Pope Francis appoints new members to Commission for Protection of Minors

Pope Francis has renewed the membership of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), confirming Cardinal Seán O’Malley as President of the Commission, and adding nine new members to the advisory body. Seven more nominees are returning to the Commission after their terms had expired in December.

During his recent trip to South America, Continue reading

300 years is typical: Grey Nuns called to let go

As a young woman professing first vows in 1983, Sr. Elaine Baete swallowed a fleeting thought about the future of her new congregation, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, also known as the Grey Nuns. Instead, she focused on her new vocation and the impact she hoped to make.

“I can remember walking in St. Boniface in our big provincial house [in Winnipeg] as a young sister and saying to myself with fear Continue reading

National Day of Prayer. From “We Can’t” to “Of Course We Can, Absolutely”

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, from 10am to 12 noon, women religious in Nigeria hold a national day of prayer and fasting across the country to uphold the sacredness of life. The sisters invite Nigerians and all people of good will to join them to stop the senseless killings and bloodshed in the country. They demand that the Nigerian government and elected officials live up to their responsibility by working to create a safe environment Continue reading

[USA] Brother Javier Hansen named delegate to the 2018 Pre-Synod Gathering

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that Brother Javier Hansen, FSC, of the District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Christian Brothers) has been named as a youth delegate to the 2018 Pre-Synod Gathering.

Brother Javier will be one of three youth delegates to the Pre-Synod, which will convene March 19-25 in Rome, Italy. Continue reading

AMERICA/BRAZIL – New LaSallian community in the heart of the Amazon: “a return to the roots, with the poorest among the poor”

The Brothers of the Christian Schools have opened a community in the heart of the Amazon, where they will be at the service, with their educational charisma, of mainly fishermen and indigenous peoples of mixed races. The initiative responds to the invitation of Pope Francis to be a “Church that goes forth”, and to “a need of our general chapter of 2014, which asked each region to open a Continue reading

Stagmatines: Pope Touched by Theme of Fraternity

Pope Francis on February 10, 2018, stressed the value of fraternity, “a grace, and without prayer, this grace is not obtained.”  His comments, in audience in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, came to members of the Stigmatine Fathers, on the occasion of their General Chapter.

The Holy Father addressed the name of the Stigmatines, according to Vatican New: Continue reading

Why Women Matter

We live in times marked by change, but there are places where gender equality is being systematically overlooked. The Catholic Church is one of them.

Today, women are asking why the Church is so slow in recognising their value and opening governance and ministerial roles to them; roles that incorporate their faith, gifts, expertise and education into structures of authority at all levels. Continue reading

Secondary Education in South Sudan    

Windle Trust International – WTI – is a UK registered charity that has been working with refugees or conflict affected communities in the Horn and East Africa for over 40 years. Since coming to South Sudan in 2008, our Solidarity with South Sudan personnel have several times collaborated with Windle Trust in delivering education programmes. So it is that on several occasions I have met David Masua who is the co-author of an informative report published by WTI Continue reading

Timothy Radcliffe: Fragile joy returns to Iraq

Driving into Baghdad from its fortress airport a few weeks ago, I was greeted by innumerable Santa Clauses and, ironically in this desert land, forests of plastic Christmas trees. Sometimes my Dominican brethren gather with Shi’a Muslim friends around the trees and together remember the birth of Christ, but for most people in Iraq the image of Santa with his snowy white beard and red coat does not evoke the charitable bishop saint from the Middle East, St Nicholas; Continue reading

International Leadership Development Programme 2018/2019

AIM: To energise and equip members of international leadership teams in order that they are enabled to LEAD and WORK with their teams and organisations in a sustained, faith-filled way during their mandate

Please find below the dates of the next International Leadership Development Program to be held in Rome from October 2018 until May 2019. This program is for Congregational Leaders and their Councils. It is preferable if the whole team attends together. The language is English. Continue reading