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World Campaign. “Sowing Hope for the Planet”.

The Union of Superiors General of Catholic Religious Sisters launched the “Sowing Hope for the Planet” campaign two years ago. Sister Sheila Kinsey, its coordinator spoke to us about the project. Sister Sheila, an American, has clear ideas. And she knows exactly what ‘interconnection’ means. She tells us: “The world is interconnected. The exploitation of…

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Amazonia Synod. The Prophetic River.

A Comboni Missionary, Father Dario Bossi took part in the Synod of Amazonia held in Rome last October. He shares with us some reflections. The waters of the great River of the Synod have formed an ocean: finally we came to the conclusion after three weeks of intense discernment. Now, I feel that this Synod…

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Missionary Reflection. Religious and social transformation.

Evangelisation is transformation at two levels: religious and social. The ultimate end of evangelisation is the Kingdom of God, thus, it must be holistic, impacting upon both the internal and external human realities. Evangelisation is interactional, that is, it is an encounter between Christians and people of other faiths. Indeed, it blossoms in the context…

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DR. Congo. What it means to be a doctor and a missionary.

Comboni Brother Juan Carlos Salgado, a medical doctor, has the joy of serving the poor and needy at Bondo hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bondo is a small city towards the north of the country in the province of Bas-Uelé, about 200 Km North-west of the capital Buta. It has about 40,000 inhabitants…

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New Catacombs Pact.

More than a half century after a group of bishops at the Second Vatican Council made a solemn pledge “to live a simple lifestyle close to their people”, a group of participants from the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon signed a new pact in the Catacombs of Domitilla. On 16 November 1965, just a…

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Pope Francis Visits Africa. To be with the People.

On his 31st international journey (4 – 10 September), Pope Francis visited Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. It was a journey that showed his concerns in the fields of peace and poverty as well has his great desire for justice. The streets of Maputo are particularly dark at night, especially in the outskirts. But the poor…

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World Mission Sunday. “Mission is part of our identity as Christians”.

This year World Mission Sunday will be celebrated on 20 October. Under the theme “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.” A synthesis of his message. In his message, Pope Francis writes: “For the month of October 2019, I have asked that the whole Church revive her missionary awareness and…

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World Mission Sunday. “Life Is A Mission”.

The theme of this year: “Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all,” echoes the upcoming synod of bishops on Youth. “The Synod to be held in Rome this coming October, the month of the missions, offers us an opportunity to understand more fully, in the light of faith, what the Lord…

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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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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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