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Christmas in Rome

This news item will expire on 21/02/2019.

Eucharist Celebration in memory of Fr. Victor Luke Odhiambo SJ

On Sunday 16 December, was the memorial Eucharist celebration in the Jesuit church Il Gesu in Rome to recall to mind Father Victor-Luke SJ who suffered a violent death on 15 November 2018 in South Sudan. He was a missionary in Rumbek serving as the community minister and teacher of English at the Jesuit Ecological Centre. Father Fratern SJ, who was the main celebrant of the Eucharist and a good friend of Victor Luke said:  “Victor spoke like Abel in the Old Testament. He did his teaching quietly, in a remote corner of the world, without excessive publicity. But the event of the 15th of November 2018 changed everything. Now in death he is speaking louder and louder, thanks to the internet and to men of good will.”
Many came to celebrate this Mass in memory of him who gave his life as Jesus did and proved to be a great witness to the violence-ridden world, of the love and sacrifice of the Lord. Bidding prayers were  made, asking the Lord to give Fr. Victor Luke SJ  now a share in the heavenly Eucharist and to touch the hearts of the leaders of those African countries torn by war, to do everything in their power so that people may be able live in peace. (text and photos/eka)  

This news item will expire on 18/02/2019.

St. Peter's Square in Rome

On Friday 7 December 2018, this year's nativity scene was unveiled as part of a celebration and the lights of the 23-meter-high Christmas tree were turned on. "The manger and the tree are a reflection of the light and tenderness of God. They help us to celebrate the feast of the birth of Jesus" said Pope Francis at the ceremony. "With its lights, the Christmas tree reminds us time and again that Jesus is the light of the world that dispels the darkness of enmity.” The angel on the right side of the crib invites us to become silent and to meditate on the mystery.
This year the scene of the birth of Jesus is modelled from sand, which was delivered specially from the Adriatic village of Jesolo (Venice). 700 tons of sand were used to create the scene by artists from Russia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. (Text and photos / eka)

This news item will expire on 14/02/2019.