Many Sri Lankans seek work and easy money in the Gulf, the Middle East, Malaysia and Singapore. However, the poorly educated and the unskilled have become the victims of human trafficking, including prostitution and forced labour. As far as human trafficking goes, Sri Lanka is the point of arrival... Read more
Pope Francis' words after the recitation of the Angelus prayer to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square: Dear brothers and sisters, today, the liturgical feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, the African nun who as a young girl had the tragic experience of being a victim of trafficking, the... Read more
This year is dedicated to “Consecrated Life”. What do we mean when we say that we are consecrated? Evidently the dictionary definitions – to be declared sacred; set apart – are no longer meaningful within a worldview where everything is sacred and all creation is infused with the Divine. There is... Read more
In the year of Consecrated life (30 th November 2014 - 2 nd February 2016), Africa/South Africa Bishops pay tribute to the consecrated women and men who founded the local Church. Here are surely included the Sisters of the Holy Family who were an important pioneering presence in South Africa from... Read more
In the year of consecrated life, 3 days of prayer had been conducted in the three Christian traditions: Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican. It was with a sense of joy and much enthusiasm that I joined the group of my sisters to participate in the prayer held in the Russian Orthodox church of St... Read more
on the dramatic situation in the country. Dear Brothers and Sisters, During these past few days, Kinshasa has been in a state of insufferable si ege . The people are in revolt; some politicians, together with the police, are sowing seeds of desolation and creating general insecurity. We condemn... Read more
Hundreds gathered in Mullaitivu tsunami memorial place on Friday to mark the 10 th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the pla ce. When a 9.15-magnitude quake opened a fault line deep beneath the ocean on Dec. 26 a decade ago, it triggered a wave as high as 17.4 meters... Read more
10 January a huge number of people demonstrated in front of the French embassy in Rome in order to express their solidarity with the victims of the attack which occurred on 7 January. They gathered to reject violence and brutality. Candles, flowers and moving messages were placed there. Above all,... Read more
Some members of the Holy Family of Helmut, the Holy Family of Bergame and the Holy Family of Bordeaux. Some thirty Religious from three Congregations founded under the protection of the Holy Family of Nazareth came together on Sunday, 28 December in the Holy Family School complex of Kinshasa-... Read more
FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE - 1 JANUARY 2015 “NO LONGER SLAVES, BUT BROTHERS AND SISTERS” At the beginning of this New Year, which we welcome as God’s gracious gift to all humanity, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and woman, to all the world’s peoples and... Read more
The grace which was revealed in our world is Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, true man and true God. He has entered our history; he has shared our journey. He came to free us from darkness and to grant us light. In him was revealed the grace, the mercy, and the tender love of the Father: Jesus is... Read more
Nearly 25 years ago, the world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. In spite of the overall gains, there are many children who... Read more
of Pierre Bienvenu Noailles Pierre Bienvenu Noailles, embraces all vocations within the Church and because its charism of Communion responds to the challenge of the modern world. “The Holy-Family seemed to me like a huge tree, a sort of oak tree with green branches. One could visualise flowers and... Read more
Perhaps when you see this title you will wonder “Why are we getting this information now? We already receive it through the social media which bombard us with information every day.” Sometimes, however, we have a defence mechanism which means that we hear information without listening to it. On... Read more
The extraordinary Synod on the Family will be held in Rome from 5 to 19 October. The theme of the synod is: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the context of Evangelisation. Its principal objective is : To show today’s world the beauty and values of the family which come from the proclamation... Read more
2014 is a Jubilee year and a year of thanksgiving for the community of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux in Banda. This community was founded in 1989 at the request of Monseigneur Eugène BILETSI, the then bishop of the Idiofa diocese. All the members of the Family of P.B.N. – Religious and... Read more
“When I was in Prison, you visited me” (Mt. 25:36) These words of Jesus inspired me to take up the ministry in collaboration with “Prison Ministry of India” (PMI). It is worth to render our service to save the rejected and condemned young women of our society. I feel that this is a special call and... Read more
When asked to write an article on Nelson Mandela my first reaction was: “Can I, in one short article, do justice to this world icon whose legacy of freedom and equality will live on for a long time…?” I don’t think so. I remember so vividly the 11th February, 1990 – the day Mandela was released... Read more
We have just celebrated a day for refugees but do celebrations like that really make us reflect or do we just hear it said, “Today is World Day for Refugees”? The facts below give some idea of the real situation: Over twelve years ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations set up “The World... Read more
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our societies are experiencing, in an unprecedented way, processes of mutual interdependence and interaction on the global level. While not lacking problematic or negative elements, these... Read more