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Missionaries of Africa. A Great Gift.

This year, the Missionaries of Africa (also known as the White Fathers) celebrate 150 years of their foundation. The society was founded in Algeria on 19 October, 1868, by Cardinal Charles Lavigerie and it focuses on evangelism and education in the African continent. The challenges of the present and the prospects for the future. The…

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Algeria. A Church In The Desert.

The number of Christians in Algeria is not high, however, they are generally well accepted by the Algerian society. The experience of a White Missionary who has spent fifty years of his life in this country. The conversion of a Muslim to Christianity is not prohibited in Algeria. In fact, the Algerian Constitution provides for…

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Catholic priests. They are the Target.

In the last three months, eight priests and dozens of Christians have also been killed.  At least 24 people were killed when an armed group attacked the church of Notre Dame de Fatima in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic, on May 1. Father Albert Toungourmale-Baba was among the victims. The church is not far…

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Christian Commitment against Human Trafficking.

Each year, thousands of people are deceived and sold into slavery as forced laborers, prostitutes or beggars, in other words become victims of human trafficking. What the Church can do. The Church, including religious congregations, Catholic organizations and the faithful have a unique potential and – by default – the obligation to engage in a…

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Card.Tagle: “One family with one voice – no to human trafficking.”

Human trafficking is a symptom of distorted and disrupted relationships with us, with the created world and with society. Slavery starts when people do not respect their own humanity, their bodies and their spiritual potential. A reflection on human ecology and the causes of trafficking of human beings by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of…

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Charles de Foucauld. The Spirit of the Desert

This year the church commemorates the centenary of the death of Charles de Foucauld. His life and his message of brotherhood and friendship among the Tuareg, who were Muslim, are a legacy for our times. In the evening of 1 December 1916, Brother Charles was taken hostage by a group of rebels who were active…

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Pope Francis. To ‘go out’ as missionary disciples.

This year World Mission Sunday will be celebrated on 23 October. In his Message, Pope Francis said the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy invites us “to consider the missio ad gentes – the mission to the world – as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material.” “To ‘go out’ as missionary disciples,”.…

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Christians before the wounds of the world.

Individuals, society, the planet itself are suffering from many wounds. How to contribute to their recovery? A meditation by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines). Today, people, society and the planet itself are suffering from many wounds. The failure of relationships within the family causes wounds to all its members, affecting as a…

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World Council of Churches. Towards a missionary ecumenical movement.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has chosen Africa for the next World Mission Conference to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, 8-13 March 2018. One of the goals is the establishment of a missionary ecumenical movement. After sixty years Africa will once again host the World Mission Conference, the most relevant ecumenical event on the…

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The Exhortation. A conscience that listens to the Word of God.

In all, nine chapters and 264 pages, a long and complex document: Amoris Laetitia, ‘The Joy of Love’ is the document with which Pope Francis concludes the process of the two Synods dedicated to the family. Here is a commentary by the Prior of Bose, Enzo Bianchi. The fruit of listening and discernment by the…

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The Doors of Mercy

The decision to open Holy Doors worldwide has drawn attention to several difficult realities, often ignored by media. For the first time, by the will of the Pope, the Holy Doors for the Jubilee of Mercy were opened not only in Rome but throughout the world, and not only the doors of cathedrals and shrines,…

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Advocacy

The land right, a first remedy to injustice.

Hunger and homelessness continued to rise in major North American cities. Unemployment, employment-related problems, and low-paying jobs are likely contributing to hunger. High housing costs…

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Baobab

Spider and the Lion.

0ne day Spider went to the river to fish. It must have been Spider's lucky day, for the fish swarmed around him until at last he…

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Youth & Mission

Letter to Pope Francis from African Youth.

A group of young people living in Nairobi who regularly meets at Shalom House has written a letter to Pope Francis on the occasion of the…

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