In this video talk African theologian Emanuel Katongole reflects on the Christian response to the current climate of political violence in large parts of Africa. He explores new directions in missiology and theology. (Catholic Theological Union)
As this message goes out to our membership we will be preparing to celebrate the 150th Jubilee of our foundation in many different parts of the world. As Mill Hill Missionaries we have a long and impressive record of doing mission throughout the world, living and sharing the Gospel with different faith communities, inspiring, informing and guiding future generations of missionaries, wherever they come from. It is important that we look back at this significant milestone in our history and give thanks to God for all that has been accomplished in and through so many missionary travellers crossing diverse boundaries in witnessing to the Gospel. (Fr Michael Corocran mhm, General Superior)
As this message goes out to our membership we will be preparing to celebrate the 150th Jubilee of our foundation in many different parts of the world. As Mill Hill Missionaries we have a long and impressive record of doing mission throughout the world, living and sharing the Gospel with different faith communities, inspiring, informing and guiding future generations of missionaries, wherever they come from. It is important that we look back at this significant milestone in our history and give thanks to God for all that has been accomplished in and through so many missionary travellers crossing diverse boundaries in witnessing to the Gospel.
The head of Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has expressed interested to visit the war-torn South Sudan to meet its leaders during the upcoming transitional period, a bishop who met the Pope has said. Roko Taban Musa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Malakal, told local radio station in Juba that Pope Francis informed the bishops from Sudan and South Sudan during their recent meeting in Rome, that the Holy Father wanted to meet President Salva Kiir and first vice president designate, Riek Machar. “The Pope is updated about the situation both in Sudan and South Sudan. He knows what is happening,” Musa told Eye Radio in an interview on Monday evening. “He told us (the bishops) that he wanted to visit South Sudan clearly but he did not give us the time. He told us he is trying to work out the possibility of meeting [President] Salva Kiir once again and Dr. Riek Machar,” Musa added. Pope Francis met President Kiir for 15 minutes last year in Kampala, Uganda. The brief encounter was arranged by the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, a regional ally who sent his forces to fight Machar’s opposition for two years. South Sudan has a substantial number of Roman Catholic followers. President Kiir too is a Catholic. Musa, who met Pope Francis with other bishops from Sudan and South Sudan, said the Vatican will announce the date of Pope’s visit, which he said is significant. “As a man of supreme moral authority in the world, the Pope will be able to play a great role in bringing together, not only in bringing together the two men, but making the two men work together for peace, for prosperity and for freedom in this country,” he said. Although the date for the visit has not been fixed, issues such as security in the capital will be put into consideration.
Read AFP report on Africa Spotlight
If all countries in the world would adopt the lifestyle and the consumption patterns of the western world, an ecological disaster would be inevitable. Already now we use more resources than our planet can renew. “Overshoot day” the date of the year when we have used what we are entitled to, fell 2015 on the 13th of August. For the rest of the year we lived off the substance at the expense of the future generations. “Green technology” alone will not solve this problem. To survive in the long run we have to change radically our wasteful ways of producing and consuming what we need for life and develop sustainable consumption and production methods. This can only succeed if we live out of a spirituality of simplicity and frugality to which Pope Francis invites us in his encyclical ‘Laudato Si´.
In an article in Crux John Allen jr reports on the lasting effects of anti-Christian violence in eastern India: "Remembering India's Christian martyrs should be a Church priority".
Today we mourn yesterday’s assassination of Honduran environmental leader Berta Cacéres. As the co-founder of the the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, Berta successfully led a nonviolent campaign with her indigenous Lenca community that stopped one of the world’s largest dam companies from building the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project. The dam would have flooded large areas of land and cut off the supply of water, food and medicine for the Lenca peoples.
St. Joseph, as the gentle head of the Holy Family, is a much-honored and well-beloved saint. God has made St. Joseph a heavenly patron of family life because he sanctified himself as head of the Holy Family and the foster father of Jesus, Our Saviour and also by his beautiful example of sanctified family life. So there is no wonder and surprise in calling him the patron saint of families. Many Christian families admire the family of St. Joseph as the exemplary family to be imitated simply because it is an extraordinary family and at the same time a true family based on the simple yet profound values of human life. Although Jesus is the Son of God and the Saviour of the world, He chose to be born in the family of St. Joseph like any one of us but St. Joseph never bragged about it nor behaved proudly. Instead he exhibited simplicity and humility in accepting to be the foster father of Jesus our Saviour. As Jesus was always obedient to his heavenly Father, so too Joseph was always respective and obedient to his family. He did not merely tell Jesus and Mary that he loved them. He acted out his love. He lived it. That is the secret of true love. He never flinched back in fulfilling the will of God. Therefore every family has to learn a lot from the Holy Family. The qualities such as understanding, love and unity can only be nurtured and developed in a family. In fact Joseph was a descendant of the Royal family of David yet he lived in comparative obscurity and a ‘nobody’ in the world’s eyes. However, he too faced difficult family problems such as, Mary’s pregnancy, the threat to the life of the child, the exile to a foreign land, how to make ends meet by the work of his hands. But unlike St. Joseph, we often have an idealised understanding of family life. As the saying goes “unless one jumps into the well, one doesn’t know the real depth of the well”. This is where St. Joseph once again remains a true model for a true family life.
On the 28th of august of last year there was a Congo-day in Oosterbeek: a social gathering of Mill Hill fathers and brothers, associates and volunteers who at some time in the past have worked in Congo.