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OGF 10/2018 “The omnipotence of prayer is our strength”

Unique, amazing, overwhelming. And let’s admit it straight away: off-the-pegs clothes didn’t suit him. Pointless to get involved in cutting and sewing… he’d have suffocated in them. He was as he was. That’s how he was made. Every size was too tight on him. And there was nothing to do if the pattern didn’t fit.

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04/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

Brother Fafa: A brother serving fellow refugees

I am happy and enjoy being a Comboni missionary brother. It gives me the opportunity to meet God in my life. And I believe that by using my talents well, I will be giving love back to God and become a good servant as the gospel invites us to be (Mt 25:14-30)

24/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

A pimp was that book!

A ‘church kid’ dreams of becoming a botanist. He loves reading short novels. One day, he lays his hands on a booklet titled “If the seed falls…” and buys it. It is not a work on botany. He feels fooled. Yet, he reads it all the same… and his life changes radically.

21/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Missionaries of Africa: A great gift

This year, the Missionaries of Africa (also known as the White Fathers) celebrate 150 years of their foundation. The society was founded in Algeria on the 19th October, 1868, by Cardinal Charles Lavigerie and it focuses on evangelism and education in the African continent.

17/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

My Vocation: a journey of valued little decisions

My journey has been an ordinary story of events led by the hand of God. It is a journey of valued little decisions that can best be contemplated as a whole and can only be beautiful if seen by a panoramic view at the end. My parent’s decision to have me baptized, the decisions to keep away from sin, concentrate on school, to be active at church…

20/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

The Water Brother: “When people see me they see water!”

He witnessed hundreds of people being killed in his mission in West Pokot, north-west of Kenya. Several times he was threatened and attacked but he never left the missions. He has spent 42 years in the missions serving God’s people and he is still going on strong.

13/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Lord, what about me?

The funny thing in all this development of my vocation to religious life was that God did not tell me in clear terms that this was my vocation. There was no evident sign pointing to it. As we know in the Old Testament, God spoke to Moses, to a people, to prophets, even to kings… Besides, in the Sacred Scripture, we meet with visions, angels, and messengers; then there are dreams and voices. And what about me?

06/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Christian, Take Courage. Build my House!

As I look back to these ten years of pastoral work, I (personally) did not build much, but we (together) built a Christian community more mature in faith and concern for each other. This I believe is the House of Jesus. I am grateful to the Lord that let me live in his house and with his people.

31/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

A glass of water for the Kafir

While “salvation” and “paradise” are both held sacred and exclusively for believers by Muslims and Christians over the years, the unmistakable reality for all people of goodwill is that the invitation is universal. The janna of the Koran, the paradise of the Bible, the kingdom of Allah – God, is for every human being.

09/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Ecuador: To Live And Share My Faith With Others

Comboni Father Seraphin Kakwata, Congolese, shares his experience being amongst afro-descendent communities in S. Lorenzo parish, in the province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador.

07/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Kenya: A Horizon-Less Frying Pan

Comboni Missionary Father Mitiku Habbthe from Ethiopia is working with the Turkana in the remote north-western part of Kenya, a semi-desert area, shares his experience.

05/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

One family with non-Christians

Violence committed against each other, unfortunately, emphasizes the stark differences among believers of different religions. But it is also not surprising that acts of mercy and love, the characteristics of one and the same God, can bind people of different religions together.

02/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Vocation Story: Why Not Me?

Fascinated by a priest and his style of life, I decided to be like him. Then, I met the Comboni Missionaries. Immediately I understood that that would be my life. Father Anane Joseph Nhyirana tells us his story.

30/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Kenya: Pökot Marriage

The Pökot people live in West Pökot County and Baringo County in Kenya and in the Pökot District of the eastern Karamoja region in Uganda. They are estimated to be around 700,000. Like many other people they are going through a profound transformation.

29/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

South Sudan: Reconciliation Paths

In a country ravaged by war, forgiveness is the contribution Christians can offer to a society divided along ethnic lines and rivalries. A missionary in South Sudan shares a couple of stories on how his teaching brought about pardon, mutual acceptance and peace.

28/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Mission at the foot of the volcano

A Comboni missionary, assigned at the outskirts of a town in Peru, at the foot of an active volcano, recountes how the Comboni charism has touched the lives of people and how collaboration in facing challenges to spread the Gospel has made it a grace-filled adventure.

25/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

The Gospel along the River

Comboni missionaries have been present among the Ashaninka and Nomatsiguengas indigenous peoples in Central Selva, Peru. Fr. Randy Recalde, a Filipino missionary, says that the presence of powerful drug traffickers and terrorists in the area are the main challenges to missionary work.

18/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Chad – At the heart of the people

A tiny group of Christians in a predominantly Moslem environment, determined to forge ties of friendship and dialogue in a society that still bears the wounds of thirty years of civil war. A Comboni Missionary community tells its story. 

13/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis at Chrism Mass: To be… street Priests!

This is God’s great choice: the Lord chose to be close to his people. Thirty years of hidden life! Only then did he begin his preaching. Here we see the pedagogy of the Incarnation, a pedagogy of inculturation, not only in foreign cultures but also in our own parishes, in the new culture of young people…

29/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 1/2018 – Peter, Community and Memories

Let us to share three moments experienced by Peter and the first community: Peter and the community disheartened, Peter and the community shown mercy, and Peter and the community transfigured.  I play with this pairing of Peter and the community since the life of apostles always has this twofold dimension, the personal and the communitarian.

25/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Un grano di sale, da Lutero (3)

. “L’ANIMA MIA MAGNIFICA IL SIGNORE”.
Le sue parole sono l’espressione di un grande amore e di rogo non una vivissima gioia, ciò spiega perché il suo animo e la sua vita si elevano nello spirito. Maria non dice: Io magnifico Dio, ma l’anima mia; come se volesse dire: tutta la mia vita e i miei sensi sono come sorretti dall’amore di Dio

03/05/2017 · Lascia un commento

India’s top magazine selects nun for annual women award

New Delhi: Vanitha (woman), the largest circulated magazine in India, has selected a Catholic nun for its prestigious Woman of the Year Award. Sr Sudha Varghese has so far helped some 2,250 girls to graduate from high school or skill training centers.

09/03/2017 · Lascia un commento

Pope: consecrated life should shy away from worldliness, offer the “freshness” of the Gospel

Concerned about the declining numbers of the consecrated, the pontiff notes that a world dominated by the culture of the provisional and money forgets “the beauty of a simple and austere life”. He calls for evangelising in lieu of the culture of success at any price, shying away from worldliness, yet maintaining the “strength of mission”.

31/01/2017 · Lascia un commento

OGF 2/2017 What kind of vocations for a renewed consecrated life?

Either the vc will understand this cultural period of transit and once more adopt a deeply relational and communal approach, or it will risk placing itself outside the meaningful human context, no longer meeting any demand or any aspect, any expectation held by men and women today, and, therefore, having nothing more to say, no image to present, no appeal.
My working hypothesis is that the new image of the vc should first and foremost be that of relationship. “Relationship” in its widest and most essential meaning, precisely because relationships are at the basis of human life.

23/01/2017 · Lascia un commento

Vatican reiterates that homosexuals shouldn’t be priests

In a new document on the priesthood, the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy has reiterated that men with “deeply rooted homosexual tendencies” shouldn’t be admitted to Catholic seminaries and, therefore, shouldn’t become Catholic priests. Much more is also found in the new document.

08/12/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 11/2016 Living the dialogue in the Church

The dialogue is not a doctrinal truth; it is not just an ingredient, essential though it is. It is the figure of a new way of “being Church” and of “building Church”.

30/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

OGF 10/2016 LIFE AND MISSION

Evangelical Fidelity and personal satisfaction.
Our religious profession implies two dimensions: our life and our mission. In our life, it appears impossible to mark the boundaries between life and mission since everything in our is based on the evangelizing mission.

30/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

La missione e la “buona battaglia” della testimonianza

Mi suona strano pensare che ci siano “battaglie buone”. In genere, si associa l’idea della battaglia alla guerra, intesa appunto come un susseguirsi di battaglie in momenti e luoghi diversi, volte a indebolire il nemico finché ceda e annunci la propria resa. Ma che sia Paolo, un apostolo, a dirci che ha “combattuto la buona battaglia” e che ne è risultato vincitore perché ha “conservato la fede”, certo la sua affermazione stride un po’ con il messaggio di pace e di non violenza che, in generale, il Vangelo porta con sé.

22/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

Annalena Tonelli: an inspiring missionary for today’s world

Annalena Tonelli: “I proclaim the Gospel with my life and I burn with the desire to continue to proclaim it out until the end”

Annalena Tonelli, Italian Catholic missionary, the “Mother Teresa” of the Somali people, was a remarkable woman, who lived in silence her life in the footsteps of Jesus Christ for 35 years, in a Muslim environment. Awarded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award the 25th of June 2003, she was murdered on the 5th of October 2003.

19/10/2016 · Lascia un commento

Messaggio del Papa per la Giornata Missionaria Mondiale 2016

– Chiesa missionaria, testimone di misericordia
Messaggio del Santo Padre
– Eglise missionnaire, témoin de miséricorde
Testo in lingua francese
– Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy
Testo in lingua inglese
– Iglesia misionera, testigo de misericordia
Testo in lingua spagnola
– Igreja missionária, testemunha de misericórdia
Testo in lingua portoghese

18/10/2016 · 1 Commento

‘Nigerians are hungry’, Cardinal Okogie tells President Buhari in open letter

Lagos – Emeritus Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okogie has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation.

30/08/2016 · Lascia un commento

Surprise! Pope Francis visits convents on his day off

Rieti, Italy, Aug 9, 2016
In keeping with his spontaneous personality, Pope Francis made a surprise visit Tuesday to two convents north of Rome.

10/08/2016 · Lascia un commento

Women form the vanguard of Pope Francis’ agenda

ROME— Pope Francis has called for greater leadership by women in Catholicism in the future, but already in the here and now there are multiple arenas in which women are the vanguard of implementing his agenda, including the Church’s response to forced migration, modern-day slavery, and war.

12/05/2016 · Lascia un commento

South Sudan: ‘Let Us Take Care Of Our Common Home’

The Religious Superiors Association of South Sudan (RSASS), a Catholic Church’s entity, representing more than 500 members, Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests, has issued a communiqué following a three days conference on the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis Laudato Si. RSASS Executive Body will hand over this communiqué to the newly appointed Minister for Environment and Forestry in South Sudan, Hon. Josephine Napwon.

04/05/2016 · Lascia un commento

Sole survivor of Yemen massacre, Sister Sally, describes martyrdom of her sisters.

The superior of the Aden community has entrusted to a sister the dramatic story of the assault on the nursing home for the elderly and disabled. The sisters were killed because of their “fidelity” to their mission, by being found ready “to welcome their Spouse”. A blood sacrifice in the hope that it will bring about “shoots of peace for the Middle East and help stop Isis”.

18/03/2016 · Lascia un commento

Vocations crisis needs prayer, not despair or lax admissions, pope says.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Respond to the crisis of vocations with intensified prayer, not despair or a lax admissions process, Pope Francis told women and men religious. He said he … Continua a leggere

01/02/2016 · Lascia un commento

Preschooler whose ‘celebration of Mass’ went viral dies of cancer.

A young Brazilian boy whose solemn reenactment of the Mass drew hordes of online traffic has passed away after nearly two years of battling an aggressive form of cancer. Rafael … Continua a leggere

23/11/2015 · Lascia un commento

OGF 9/2015 When prophets speak…

Pope Francis’ addresses to Priests and Religious in his journey to Cuba, to the United States of America. Text word OGF 2015-9 When prophets speak Text PDF  OGF 2015-9 When … Continua a leggere

21/10/2015 · Lascia un commento

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