Fr. Lourduraju of the Divine Word Missionaries in Hungary has been awarded as the Prima Primissima of BAZ county in Hungary for his valuable services among the gypsy community in the fields of social, cultural and educational programs. The event is traditionally hosted by the National Association of Entrepreneurs. It was held in Miskolc on the 4th of November 2017.

DECATUR, Ga. (CNS) — Religion and science have intertwined in Divine Word Father Jean Ikanga’s life and it began with a fearful mother. The woman in his native Congo desperately wanted help for her 9-year-old daughter, sick with “evil spirits.” Concerned by her story, Father Ikanga provided prayer and pastoral counseling but also asked the woman and her daughter to meet with a psychiatrist at the University of Kinshasa.

Adapted from the sharing of Fr. Valentim Gonçalves, SVD

On October 13, 2016, the UN General Assembly appointed the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December. Mr. Guterres, aged 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.

The Community Center “El Rubio”, dedicated to educating boys and girls, celebrated its first anniversary on 6th July. It was a wonderful thanksgiving celebration for all the blessings and achievements that the Center had during its first year of service to many children who participate in this place of training, recreation and sharing.

The Foundation “Niños en la Huella” opens a new service with support from the Ministry of Social Development, aimed at serving the most vulnerable in our society. On July 7th the first residence was opened for the homeless living on the street. This new Center is a concrete example of how the Foundation “Niños en la Huella” responds generously to the signs of the times and extending a helping hand to those who really need it.


On the 28th of May 2016, a benefit lunch was organized by the Asia Pacific Group of the UNWG-Rome to raised funds for the rebuilding of Loreto Primary School in Tokou village, on the island of Ovalau, Fiji. The organizers are extremely grateful to the Rector and community of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), for making their premises available for the event to be held in their beautiful gardens in via dei Verbiti, Rome.

How to participate in the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC)?

The Philippines is preparing for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) to be held in Cebu City from January 24-31, 2016. The SVDs have been in the Philippines for more than 100 years. Thus, also for us SVDs, this is a very important event. Some of our confreres are involved in the preparations. Please watch this short video clip that shows how to get involved and prepare the faithful for such an important event. Participating and promoting this event is an expression of our best practices in mission animation. Please go to

International visitors are welcome to the IEC. Please share with our friends and mission partners. Details about the IEC and how to register are on the following sites:;


The four floors of the building, formerly used as a student dorm for live-in pupils at St. Wendel’s Mission House, are going to be used as shelter for refugees. There will be four different residential groups

By: Evelyn Schneider

The city of St. Wendel, Germany is renting the former boarding school dorm at St. Wendel Mission House. Refugees are going to be moving in soon. Divine Word Missionaries are looking forward to welcoming them “with open arms” in November 2015.

The month of August will remain engraved in the memories of the various street children of ORPER (Center of recuperation and reeducation of street children directed by the Divine Word Missionaries in Kinshasa (D.R. Congo), who have just completed their professional formation in esthetic and beauty, in cooking and gastronomy and in confection and fashion.

The jihadist network that was detained by the police on last Wednesday in Barcelona, which called itself «Islamic Fraternity for preaching the jihad», had among its plans to film the execution of a Spanish citizen in a similar way to the Caliphate of Syria and Iraq: beheaded with an orange overalls. It is a quantum leap in the radicalization and aims of those networks that work in Spain.

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Offer asylum seekers the status of "refugee" and ensure "safe and humane conditions" to those who arrive as immigrants in their countries. This is what the Bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands say to the Government of Papua and the Australian government in a statement released while the issue of refugees still shakes the nations of Oceania.

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.

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.

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