Earlier this month, Caritas Macau launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of supporting populations that were forcibly displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. The donations should strengthen Caritas’ response capacity in Ukraine and in neighboring countries. More than three million Ukrainian refugees have fled their home country.
There are several recently released books that offer an interesting perspective to reflect about. One of these is Preserving the soul – Manual for aspiring patriots by Italian journalist Francesco Borgonovo, published by Lindau in Turin, Italy.
Ramos Horta became an international celebrity mostly because he won the Nobel Peace prize in 1996 jointly with Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo.
While popes in the past have performed the consecration stipulated by Our Lady at Fatima to varying degrees, Pope Francis’ forthcoming consecration comes the closest to meeting the specifics of the Blessed Mother’s request and may prove fortuitous.
João de Brito accompanied all these persecutions in south India from outside; he had wanted to suffer those trials with his converts, but they had managed to keep him out from such convulsions, reminding him that the flock might lose some sheep, but it could not be without its shepherd.
In our times, is there such a thing as a “just war”?
The Claretian missions in Macau and Hong Kong launched earlier this month a fundraising campaign to help the thousands of Ukrainian citizens who have escaped the war-torn nation and have taken refuge in neighboring Poland.
In one of his writings from that year, Brito clearly refers to the enormous difficulties he faced daily: “Such is my relation for the year 1682. It all boils down to this: we have no human support to lean on, kings and princes oppose us, the powerful and learned ones do their best to expel us; and even so, thanks to a special protection of God Our Lord, who keeps us on this earth, we managed to spread His Holy Religion.”
Suddenly, we are not talking of Covid anymore.
A friend from Poland sent me an endless video, filmed with the cell phone: a huge queue, going around a corner and around another corner and on and on… to a place to give blood to send to Ukraine.