Redemptorists celebrate 50 years in Vietnam

Redemptorists celebrate 50 years in Vietnam

The four Canadian Redemptorists who arrived in a small village in the Kontum diocese of Vietnam’s Central Highlands on 10 October 1969 knew nobody there and spoke nothing of Jarai, one of the local languages. They lived in a goat shelter for several months until villagers built the missionaries a house made of leaves. The Redemptorists lived, worked and prayed amongst and alongside poor people. Together, they suffered under the Communist regime.

22, Oct 2019

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St Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and babies

St Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and babies

Today is the feast of St Gerard Majella, a Redemptorist and the patron saint of mothers and babies. I suppose that I have a special reason for having a soft spot in my heart for the saint – and it has nothing to do with the fact that I have a brother and sister who received Gerard’s name in his honour, nor the fact that I come from a baby-crazy family. In fact, I’m the eldest of eight children and my parents, having decided to have no more of their own, fostered eighteen babies until they were old enough to be adopted.

16, Oct 2019

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Pope Francis releases annual Message for World Food Day

Pope Francis releases annual Message for World Food Day

In his annual Message for World Food Day, addressed to the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Pope Francis drew attention to the fact that, whilst 700 million of the world population are over-fed or eat unwisely, 820 million suffer from the effects of hunger. He applauded the role of the FAO in protecting rural families and promoting family farming.

16, Oct 2019

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Ave Maria Press Release

Ave Maria Press Release

Redemptorist Publications is proud to become the official distributor of Ave Maria Press:a publishing house which holds some of the best of Catholic spiritual writing the USA has to offer. 

15, Oct 2019

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“Irena Sendler” celebrates courage and life

“Irena Sendler” celebrates courage and life

During World War II, a young Polish social worker, Irena Sendler, smuggled an estimated 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, helped by adults who were themselves amongst the 40,000 Jews trapped inside its walls. Sometimes a Jewish child who could recite some Christian prayers could be hidden inside a church just outside the Ghetto perimeter. Others were placed in Christian homes or in institutions run by Catholic religious sisters

15, Oct 2019

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Canonisation of John Henry Newman

Canonisation of John Henry Newman

Sunday 13th October 2019 Blessed John Henry Newman will become England's first Saint in over three hundred years. As one of the greatest theologians of the 19th century, Newman’s contributions to the development of the Catholic Church have been recognised and accepted at a particularly interesting time.

11, Oct 2019

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