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Trees, Trees, Trees

One of the gifts of being a missionary is the privilege of being invited to share “from the inside” the important life moments in a very diverse culture. Even when just visiting other countries, if accompanied by missionaries working and …

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Liturgical Calendar

The Catholic Church sets aside certain days and seasons of each year to recall and celebrate various events in the life of Christ. In its Roman Rite the liturgical year begins with Advent, the time of preparation for both the …

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Meet Columban seminarian Atonio Saula Seeto!

Bula, my name is Atonio Saula Seeto. I am 23 years of age and this is my second year as Columban seminarian. I am from Nasalia, Tavuki, Kadavu, Fiji Islands. My parents were separated when I was about three years …

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“Because there is Love”

Aside from my work in the Center (Holy Family for Special Education) twice a week after class I also go to the dorm of six students who are learning the simple household chores by themselves but of course with the …

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The Folly of Our “Freedom” in the Philippines

Freedom can mean many things. On Independence Day, what is remembered and celebrated is freedom from colonial rule, from occupation by another nation. Some politicians and nationalists celebrate it as the “granting of Independence,” as if it were a gift …

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Human Trafficking

Just a few kilometers on the outskirts of El Paso on the U.S. border with the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, I lean against the long wire mesh fence that keeps out the flood of migrants and asylum seekers from …

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“Cena Um” – A Theater Project for Social Change

Cena Um is a registered non-government organization (NGO) formed to showcase the considerable talents of youth living in poor communities on the periphery of the city of Salvador, Brazil. It is open to all who share our vision, regardless of …

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St Columban Mosaic

This modern mosaic of St. Columban was installed in the vestibule of St. Columbanus church in Chicago, Illinois, at Easter of this year. The artist is David Csicsko. The mosaic is an attempt to represent St. Columban in a way …

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St. Columban’s Day in Rome 2014

It was a blessing and privilege for me to participate at the opening of the 1400th anniversary of the death of St. Columban. There were four major events. It started on Friday, October 10, 2014, with the Ecumenical vespers at …

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Spring’s New Life

Who will take responsibility for Spring’s new life saluting us with such intense delight? The verdant romance of nature beaming her embrace, over nature’s face Bestowing once more her secret resurrection, over a dead and weary jurisdiction Infusing through its …

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