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MAKE ALL THINGS NEW

Old Testament, the prophets spoke about a Jubilee year, a time when debts were forgiven, slaves set free, and right relationships restored.  A Jubilee...
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Fr Kevin Conway SMA Ordination

Ordination of Fr Kevin Conway SMA  SMA priests and supporters travelled from far and near to participate in the Ordination to the Priesthood...
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DIALOGUE Event Reports

DIALOGUE Event ReportsInterfaith Prayer Service:  On the 22nd of January 2010 an Interfaith Event with the theme of "Unity In Diversity" took place in ...
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Vicar Apostolic of Kontagora appointed

Vicar Apostolic appointed Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Rev Fr Bulus Dauwa Yohanna to succeed Rt Rev Timothy Carroll SMA as 2nd Vicar Apostolic...

Moves to stop Boko Haram

Government and the Islamic leadership move to stop Boko Haram Abuja - "The solution is at hand, because the government is working to face the problem...
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Moita Bwawani school develops

Tanzanian Preschool goes from strength to strength... thanks to help from a Credit Union in Belfast St Colmcille’s Preschool in Moita Bwawani parish...
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Muslim Christian Dialogue

CHRISTIAN MUSLIM DIALOGUE   Dialogue seeks to promote greater understanding, mutual respect and cooperation...

No man is an Island

Back in 2000, 191 countries in the United Nations made an important decision to aim at radically improving the lives and environment of the...

Petrol Subsidy in Nigeria

Press Statement from the Kaduna Roundtable   SUBSIDY REMOVAL AND STATE OF OUR NATION   CENTRE FOR FAITH AND PUBLIC POLICY KADUNA....

Boko Haram – December 2011

The deep roots of Boko Haram sect In a September 2011 article, Fr Eddie O'Connor SMA, who worked for many years in Nigeria, explained the roots of...

We live in each other’s Shadow

                 We live in each other’s Shadow At the start of a new year it’s always a help to take...
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Fr V Brennan celebrates Golden Jubilee in South Africa

South African SMA's celebrate with Fr Brennan   Fr Vincent Brennan SMA recently celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his Ordination with a Mass...
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Visit to Kenya 2011

Fr Tom Curran, SMA General Councillor reports on his visit to Kenya From 20 November to 6 December 2011 I paid an official visit...

New SACBC Secretary General

South African Sister sees her appointment as Recognition of Women Sister Hermenegild Makoro has been appointed as successor to Fr Vincent Brennan SMA as...
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Nigerian SMA priest ordained

Fr Johnson Ugwu ordained in Ibadan The newly-ordained are pictured with the Most Rev Felix Alaba Adeosin Job, after their Ordination at the SMA House...
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Fr Liam O’Callaghan 70th Jubilee homily

Homily delivered by Fr Eddie O'Connor SMA on the occasion of the Provincial celebration for the 70th Anniversary of Fr Liam O'Callaghan's Ordination as an SMA...
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Fr Liam O’Callaghan 70th Jubilee

Fr Liam O'Callaghan SMA celebrates 70 years of Priesthood Fr Liam O'Callaghan was born in Upton, Co Cork on 20 December 1918. In childhood,...
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A NICE CUP OF COFFEE

You may have noticed the last time you bought coffee that its price had risen and wondered why. Another sneaky price rise...
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PAFA Bazaar Blackrock Road 2011

PAFA Bazaar enjoyed by all The Parish Aid for Africa Bazaar was held on the third weekend in June. Parishioners and friends donated...

Blackrock Rd Mass times 2012

Mass schedule for St Joseph's SMA Parish, Blackrock Road, Cork as from the Feast of Mary, Mother of God - 1 January 2012  ...

Africae munus 2011

Africae munus consigned to the Churches of Africa Cotonou (Agenzia Fides) - "After having signed yesterday the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Africae...
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Papal Visit to Benin 2011

Papal Visit to Benin celebrates 150 years since the arrival of the first SMA missionaries in Dahomey From 18 – 20 November, Pope Benedict XVI visited Bénin...

Africa is a continent of hope

"Africa, be confident and rise up. The Lord is calling you!" During his visit to Benin Republic, Pope Benedict addressed President Thomas Yayi Boni, President...

Benin prepares to welcome Pope Benedict XVI

Bénin prepares to welcome Pope Benedict XVI VATICAN CITY, 15 NOV 2011 (VIS) - A press conference was held yesterday in the Holy See Press...

Statistics for the Catholic Church in Benin

STATISTICS for the CATHOLIC CHURCH in BENIN VATICAN CITY, 15 NOV 2011 (VIS) - For the occasion of Benedict XVI's apostolic trip to Benin to...

Schools reopen in Ivory Coast

Schools reopen in Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - In Côte d'Ivoire the school year generally begins in late October. Instead this year the...

Upsurge in Boko Haram violence

Upsure of violence in northern Nigeria claims many lives An upsurge in the violent activities of the Boko Haram sect has led to many...

Evangelization of Dahomey

The Catholic Church in Bénin Republic is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the first missionaries - priests of the Society of...
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The Earth is not a gift from our parents, it is a loan from...

The Earth is not a gift from our parents, it is a loan from our children - Kenyan Proverb On October 31 a...
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STAND IN THEIR SHOES

 We are seeing strange and unwelcome weather changes here in Ireland, a prolonged winter, very cool summer, and not much sun around. Is this...
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SMA Region, Zambia

SMA Region, Zambia A brief history The Society came to Zambia at the invitation of Bishop Agnozzi OFM Conv of Ndola diocese. Following the Nigerian Civil War the...

Kaduna Interfaith Council

Muslim and Christian Women Call for Peace and Justice as we celebrate Nigeria’s 51st Anniversary On this occasion of the 51st Anniversary of our...

Zambia has new President

Opposition leader Michael Sata is the new President of Zambia Lusaka (Agenzia Fides) - "The people of Zambia have expressed themselves and we must...

Bishops ask for information on Boko Haram

"We call on the security apparatus so that they tell us who fuels the Boko Haram violence" Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishops of...

Boko Haram

This article originally appeared on www.sma.ie in September 2011. For several months there has been an upsurge in inter-ethnic conflict in Plateau State, Nigeria. We...
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Fr Cahill celebrates 50 years

Fr Michael Cahill SMA celebrates his Golden Jubilee as a priest The SMA community at Blackrock Road gathered on Tuesday, 6 September, to celebrate the...
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Muslim-Christian Dialogue

Muslim-Christian dialogue Opening Address given by Sr Kathleen McGarvey OLA I feel greatly honoured to collaborate with the SMA in this your first seminar-workshop on Christian-Muslim relations...
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The Colour of Equality

Strange that, in lands and countries quite unknown,We find, not others’ strangeness, but our own;That is one use of journeys; if one delvesDifferently, one’s...
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Vocations continue to rise in Nigeria

Vocations continue to rise in Nigeria Four more young Nigerians formally completed their Preparatory Programme at the SMA Centre in Kagoro, Kaduna State and...
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We will remember them

In grateful memory of those gone before us Fr Peter McCawille SMA has produced a timely memoir of the early SMA and other missionaries...
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Fr Nakoe makes SMA history

Fr Nakoé makes SMA history  29 September 1992 was an historic day for the Society of African Missions. On that day, Michael Adrie, became...

Humanitarian crisis in East Africa

Humanitarian crisis in East Africa   Around 9 million people in the Horn of Africa are in need of humanitarian aid. This crisis has been caused...

The Story of Bartolomeo de las Casas

Bartolomeo, an idealistic, wealthy young Spaniard, set out with his family to settle in Central America during the period when this vast southern continent...
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Maureen O’Sullivan honoured by the SMA

Maureen O’Sullivan honoured by the SMA Maureen O’Sullivan, From Cahirciveen, Co Kerry qualified in the 1940’s as a Nurse and Midwife. Her first assignment...

Stewardship in the Church

Stewardship 1  Discipleship, Stewardship and Evangelisation In 1992 the US Bishops’ Conference published two major documents. One was on Evangelization and called “Go and Make disciples”....

Fr Bembolio laid to rest

Fr Bem laid to rest Dear Friends, Greetings from Manila! Yesterday was a long and emotional day in Himamaylan City on the island of...
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Fr Bembolio de los Santos SMA

Fr Bembolio de los Santos SMA The death has taken place, after a brief illness, of the youngest SMA Filipino priest, Fr Bembolio de...
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SMA Retreat 2011

Annual SMA Retreat in Dromantine The annual SMA Retreat in the Dromantine Retreat & Conference Centre concluded on Thursday, 1 July.  Nearly 50 Irish...

Maybe she can be free

MAYBE SHE CAN BE FREE June 20 last was World Refugee Day. Have you ever thought about why people come here from other...
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Gift of Chalice to Fr Conway

Fr Doherty presents Chalice to Fr Conway After the distribution of the Holy Communion, the former Parish Priest of Donagheady, V Rev Fr George...
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Photos from Ordination of Fr Kevin Conway SMA

Photos from the Ordination of Fr Kevin Conway SMA After his Ordination by the Bishop-emeritus of Lodwar, Kenya, Rt Rev Patrick J Harrington SMA,...
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Kevin Conway Ordination Mass homily

Ordination Mass homily Homily preached by Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA, Irish Provincial Leader, at the Ordination to the Priesthood of Kevin Conway SMA in...
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Fr Kevin Conway SMA Ordination 2

SMA celebrates with Tyrone.... but it's not the All-Ireland (yet)! Saturday, 18 June 2011, was a glorious day for the people and parish of...

Msgr Matthew Kukah appointed Bishop of Sokoto

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father Benedict XVI on June 10, 2011 accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese...
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South African Council of Churches

Following the Way, standing for the Truth and seeking Life The South African Council of Churches (SACC) have called for a better service delivery and...

Maiduguri Cathedral attacked

AFRICA/NIGERIA-"The cathedral was badly damaged in yesterday`s attack" the Bishop of Maiduguri tells Fides Maiduguri (Agenzia Fides) - " St. Patrick`s Cathedral was seriously...
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Nairobi Ordinations 2011

Nairobi Ordinations 2011 Rt Rev Noel O'Regan SMA (Cork City), Bishop-emeritus of Ndola, Zambia, ordained four SMA deacons and one priest on 21 May at the...

Turmoil in Swaziland

TURMOIL IN SWAZILAND A delegation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, comprising of Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, Bishops Barry Wood and...

Perhaps Tomorrow

There is a saying that you don't know another person until you've walked around in their shoes.  Perhaps this month we might try to...
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SMA Regional Assembly in Nigeria 2011

SMA Regional Assembly in Nigeria The 2011 SMA Regional Assembly has just concluded at SMA House, Abuja. It began on Tuesday, 3rd May...
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Philippines celebrates 25

SMA celebrates 25 years in Good Shepherd parish   Entry procession for the Jubilee Mass Fr Gus O'Driscoll SMA (from Rathcormac, Co Cork) is...
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Pilgrimage to San Giovanni

Do you like brown bread!! Fr Sean Hayes SMA writes about his recent pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo, the Shrine of Santo Pio. Fr...
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Tax evasion in Africa

Tax evasion in Africa Tax evasion by some unscrupulous multinational companies is robbing Africa of badly needed resources. Christian Aid estimates that this...
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Easter in Chainda 2011

Easter in Chainda Fr Paddy Barry SMA (from Cork City) is the Parish Priest of St Theresa's parish, Chainda. Its parish Centre (pictured) was full to capacity...
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SMA Ordinations 2011

SMA Ordinations in Ibadan   The moment of OrdinationBishop Kieran O'Reilly SMA, Bishop of Killaloe, lays hands on the head of each one   On Saturday,...

A Time of Hope

Easter, the feast we have recently been celebrating, is about experiencing renewed life, promise, hope. "Christ is Risen!" is the greeting exchanged in...

Easter Message 2011

Jesus is Risen! Alleluia!! Fr Pat Kelly SMA (from Belfast) shares his reflection on the meaning of Easter. The famous Christian author (Narnia etc.),...
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Water – a commodity or right?

Water - a commodity or right? The only choice 1.1 billion people have is to drink dirty water that is available to them....
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Spirituality of the Plastic bag

THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE RE-USEABLE BAG a reflection on care for the environment At the check-out in the local Supermarket the heavy duty reusable bags available...
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Divine Mercy parish, Ndola, Zambia

Parish coming to birth… with the help of the Irish Mercy Sisters...   Fr Brian O’Kane SMA hails from Omagh, Co Tyrone. Since...
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New SMA members in Philippines & India

Indian & Filipino students commit to the SMA 9 April last was the day when two Filipino and two Indian seminarians made their...
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Millennium Development Goals TV

Millennium Development Goals RTE to air a four part series on the MDGs beginning 5 May 2011 At the start of the new...
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Some history of Lodwar diocese, Kenya

Lodwar diocese rejoices Fr Joseph Ekomwa is a priest of Lodwar diocese, studying at the Angelicum University in Rome. With the installation last month...

Golden Jubilee of Fr James Conlon SMA

Fr. James Conlon, SMA - 50 years of priesthood by Fr Peter McCawille SMA Fr. Jim Conlon, SMA, a native of Cork city, is...
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Welcome

The Society of African Missions is a missionary society of priests and brothers dedicated to the proclamation of the Good News in Africa and...

The Cost of Patents – too high for Africa

The recognition of Intellectual property rights, including patents on medicines, is now a standard condition in international trade agreements. Less developed countries have little...

EU Double Standards – deny the right to health

While the policies of the EU regarding access to medicines in less developed countries are commendable, in practice they are contradicted by its trade...

IRISH LEGISLATION PERTAINING TO MEDICINES

Under Irish legislation all medicinal products must be authorised before being marketed. Before such an authorisation can be obtained legal requirements regarding the safety,...
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Provide care to those seeking safety

A  recent film that has gained extraordinary praise and popularity is the French film “Of Men and Of Gods”. It concerns the lives and...

Ivory Coast situation deteriorates

Human rights are not being respected in Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) – The confrontation between the armed forces of Côte d'Ivoire, who...

Season of Lent

Season of Lent Lent is a grace-filled time when we can look at our lives - in relation to God, to others and to...
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3rd Bishop of Gbarnga appointed

Fr Anthony Fallah Borwah appointed as Bishop of Gbarnga, Liberia Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Fr Anthony Falah Borwah as the 3rd bishop of Gbarnga...

Massacre in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Abidjan - “The two factions are denying responsibility for the massacre at the market. Gbagbo's online newspapers even accuse Ouattara's 'Burkinabé mercenaries' of...

Golden Jubilee homily – Fr John O’Hea

Fr Fintan Daly preached the following homily at the Mass celebrated at the SMA House of Studies, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria on Friday, 4 March...
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Show Concern for the Plight of Migrants – March 2011

“The task of proclaiming the word of God, entrusted by Jesus to the Church, has been interwoven with the history of Christian emigration from...

Civilians abandoning parts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Civilians abandoning their houses in the districts of Abidjan victims of the fighting Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - “Clashes continue in the districts of Abobo...

Reported clashes in Abidjan – 22 Feb

Reported new clashes in Abidjan while waiting for indications from African mediators Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) – The tension seems to be rising in Côte...
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Drogheda honours Fr Sean Ryan

Fr Sean Ryan SMA retires from Drogheda parish The evening Mass on Saturday, 4 February 2012, in St Peter's Church, Drogheda, was the occasion...

Ronan Mullen campaign

Ronan Mullen is running for re-election to the Seanad on the NUI graduate panel and would be very grateful for your help over the coming weeks....
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Bishop of Mongu, Zambia appointed

New Bishop of Mongu appointed    Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – The Holy Father Benedict XVI, on 15 February 2011, accepted the resignation from...
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Illegal mining continues in DR Congo

Illegal mining continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - The suspension of mining activities in some areas of east Democratic Republic...
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Help Rural African Women campaign

Change her life campaign - help rural African women Take a minute to change a woman’s life.  Every mother is a working mother but...
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Benedictines celebrate

Benedictines in Nigeria celebrate Fr Vincent Mordi OSB was joined by his Benedictine community at Ewu-Ishan, Edo State Nigeria in a triple celebration on...
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Archbishop Francis resigns

Archbishop Michael Francis resigns The resignation of Most Rev Michael Kpakala Francis (pictured left) as Archbishop of Monrovia, Liberia, has been accepted by Pope Benedict...

Make Hospitality Your Special Care. Feb 2011

We are all on a Journey.“Make Hospitality your special care”, says St. Paul in a letter to one of his Christian communities.  (Rom.12:13)  Hospitality...
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SMA House, Abuja, Nigeria opens

SMA House in Abuja officially opened Saturday, 29 January 2011, saw the official opening and blessing of the new Headquarters for the SMA in Nigeria....
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Nigerian clashes continue to claim lives

Clashes continue in central Nigeria Human Rights Watch are reporting that more than 200 people have died as a result on the ongoing tensions between...
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John O’Hea Jubilee celebrations

50 years unbroken service in Ibadan, Nigeria Father John O'Hea SMA celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a priest on 21 December 2010. A native...

Pressure increases on Ivory Coast President

Diplomatic and economic pressures increase to force Gbagbo to surrender power Abidjan (Agenzia Fides)- Nigeria intends to ask the UN Security Council for a...

Zambian Pontifical Mission Society meeting 2011

Finding new motivation and courage to proclaim the Gospel in Zambia Since 1822 the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (founded by Pauline Jaricot...
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Bishop John Moore Anniversary Mass

FIRST YEAR MEMORIAL MASS FOR BISHOP JOHN MOORE, SMA Fr Andrew Batare reports from Bauchi, Nigeria A Holy Mass in honour of the first...

Possible military intervention in Ivory Coast

The international community continues to mediate,but also prepares for military intervention in the end Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) – Between attempts at dialogue and signs...

Ivory Coast mediation efforts

Situation in Ivory Coast shows little sign of improvement Agenzia Fides (the official News Agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at...
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Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Zambia 2010

Fr Hope Klutsey SMA was born in Ghana in 1964. After completing his secondary education he entered the SMA Formation programme and was...

Christmas Reflection 2010

A Christmas Reflection… What is it about the ‘Christmas Crib’ that fascinates everyone, from the youngest child to the oldest adult? For young children...
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Sudan: real fears of new attacks

Sudan : real fears of new attacks reports FIDES Sudan is at a crossroads. The “interim period” that helped to end the twenty two year...
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justice issues food security

FOOD SECURITY “The situation in which all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to safe and nutritious food that meets their...

justice issues food security-Pope Benedict

Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI on Food Security -  Address to World Food Summit November 2009. The problem of food insecurity needs to be addressed...

Cote d’Ivoire – election aftermath

CÔTE D'IVOIRE Wounds reopened - the price of breakdown IRIN News Agency reports from Abidjan:  Gunshots at night, beatings, unexplained disappearances of ordinary civilians...

Justice Issues-Access to Medicines

The availability of medicines is something many of us take for granted, especially in Ireland; we just get a prescription and go to a...
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Justice issues climate change- Triple Injustice for Africa

Climate Change a Triple Injustice for Africa and poorer nations Africans cannot import foods from far away countries, they cannot or invest in large...

Justice issues climate change-climate facts

CLIMATE FACTS Below are comparative carbon emission figures for some African and other countries. The figures are tonnes of CO2 per head of population per annum.   Tanzania: 0.11,...

Justice Issues-Climate Change

AFRICA - Climate Change “…there is an order in the universe which must be respected, and that the human person, endowed with the capability...
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Cemetery Day Kagoro 2010

Reburial of Fr Anthony Glynn SMA On 14 November 2010 the SMA and many friends gathered at the SMA cemetery in Kagoro, Nigeria to...

Christmas Reflection

Christmas Reflection We are accustomed to domesticating the Christmas story.  We have our Mary dressed in blue, we have our Joseph brown and benign,...
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Benin flood appeal

BENIN REPUBLIC FLOOD APPEAL “We are in urgent need of food and medicine.” Cotonou (Agenzia Fides) - "We are in urgent need of food...
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Zambian National Missionary Congress

First National Missionary Congress: “God's mission is our mission” held in Zambia Lusaka (Agenzia Fides) – The local Church, in cooperation with the Pontifical...

The Love of Chirst towards Migrants

"urges us (cf. 2 Co 5:14) to look afresh at their problems, which are to be met with today all over the world....
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THE MISSION OF MY LIFE – Reflection Oct 2010

The recent beatification of John Henry Newman by Pope Benedict XIV has brought renewed attention to his writings, hymns and prayers.  Here we reproduce...
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Homily at St Therese Novena 2010

Homily delivered by Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA, Provincial Leader at the closing Mass of the Novena in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux, celebrated...
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Stage experience in Tanzania

First visit to Mwandoya, Tanzania The SMA team in Tanzania, taken in 2010 Julien Esse is from Togo. He is completing his second...

OLD WISDOM FOR TODAY’s WORLD

Reflection for September 2010 St Basil known for his care of the poor and underprivileged wrote - “ The bread you do not...
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SMA seminarians in the DR Congo 2010

Belgian SMA priests and brothers from the Lyons Province have been on mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire) for...

What Can We Do for Migrants?

To accompany people who were forced to move and are now far from home is highly demanding. It demands that we remain sensitive and...
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DRUMMING CIRCLE

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0PyWrA1E_U&hl=en_GB&fs=1?rel=0&w=239&h=206]    My passion for drumming    Greetings, my name is Yasir Younis and I come...
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Land Lease

LAND LEASE - A CAUSE FOR CONCERN IN AFRICA Eager land investors emphasise the benefits of higher crop yields, employment and infrastructural development while...

Youtube Videos

COIS TINE YouTube {youtube}s0PyWrA1E_U|150|138|0{/youtube}  Yasir Yunis - leader of the Cois Tine Drumming Circle {youtube}AcqFGRo_sJU|150|138|0{/youtube}  Cois Tine Drumming Circle at Interfaith Event Jan 2010
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Fresh attacks on Christians

Fresh Attacks on Christians in Kaduna State KADUNA, July 13, 2010 (CISA) -At least seven people, including a mother of six, have been killed...

LITTLE THINGS MATTER – July 2010

 Another reflection from American journalist and social activist, Jim Forrest, based on his experience of working with Dorothy Day in the 1960’s. Take the...

Advocacy

If you would like to become more directly involved click on this link for information on SMA lay Support Groups Advocacy for Justice  The...

JPIC Justice Issues

Justice Issues Researching, highlighting and publishing material to raise awareness of justice issues affecting African peoples. Ghana: Emerging from a period of despotism in the...

Pope Benedict closes Year for Priests

Pope Benedict closes Year for Priests Homily delivered by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on the occasion of the Mass of the Sacred Heart of...
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Masumbwe Children’s Home

MASUMBWE CHILDREN'S HOME, TANZANIA NEEDS YOUR HELP Priests from the Irish Province of the Society of African Missions (SMA) first came to Tanzania in...
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Corpus Christi 2010

Cork Corpus Christi procession A long-standing tradition of the Corpus Christi Procession in Cork City took place on Sunday, 6 June 2010. In blazing sunshine...

World Environmental Day 2010

World Environmental Day - 5 June 2010 Protection of the environment - a challenge for every child, woman and man God the Creator made...

DO LOVE WALK

DO, LOVE, WALK - Reflection for June 2010 For the next few months our Reflections will delve into the spirituality of Dorathy Day as...

NIGERIA Super Eagles out of World Cup

.NIGERIA - Progress yes but issues of injustice remain    Nigerians have much to feel positive about.    In the past...

RSA still a winner

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA  - Human Trafficking The Republic of South Africa can hold...

WORLD CUP

WORLD CUP 2010 IN AFRICA The World Cup is over and even though African teams did not go...
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Nigeria: building the peace

Nigeria: Building the peace JOS, 25 May 2010 (IRIN) - The angry mobs that terrorized the central Nigerian city of Jos at the beginning...
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Dan McCauley appointed Apostolic Administrator

Tyrone-born SMA missionary appointed as Apostolic Administrator of Kontagora, Nigeria On 30 April, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Timothy J. Carroll,...
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Bishop Arogundade ordained

Diocese of Ondo welcomes its new Bishop Thursday, 6 May, was the date chosen for the Episcopal ordination of the Coadjutor Bishop of Ondo,...

SMA mission in Angola

SMA mission in Angola Fr Toni Porcellato SMA, Vice Provincial of the Italain Province recently visited the SMA community in Luanda, Angola. Here...
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Shalom Centre, Kenya

Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation, Nairobi, Kenya SCCRR Fr Padraig Devine SMA founded the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, aiming...
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Benin Jubilee celebrations 4

Some history about the early years of the evangelization of Dahomey / Benin Republic On Sunday 18 April 2010 the Catholic Church in Benin...

LET US RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH – Reflection for May 2010

LET US RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH Reflection for May 2010 In the last month we had the eruption of the Icelandic Volcano,...
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Benin Jubilee celebrations

Four SMA priests ordained as part of the celebrations to mark 150 years of the Catholic Church in Benin Republic The Catholic Church...

Benin Jubilee celebrations 3

Address of Fr Michel L'Hostis at Benin Jubilee celebrations Fr Michel L’Hostis is the Superior for the SMA in Benin and Niger Republics. After...
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Benin Jubilee celebrations 2

Opening of the Jubilee to celebrate the Evangelization of Benin Republic Sunday, 18 April 2010 the Catholic Church...
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Topo Island revisited

Topo Island, Lagos State, Nigeria Situated off the south west coast of Nigeria, not far from the great megacity of Lagos, here - in...

WE MUST BE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE – Reflection for April 2010

EASTER MESSAGE - Reflection for April 2010 Easter has come, and Christians all over the world celebrate the new life, and the new...
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In memory of Bishop John Moore SMA

Bauchi a poem by Liam Caniffe, former Ambassador of Ireland to the Federal Republic of Nigeria The heat of the torrid dayLingers on through...
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Bishops of Niger Ad Limina visit 2010

Ad Limina Visit of the Bishops of Niger and Burkina Faso to Pope Benedict XVI The SMA founded the first Catholic Mission in Niger...

World Water Day 2010

World Water Day – 22nd March 2010   Campaign to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality...

Jos: Causes of violence are not religious

Statement of 17 March: Another massacre in Nigeria; Archbishop of Jos tells Fides “this is just another retaliation over loss of livestock, not a...
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A miraculous spiritual adventure to Benin City

A miraculous spiritual adventure In October 1953 Brian McCormack, a native of Castlebar, Co. Mayo, entered the Colonial Service and took up employment...
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WHAT DOES COIS TINE DO?

WHAT DOES COIS TINE DO? In the past Cois Tine provided the wide range of services listed below.  At present services have been cutrailed...
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THANK GOD FOR THE STRANGER

THANK GOD FOR THE STRANGER - Reflection for March   All over the world, wherever the Irish are found, St. Patrick’s Day is...
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THANK GOD FOR THE STRANGER

THANK GOD FOR THE STRANGER - Reflection for March   All over the world, wherever the Irish are found, St. Patrick’s Day is...
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Food situation in Liberia

Food situation in Liberia: Gbarnga and Monrovia   GBARNGA, 14 January 2010 (IRIN) - Every year Liberian farmers lose 60 percent of their harvest...
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PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS

ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT MARY MCALEESE Interfaith Event, Cork City Hall, 22 January, 2010 Ladies and Gentleman, This morning I was here in this...
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Jim Higgins makes a new record

Fr James Higgins makes a new SMA Irish Province record On 8 February 2010 Fr James Higgins became the oldest Irish SMA to...
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ADDRESS-Fr Angelo Lafferty SMA

INTERFAITH EVENT ADDRESS Text of address made by Fr Angelo Lafferty SMA at the Interfaith Even held in Cork City Hall on the 22nd...
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Bishop Christopher Abba Memorial Mass

Memorial Masses for the late Bishop Christopher Shaman Abba, Bishop of Yola, Nigeria Bishop Christopher Shaman Abba was born in Mabushi, Kaduna State in...
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INTERFAITH EVENT

  INTERFAITH EVENT: On Friday 22nd of January the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, attended the Interfaith Event organised by Cois Tine at Cork...

Violence in Jos, Nigeria

Violence in Plateau State, Nigeria – from FIDES News Agency AFRICA / NIGERIA - “We denounce all perpetrators of this shameful conspiracy,” say...

Reception of Bishop John Moore SMA in Wilton

Homily of Fr Dan Cashman at the Reception of the remains of the late Bishop John Moore SMA at St Joseph's (SMA) Church, Wilton,...

SMA Retreats 2010

SMA Retreats / Summer School 2010 The annual Retreats for SMA members are taking place in the SMA Dromantine Conference & Retreat Centre as follows:...

African Missionary Newsletter

The African Missionary Newsletter is published twice a year and sent to our supporters free of charge. It is also available online. To read the...
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SMA Nigeria meets as one

  66 SMA priests and deacons have just concluded a two day meeting in Abuja to assess their missionary work and to make plans...
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IF YOU WANT TO CULTIVATE PEACE -Jan 2010

CULTIVATE PEACE, PROTECT CREATION - Reflection for January 2010 Can we disregard the growing phenomenon of "environmental refugees", people who are forced by...

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  Angola Benin Central Africa DR Congo Egypt Ghana Ivory Coast Kenya Liberia Morocco...

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Bauchi Diocese Bishop Malachy John GoltokDiocese of BauchiP O Box 17BauchiBauchi StateTel: (+234)-77-541 475 SMA personnel in Bauchi diocese Irish ProvinceFr Alberto Olivoni...
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REFLECTION FOR DECEMBER 2009

REFLECTION FOR DECEMBER 2009 Starting on December 7th, crucial UN sponsored Climate Change talks will begin in Copenhagen.  While we are experiencing the worst...

Tanzania Mwanza Archdiocese

Archdiocese of Mwanza History 10 April 1929: Vicariate Apostolic of Mwanza Erected 25 March 1953: Elevated as Diocese of Mwanza...

Tanzania Shinyanga Diocese

SMA in Shinyanga Fr P J Kelly (Lawrencetown, Co Galway) is Parish Priest of Kilulu, a large rural parish located on the borders of the...

Tanzania Arusha

Archdiocese of Arusha Archbishop Josaphat Louis Lebulu The diocese was erected on 1 March 1963 with territory taken from the diocese of Moshi....
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St Theresa Novena 08

PRAYERS OF THE NOVENA (To be recited each day of the Novena September 23rd to October 1st 2008, preferably...
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St Theresa Novena 10

National Novena in honour of Saint ThérèsePatroness of the Missions The National Shrine of St Thérèse in Ireland is located in St Joseph's SMA...

Spirituality and Lifestyle

sma - our objectives spirituality & lifestyle   at the heart of our approach to our sma spirituality and lifestyle...

Special Project in Liberia

Provision of carpenters tools and materials for 60 qualified carpenters Project Background: The Diocese of Gbarnga in Liberia is involved...

SMA Parishes

SMA PARISHESSMA Irish Province is responsible for the pastoral care of 4 Parishes:Ireland: Diocese of Cork & RossSMA Parish of St Joseph, Blackrock Road, CorkSMA...

SMA Mission

SMA Mission Statement The Society of African Missions (SMA) is committed to preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ chiefly in Africa and...

SMA Jubilee 2006

  The Society of African Missions Jubilee 1856 - 2006 SMA Irish Provincial Team Planned...

SMA in Action

The Members of the Irish Province are engaged in various activities: Members in Africa in SMA Parishes in Administration in Formation in Education...

SMA House Dublin

SMA House, Ranelagh Road, Dublin The SMA House in Dublin is located at No 82 Ranelagh Road, Dublin 6.   Use of SMA...
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Shendam Centenary Day

SHENDAM 100 35 babies are baptised by SMA Superior General Fr Kieran O'Reilly SMA baptising one of the...

AEFJN Study Day

Irish Antenna Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network Study Day Took place on March 9th 2004 at Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, D9. ...

Reinterment at Kagoro

INTERMENT AT KAGORO… To a moving rendition of the Irish hymn “Ag Críost an Síol” a group of Irish missionaries gathered at the SMA...

Refugee Day Prayers

Suggestions for Prayers of the Faithful for World Refugee Day  Some or all of the following could be used: Introduction: God our Father on...

Provincial Assembly 2007

SMA Provincial Assembly 2007 See pictures >>> here

Profile Jim Lee

Fr James G (Jim) Lee SMA THROUGH WAR... AND PEACE.... Jim Lee was ordained 53 years ago and has been in Africa for most...

Profile Dan McCauley

Fr Daniel M (Dan) McCauley SMA A FULL AND CHALLENGING LIFE.... Dan McCauley is from near Strabane Co Tyrone. A big influence on his...

Profile Tomás Walsh

Fr Tomás Walsh SMA THE URBAN APOSTOLATE... "My SMA career began when every Friday I passed around the SMA Mission...

Profile Michael O’Shea

Fr Michael O'Shea SMA WRITING AND TEACHING... Fr Mick O'Shea, theologian, writer and missionary, has worked for SMA in Zambia and Benin (Africa)...

Profile Owen Maginn

Fr Owen Maginn, SMA STILL GOING STRONG AT 84... "I didn't know a lot about SMA when I felt I wanted to be...

Profile Malachy Flanagan

Fr Malachy Flanagan SMA USES ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS... "I came to know of SMA from Fr Peter Devine SMA who comes from my parish....

Profile John Haverty

Fr John Haverty SMA WORKING BY MOTOR-BIKE... For 42 years Johnny Haverty has been on assignment in Kaduna, Nigeria and has become one of the longest...

Profile Don Burke

Fr Don (Daniel) Burke SMA   MULTI-NATIONAL CAREER... Don comes from Waterford City but his subsequent career would make him a citizen of the...
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Installation of Bishop O’Regan SMA

Bishop Noel O'Regan SMA installed as bishop of Ndola, Zambia. Bishop Noel O'Regan was installed as the fourth bishop of the Catholic diocese...