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We thank Fr. IBERCIO ROJAS for his many years of committed and devoted service to the Missions in South Africa and we wish him well in his new assignment to his home Province of Peru:
We still eagerly await the arrival of:
Fr. Javier Martin Ruiz Eche (Peruvian)
Maria Trost Pastoral Centre, Lydenburg, Witbank Diocese
Letter of Solidarity from the
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No to Looting in South Africa
Opening Address SACBC Plenary
THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
TITULAR PATRON OF THE INSTITUTE
Message from the General Council
Message from the Provincial Superior RSA
COMBONI MISSIONARIES SOUTH AFRICA
LUMKO INSTITUTE, 12-16 April 2021
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guidance of His Spirit during our Assembly.
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- Synodality and ecumenism require walking together, say cardinalsAll Christians are invited to pray for unity and continue to journey together, said Cardinals Mario Grech, general secretary of the Synod of the Bishops, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Read more »
- Top officials in Vatican Secretariat of State test positive for COVID-19Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, and Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, the substitute for general affairs in the secretariat, have tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more »
- Pope sends aid to victims in Philippines, migrants on Belarus borderPope Francis is sending thousands of dollars in relief aid to the Philippines after a devastating typhoon struck the Southeast Asian archipelago in December. Read more »
- Christians should look for signs of God’s love in their lives, pope saysGod likes to intervene behind the scenes and without fanfare, always ready to help and lift people up, Pope Francis said. Read more »
- Seeking God together will bring Christians closer to each other, pope saysWhen the goal of Christian unity seems far off, "let us remind ourselves that we are making this journey not as those who already possess God but as those who continue to seek him," Pope Francis told members of an ecumenical pilgrimage from Finland. Read more »
- Pope: Communication must build communion, fraternityIn a time when social networks can tend to divide people, Christian media must instead work to unite men and women, Pope Francis said. Read more »
- Ex-Omaha Archdiocese chancellor faces new theft chargeA former chancellor for the Archdiocese of Omaha who is already charged with two felony counts has been charged with a new count of theft after authorities say he stole more than $100,000 from a church in Sarpy County. Read more »
- Vatican asked to help resolve Armenia-Azerbaijan conflictAzerbaijan is seeking the the Vatican’s diplomatic help in its ongoing conflict with Armenia, and Pope Francis and his team are showing a willingness to provide hands-on support. Read more »
- Portuguese abuse commission begins work investigating ‘deep pain and suffering’A week into the year-long independent anti-abuse commission convened by the Catholic Church in Portugal, 102 allegations had been made. Read more »
- Catholic parish helped families of hostages during Texas synagogue standoffAt one point during the synagogue hostage situation in Colleyville, Texas, on Jan. 15 interfaith leaders stationed at nearby Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church entered into a theological discussion about why bad things happen to good people. Read more »
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Ecumenism, from the pandemic to the SynodAs the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins, Bishop Brian Farrell from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity reflects on some of the aspects that may have had an effect on Christian unity during this historic period. Read all Read more »
- EU Bishops look forward to working with Roberta MetsolaBishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, delegate of the Bishops’ Conference of Malta to COMECE, says he is proud the new European Parliament President is a compatriot of his, and expresses confidence for a fruitful working relationship between EU lawmakers and the Church. Read all Read more »
- CAR Bishops denounce exploitation of resources undermining the countryA statement released by the Catholic Bishops of the Central African Republic lambasts a protracted culture of corruption in the country that together with the abuse of foreign parties creates the conditions for the continuing exploitation of natural resources and international marginalization. Read all Read more »
- Fr. Patton: Holy Land is where Christians live in concrete unityThe Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, describes the Pope’s audience with The Holy Land Review, and affirms that local Christians of various confessions seek to live in concrete unity. Read all Read more »
- Caring for the earth, hope for the most vulnerableThe Treviso-based Foundation “Oltre il Labirinto” (“Beyond the Labyrinth”), created to welcome, care for, protect and promote the inclusion of young people with autism, is relaunching its project “Farm4Autism”. The President, Mario Paganessi: Laudato si’ continues to inspire our work. There is no concern, respect or care for the environment… Read more »
- US Church gearing up for the annual 9 Days for LifeThe Catholic Church in the United States is set to hold its annual "9 Days for Life" novena on 19-27 January, which coincides with the 49th annual March for Life in Washington. Read all Read more »
- Pope receives Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina PresidencyPope Francis received this Monday morning Željko Komšić, the current Chairman of the Collegial Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, who met afterwards with Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States. Read all Read more »
- Suspect identified in Betrayal of Anne FrankA six-year international investigation has identified a suspect who may have betrayed famous Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis. Jewish notary Arnold van den Bergh, has been accused by a team that included a retired agent of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI. Read… Read more »
- US bishops urge Americans to follow Martin Luther King's prophetic witnessAs Americans honour the memory of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., the Bishops of the United States call on all people of goodwill to continue to draw from his example and to carry on his work for equality and justice in American society. Read all Read more »
- Raphaël Bedros XXI opens Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in BeirutIn the Armenian-Catholic Cathedral of St. Elijah and St. Gregory the Illuminator in the Lebanese capital, the Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics, Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian, invites everyone to overcome differences by looking to Christ the Redeemer and the mystery of the Eucharist. Read all Read more »
- Pope to Holy Land Review: Tell the story of fraternity in the Middle EastPope Francis urges the journalists of The Holy Land Review to tell the world the story of fraternity among Christians and among all the children of Abraham. Read all Read more »
Saint of The Day
- St. Fillan: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, January 19, 2022Fillan, son of Feriach and St. Kentigerna, was also known as Foelan. He became a monk in his youth and accompanied his mother from Ireland to Scotland where he lived as a hermit near St. Andrew's monastery for many years, and then was elected abbot. He later resigned and resumed… Read more »
- Saint Charles of SezzeImage: Saint Charles from Sezze, Immaculate’s church, Latina | Antonio Sicurezza Saint of the Day for January 18 (October 19, 1613 – January 6, 1670) Click here to listen Saint Charles of Sezze’s Story Charles thought that God was calling him to be a missionary in India, but he never got… Read more »
Doctrinal Homily Outlines
- Third Sunday in Ordinary TimeJames Tissot (French, 1836-1902). Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue (Jésus dans la synagogue déroule le livre), 1886-1894. Brooklyn Museum. The lectionary readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time focus on (a) Ezra’s reading of the rediscovered Scriptures to the remnant who returned to Jerusalem from Babylonian captivity and (b)… Read more »
- Family aims to bring its angel home January 16, 2022The Jobin family, parents Marc and Carole and their nine children, have many dreams, but the greatest right now is to unite the entire family under one roof.
- Evading Church role harms reconciliation January 15, 2022Repeated comments from bishops, priests and highly placed Catholics minimizing damage caused by the residential school system risk torpedoing efforts at reconciliation, warns a high-profile Indigenous scholar and former judge.
- Rise in digital donations a pandemic ‘blessing’ January 14, 2022The pandemic has brought unprecedented reliance on the digital world to the forefront, and the Catholic Church has not been exempt.
- German canon lawyer: Wait for abuse report before casting blame January 14, 2022MUNICH -- As Germans await publication of a report on how leaders of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising handled cases of historic abuse, a canon lawyer casts doubt on accusations against retired Pope Benedict XVI over possible negligence.
- Outdoor Mass circumvents Quebec church restrictions January 13, 2022In the weeks since Quebec’s indoor Mass ban took effect, some Catholics are making do by embracing the outdoor religious celebrations available to them.
- ‘Bubble-zone’ law comes into effect January 12, 2022Pro-lifers are sounding the alarm about the new “bubble-zone” laws that become active Jan. 16, 30 days since Bill C-3 attained royal assent.
- India’s change of plan sees Missionaries of Charity able to access foreign funds January 12, 2022NEW DELHI -- The Indian government has restored the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act registration of the Missionaries of Charity, clearing the decks for the globally renowned charity to receive and utilize foreign funds, reported ucanews.com.
- Toronto archdiocese updates COVID protocols January 12, 2022The Archdiocese of Toronto, recognizing the contagiousness of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, has issued new guidelines to parishes to help stem its spread.
- Pope, cardinal offer condolences to victims of Bronx fire January 10, 2022WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis issued condolences to families of those killed in an Jan. 9 apartment building blaze in the Bronx that killed 17 people, including eight children.
- Making Communion hosts stays true to sisters’ adoration of Eucharist January 10, 2022Producing communion bread has been an integral part of the ministry of the Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood in Canada for over 100 years, but just how the hosts are made remains a mystery to many.