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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in almost every African country, catechists play a vital role in passing on the faith. In the …
The image of Mary in Berdychiv’s Carmelite Monastery and Church is a shrine for Ukraine’s Catholics. The monastery and its attached church were originally built in 1630 by the family of a Polish nobleman, who also donated the image of Mary. Since then, it has drawn large numbers of Catholic faithful, who lay their cares and concerns at the feet of the Mother of God. One of the shrine’s most significant moments was its crowning by the local bishop in 1998, with a crown blessed by Pope John Paul II.
High in the Andes, at an altitude of over 10,000 feet, there are nine young men preparing for ordination to the priesthood. They live in the town of Huaraz, in Peru. Huaraz is the seat of the diocese and home to the diocesan seminary; the region’s Catholics are scattered across 5,000 square miles and ministered to by 58 priests.
The morning of Easter Sunday 2019 will haunt Sri Lanka forever. On that day, a series of suicide attacks in three Christian churches and three hotels claimed about 300 lives and injured 500 more.
The Parish of Our Lady lies in the city of Shebo, in western Ethiopia. During the drought of 1985, much of the country resettled here with the promise of a better life. But they were met with bitter disappointment. The parish was established to help a suffering and disillusioned people.
Catholics are a minority in Bosnia and Herzegovina – barely 14%, and declining. During the Bosnian war, from 1992 to 1995, half the Catholic population was expelled or forced to emigrate. Even today many Catholics are leaving the country because they can see little future for themselves, owing to the discrimination they face in seeking employment, in the schools and in social life.
Ten years ago the Congregation of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara founded a convent in in the town of Burshtyn in West Ukraine. It seemed an almost impossible task at the time, since the Sisters had to start from nothing. Thanks to their perseverance and their deep trust in God, their great dream finally became reality.
The prelature of Chuquibambilla in southern Peru lies high up in the hills, at an altitude of 10,000 to 15,000 feet. It is a region of great poverty, where the people have to contend with poor soil and frequent droughts. Added to this was the 10 years of terror and civil war inflicted by the Maoist guerillas of the so-called “Shining Path,” rebels who during the 1980s left behind deep scars among the people that have still not healed to this day.