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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Pope in Africa

Given that the media in this country have completely missed the point of the Pope's visit to Africa, preferring to promote controversy over the Church's position on AIDS and condoms, here are some video news clips from the Vatican's youtube channel.

Speaking of suffering with reference to AIDS:


"I come from a country that experienced war and division because of inhumane ideologies, and I am keenly aware of dialogue as a way of overcoming conflicts."


"Fathers: be attentive to your children and your wives."


"Reveal the loving face of God to the poor."


From the BBC, you can witness the crowds at the Papal Masses
In Cameroons: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7952754.stm with a report here.

In Angola: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7955751.stm with a report here.

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