Sudan: Drenching Land of Nuba Mountains with Prayer
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Sudan: Drenching Land of Nuba Mountains with Prayer

Church leaders in Sudan have declared 2021 a year of prayer and thanksgiving after concluding celebrations to mark 100 years since Christian Missionaries first came to the Nuba Mountains in the North-eastern African countries. In a prayer guide covering 52 weeks of prayer, the Church leaders, including those from the Catholic Church invite Christians from…

Pope Video January: At the Service of Human Fraternity
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Pope Video January: At the Service of Human Fraternity

“When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs. We are brothers and sisters who pray. Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother or sister,…

Divine Providence- A Reflection
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Divine Providence- A Reflection

“…Everything Na Double Double…” Every now and then “gospel” or religious lyrics spring up as bestseller, song-of-the-year, best singer thriller – the likes of Jerusalema in past months.  For the past twelve years or so, a preacher-singer stormed Sub-Saharan Africa with the pidgin English melodies and lyrics of e e e my God is good…

Our Lady of Kibeho
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Our Lady of Kibeho

The very first Marian Apparitions on the Continent of Africa recognized by the Holy See. These apparitions took place at Kibeho, the small village of southwestern Rwanda. It was on November 28, 1981, that the Virgin Mary visited Rwanda to deliver her message to the whole world. She appeared to three girls who were students…

Arundel Cathedral Christmas 2020: ‘Unto us a Child is Born’
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Arundel Cathedral Christmas 2020: ‘Unto us a Child is Born’

Arundel Cathedral is in West Sussex, England. Music: Handel’s Messiah – For Unto Us A Child Is Born. Performed by Ansan City Choir, South Korea. Many thanks to Ansan City Choir for allowing the use of their musical performance recording as a soundtrack for this video. The Ansan City Choir, with a wide repertoire and…

Madame Acarie: ‘Too Greedy for Whom God is not Enough’
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Madame Acarie: ‘Too Greedy for Whom God is not Enough’

MADAME ACARIE (Paris-Pontoise 1566-1618) A woman in the world, wife and mother of six children, who becomes a Carmelite, once widowed, under the name of Sister Marie of the Incarnation: beatified in 1791 by Pope Pius VI, she is celebrated on April 18. An example of humility, charity, tenacity: Barbe Acarie shows extreme spiritual intuition….

Poor Clares of Arundel: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
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Poor Clares of Arundel: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Philippines: Hallowed Christmas Traditions Kept in Place
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Philippines: Hallowed Christmas Traditions Kept in Place

In the midst of the pandemic, Filipino Catholics have poured into churches for the famous Filipino Christmas tradition: the “Simbang Gabi” or “Misa del Gallo”, the mass celebrated at dawn for nine days, which begins on December 16th and ends on December 24th. At 4.00 in the morning the church bells began to ring, and…

‘Where is God in all this?’ – Matthew’s Genealogy and God’s Presence
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‘Where is God in all this?’ – Matthew’s Genealogy and God’s Presence

A question that has surfaced quite often in 2020 (and not just this year, of course, for it leaps often to our lips) is: ‘Where is God in all this?’ That question has a particular sharpness at this time when the coronavirus has turned all our lives upside down, making them impossible to plan, and…

Advent: Season of Longing
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Advent: Season of Longing

Expectant waiting and passionate longing are dominant themes in Advent We wait and long for the coming Christmas Event. We wait and long for the coming of the Kingdom, and for the Final Coming. We wait and long for Christ to be born in us. The Bach Cantata BWV 140 expresses this beauifully: ‘Wann kömst…

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
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Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

The work of the Messiah is often described in the Bible in terms of warfare: the cosmic struggle between good and evil. Judging from the first reading (Gen 3), one might think that Mary, as the new Eve, deserved the title of Lieutenant General. That distinction, however, has traditionally been awarded to the Archangel Michael….

Second Sunday of Advent Reflection
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Second Sunday of Advent Reflection

In Advent we make a bit more effort to welcome the Lord into our lives and into our hearts, so that we can indeed know him as Son of God, as Good News.