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
Sunday, 29 December 2013-12-20 SAINT JOSEPH’S DREAM and THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT Mt. 2, 13-15; 19-23 “Go often to Nazareth and contemplate!” That is the frequently repeated invitation of Pierre Bienvenu Noailles. And today, in a special way, we can pause to contemplate St. Joseph’s 'dream’ and the... Read more
Yesterday, Sunday, the 22 nd of December , at the Chapel of the General House, Mattia was baptized. He is the firstborn son of a young couple, living in the Christian Community of Montespaccato, in the suburbs of Rome, ( Roman suburbs,) where, a few years ago, some of our sisters working in the... Read more
Sr. Bridgetammah SAVERIMUTHU "I know of a boat named Canada that brought our first two sisters, in 1949, from the Port of Marseilles in France, to the port of Douala in Cameroon to extend the family of God " In the 1987 November-December issue of Le Flamboyant, the newsletter of the Cameroon-Chad... Read more
Since the events of BOKO Aram in Nigeria, in our diocese there is a camp for refugees some 28 km from Mokolo . An appeal has been launched to help our sisters and brothers in distress. Mokolo is a city located almost on the border with Nigeria. There are parishes that share the border with the... Read more
Food – a sustainable future! (November 22 home AIAF) Reader 1 : 2014 has been declared the International Year of Family Farming. The General Assembly of the United Nations decided this at the end of last year, under pressure from 360 non-government organisations from more than 60 countries. There... Read more
GLOBAL RELIGIOUS LEADERS “WELCOME THE OTHER” The 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace will bring Religious Leaders together to collaborate for Peace On November 20th, the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace will convene in Vienna, Austria. The 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace... Read more
TYPHOON “HAIYAN”; HELP PHILIPPINE Haiyan first hit Samar and Leyte, about 600km southeast of the Philippine capital Manila, early on Friday morning. In all, it made six landfalls across the central part of the country, known as the Visayas region. A lot of people lost their homes. On Monday, three... Read more
Pope Francis' Prayer for the Families of the World (Here is the translation of the Holy Father's prayer for the Pilgrimage of Families of the World for the Year of Faith). Jesus, Mary and Joseph to you, Holy Family of Nazareth, today we turn our gaze with admiration and confidence; in you we... Read more
It is probable that Fr. Noailles meant by that what the French School called the virtue of religion, that is to say, the determination to see God above all else, in everything, to make everything depend absolutely on Him, A Spirit of Radicality - Pierre Bienvenu Noailles It is probable that Fr... Read more
The hamlet of Marawila was blessed with religious faith in 1644, with a crowd of 600 Catholics and 50 school children, who gathered around the first church that was dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. FOOTPRINTS OF 125 YEARS – SRI LANKA The hamlet of Marawila was blessed with religious faith in 1644,... Read more
To continue the work begun at the Pastoral Care of Vocations Session for Europe and Canada last April in Martillac (see ECHOES, 5 April 2013), the team consisting of: Maria CROWLEY (Britain and Ireland) Rosi GARCIA (Spain) Lorette LAFFARGUE (France) Maria Adela VANACLOCHA (Martillac) Pastoral Care... Read more
A few introductory words helped us to gather the fruits and deep convictions of the session: “We have come from different realities and contexts but we are sent on the same misión. We did not come with empty hands nor do we go away with them empty.” Thursday, 3 October Closing prayer A few... Read more
Aim: To continue the work begun the day before and to evaluate the different documents paying particular attention to “Pooling and Sharing” 2 October 2013 Aim: To continue the work begun the day before and to evaluate the different documents paying particular attention to “Pooling and Sharing” (... Read more
This was a day of practical work, continuing the work done the day before on the report that is to be presented to the Chapter. It was centred on the specifics of the reality of each unity. TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER This was a day of practical work, continuing the work done the day before on the report... Read more
The prayer created the right environment to face the day's work, arduous perhaps, but necessary to continue with the work begun yesterday. Two quotations from our documents to guide and give meaning to the work that is to follow: MONDAY, 30 T opic: Guidelines for preparing the Report for the... Read more
The aim of the day was to enable the participants to reach a common understanding of the criteria to be used in dealing with projects and the administration of goods. They approached these topics in the context of the Holy Family Mission with reference to the document, Guidelines for the... Read more
THURSDAY 26 During the course of the day, through the reports presented from the different Units, the assembly was enabled to become more aware of the reality of each Unit. Then in reflection and dialogue the participants as a group took on the responsibility of the Institute as a WHOLE. Therefore... Read more