This holy time of the year — filled with family togetherness, gift giving, and heartfelt sharing — is, in the deepest sense, a time of prayer and reflection. Christmas is solely about God. Christmas is about God fulfilling His promises, saving His people, coming to us — as one of us — in Jesus Christ.
Columban General Council on the opening of the United Nations’ COP23 presided by Fiji and hosted in Bonn, Germany, wishes to send a message urging all leaders to take meaningful action on advancing the agreements made at COP21 in Paris and COP 22 in Marrakesh. Columbans have been present in Fiji for more than 60 years and know intimately the impacts of climate change on small island states in the Pacific.
The German Bundestag Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development led by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights and Policy and Humanitarian Aid, Dr. Bärbel Kofler, nominated the work done by the Preda Foundation, Columban Father Shay Cullen and his team for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. It can only now be made public.
Columban Fr. Shay Cullen invites you to learn about the lives of Filipinos, the socio-economic situation of the country, the challenges it faces and the courage and resilience of its brave people by reading his new book, Ricky and Julie: A Story of Courage and Survival in the Philippines.
Pope Francis frequently reminds all Catholics that the Church is missionary and is called to reach out to the poor, to sinners, to unbelievers and to those who live on the margins of modern society. This challenge galvanized Columban father Michael Hoban and the Church in Chile to reach out to those who feel that there is no place for them in society.
The Missionary Society of St. Columban, a Catholic missionary organization serving in fifteen countries around the world, says: "Columbans serve communities across the globe who daily face the devastating impacts of a dramatically changing climate. Our mission experience of living with poor communities impacted by environmental degradation compels us to work for the full restoration of our relationships with all of Creation." (Society Climate Change Statement, Sept 2014).
Columban Fr. Shay Cullen is set to receive another prestigious international award in recognition of his work against child sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
In November, the missionary, who is based in the Philippines, will receive the 2017 Martin Buber Award.
The honor reognises his work, through the PREDA Foundation, helping children and women.
He will be presented with the award in Kerkrade during the annual International Festival of Dialogue – EURIADE.