Food Security

FAMINE AND CONFLICT IN SOUTH SUDAN South Sudan is suffering a severe famine.  As of March 2017, some 100,000 people face starvation, and 1 million others are approaching that state.  Last year UNICEF treated nearly 200,000 children under five for severe acute malnutrition.  About 5 million people are now facing some degree of serious hunger. […]

Economics and Peace

VIOLENCE AND CELL PHONES? Aren’t cell phones great?  Today’s electronics and other products have wonderful capabilities, but also require some fairly rare components to accomplish what they do.  Certain minerals such as cobalt, tungsten, tantalum and others are not as abundant around the world as iron, copper, or lead, but they are vital to some […]


Mansions and Mining On February 3, 2017, just two weeks into the new U.S. Administration, the Senate joined the House (in H.J. Res. 41) to revoke Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The Dodd-Frank Act was a very large piece of legislation passed after the “Great Recession” that occurred […]

JPIC: Introduction

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation:  What and why? The Catholic Church has a long tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.  Its roots go back to the Old Testament prophets, and reached a pinnacle with Jesus himself.  But as a collection of teachings, it was formally developed in modern times by the Popes and Bishops beginning […]


I am Eric AKA, sma based in Foya, Diocese of Gbarnga, Liberia. Foya is located in Lofa County. Liberia has fifteen counties and Lofa is known as the food basket of the country. People are merely subsistence rice farmers. The Luman, Bendi, Mende, Pele and Kissi are the main ethnic groups present in Lofa County. […]

Life in St. Martin De Porres – South Africa

life in st martin's

Nine years as a priest, Fr. Francis Barka-Nado, SMA of Central Africa, shares his life as an “urban missionary priest” in the heart of Pretoria, South Africa. He spent five years in the Republic of Benin before serving three years here. St. Martin de Porres Parish is centrally located in Sunnyside providing convenient accessibility to […]

Mother’s Love

Mother of all Nations

by Fr. Dermot S. Roache, SMA Our Mother Mary, the Mother of God, has been physically appearing in all parts of the world more and more frequently in this generation. Throughout history, the Catholic Church has given Mary honorary titles and sometimes she herself even asks to be known under certain titles. This is to […]

A Celebration of Life – South Africa

A Celebration of Life – South Africa

by Fr. Pius Afiabor, SMA Father Pius Afiabor is an SMA priest from Nigeria. He is a member of the African District and has been serving in the Republic of South Africa since his ordination in 2002. He ministers in Rustenberg mainly to the Botswana people, but due to the many platinum mines in the […]

Statement by Bishop Dennis Kofi Agbenyadzi, S.M.A.

Bishop Dennis Kofi Agbenyadzi, S.M.A.

Bishop Dennis K. Agbenyadzi, SMA  Challenges Facing the Catholic Church in the Central African Republic. The Central African Republic is one of the mineral-rich countries among the central African states.  The estimated population is 4.5 million.  Despite its rich deposits of minerals (diamonds, gold, uranium, etc.) the majority of the population lives in abject poverty.  Thirty per cent of the […]

A Day in a Missionary’s Life

a day in a life

My day in Ghana starts at 6:30 a.m. with Mass in our chapel followed by breakfast. I then have a 40- to 50- minute commute by tro tro which is a 12- to 15-passenger public transportation van shared by people, goats, chickens and anything else the mate can cram into the van. I enjoy the […]