: “The…

Epiphany – A Reflection
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Epiphany – A Reflection

Although foretold in the prophecies, the reality of all people – Jew and Gentile – being welcomed together to worship God and receive his divine favor was earth-shattering. It was a move beyond human expectation. God’s blessings were formerly reserved to Israel, but now they are open to all. Such a shift was the most…

Sunday Reflection
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Sunday Reflection

A voice of one crying out in the desert:“Prepare the way of the Lord,make straight his paths.Every valley shall be filledand every mountain and hill shall be made low.The winding roads shall be made straight,and the rough ways made smooth,and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Source: ICN Continue reading

Persons with Disabilities Special Day December 3rd
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Persons with Disabilities Special Day December 3rd

A Poem… Just like you  Maybe I look different, talk differently, move differently, but… I work just like you I value cleanliness just like you I aim to pursue goals just like youI love to dance just like youI go to the cinema just like you I take care for others just like you I make coffee just like youI…

Synodal Church as Mission – A Reflection
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Synodal Church as Mission – A Reflection

Mission in Ministry: 2021 The Synodal Church is “Moving In Society Sincerely Inviting Other Narratives” Mission in Ministry is all about sharing in the narratives of other people within other faiths and none, within other cultures and on new horizons.  It is living in generosity the great commandment of love. Mission in ministry in synodality…

The Art of Dying: Its Relevance for Today
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The Art of Dying: Its Relevance for Today

What you say about our simultaneous preoccupation with death and avoidance of it is profoundly true. I think it’s a fundamental characteristic of our fallen human nature, and a major reason that the Ars moriendi is relevant in any era. At a minimum, the Ars moriendi can provide a helpful reference for people who have arrived at a crisis…

Synodality – A Reflection by  Fr Guido Gockel MHM
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Synodality – A Reflection by Fr Guido Gockel MHM

THE ROAD TOGETHER On Oct. 10, 2021, Pope Francis formally opened the “Synod 2021-2023”.Some of you may well wonder what this is all about. What is a synod? The Church’s governing structure is pyramidal, which means that the Pope is the head, followed by the cardinals as the next rank, then the bishops, and priests….

Pakistan: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ – Cardinal Joseph Coutts
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Pakistan: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ – Cardinal Joseph Coutts

Though Cardinal Joseph Coutts retired from his role as Archbishop of Karachi earlier this year, he continues being a strong voice in favor of the Pakistan’s minorities – both Christians and Hindus. But he’s also a man who loves his country, recognizing that in Pakistan one can find “the good, the bad, and the ugly,”…

Malindi, Kenya: Pastoral Visit Bishop Lagho to Parish of Witu-Kipini
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Malindi, Kenya: Pastoral Visit Bishop Lagho to Parish of Witu-Kipini

BISHOP LAGHO CONCLUDES VISIT TO KIPINI ZONE. Rt. Rev. Willybard Lagho has concluded a two-day visit to Kipini Zone undertaken during his 3-day Pastoral Visit to St. Joseph Freinademetz Parish, Witu-Kipini in the Central Deanery of Catholic Diocese of Malindi. Witu-Kipini Parish, one of the most expansive parishes in the Diocese, comprises Witu and Kipini…

Pope Francis: ‘Old Age is not a Disease, but a Privilege’.
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Pope Francis: ‘Old Age is not a Disease, but a Privilege’.

Pope Francis told elderly priests from northern Italy that aging is a privilege because they have the chance to suffer like Jesus Christ. “You are experiencing a season, old age, which is not a disease but a privilege,” he said in a Sept. 16 letter to priests from the Lombardy region. “And even those of you who…

Pakistan: Need for Creative Pastoral Care of Refugees, Poor.
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Pakistan: Need for Creative Pastoral Care of Refugees, Poor.

These are challenging times in Pakistan. The Church is doing its best but pastoral support needs to be creative, sensitive and timely. They need to think out of the box. Pastoral and institutional support must not be limited to Christians or Catholics but must be expanded to non-Christians, especially the poor. With the influx of…