Churches October 2016

Burundi. A place for remembering.

Many initiatives have been implemented during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. One of these was the establishment of the ‘Chapel of Mercy and Peace’ in Kamenge, a district of Bujumbura  where, two years ago, three Xaverian missionary sisters were killed. On the front door of the chapel is written in the Kirundi language: Agasengero k…

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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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Brazil. “We harbour no illusions with Temer’s government”.

Indigenous people continue to be under threats: violence, intimidations and murders. The indifference of Brazilian society. The big lobby against indigenous people in the Brazilian Congress. The new government against the indigenous people. We talked with Bishop Roque Paloschi, president of the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) a Catholic institution with the National Conference of Brazilian…

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Syria. Franciscan Friars challenging bombs.

A city under siege, continuous bombardments. Thousands of children at risk. The witness of a community of Franciscan Friars who give courage and hope to people. One can see almost the entire city of Aleppo, or what is left of it after five years of war, from the Em Ram monastery. The ancient citadel, which…

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10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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