Impressions of the Catholic Church in China

I have just returned from staying for six months in Beijing with a community of Oblate Priests (OMI) who occupy two apartments in four story blocks. The community consists of an Italian - Giovanni, a Mauritian of Chinese parentage - Luc, and a young Madagascan - Johnnie. They made me very welcome.

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Working among the Disadvantaged in Pakistan

Fr Nico Schipper is a Mill Hill missionary in the diocese of Hyderabad, South-East Pakistan. He lives and works among the marginalised poor, those who are ranked lowest in the Hindu caste system. Even though Pakistan is an overwhelmingly Muslim country the Hindu caste mentality still largely governs social stratification. Most Christians belong to the lowest ranking category in the Hindu caste system. They are considered to be unclean and inferior. Traditionally more than 90% of these Christians find employment in the lowliest of occupations, as sweepers and cleaners of toilets, sewage etc. They are ranked at the very bottom of the social scale. Fortunately, through improved schooling, quite a number of Christians have found more dignified work. But the type of work you do has no influence on the social pecking order.

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How to catch a plane in DR Congo

Francis Hannaway, Mill Hill Lay Associate, travelled with Fr Stan Bondoko MHM on the river from Basankusu, where they work, to Mbandaka, to fly to Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The increasing decline of the country’s infrastructure has led to this being the only way to travel to the capital city. Things did not go according to plan.

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Damien of Molokai

A review (in Thinkingfaith) of a recent play by the American writer Aldyth Morris on the life and amazing self-sacrifice of St Damien de Veuster who in his native Belgium was voted 'most eminent Belgian of all time'. Damien is commemorated in the Church calendar on 11th October.

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