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Religion

  • God’s future

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 34, 11-12.15-17; 1 Corinthians 15, 20-26.28; Matthew 25, 31-46. Today’s celebration of Christ the King is an opportunity for us to realise the gigantic leaps we as believers have been through in the way we think our faith.

  • Sowing the whirlwind

    Sowing the whirlwind

    In 1926, G. K. Chesterton prophesied the next heresy when he wrote: “For the next great heresy is going to be simply an attack on morality: and especially on sexual morality. And it is coming, not from a few Socialists surviving from the Fabian...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to the World Congress of Accountants, Pope Francis said: “Always place man and his dignity at the centre. It is not enough to give concrete answers to economic and material questions; it is necessary to promote and cultivate the...

  • The risk of faith

    Today’s readings: Proverbs 31, 10-13. 19-20. 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5, 1-6; Matthew 25, 14-30. In the second reading from 1Thessalonians, St Paul is addressing a people whose false expectations of an imminent coming of the Lord led to passivity.

  • Customised solutions

    Customised solutions

    Our ‘live now’ philosophy tends to become completely disengaged from a vibrant Christian faith that invites us to contemplate life beyond. Yet Christ challenges us to “first seek the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all things shall be...

  • Quotes and news

    A college of seven cardinals and bishops, under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has been set up by Pope Francis to judge cases involving “sexual abuse of minors and certain serious abuses associated with the...

  • Vatican issues staff with a financial ethics guidebook

    Vatican issues staff with a financial ethics guidebook

    The Vatican has issued staff with a manual on economic ethics and accountability, as part of Pope Francis’s effort to clean up the Holy See’s finances after a rash of scandals. The 45-page Financial Management Policies was sent to all Vatican...

  • Pope planning Turin Shroud visit next year

    The Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus, will go back on public display next year. Pope Francis said he will go to the northern Italian city on June 21 to view the 14-foot cloth which is kept in a climate-controlled case...

  • Argentine paedophile priest excommunicated

    Pope Francis has excommunicated a paedophile Argentine priest, a move applauded by advocates for victims of clerical abuse. Jose Mercau was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2011 after admitting to sexually abusing four teenagers. He spent 15...

  • A wise life

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 6, 12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4, 13-18; Matthew 25, 1-13. It is always worth asking whether faith has a future. Towards the end of each liturgical year, the concept of the future and the issue of the end of time surface and...

  • Prayer and the Berlin Wall

    Prayer and the Berlin Wall

    Dismayed with the Berlin Wall, the physical split of the ongoing Cold War and the repressive East German regime, Christian Führer, Protestant pastor of St Nicholas church in Leipzig, started organising prayers for peace every Monday evening,...

  • Quotes and news

    In an interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Church’s highest court, said: “There is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a helm, whatever the reason for this may be; now, it is more important than ever to examine our...

  • Fascinated by death

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 25, 6-9; Romans 5, 5-11; Matthew 11, 25-30. There is a difference between knowing and believing, between acknowledging facts and seeing beyond those facts. That death puts an end to suffering can be something quite...

  • Relevant homilies

    Relevant homilies

    One of the main topics that crops up in discussions I hold with people is the homily. Many express concern that some homilies are irrelevant. They say that either the priest is not prepared to deliver the homily or that he clearly lacks...

  • Quotes and news

    “A holistic vision of the human person and a commitment to constant and coherent moral standards firmly grounded in natural law and the pursuit of the common good” are essential to resolve the world’s economic problems, said Vatican Secretary of...

  • To heal the world

    Today’s readings: Exodus 22, 20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1, 5-10; Matthew 22, 34-40. In the Bible, remembering is much more than just nostalgia. The treasured narrative memory of Israel in the first reading from Exodus is easily transposable to our...

  • Running for others

    Running for others

    During my years as a student at St Aloysius College I received a great gift: with the help of Br Louis Piccinino I realised that running is real fun and it became a very important part of my life. I love running, but unfortu­nately during the day...

  • Quotes and news

    Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin told cardinals gathered for the consistory in Rome that the defence of Christians in the Middle East must be understood as a key question of human rights. He described the possible disappearance of...

  • In the public arena

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 45, 1.4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1, 1-5; Matthew 22, 15-21. The relationship of Christians to the State is not reducible to the obligation of paying taxes although that is also a commitment, and tax evasion continues to be a...

  • The synod of bishops’ teaching

    The synod of bishops’ teaching

    No one doubts that when Pope Francis called an extraordinary synod of bishops to discuss the situation of the family, the Bishop of Rome took a very wise decision on very relevant issues faced by Catholics and non-Catholics. In this, Francis seems...

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