Nearly 250,000 modern slaves in SA according to the Global Slavery Index. The Global Slavery Index examined practices such as forced labour, human trafficking, debt bondage, child exploitation and forced marriage, and placed SA in the 27th spot, with Trindad and Tobago. The research in South Africa... Read more
Pope Francis Meets Ex-Priests in Gesture of Mercy By Josephine McKenna, Religion News Service 11-14-2016 Pope Francis on [Nov. 11] made a surprise visit to meet several men who took the controversial step of leaving the priesthood and starting a family. A Vatican statement said the pope left his... Read more
Sri Lanka Catholics to take concrete actions during the last month of the Jubilee by Melani Manel Perera About a thousand Holy Family members discussed love and mercy, setting up various groups, each suggesting initiatives like not marginalising classmates, organising Masses for the sick, and... Read more
My participation in the WYD For the first time in my life I participated in the World Youth Day. It was a very special event that will be forever etched in my memory. I'm glad that it took place in Poland because, in this way, many young Poles could participate. Otherwise, the costs for many of... Read more
Saint Paul, in his letter to the Romans, wrote "... in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Yes, it is true, God never stops loving and once he has chosen, he chooses forever; he renews his choice with his grace, mercy and fidelity... Read more
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION 1 SEPTEMBER 2016 Show Mercy to our Common Home United with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, and with the support of other Churches and Christian communities, the Catholic Church today... Read more
REFUGEE WEEK IN BRADFORD 20 - 26 June Bradford, city of sanctuary, has a very special and proud tradition of welcoming refugees and people who have to leave their countries due to political, religious or other reasons. There are almost 340 families currently seeking asylum in Bradford. The theme of... Read more
Living (out of sight) under Plastic The Community of Campohermoso Last December, REVISTA 21 published an article about migrants in the Níjar district where we live. Since we would find it difficult to improve on the description of the situation given there, we decided to copy some parts of the... Read more
Solemn Requiem Mass for Sr. Veronika Dear Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and Friends, We thank you for sharing in our grief, in the past days, at the painful and tragic loss of Sr. Veronika, Theresia Racková, SSpS. Sr. Veronika was born in Slovakia on 08 January 1958. She made her first vows in the... Read more
On this feast of the Trinity when our God of Relationship, invites us to loving appreciation of the Oneness, the connectedness, we give thanks to that Love and for the many ways we have encountered the same Love in our personal and Holy Family journey. Recalling the memory of our beginnings with... Read more
UISGPLENARY: Supporting Global Sisterhood Sr. Rosemary Nassif, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation The global sisterhood is created by partnerships—not only in what we do, in our works, but also in our relationships – how we think, plan, organize, learn, believe and hope. Collaboration is a true sign of... Read more
UISG Plenary: A big Family Sr. Carmen Sammut, UISG President, states: “It is every three years that we have the occasion to meet many of us, members of the UISG, together. Our theme is ‘Weaving global solidarity for life’. Our first aim is our getting to know each other, getting to know from the... Read more
Sr. Carmen Sammut’s introduction to the #UISGPlenary : Dear sisters, In the name of the executive board, the executive secretary, and all the staff of the UISG, I have the joy of welcoming you to this our Plenary Assembly. I also welcome our guests, our speakers, the members of the press, our... Read more
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 50th WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Holy Year of Mercy invites all of us to reflect on the relationship between communication and mercy. The Church, in union with Christ, the living... Read more
Gender parity within- Understanding ‘the woman’ The theme for Women’s International Day 2016 declared by the United Nations, stirred me a lot and I wish, we all reflect on the underlying urgency for declaring such a theme. The theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”. This is... Read more
In the summer of 2015, when I had just arrived in my new home in Woodford Green, I attended a meeting of Religious to celebrate The Year of Consecrated life. Alan Williams, the Bishop of our Diocese of Brentwood and himself a Religious, was also there. To my surprise – probably because he saw a new... Read more
Siste rs fr om Generalat e participated in the Stations of the Cross on Palm Sunday organized by JPIC Commission of USG-UISG Rome. Christ’s journey to crucifixion, based on the reflections taken from Lauda­to Si, each station acknowledged a significant breaking of the covenant with the entire... Read more
Washing of the Feet – a Gesture of Love As a result of a direct intervention by Pope Francis, the situation regarding the Washing of the Feet has been clarified. On 20 December 2014 he wrote to Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, and in January it was... Read more
An image that came to me most powerfully recently was the image of Jesus crying. We find several instances of Jesus crying in the Gospels. Jesus looked at the city of Jerusalem and wept:”O Jerusalem, Jerusalem how often I would have gathered you as a mother hen gathers her chicks, but you would not... Read more
I know a girl who aspired to become a classical pianist. She had natural talent. She spent hours in practice. Then one night a man broke into her house and attacked her with a knife, badly disfiguring her hands. Today her piano sits silent. I know a man who had a promising career in publishing. He... Read more