Bake your Soul Cakes this 1st November

Bake your Soul Cakes this 1st November

It’s not yet the feast of All Saints or All Souls but here’s something that might encourage you to start baking.. In Britain, “Soul cakes” date back at least to medieval times and might be the Christian inspiration behind America’s subsequent “Trick or Treat”.

29, Oct 2019

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Zimbabwe:Four Novices received the Redemptorist habit

Zimbabwe:Four Novices received the Redemptorist habit

(Harare, Zimbabwe) The novitiate for part of the Conference of Africa, currently used by Redemptorist units Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya and Mozambique, is situated on the outskirts of Harare.

28, Oct 2019

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Archbishop Emeritus Michael Bowen and Bishop Emeritus Brian Noble RIP

Archbishop Emeritus Michael Bowen and Bishop Emeritus Brian Noble RIP

The deaths of both Archbishop Emeritus Michael Bowen and Bishop Emeritus Brian Noble were announced this week by the Archdiocese of Southwark and of Shrewsbury respectively.

25, Oct 2019

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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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