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Tuesday II Advent : Why are sheep lost in the first place?

6 Déc 2 comments

Among the many images describing the relationship between Christ and his Church, one can mention the vine and its branches, the cornestone of the building that is the Church, the Head of the body and the Shepherd of a flock. The themes of the lost sheep and of the Good shepherd occur in Advent’s readings. They related to Isaiah’s prophecy who announced the coming of the Lord (Is 40:1-11). They remind me of a story that I heard on the radio on a bus from London of this kid who comes home from a Sunday school, running and shouting: ’Mummy, mummy: did you know that we are all sheep and God is our leopard?’ read more…

Year of Mercy: when shall we apologize to women?

19 Sep 1 comments

Pope Francis is known to be a man that wants to break with some of the most nonsensical elements of the Catholic Church’s past. The term “nonsensical” is not at all harsh if one takes into consideration what that past is. Indeed, during this Year of Mercy, many people expected the Church to apologise for the failings of some of its children and sometimes the failing of its entire leadership in its documents and actions of the past when it was dealing with slaves, indigenous people during colonial times, non-believers and women. read more…

The inequitableness of denying white terrorists their name

20 Jui 0 comments

How does it feel to know that one’s identity is always identified with a negative action in the history or in the present (although some people are increasingly becoming able to make gymnastics of predicting future harmful actions and linking them to an entire race or religion)? Surely, everyone can relate to this as all races, religions, and ethnic groups experience stereotypical attitudes. However, it is known that one can find violent people from all spheres of life. Terrorism is not only done by people of a particular colour. Nonetheless, terrorists from one particular race still struggle to be recognised as such: white terrorists. read more…

Opportunity in adversity: the case of the four sisters Missionaries of Charity killed in Yemen

17 Mar 0 comments

In the morning of March 4, 2016, a group of armed men entered an old people’s home and killed four Sisters Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta together with 12 other people, including Yemeni guards, Ethiopian volunteers and a Yemeni cook. The four nuns killed are Sr. Margaret, Sr. Reginette, Sr. Anselm and Sr. Judith. The first two are from Rwanda and Sr. Reginette comes from my home parish (Janja) and that might be my motivation for writing this article, an action that I will address further. read more…

African bishops and the Family

30 Oct 0 comments

This article is trying to articulate the issue raised mostly by mass media people: the strong opposition of African bishops towards new ways of treating divorced and remarried couples, Catholic living in same-sex relationships, etc. They have the support of so many other bishops. Those are often called conservatives. This article, trying to go beyond that false image of conservative Catholics against progressive ones, focuses on mercy, something we find at the source of our Church in Jesus Christ himself. It combines points of views from different people, especially those who also think that mercy should be the right way to help reshape Catholic families that are living hardships nowadays. read more…

Is Aung San Suu Kyi an Islamophobic Nobel peace prize winner?

5 Jui 0 comments

What should do Aung San Suu Kyi to help stop the killing of the Rohingya? read more…

The Taliban VS Malala: an Islamic phenomenon?

2 Fév 4 comments

In this article I will try to give some interesting references to ponder on. They suggest that not only Muslim women can be educated but that they were among the forerunners of education in Islam. read more…

Do we all have to be "Charlie"?

21 Jan 6 comments

On the 7th of January 2015, a horrible thing happened in Paris. A group of Islamist jihadists attacked the offices of the renowned weekly French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Ten among the employees of the newspaper plus two policeman were shot by the terrorists. Among the dead were some very well-known cartoonists like Charbonier, also known as Charb, Cabut “Cabu”, Wolinski and Tignous. Those cartoonists had sparked fiery debates in France and around the globe when they drew more than provocative images of Muhammad ibn Abd Allah, the founder of Islam according to Western history and the last prophet and messenger of Allah according to Muslims. read more…

Apologizing for things done in the name of Islam.

20 Oct 0 comments

After Daesh, which calls itself the Islamic State, started killing innocent people in Iraq and in Syria, an outrageously huge number of columnists, TV presenters and other self-proclaimed experts on Islamic matters, including the well-known Bill Maher, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity, started condemning Islam (Megyn Kelly tried to prove that Muslims secretly support Daesh and Islamists’ jihads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9rPUwRKxm0). read more…