Men and Women religious in Kenya will on Saturday, April 16, celebrate a requiem Mass in memory of Sr. Mary Judith Kanini and her three companion sisters, of the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa who were assassinated on March 4 in Aden, Yemen. According to an invitation sent out to the religious community from the Religious Superiors’ Conference of Kenya (RSCK), the Mass that will be celebrated at Holy Family Basilica will start at 10:00 in the morning and will be presided over by be Bishop David Kamau, Auxiliary Bishop of Nairobi. According to Bro. Reginald Cruz, CFX Vice Postulator and Liaison for Religious in the Archdiocese of Nairobi they will “…also take the occasion to pray for the safety of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian priest living in Mother Teresa's Home who was abducted during the attack in Aden. “The requiem Mass is to help many of the religious to ritualize their own feelings regarding the martyrdom of Sr Judith because she was a religious like the rest of us,” Bro Cruz told CISAon a phone interview. Requiem Masses were already celebrated in other countries: in Yemen where the nuns were killed and in Rwanda and India where the other nuns came from. “The Requiem Mass will not only be a moment for us to be united in prayer but a time for us to show solidarity and express our gratitude for the Missionaries of Charity. Please do come and invite others to participate,” read the invite addressed to the superiors of the men and women religious in Kenya. On March 4, two gunmen attacked Missionaries of Charity's convent and nursing home in Aden, Yemen killing Sr. Anslem, Sr. Judith, Sr. Marguerite Mukashema, and Sr. Reginette, along with sixteen other victims. According to a statement from the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, Sr. Anslem from Ranchi, India would have turned 60 years old onMay 8. Sr. Judith from Kenya had just turned 41 years old on February 2. Sr. Marguerite from Rwanda would have been 44 years old on April 29. The youngest nun, Sr. Reginette, from Rwanda would have turned 33 on June 29.
In this 150 Year Jubilee of the Mill Hill Missionaries a Golden Jubilarian speaks of his personal growth in the missionary calling.
The front cover shows the Martyrs of Uganda in a stained glass window created by Brother Joseph van Heeswijk, a Mill Hill missionary who worked in Uganda all his life. This beautiful window is in Rubaga Cathedral Kampala.
John Allen comments on the assassination of Assumptionist Fr Vincent Machozi in DR Congo. Fr Machozi set up an influential website documenting atrocities in the Kivu Region.
This year 2016, St Joseph’s Missionary Society, commonly known as the Mill Hill Missionaries, is celebrating a century and a half of bringing the love of Christ to the four corners of the World. According to the General Superior of the Mill Hill Missionaries, Father Michael Corcoran MHM, this is a significant jubilee, a significant milestone in the life of St Joseph’s Missionary Society as “it marks a substantial contribution to the Church for over 150 years. Through Cardinal Vaughan’s vision and the growth of our own society, I’m aware that so many other missionary societies of women and men have flourished in the UK due to the scope and reach of the Mill Hill Missionaries. All these friends of ours are invited to celebrate with us this year and as we collaborate in the future to nurture the vocation of all our people today for a life on mission, whether women, men, lay or religious”.
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)
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.
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The Mill Hill missionaries in Cameroon sent this photographic impression of the ordination of Ignatius Nshing Tanjua mhm on 6th February 2016 at St Anthony’s Parish, Njinikom, Archdiocese of Bamenda. The Rt. Rev. George Nkuo, Bishop of Kumbo, was the ordaning minister.