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Revolutionary Chaos -28 SCJs Martyred in the Congo In 1960 the Belgian Congo became an independent nation. The following year saw dramatic developments. Throughout the country extreme anarchy prevailed together with widespread violence. The central government was extremely weak. In 1961 the Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba was assassinated and became celebrated as a martyr by radical African liberation movements. Civil war waged by the Simba radicals under the guidance…
Option for the Poor - The Fishermen's FriendFather Paul Punt, SCJ(1913-1975) In December 2000, SCJs in Brazil received the following invitation: The Mayor of Tamandaré (Pernambuco, Brazil), Paul Guimarães dos Santos, has the honor of inviting you to concelebrate Mass on December 15, 2000 at 6:00 PM in the Colonia dos Pescatori [Fishermen's quarter] on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of Fr. Paulo Punt. After Mass…
Our Victims United with the CrossThree Priests of the Sacred Heart in the Cameroon In many parts of Africa during the period after the Second World War the continent was shaped by very different ways individual countries achieved their independence. Cameroon was divided into two United Nations trust territories, one under British, and the other under French administration. Between 1945 and 1960 in the French part of Cameroon alone over…
Not a Missionary but an Exemplary Martyr:Fr. Martino Capelli, SCJ (1912-1944) After hearing a conference on the martyrs in Mexico shortly after taking his first vows in 1931, Nicola Martino Capelli wrote: "O Virgin of the Mexican martyrs, allow me also one day to be a martyr for Christ the King and for you, Immaculate Virgin. O mother I write you still touched by the conference given on the Mexican…
Moldova or the Republic of Moldavia was formerly part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It has a population of 4,430,000 of whom Moldavians comprise 65%, Ukrainians 14%, Russians 13%, and others 8%. The vast majority (98%) of the people belong to the Russian Orthodox Church. Catholics form a very small minority of less than 1%. The SCJs have a parish and social center in Raszkow. The parish church…
The following was written by Fr. Jerry Sheehy, SCJ, a missionary in the Philippines who is originally from the British-Irish Province. He reflects on the history of this Asian mission, as well as its future as SCJs celebrate the profession of the first two Filipino SCJs. The article originally appeared in Contact, a publication of the British-Irish Province. Our SCJ mission project in the Philippines began 11 years ago (1989).…
The first Priests of the Sacred Heart from the German Province arrived in South Africa on November 28, 1923. They established their first mission, St. Teresa, in the Herschel district, which was later to become part of the diocese of Aliwal North. During World War II, the freedom, and therefore the work of the SCJs, was limited as a result of the internment of the German priests and brothers. A…
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