St. Charles Borromeo students support school in Uganda

The answer was quick when St. Charles Borromeo School parent Stacey Iadezito came to principal Jackie Voelkl asking her help in raising funds to purchase mattresses for Broader Vision School in Uganda.

Certainly, or as Curly Howard from the Three Stooges would emphasize the affirmative, "Soi-ten-ly."

The students at the school in St. Charles responded enthusiastically as well, raising almost $2,230 for the school in Uganda, an archdiocesan Mission Office-sponsored program of Pan y Amor.

Catholic families ‘adopt’ international seminarians

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained six men to the transitional diaconate on Saturday, April 30, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. He presented Laurent Okitakatski Odjango with a book of the Gospels commissioning him as a herald of Christ.

Three men from Africa who were ordained transitional deacons last week were cheered along by their "family" in attendance at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Joseph Lugalambi and Matthias Njuba from the Diocese of Masaka, Uganda, and Laurent-Bernard Okitakatshi Odjango of the Diocese of Tshumbe, Democratic Republic of Congo, are among 15 international seminarians at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury.

Pope in Bangui: Open the doors of mercy, counter violence with love

Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at the start of a Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths Nov. 29 at the cathedral in Bangui, Central African Republic.

BANGUI, Central African Republic -- Put down the weapons of war and work for justice, Pope Francis urged the people of the Central African Republic.

"Even when the powers of hell are unleashed, Christians must rise to the summons, their heads held high, and be ready to brave blows in this battle over which God will have the last word. And that word will be love and peace," the pope said in an evening homily Nov. 29 at Bangui's cathedral.

Honor your martyrs by putting faith into action, pope tells Ugandans

Pope Francis knelt in prayer Nov. 28 as he visits the Anglican martyrs' shrine at Namugongo in Kampala, Uganda.

KAMPALA, Uganda -- As Pope Francis encouraged Ugandan Christians to draw inspiration from the 19th-century Ugandan Martyrs, he carried with him graphic images of the horrors the 45 Anglican and Catholic martyrs endured.

The pope made an early morning visit Nov. 28 to the Anglican shrine and museum located on the site where many of the martyrs died. The main exhibit features realistic statues of men being tortured, bound and thrown on a fire.

Comboni priest hopes pope's visit will stop violence in Central African Republic

Peacekeeping troops escorted a humanitarian aid convoy in mid-February in Bangui, Central African Republic. A Comboni missionary in the country, recounting the violence taking place around his parish in the capital, expressed hope that Pope Francis’ planned visit would open people’s hearts to God’s love and “renew the face of this beautiful country drenched in blood.”

VATICAN CITY -- A Comboni missionary in the Central Africa Republic, recounting the violence taking place around his parish in the capital, expressed hope that Pope Francis' planned visit would open people's hearts to God's love and "renew the face of this beautiful country drenched in blood."

Comboni Father Moses Otii Alir's description of the violence around Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bangui was posted on the Comboni website Nov. 6. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Bangui Nov. 29-30.

From trash to treasure | Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe helps instill joy in Ugandan women through pop-tab purses

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe leads young women at St. Monica’s Girls Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda, making purses from the pop tabs of aluminum cans, with profits going back to them to help strengthen their lives.

It's possible to find complete joy amidst deep sorrow — just ask Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe.

A member of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Sister Rosemary works with young women in Uganda, whose lives were torn apart at the hands of Joseph Kony, former leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Many were abducted, raped, tortured and forced to kill family members as soldiers in Kony's army.

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