News in Missions

Persecution against Indian Christians

Persecution against Indian Christians

by: Sebastian Milbank - The Tablet in Missions,

More evidence has emerged of a relentless campaign of persecution against Indian Christians after a video was released showing a Christian woman being forced to burn an image of Jesus by a mob of Hindu extremists. In the video the men accuse the woman of being like a prostitute, claiming she was bribed to become a Christian. They tell her: “You should worship our gods and goddesses.”

Archbishop of Paris closes experimental, "Vatican II" parish

Archbishop of Paris closes experimental, "Vatican II" parish

by: Christophe Henning-La Croix International in Missions,

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris has announced that he's closing what has long been recognized as the French capital's most progressive Catholic community, ostensibly because of its members' refusal to accept recent priests that have been assigned there.

Selfless catechists lead Church's pastoral mission in Bangladesh

Selfless catechists lead Church's pastoral mission in Bangladesh

by: Stephan Uttom, Natore - UCAN in Missions,

Shilpi Das’ life has been divided into two segments for more than 10 years now. The 33-year-old Catholic mother of two from a village under Queen of Fatima Church in Bangladesh's Thakurgaon district looks after her family with her husband. She is also a catechist who travels to remote villages near the Indian border.

Francis in Iraq - entering the labyrinth

Francis in Iraq - entering the labyrinth

by: Patrick Cockburn - The Tablet in Missions,

With the Pope preparing to visit the war-torn country, a veteran Middle East correspondent looks at the prospects of a return to security in a nation haunted by its blood-soaked past. I have always admired Iraqis for the way they have struggled to survive – though many of them failed to do so ­successfully – over 40 years of violence and fear.

Mission in Secularized Japan

Mission in Secularized Japan

by: Shun'ichi Takayanagi, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Missions,

Analyzing the Japanese words used to indicate the concept of “mission” may help to better facilitate understanding of what mission should be, the perception of which has become even more acute over the last 50 years. In fact, every definition entails a model or a paradigm of how to carry out a missionary activity.

Francis Xavier, a Missionary Beyond the Borders

Francis Xavier, a Missionary Beyond the Borders

by: Nuno da Silva Gonçalves, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Missions,

For Saint Francis Xavier the motives were Christ and the salvation of the people. Thus he was not afraid to consider the most distant and difficult goal as the most urgent. With this enthusiasm he proclaimed the Gospel in India, in Malacca (Malaysia), in the Moluccas (Indonesia) and in Japan. Only death stopped him when he tried to enter China, his last great missionary dream.

Justus Takayama Ukon: The Great Japanese Missionary of the Sixteenth Century

Justus Takayama Ukon: The Great Japanese Missionary of the Sixteenth Century

by: Toni Witwer, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Missions,

Four hundred years have passed since the death of Justus Takayama Ukon, remembered and revered in Japan not only as a martyr, but also as a great witness to the Christian faith, which he practiced in connection with the mission of the Society of Jesus. He was the greatest Japanese missionary of the sixteenth century because of how he lived the Christian faith with the tenacity, rigor and loyalty that were typical of the Japanese people, promoting the inculturation of Christianity through the witness of his life, which eventually led to his dying while in exile.

Francis Xavier, a Missionary Beyond the Borders

Francis Xavier, a Missionary Beyond the Borders

by: Nuno da Silva Gonçalves, SJ-La Civilta´cattolica in Missions,

For Francis Xavier the motives were Christ and the salvation of the people. Thus he was not afraid to consider the most distant and difficult goal as the most urgent. With this enthusiasm he proclaimed the Gospel in India, in Malacca (Malaysia), in the Moluccas (Indonesia) and in Japan. Only death stopped him when he tried to enter China, his last great missionary dream.

Spanish priest a good shepherd for ex-Khmer Rouge

Spanish priest a good shepherd for ex-Khmer Rouge

by: George Wright, Cambodia-UCAN in Missions,
Within weeks of the collapse of the final remnants of the Khmer Rouge in late 1998, Father Enrique Figaredo, also known as "Kike" or "The Bishop of the Wheelchair," went to visit some of the movement's last-standing cadres after hearing they needed assistance.
A Story That Needs to Be Heard; The Heart of Nuba (Sudan)

A Story That Needs to Be Heard; The Heart of Nuba (Sudan)

by: Ken Carlson, Director and Producer of The Heart of Nuba in Missions,

A truck carrying a year’s worth of medical supplies, vaccines, and food to the Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where Dr. Tom is the sole surgeon for nearly one million people, had been hijacked and raided.  The clock was ticking loudly.  The rainy season was less than three weeks out. Once it began, there would be no movement possible. People would die.

Jesuits end decades of water shortages in Timor-Leste

Jesuits end decades of water shortages in Timor-Leste

by: Siktus Harson and Thomas Ora, Dili - UCAN in Missions,

According to a 2015 census, more than 830,000 of Timor-Leste's 1.1 million people live in rural areas. About 78 percent of people living in urban areas have access to clean water, but only 64 percent of people do in rural areas, according to Rui de Sousa, director of Timor-Leste National Water and Sanitation Services.

PARISHIONERS’ FURY OVER CHURCH CLOSURE IN WALES

PARISHIONERS’ FURY OVER CHURCH CLOSURE IN WALES

by: The Tablet - 5 Jan, 2018 in Missions,

A church in Wales, which recently marked its centenary with a Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Wrexham, Peter Brignall, is to close in February, he has announced. Parishioners at St Michael & All Angels Church in Conwy spoke of their “devastation” after a letter was read out, the weekend before Christmas, announcing the last Mass would take place there on 11 February.

Philippine soldiers charged for priest's murder

Philippine soldiers charged for priest's murder

by: Mark Saludes and Joe Torres - UCANews in Missions,

The Philippines' Department of Justice has ordered the filing of charges against two ranking military men and several members of a militia group for the murder of an Italian priest in Mindanao. Father Fausto Tentorio, a member of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions who had worked with tribal people since 1978, was shot dead inside his church compound in Arakan town on Oct. 17, 2011.

Dili Diocese grows, helps Timor-Leste progress

Dili Diocese grows, helps Timor-Leste progress

by: Katharina R. Lestari, Dili - UCAN in Missions,
Dili Diocese grows, helps Timor-Leste progress Bishop of Dili says govt recognizes the Catholic Church as partner in serving the people Dili Diocese grows, helps Timor-Leste progress 
 World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday

by: Fr. Joseph Santiago cmf in Missions,

Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ. For this reason, the mission ad gentes continues to be most urgent. All the members of the Church are called to participate in this mission, for the Church is missionary by her very nature: she was born “to go forth”. World Mission Sunday is one of the most special days in the global Catholic Church. It unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, mutual friendship and support; both spiritual and material. It is a celebration of grace and joy.

Jesuits commit to build peace in South Asia

Jesuits commit to build peace in South Asia

by: ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi in Missions,

Father George Pattery, Jesuit provincial of South Asia, said in written statement that regional superiors had specifically vowed to respond effectively, through their ministries, to an alarming rise of fundamentalism within the region.

Spread the Word: Evangelical Mission of the Parish.

Spread the Word: Evangelical Mission of the Parish.

by: Paul Cannon and Sharon Beech - The Tablet in Missions,

 In recent years, we have become familiar with the term “missionary disciple” – a term that is used throughout Evangelii Gaudium (the “Joy of the Gospel”), the first of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortations. This term is used boldly to emphasise the mutual importance of the need both for a relationship with our Lord and the need to serve him in this world by serving our brothers and sisters.

Indian ad against missionaries irks Christians, civil leaders

Indian ad against missionaries irks Christians, civil leaders

by: Ritu Sharma, New Delhi - UCAN in Missions,

Jharkhand state in eastern India has produced an advertisement against Christian missionaries, drawing protests from Christian leaders and civil society members who see it as part of a vicious ongoing campaign. That this was being done officially by a state government was shameful, said Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary-general of the Indian bishops' conference.