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Sindh, Pakistan: Celebrating Feast of Light

Sr Anita Mansingh is a PBVM sister from the Cutchi Kohli tribe , Tando Allahyar, Sindh, Pakistan, Diocese of Hyderabad For me this experience of celebrating Joti Prub with my people was not less than a mystical experience. I found Jesus in those people who look very simple, without many words, but with their strong…

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Advent Retreat: God is with You

Welcome to this year’s Advent retreat in collaboration with Sacred Space, written by Gemma Simmonds CJ.  Do you know that God is with you? After a year of challenges, changes, suffering, isolation and social distancing, perhaps there’s never been a more important time to reflect on the Incarnation; to reflect on God’s incredible plan to…

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USA: Celebrating Thanksgiving in Times of Covid

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that Americans not travel for Thanksgiving. The United States now has more new daily cases of Covid-19 than in the spring, when we had little knowledge of how to mitigate its spread. And a large, indoor extended gathering without masks is our best way of assisting the virus…

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Pope Francis: ‘My Three Personal Covids’

Pope Francis explores his own personal moments of solitude in an excerpt released on Monday from his new book with British author and journalist Austen Ivereigh, entitled “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future”. Illness at young age His first Covid-like moment came at the age of 21, when he fell deathly ill…

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The Irish Blessing

In Gaelic the title sounds Rop tú mo baile (Be Thou my vision). Known as The Irish Blessing, this hymn was performed by a virtual choir from over 300 churches across Ireland, complete with tin whistle and bagpipes. The prayer was written by Saint Dallán Forgaill in the sixth century. So very Irish, but the…

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Pope Francis – the Church’s Spiritual Director

Austen Ivereigh is quite right to compare Francis’s style of governance, revealed in a unique way during the pandemic, to that of a spiritual director accompanying the Church and helping it to navigate through the complex global crisis of our times in all its manifestations.[3] Key to this navigation has been his astute discernment of spirits…