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Choose the simple things, Nuncio advises - Oct 26
2014 - News
Sunday, 26 October 2014 09:08
Mass for martyrs   Vistabella parishioners Marlene Lord-Lewis (left) and her daughter Khadija Lewis lead the intercessory prayers at a Mass to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of the Uganda martyrs at St Andrew Kaggwa RC Church, Vistabella. Over the altar hangs a mural of the African saints done by Russell Banfield. At right are Rev Roy Raghunanan, Archbishop Nicola Girasoli and Msgr Christian Pereira. Photo Raymond Syms

Mass for martyrs

Vistabella parishioners Marlene Lord-Lewis (left) and her daughter Khadija Lewis lead the intercessory prayers at a Mass to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of the Uganda martyrs at St Andrew Kaggwa RC Church, Vistabella. Over the altar hangs a mural of the African saints done by Russell Banfield. At right are Rev Roy Raghunanan, Archbishop Nicola Girasoli and Msgr Christian Pereira. Photo Raymond Syms

Simplicity is sometimes more important than sophistication, according to Papal Nuncio to the Antilles Archbishop Nicola Girasoli.

“In our faith we miss the simplicity that the Uganda martyrs offered, and we need to recover this taste for the simple things, for they are more important than the sophisticated things,” he said.

Archbishop Girasoli made the comments in his homily at last Sunday’s Mass to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of the Uganda martyrs, held at St Andrew Kaggwa Church, Vistabella, a community of the San Fernando parish. St Andrew Kaggwa was one of the 22 Catholic converts executed between November 1885 and January 1887 by Mwanga II, kabaka (king) of the historical kingdom of Buganda, then part of Uganda; 23 Anglican converts were also killed.

The Catholic Church beatified the 22 martyrs in 1920, and Pope Paul VI – who was himself beatified in Rome last Sunday – canonised them on October 18, 1964.

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‘LIVING IN SIN’ - Oct 26
2014 - Editorial
Sunday, 26 October 2014 08:35

“Living in sin”: what exactly does this expression mean? It is used to refer to people in common-law relationships who are, as we say, “shacking up”. Many bishops at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family which concluded last Sunday are unhappy with the term. The expression itself is problematic. If there is one thing we are certain of, it is we all live in sin. Life is a mixture of wheat and darnel growing together, a mixture of sin and grace.

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Get up and do - Oct 26
2014 - News
Sunday, 26 October 2014 09:14

Catholicism not a ‘sit down and receive religion’, Archbishop tells students

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

“Catholicism is not a sit down and receive religion. It is a get up and do religion,” Archbishop Joseph Harris informed Sixth Form students of Fatima College and Holy Name Convent in the first of a series of meetings to inspire youth participation in the Archdiocesan missionary movement.

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Holy Faith educators told: Form minds; don’t just fill them - Oct 26
2014 - News
Sunday, 26 October 2014 08:59
Sr Vivienne Keely CHF. Photo Alison Ounch, Fotocraft Ltd
Sr Vivienne Keely CHF. Photo Alison Ounch, Fotocraft Ltd

By Lara Pickford-Gordon

There are many ways in today’s world to “fill one’s mind” – with the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and other social media – but Sr Vivienne Keely, Congregational Leader of the Holy Faith Sisters, notes that there is a “world of difference” between “filling and forming” minds.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 October 2014 09:27
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‘Worship God for who God is’ …not for what He does - Oct 26
2014 - News
Sunday, 26 October 2014 08:57
Participants raise their hands in praise during the closing Mass of last weekend’s Sound the Trumpet 9 conference hosted by the People of Praise Community at their House of Praise, Arima. Photo Jameel Boos.
Participants raise their hands in praise during the closing Mass of last weekend’s Sound the Trumpet 9 conference hosted by the People of Praise Community at their House of Praise, Arima. Photo Jameel Boos.

The devil “pushes our buttons”, for example over finances, family, marriage and friendship, to distract from worship of God.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 October 2014 09:28
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