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Nuns in Angola: ‘We Hid in the Bread Oven to Escape Being Killed by the Bullets’

Angolas-future-740x493NEWS 2016 - Living the Gospel of mercy amid flying bullets is no easy task. The Poor Clare Sisters living in the convent of Santa Clara in Malanje, Angola, have lived through a number of battles during the civil war that destroyed so much in this country, all without leaving their convent walls—which are nonetheless riddled with bullet holes...

 

An appeal to the Catholic Church to recommit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence

gospel nonviolenceJUSTICE AND PEACE - Following statement was affirmed by the participants of the Nonviolence and Just Peace gathering held in Rome, 11N13 April 2016. The gathering was co-convened by Pax Christi International, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, UISG/USG and many other international Catholic organisations.

 

Ecuador: Tragic Earthquake Kills 272, Including Nun, 5 Postulants; Destroys Monastery

clare-crokettNEWS 2016 - The earthquake which struck the coast of Ecuador Saturday night has so far claimed at least 272 lives and injured some 2,068, reported Fides Monday. According to the Secretariat of the Civil Protection of the Government of Ecuador, the earthquake, magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale, was the strongest since 1979...

 

Politics, Teilhard, and the world's future

chardinREFLECTION -  country" mean? Where shall we go back to? The threat of building a "Mexican wall" or ousting Muslims from the country evokes a type of Aryan cleansing that, given our global history over the last century, is frightening. These candidates play on the fragile emotions of middle-class Americans who are fearful of losing jobs...

 

Bishop urges Indian youth to promote 'interreligious dialogue'

india.JPGINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - The head of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement, Bishop Hendry D'Souza of Bellary, has raised his voice about the necessity of religious tolerance and interreligious dialogue in India. “Social amity should not be the responsibility of the government alone, rather all citizens of the country have a bounden...

 

Announcement of the new SHCJ Leadership

leadership2NEWS 2016 - Joyfully Proclaim the Good News with Burning Hearts. The Sisters of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) wish to express heartfelt gratitude for the support of your prayers during our 27 th General Chapter. It is with joy that we present to you the newly elected Society Leadership Team for 2016-2022...

 

Meeting of the Provinces of “Cono Sur”

incontroEVENTS - The three southernmost OFM Provinces of Latin America (two in Argentina and one in Chile) make up the “Cono Sur” Conference. The Definitories and Formation Councils from each of the Provinces met from April 4th to 8th, 2016, in San Rafael (Argentina) in order to work on their decision to set up an interprovincial novitiate...

 

Not Enough Food or Electricity: Daily Life in Aleppo

Father-Ibrahim-Alsabagh-OFM-740x493TESTIMONY - The conflict in Syria entered its sixth year in March, but the ceasefire and talks in Geneva between the major warring parties for the first time gave rise to a glimmer of hope that an end to the conflict might be possible. However, real security and peace remain elusive, for example for the people in the hotly contested major city of Aleppo. Father Ibrahim...

 

'Discernment charged with merciful love': Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, on Love in the Family

francisREFLECTION - Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, published on 8 April 2016, transposes church teaching on marriage and the family from the key of law to that of virtue and should be celebrated, says Nicholas Austin SJ. This powerful new document offers ‘a Gospel-inspired vision of what family life can be, a word of encouragement for those who are not yet there...

 

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