Comboni Missionaries Ireland

Bethany: “Our hearts are open to all who knock at our door”

One of the Comboni Sisters Communities is based in Bethany, about two miles east of Jerusalem on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. It is also known as al-Eizariya (Arabic for ‘Place of Lazarus’,) and it is marked by the infamous “Security Wall” built by Israel. The Comboni Sisters have been serving in Bethany …

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U.S. Bishops Support Obama’s Gun Control Proposal

In a speech on “Common-Sense Gun Safety Reform” on Tuesday 5 January 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama said gun violence is an infringement of religious liberty. He announced that “all gun sellers will now be required to register as dealers and carry out background checks on all buyers”. In response, His Excellency Monsignor Kevin Joseph …

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Ethiopian Bishop Says Acts of Mercy Begin within the Family

Continuing the observation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a Bishop in northern Ethiopia reaches out to families to promote forgiveness and reconciliation. Bishop Tesfassilassie, the Eparch of Adigrat in Ethiopia, has called on the Catholic faithful in Ethiopia to commit to acts of mercy within their families. He said that the Church in Ethiopia …

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The Lesson and the Spirit of Christmas

“We have to recreate in our hearts and homes this spiritual experience by thinking of the great challenges that befell Jesus from His birth.” – Father Shay Cullen Christmas has become a secular, unspiritual holiday. These days, the word Christmas is not used on festive banners. Greetings have changed to “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”, …

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Christmas in Sri Lanka: A Harvest Festival

In Sri Lanka, December has always been a popular month – because it’s harvest time. After the first conversions to Catholicism in the 16th century, the month was renamed “Nattal rnase”, which literally means “Christmas month”. Today, celebrations remain a mixture of harvest festival and Christian traditions. Sri Lanka today is a predominantly Sinhala-Buddhist state. …

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Christmas in Mexico: A Multicolour Feast

The Mexican Christmas celebration is a combination of Christian spirit and indigenous traits – a fiesta featuring colours, dancing, songs, and joy. Even though the official liturgical preparation for Christmas begins with the First Sunday of Advent, and December 25 remains the centre of the liturgical and secular celebrations in Mexico, the celebrations begin long …

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