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Irish sister in the Philippines is the latest activist to suffer

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Sr. Kathleen Melia-3 cropNEWS 2017 - Sr. Kathleen Melia is recovering in a Manila hospital after she was attacked outside her convent in a remote island in the southern Philippines on March 1. She underwent surgery to repair a broken leg, suffered in the attack in Midsalip on the island of Mindanao. She is already starting physical therapy...

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Myanmar – Sister Marta: The “Mother Teresa of Burma”. | Comboni Missionaries

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sister martaTESTIMONY - They all call her the “Mother Teresa of Burma”: Sister Marta Mya Thwe, a religious of the Congregation of St. Joseph of the Apparition (SJA), is committed to taking care of people with AIDS or HIV, who lack proper care, are marginalised by society and thrown out by families, and of whom the Burmese health institutions...

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NEPAL JESUIT SOCIAL INSTITUTE - “Reaching the Unreached” January – February 2017

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nepalTESTIMONY - Pramila Surel is the first woman to pass class 10 from the Surel community in Suri VDC. She is a teacher in the local School named, Bhuneshwor in which all the children of Surel community do their primary education. She has been teaching in the school for about two and half year. Meeting Pramila during the earthquake...

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Paraguay: Women Religious Work Where Priests Can Rarely Visit

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missionaryTESTIMONY - When the Missionary Sisters of the Teaching and Atoning Savior from Peru arrived toward the end of the 20th century, it caused a veritable sensation in the rural enclaves of Virgen del Carmelo de Villa Ygatimy, a sprawling community northeast of Paraguay’s capital of Asunción. Today, the sisters serve some 20,000 faithful through about 100 “chapels,”...

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Mission is a journey into gratitude

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glendayTESTIMONY - On June 2 this year, the Comboni Missionaries celebrate 150 years of their foundation. Not long before, on April 16, Comboni Missionary Fr David Kinnear Glenday celebrates forty years of priesthood. Here, drawing out the missionary meaning of gratitude, he shares something of what these two significant milestones mean...

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Why women are crucial in making 2017 the year of nonviolence and peace and why we need to listen to their voices

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women nonviolenceTESTIMONY - We need to act now to ensure the inclusion of women at all levels of the peacemaking process to transform the reality of our world and the Church. 2017 began with Pope Francis urging that we “make nonviolence the new style of politics for peace.” In the secular world, the new UN Secretary General António Guterres likewise called on renewed...

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Pope Francis: «There is corruption in the Vatican. But I’m at peace»

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civiltà cattolicaTESTIMONY - “The Pope is late” they tell me at the entrance to Aula Paolo VI on 25 November 2016. Inside the chamber where the Synods are held, 140 Superiors General of male religious orders and congregations (USG), were waiting at the conclusion of their 88th General Assembly. Outside, a light rain was falling. “Go and bring forth fruit...

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Democratic Republic of Congo – Salesian Missionaries Provide Education and Workforce Development to Youth Denied Education

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congoTESTIMONY - Salesian missionaries in Uvira, within South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are providing young children and older youth an opportunity to go to school. Many of these young students are former child soldiers, street children, children accused of witchcraft, abused women and single mothers...

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‘No Christmas bells in Mosul’ for a third year, says Assyrian priest

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emanuelTESTIMONY - Father  Emanuel Youkhana rues that, for the third Christmas in a row, the church bells will not ring in Mosul. He recounts that, around June 2014, the numerical religious minorities such as Yazidis and Christians around Iraq’s second biggest city began to face a horrific onslaught by the group calling...

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A year of living in Sicily: the dream has become a reality

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migrantifinale1anno-300x204TESTIMONY - The Sicily Migrant Project of the UISG, born from the executive committee’s desire to enact a symbolic gesture in response to Pope Francis’ call and begun last December, is now a reality. A community of 10 sisters is involved in the three dioceses of Agrigento, Caltagirone and Caltanissetta with the commitment to be a presence among the migrants...

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INTERVIEW: Feminine Diaconate: ‘Only Study, No Decisions Right Away,’ Says Archbishop Ladaria

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ladariaTESTIMONY - The opening of the new academic year took place in the Aula Magna of the Marchigiano Theological Institute of Ancona. Archbishop Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was invited to give the inaugural address on ‘Justification through Faith in Relation to the Ecumenical Dialogue.’...

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