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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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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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Advocacy

Research and Rating, a tool of Advocacy.

Advocacy is a strategy used around the world by NGOs, activists, and even policy makers themselves, to influence policies. Advocacy is about creating reform of…

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Baobab

An Unhappy Fish.

0nce upon a time there was a colony of little fishes who lived together in their own small pool, isolated from the rest of the fish…

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Youth & Mission

Peace and Climate Justice is Needed to Save the Planet.

The world is afire again, the flames heartbreakingly consume shrubs, trees and forests in Australia, Portugal, Brazil, and recently in California and Siberia and elsewhere too.…

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