Papua is the land and a tribe of a promising mission. The land is huge and rich in its natural resources, ecological biodiversity and multi tribal indigenous people. Papua’s land area is approximately 420,000 kms.

The Hindi Service of Radio Veritas Asia known as Satyaswar, which means the voice of truth, has earned an important place among the International Radio Broadcasts. Over the last 24 years, it has become an important name in the list of the international radio broadcasting stations that makes a difference in the lives of thousands of listeners.

Photo: Pope signs new Encyclical "Fratelli Tutti on St Francis tomb in Assisi

Dear Confreres,
During Angelus this blessed afternoon, on the Feast of the Seraphic Father, St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis officially launched the publication of his Encyclical entitled “Fratelli Tutti” which speaks on fraternity and social friendship. I am sure a good number of you witnessed this momentous event through the various mass media outlets available to you.

Fr. José Boeing (from Brazil) anf Fr. Miguel Heinz (from Germany) of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) who participated in the synod for Amazon share their impression on the synod.

International Youth Day was celebrated in Janvikas, Indore on 12th August, by the youth from the slums of Indore city. The theme of the International Youth Day 2016 was: "The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production." Janvikas Society has initiated a new venture with the help of the Mission Office (Steyler Missionare), Austria to organize the youth in the slums of Indore city to enable them to empower the society. Four such Youth Clubs are formed in each slum to orient the youth (both boys and girls) and to assist them to become better, responsible citizens of the country.

Oh! that beautiful yet tragic day when Fr Augustine Rodrigues was with us then all too suddenly left us.

The SVD Generalate Leadership Team on Wednesday, 11th June began its semi-annual weeklong meeting called Caucus to evaluate and plan the activities. The meeting is held in Nemi, a beautiful town located about 50 km from Rome where the SVD have a retreat house.

The Western Province celebrates its 50thAnniversary this year. In 1964, the province began with 38 priests and seven Brothers. The ministry sites for the new province included Verbum Dei High School, St. Leo parish and the SVD Mission Office, all in Los Angeles.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Itapua is a center of pilgrimage and prayer for Catholics , but also an attractive tourist site because of the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds the Paraná River, 12 km from the center of Encarnación in the Department Itapua.

Los Chiles is really a very beautiful place with a large population. From the parish, several community services are offered. In my opinion a Parish Mission is needed. The people are thirsty for something more. I invite our young missionaries of the Region to come to this fertile soil for evangelization.

Invited by Fr. Jan Wichary, local superior of the SVD community in Zakopane, Fr. Jan Halama, provincial superior of the Slovak province, took part in the celebration of St. Joseph Freinademetz, the patron saint of the missionary house in Zakopane. The occasion took place on February 2, 2014 in the local parish of Holy Cross in Zakopane.

Bone patients in Madang province, can now be operated on, following the arrival of new instruments from Poland. SVD POL donated the equipment after a successful application by the Doctor in Charge of Modilon orthopaedic unit, our SVD Brother, Doctor Jerzy Kuzma.

Three years ago, on March 11, Japan suffered its most powerful known earthquake, which rattled the country, unleashed a tsunami of up to 100 feet, and resulted in the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

On January, 13, 2014, in the chapel of St. Joseph Freinademetz community of Seoul, the newly appointed Regional Superior of Korea Region: Fr. Benedict Kim Jong Il (in photo, 4th from left), along with his new council were installed.

Photo: A Left: A sign outside the chapel on the campus of the Catholic Health Training Institute in Wau, South Sudan. Right: The chapel on the campus of the Catholic Health Training Institute in Wau, South Sudan (GSR photo / Chris Herlinger)

Indian Sr. Leema Rose is a member of the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit and heads the Catholic Health Training Institute in Wau, South Sudan, where she oversees a nursing training program for certified nurses and midwives.

Sr. Kavita with mother and new born. Every year, around 700 pregnant women come to our clinic for a check-up. Most of them deliver their baby in their homes and the difficult cases come to the clinic. These difficult deliveries are always a nightmare for us in Weragu, Ethiopia. The joyful event of giving birth can suddenly turn into an unforeseen crisis.

I have been working as a chaplaincy in the women ?s prison in Berlin for more than a year. In the beginning it was a very strange world with big walls, loud noise of opening and closing big doors. I was afraid to enter the prison cells.

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