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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

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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