Basankusu, DR Congo

I sat with the engineer from Basankusu Cathedral today at our celebration for a new brother taking his vows. The engineer says the cathedral will be finished "this year". Basankusu Cathedral was built by Mill Hill Missionaries in the 1940s, but has since been demolished and is being rebuilt. It was made of brick but is being rebuilt in reinforced concrete. It is the most substantial building in Basankusu - by a long chalk!

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Wrong to spiritualise poverty

Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has said that it is wrong “to spiritualize poverty.” In his address to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), currently taking place in Cebu, Philippines, on the theme “The Eucharist and the Dialogue with the Poor and Suffering,” Cardinal Onaiyekan said that “poverty mean many things” and therefore must never be spiritualized. “Actually, in the Church poverty can be a virtue. We speak of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, and obedience. The word poverty itself could be positive,” he told Vatican Radio. “We cannot spiritualize poverty as if it is a good thing,” said Cardinal Onaiyekan. “It can never be a good thing.” However, he said there is a different kind of poverty – “misery” – which cannot be welcomed.

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Taking up painting in retirement

Dutch-born Jesuit Father Lambertus Sugiri van den Heuvel was 84 years old when he was invited to join a painting course last February at St. Theresa Parish in Central Jakarta. (Ucanews)

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Fr Martin Sweeney

It is with regret that we inform you of the death in Herbert House, Freshfield yesterday, Monday 25th January 2016 at 6.45 am, aged 87 of Father Martin Sweeney.

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Christian Vibrancy in Sarawak, Malaysia

You can't get around the Home Cell Groups in the diocese of Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. They are the life blood of the Catholic community. Functioning like Basic Christian Communities with a strongly charismatic flavour they have brought vitality and new inspiration to the parishes of the town of Bintulu in particular.

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