Month: December 2014

Christmas Letter from Ebola Country, Sierra Leone, West Africa

Fr. Luigi Brioni, Xaverian Missionary in Sierra Leone for many years shares a candid look at Christmas in Sierra Leone at a time when the Ebola virus is claiming many lives. Please pray. Dear Friends and Xaverian Brothers to my heart: It’s Christmas again this year, with the Babe...

A Very Busy, Interfaith Friendly Pontiff

This news was gleaned from the Interfaith News Roundup of the Interfaith Observer. This is a very useful resource for those interested in interfaith dialogue and collaboration. Pope Francis may have been the busiest cleric on the planet last month. He vigorously chided European leaders for being unconcerned about...

Why I Choose to Live My Faith Outside of Organized Religion

We ran across an interesting blog post on Huffington Post by Mickey Mooney who authored the book, An Outsider’s Guide to the Gospel. Mr. Mooney represents a growing number among our younger generation who are foregoing participation in institutional religion and are find their own ways to live out...

Peacemaking in the Cultural Wars of Christmas

We ran across the blog of Rachel Held Evens which brings an insightful point to what some have called the cultural wars of Christmas. Some Catholics and other Christians imagine a kind of “persecution” from our non-Christian friends, religious or not by imagining that Christ can be “taken out of...

Facing Ebola at our Parish St. Guido Conforti, Makeni, Sierra Leone

Fr. Girolamo Pistoni, Xaverian Missionary, points toward Sierra Leone his home Fr. Girolamo Pistoni, Xaverian Missionary and pastor of our parish, St. Guido Conforti in Makeni, Sierra, shares his experience as the parish grapples with the terrible effects of the Ebola Virus.  When the virus Ebola hit the Northern...
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