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CEAP confab to tackle Mindanao peace, Bangsamoro law

philippinespreviewEDUCATION - The peace process in Mindanao and the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity will be among the topics to be discussed at the upcoming national convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) to be held in Davao from September 24 to 26. At least 3,000 representatives of CEAP member-schools are expected...


Cook Islands honors two priests for 120 years of service

rovers marinuspreviewTESTIMONY - On 24 August, the Catholic church in the Cook Islands honored two missionary priests and their 120 years of service. Fr. John Rovers and Fr. Damian Marinus celebrated their 6oth anniversary of ordination. The entire Catholic Community of Rarotonga gathered at St. Joseph’s Cathedral for the event. A celebration followed at St. Joseph Elementary...


Albania: let the martyrs’ blood be a warning for the future

massafrapreviewREFLECTION - Monsignor Angelo Massafra, the metropolitan archbishop of Shkodër-Pult, traces the history of a country that starts from its Christian martyrs and religious coexistence, after state atheism. “I wish that time, as well as His Holiness’ next visit to Albania, favours the work we have undertaken for years; but also that ours can become an example of brotherhood...


Interfaith Summit on Climate Change

interfaithpreviewJUSTICE AND PEACE - As part of a global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change, the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is organizing a Climate Summit on 23 September 2014 in New York. In order to highlight the specific contributions that faith traditions bring to the international climate debate, the World Council of Churches and Religions...


Just a bit of TLC = Tender Loving Care

sieverspreviewTESTIMONY - In July 2009, after 39 years in Ghana and Uganda, I had to return to Europe. Right from the start, it has been my special concern to serve my elderly confreres in the various houses where they are now living in varying degrees of retirement. How I ended up with such a mission and how I struggled to find my way seems to be a story well worth telling.


Liberia - Ebola: the situation in Matadi

ebola2HEALTH - The director of the Salesian "Don Bosco Youth Centre," Fr Nicola Ciarapica, sent to ANS an update on the situation in the district of Matadi, in Monrovia, where the Ebola virus continues to claim victims in the midst of fear, indifference, mistrust and poverty. "First of all, I thank the Lord who hears the prayers of so many and who has protected us from the contagion until now...


Church organizations explore ways of strengthening relationships

oikumenepreviewJUSTICE AND PEACE - Addressing challenges in the way of cooperation between churches and church-based development organizations, also known as “specialized ministries” – an international consultation in Malawi has been promoting mutual collaboration and a common vision of working together for justice and peace. Organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC)...


Meeting Jesus in a Manila slum

filipinopreviewTESTIMONY - We need a mission to make life meaningful, give it purpose and to live more fully. The mission can be to accomplish any good work, motivated by a spiritual value of compassion, love of justice, care for others, empathy and solidarity with the sick, the oppressed and lonely. These inner convictions and commitments can be the driving force of a mission...


Youth pledge service to humanity in tribal ritual

Youth-bigFORMATION - Jorhat: A Catholic priest working for the world’s largest river island tribe people has initiated a 2–year training program for youth of all religious beliefs encouraging them to work for the uplift of their society. The commissioning ritual at the end of the training is typically of the Mising tribe of Majuli Island. “The ritual itself was the climax of five days of preparation...




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