News in Missions

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.

Heroic nun beats bullies to save children in India

Heroic nun beats bullies to save children in India

by: Saji Thomas - UCAN, Bhopal in Missions,
As the sari-clad nun sat on the floor of the rail station platform teaching abandoned children, some men approached offering help. Soon, from their gestures and words, Sister Clara Animuttil realized they took her for a sex worker. The 53-year-old laughed as she recalled the event 18 years ago at Itarsi Railway Station in central India. It was when she first began her work with destitute children living there.
Japanese Catholics celebrate anniversary of hidden communities

Japanese Catholics celebrate anniversary of hidden communities

by: ucanews.com reporter, Tokyo in Missions,

Catholics in southern Japan are remembering when two of their hidden communities discovered each other 150 years ago during a time of persecution. In March 1865, while Christianity was still banned in Japan, a French missionary discovered hidden Catholics in Nagasaki. For more than 200 years they had kept their faith in secret and lived without any priests. 

China World Heritage bid for St. Francis Xavier site

China World Heritage bid for St. Francis Xavier site

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in Missions,

Catholic pilgrims hoping to visit the original gravesite of St. Francis Xavier on China's Shangchuan Island on his feast day Dec. 3 will find the site closed for renovation as part of a bid for the UNESCO World Heritage listing. Pope Pius X declared Francis Xavier as a patron saint of all foreign missions.

Pope announces that Mary will be the focus of WYD 2017

Pope announces that Mary will be the focus of WYD 2017

by: Catholic News Service in Missions,

Pope Francis has chosen a focus on Mary for the next World Youth Day celebrations, which will be held in dioceses in 2017 and 2018 and with an international gathering in Panama in 2019. The Pontiff said that the Mother of Jesus is 'a role model to be imitated'.

Mongolia's first native priest

Mongolia's first native priest

by: UCANews in Missions,

Mongolia's first native priest speaks about his mission Catholicism has a patchy history in Mongolia but Father Enkh Baatar wants to change that  It was a historic moment for the Mongolian Catholic Church when the country's first native priest was ordained on Aug. 28. Father Joseph Enkh Baatar, 29, could be the first local to be ordained in a millennium.

Controls on religion inside Tibet have intensified

Controls on religion inside Tibet have intensified

by: ucanews.com reporter, Beijing in Missions,

Gyaltsen Norbu, the Panchen Lama installed by the Chinese government, has called for tighter controls over monks to ensure they follow Buddhist precepts in what is already among the most strictly managed Buddhist societies.  Roaming monks not based at any one temple are particularly prone to breaking precepts, Norbu said in rare public comments on Oct. 25 at the Fourth World Buddhist Forum in Wuxi, near Shanghai.

Missionaries weave back together shattered lives in Mindanao, Philippines

Missionaries weave back together shattered lives in Mindanao, Philippines

by: Inday Espina-Varona - UCAnews in Missions,

In the Philippines, the Claretians specialize in weaving back together the shattered lives of residents, immersing themselves in communities, and focusing on service rather than just evangelizing. The beatification of Romero, a cleric killed by right-wing thugs for his support of the poor and oppressed of El Salvador, comes at a time when the Philippines is polarized by a proposed law that seeks to cement the peace agreement signed between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).