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An unusual crib in an unusual year

This year's Christmas crib in St. Peter's Square is a work of art that demands to be discovered. It was created in the second half of the 1960s and takes up current themes of the time. In this way, it builds a bridge between the birth of Jesus, the beginning of the Second Vatican Council and the conquest of the moon. For this reason, this year's nativity scene also includes an astronaut.  
It was created by pupils under the guidance of their teachers at the F. A. Grue art school in Castelli, very close to the Gran Sasso mountain massif in Abruzzo.  The band of light behind the figures also indicates this. It shows the silhouette of this mountain massif. The baby Jesus will be unveiled on Christmas Eve. Now it is still hidden under a red cloth directly in front of the big angel.
The manger invites us to linger, to look. It does not radiate the cosy atmosphere that we are normally used to from nativity scenes. It is as unusual and unwieldy as the whole pandemic year 2020.  (text and photos/eka)

This news item will expire on 21/02/2021.

Mary Ward High School in the midst of Covid 19 - Zimbabwe Region

The beginning of the year 2020 saw the school opening its doors to the first fifty pupils. Plans were underway for more blocks to be erected. Then came the end of  the first term, which was closed abruptly  at the end of March due to Covid 19. The second block had just been started.  That meant the purchasing of building material was slowed down due to Covid 19 restrictions.
It is indeed a miracle that in spite of all that, the contractor went on slowly but surely with the building. By November he was working on the final touches and we got the certificate of occupation  at the beginning of December
When we opened in term 3, we had 70 prospective pupils –  alas only 20 students  were allowed to join us. This is due to social distancing which is required by ministry of Education in Zimbabwe. We are expecting more pupils at the beginning of 2021 even though  there will be fewer than we had originally planned for. Nevertheless the coming of Covid 19 somehow gave us the time to concentrate on the building and it helped us to slow down, but still there has been steady progress.  
We are thankful to our funding partners and all who made it possible for us to complete the block. One cannot estimate the economic crisis in Zimbabwe. However, confident in Divine providence, we look forward to the third stage of our construction as soon as we get  the funds.  The next building would be computer and science labs and a third classroom block. We remain thankful to God and our funding partners who enabled us to get this far (text Sr Caroline Shonhiwa CJ)

This news item will expire on 19/02/2021.

Eucharist to mark the 40th Anniversary of four women martyrs in El Salvador

On 2 December 2020, Mass was celebrated in the Oratorio de Caravita to honour three religious  sisters and one lay volunteer who were martyred in El Salvador 40 years ago.  Two Maryknoll sisters Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, an Ursuline sister Dorothy Kazel and Cleveland lay volunteer, Jean Donovan gave their life in trying to help the suffering people of El Salvador. Ita Ford was targeted specially by U.S. backed Salvadorian death squads because she stood up to them in defence of the disappeared.  Maura Clarke wrote thus, only a few months before her death. “If we leave the people when they suffer the cross, how credible is our word for them?  The Church’s role is to accompany those who suffer the most and to witness our hope in the resurrection.”  
Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ presided the over the Eucharist. Jane, the General Superior of the CJ did the bidding prayers. In his homily, Cardinal Czerny read out a moving letter by an eyewitness of what had happened on 2 December 1980 and he remembered all the martyrs of our days who live their faith and follow the path of Jesus. A group of CJ and IBVM sisters were among the participants. Another 107 followed the live streaming on Zoom. (text and photos/eka)

This news item will expire on 09/02/2021.