It was a normal, dull Winter’s evening. I hadn’t much to do so I lay down on the sofa to rest for a quarter of an hour. After a few minutes I fell asleep and found myself in a carpenter’s workroom. Was it really a dream? Things seemed strange. My clothes were not the ones I usually wear. I was... Read more
Resurrection is not just a return to life as it was, not just the resuscitation of a corpse. It is not just the ongoing existence of an immortal soul. Resurrection is new life beyond time and space but, as we see in Jesus, with a continuity of personhood. Resurrection is also the symbol of a... Read more
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven ” ( Mt 5:3) Dear Young Friends , How vividly I recall the remarkable meeting we had in Rio de Janeiro for the Twenty-eighth World Youth Day . It was a great celebration of faith and fellowship! There, on the seashore, Jesus... Read more
UNHCR - High Commissioner for Refugees United Nations I would like to inform you that we have received your donation. We are truly grateful ; you know how these resources are invaluable for our work at this time, which is so difficult because of the many humanitarian crises and lack of available... Read more
To mark 5 years since the inception of the Center Trafficking Office of LCCL/SACBC a conference was held at Good Shepherd Centre, Hartebeespoort. Its main purpose was to update ourselves on human trafficking and plan a way forward. The Conference gave an opportunity for participants to share all... Read more
The Water of Life and Joy The Mokolo Dam which collects water from the mountains. In our Delegation we live in two different situations. South Cameroon which has two rainy seasons each year; North Cameroon and Chad which have one rainy season that lasts from June to September. The people await the... Read more
Youth Yearning, orderliness, understanding, truthfulness and honour Come forward to make a group of people called YOUTH They are the energetic and generative power of the entire world They are fragile, fragmented and vulnerable to handle Some say that they are the strength and hope of a country... Read more
I was asked by Maristella of the Communications Team in Rome to write an article on St Joseph, whose feast day is marked with great devotion throughout the Catholic Church on 19 th March. First of all I wondered how I could possibly have enough information on St Joseph to write an article, and then... Read more
The Patu Woman (The Muyombe Mother) It is just a month since we arrived at Patu and we have discovered the following from the limited experience we have had of the women. The life of the Patu woman takes place on two levels: the spiritual level and care of the family. The language spoken in Patu,... Read more
Every Lent the Church in Brazil launches “The Fraternity Campaign”. The theme chosen this year for reflection/conversion/action is Fraternity and Human Trafficking. The slogan is, “Christ freed us so that we could remain free”. (Gal 5:1) The choice of this theme was the result of proposals made by... Read more
He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich (cf. 2 Cor 8:9) Dear Brothers and Sisters, As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: "For you know... Read more
"As we seek to build the world we want, let us intensify our efforts to achieve a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable development path built on dialogue, transparency and social justice." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message for the 2013 World Day of Social Justice The General Assembly... Read more
The concern is to find ways of helping the people to gather rain water. Another thing that we think is urgent is to begin working with the mothers and young girls of the village. We help the people according to their needs. With regard to the problem of water, we would like to have permanent access... Read more
THE MEANING FOR MY LIFE OF THE MIRACULOUS BENEDICTION OF FEBRUARY 3 1822 What does this date mean for the Family of Pierre Bienvenu Noailles? On that day, we remember and give thanks for a very special gift. On February 3 1822, in the poor chapel of Loreto, we find the seeds of what has become a... Read more
How can we use the power of language to avoid conflict and arrive at peaceful solutions? When there is a conflict, be it emotional or social, our way of communicating changes. We stop listening to the other person, we take no responsibility for the matter, we decide that it is either good or bad... Read more
WORLD DAY FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES Acccording to the latest official bulletin of UNHCR (The United Nations High Commission for Refugees) more than 45 million people are either refugees or have been forcibly removed from their homes. This figure shows a dramatic increase in the number of displaced... Read more
INTRODUCTION TO THE THEME FOR THE YEAR 2014 Has Christ been divided? (cf. 1 Cor 1:1-17) In the Scripture passage chosen for our reflection this year, Paul begins his letters to the Corinthians with a powerful opening. Like an overture to an opera or the opening movement to a symphony, this passage... Read more
THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FAMILY FARMING The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving... Read more
Epiphany means manifestation. Jesus makes himself known to all, without exception, beyond cultures, religions and appearances. Today he manifests himself as LIFE, in the here and now, in and through all, in the most trivial events, provided that we know how to look in depth, and to go beyond all... Read more
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2014 FRATERNITY, THE FOUNDATION AND PATHWAY TO PEACE 1. In this, my first Message for the World Day of Peace, I wish to offer to everyone, individuals and peoples, my best wishes for a life filled with joy and... Read more