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Churches September 2016

India. Mother Teresa, a message for our times

Mother Teresa will be proclaimed saint on September 5.  Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati (India), Thomas Menamparampil, traces some aspects of Mother Teresa’s life. “One has to make a bold choice, risk a daring decision and pay the price”. Having known Mother Teresa closely over a period of four decades, what has impressed me most was…

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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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Syria. The difficult path of reconstruction

After five years of war, Damascus, has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Violence is everywhere. People are scared, their lives have been broken by hate. Despite all this, there are still those who, with tenacity and patience, try to make life ‘human’, even when it is lived in dramatic conditions. Sister Carol Tahhan,…

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Syria. Escaping war with the Bible sewn into the blouse.

Shoushan Chaghalanian, a Syrian woman of Christian faith, decided to leave her country, and headed for Armenia with her family. A dangerous and dramatic journey. “Making the decision is the most important step; from that moment on one does not think of anything other than the organization of the escape, in order to run away…

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Advocacy

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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