World Youth Day

The Ryanair flight from Liverpool to Kraków got in ahead of time. I began to feel the Polish world already in the waiting lounge as I stood in the queue and heard the swishing and shuffling of the polish language around me- and over there in the line was a youngish looking priest dressed in a bluish cassock praying his beads with a happy face. The plane was full but with only a few backpacking girls amongst the mostly middle aged passengers who were accompanied by quite a few small children.

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World Youth Day, Krakow

Well, I am on my way to Kraków. I have decided to travel with a rucksack. I don't know what to expect but Patrick from Germany, an 18 year old of Polish descent, whom I met in Kampala last year during the Papal visit, assures me me that his Polish people are going to look after us very well. No I do not need to bring a sleeping bag. No I will not have to pay for my stay. He will meet me at the airport and drive me to his friends. From a religious sister I have heard we will sleep in a field one night and do a twenty mile walk on another day! Well I am in trim for walking having been preparing for the past six months for my trip to Compostela on foot in October. I have a minute groundsheet tucked away in my rucksack in case I have to sleep out one night. I am happy to learn that the weather at the moment is very warm there.

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Basankusu, DR Congo

This is a modest publication (in French) of the Mill Hill missionaries in Basankusu, DR Congo, at the occasion of the 150th anniversay of the founding of St Joseph's Society of Mill Hill.

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Celebrating Fr Adolf Pöll mhm

Fr Adolf Pöll mhm is commonly known as ‘Alleluia’ but in Witu the locals call him “Father Wetu” (Our priest). He is known for his whistling and jolly greetings. Everywhere we passed people knew him so well and this is significant owing to the fact that the majority of the locals are Muslims; they admire him, they love him and they adore him. Fr. Adolf too cares about them, loves them and adores them. Adolf doesn’t like to be at the centre of attention/celebration, so at his golden jubilee celebrations, there were three other celebrations actually meant to drown his own big day.

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A Church fully alive.

The Diocesan Pastoral Team of the Diocese of San Jose de Antique has started visiting parishes to help all the Parish Pastoral Councils in evaluating their Parish Five-Year Pastoral Plan.

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A Message from the Rainforest

Greetings from Basankusu, DR Congo. I got here on Friday. After a very trying boat journey from Mbandaka! The first of its nature I ever had. I was able to stop on the way at Mampoko and Bokakata. Yesterday went to Waka and today. The people have been very welcoming and I was well received by our members. The Bishop too. Will write an article some time. On Sunday Mass was held in which we commemorated 150 years of MHM. The Mass was presided over by Bishop Joseph Mokobe and attended by priests, religious and many faithfull. the choir was very poweful and the Congolese litturgy very alive and thourougly enjoyable. Stan Bondokos band played the instruments. Later a reception was held.

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Surinam

Except for occasional reports in the Dutch press on the colourful life of its leader and president , Desie Bouterse, the country of Surinam (former Dutch Guyana) is rarely in the news.

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A Colourful Celebration in Malindi, Kenya

Despite it being a chilly and windy morning in Malindi, many Christians of Kisumu Ndogo Parish and the neighbouring parishes started arriving very early to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Fr. Albert Buijs mhm and 150 years of Mill Hill Missionaries. It was truly an African celebration with plenty of dance, singing and good Coastal delicacies. Various visitors too graced the occasion; Fr. Albert's family members and friends who had come from The Netherlands, diocesan priests, Mill Hill sisters and fathers/brothers.

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