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  Obituary and funeral links - Fr Paul Prendergast

Aug 26, 2020
During his time in the Sierra, Paul put much of his time into promoting and defending the local language, Quechua. He celebrated Masses in Quechua rather than Spanish. He published song and hymn books and translated books of the Old Testament.
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  Broken Bay Institute appreciates contributions of late Columban Fr Noel Connolly

Jul 15, 2020
His presence was highly valued by staff and academics alike. Noel brought a wealth of experience, a full bag of stories and anecdotes, and a way of bringing laughter to the group.
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  Serving migrants in South Korea

Jun 29, 2020
In the beginning, before Covid19, I was visiting people that came from Vietnam and helping the pregnant Vietnamese women to get medical attention along with a Korean nun. It was a special moment when these two beautiful and angelic-looking babies were born.
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  The Sound of Music

Jun 04, 2020
How a remarkable young Columban is using music to engage with residents of a poor Lima neighbourhood.
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  Why Christianity Survives in China?

Jun 01, 2020
In his article, Fr Hugh MacMahon of AITECE Ireland ponders the fraught relationship between Communist China and Christianity.
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  Pentecost - A Church guided by the same Spirit then and now.

May 31, 2020
In the light of these initiatives of God, we can be confident that God will guide the Church and point the way forward in changing times and circumstances like today. The way will not necessarily be easy, Jesus said that his followers would have to carry their crosses and history shows how true this…
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  Pope Francis announces a special Year to reflect on Laudato Si'

May 25, 2020
Pope Francis announced a special Year to reflect on the Encyclical, from 24 May this year until May 24 next year and invited all people of goodwill to join, to take care of our common home and our most fragile brothers and sisters.
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  Columban serving in new ways in Santiago, Chile

May 21, 2020
When pandemic shut down their large community, Columban Fr Marco Henriquez and his team discovered new ways of service to let the people know that they are not alone.
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  Celebrate 2020 Laudato Si’ Week with Columbans

May 18, 2020
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic limitations, Columbans are organising and joining in Laudato Si’ Week webinars in places like Chile, Fiji, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, and the USA.
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  To develop Intercultural Communion

May 14, 2020
How to live together in peace and with justice in a pluralist world? Columban Fr Frank Hoare explores intercultural challenges and how awareness and dialogue can promote cross-cultural diversity and change for the better.
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  At least 15 religious dead from coronavirus in NY

Apr 29, 2020
The Maryknoll religious community in Westchester County and The Missionaries of Charity in The Bronx has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
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  Second Sunday of Easter Reflection - My Lord and My God

Apr 18, 2020
This week and next week when the gospel relates the story of the disciples walking to Emmaus, we are involved in the appearances of Jesus risen and alive.
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  Easter Sunday is ‘full of holes’

Apr 12, 2020
We have a difficulty when we know from the Lord himself that his forgiveness of us is connected to our forgiveness of others. This is a real battleground for people. Yet through these ongoing struggles, our relationship with our lovely God can deepen until goodness blossoms for us and in us.
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  The Upper Room - A Holy Week and Easter Reflection

Apr 11, 2020
During Holy Week, though we cannot go out to church, whenever we eat and drink, we can ask Jesus to transform our dining room into the Upper Room through the gift of his presence. During the Easter season, whenever we feel anxiety and fear, we can invite the risen Christ to transform our Upper Room into…
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  Good Friday is a human holy time

Apr 09, 2020
The sight of these kneeling people kneeling in prayer is powerful, who knows what their memories and prayers are about?
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  Holy Thursday Reflection - We are unreservedly loved by God

Apr 08, 2020
When the disciples were together with Jesus to celebrate the Passover meal, before the meal he washed their feet, the action of a slave and told them to follow his example. Peter protested yet Jesus insisted that they do this, not as a ritual but from the heart to show their love for others. It is the…
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  Holy See and Australian Bishops respond to acquittal of Cardinal Pell

Apr 08, 2020
The Holy See and Australia’s bishops have welcomed the High Court’s decision to quash Cardinal George Pell's convictions, while also acknowledging the suffering of abuse victims.
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  Pandemic creates publicity for a second-century martyr: St. Corona

Apr 01, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic continued to spread around the globe, many articles and posts featuring St Corona started to spread on the internet attributing her to be a “patron saint of epidemics”.
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  Full text of Pope's meditation at Urbi et Orbi

Mar 29, 2020
During the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter's Basilica on Friday evening, Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark
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  Bishops announce new measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 19, 2020
Some bishops have suspended public Masses while others have issued new guidelines to support adherence with the new national limits on non-essential public gatherings.
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