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Religion

  • Keeping hope alive

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 11, 1-10; Romans 15, 4-9; Matthew 3, 1-12. If the Bethlehem narrative fails to remind us of Aleppo and Mosul, of the millions of displaced people and of the orphaned children, of the abused women and of entire peoples...

  • Church divergences

    Church divergences

    Those of us who were here before Vatican II hardly had any doubts about doctrine or morals. Everything was spelled out succinctly and clearly. Then John XXIII was elected Pope, and after three months he convoked the Vatican Council. Thanks to the...

  • Quotes and news

    During a question and answer session with Jesuits, Pope Francis lamented, among other things, the “rigidity” that he finds in many seminarians. The Pope said he was concerned about the legalistic approach to morality that he encounters in seminary...

  • Time is running out

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 2, 1-5; Romans 13, 11-14; Matthew 24, 37-44. For those who still believe in what the Christmas story stands for, it is an ongoing struggle and challenge year after year not to let the story sink to the rank of a fable.

  • The truly essential

    The truly essential

    Advent, the first season of the Church year which begins today, leading up to Christmas, is par excellence a time in which believers in Christ are invited to remain in watchful and active waiting, nourished by prayer and by the effective...

  • Quotes and news

    Last Sunday Pope Francis issued the apostolic letter ‘Mercy and Misery’ (Meseridordia et Misera) on the fruits of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy that has come to an end. Misericordia et misera is a phrase used by St Augustine in...

  • Aspirations of humanity

    Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 5, 1-3; Colossians 1, 12-20; Luke 23, 35-43. It has always been the paradox of Christianity to see in the crucified Christ the power of God. By all human logic, Christ crucified should instead be a symbol of failure,...

  • Singing the same score

    Singing the same score

    Whether one likes it or not – and I do not – Donald Trump is the President-elect of US – the most powerful nation in the world. Not because Hillary Clinton does not have serious flaws, but so far she looked more suited for the post than him. Of...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on November 13 for the homeless and other socially excluded people in precarious situations. During his homily the Pope said: “What endures, what has value in life, what riches do not disappear?...

  • Warnings not heeded

    Today’s readings: Malachi 3, 19-20; 2 Thessalonians 3, 7-12; Luke 21, 5-19. Taking today’s gospel reading literally would be labelled as fundamentalist in this day and age. Jesus paints a grim picture of signs from heaven, of wars, earthquakes,...

  • A call to escape poverty

    A call to escape poverty

    This is an era that is characterised by ambiguity. Technology and innovation have disrupted society, with people having to adjust to new jobs and gadgets to be able to navigate their everyday life. A minute section of society has accumulated an...

  • Quotes and news

    At a meeting at the Vatican with participants in the 3rd World Meeting of Popular Movements,   Pope Francis said: “The entire social doctrine of the Church and the magisterium of my predecessors rebel against money as an idol that reigns instead...

  • Faith as force within

    Today’s readings: Maccabees 7, 1-2.9-14; 2 Thessalonians 2, 16 - 3,5; Lk 20, 27-38. For a long span of time in our religion, it was afterlife, belief in the resurrection of the dead and in the life of the world to come that firmly constituted the...

  • From the heart of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

    From the heart of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

    The Bishop of Rome is the successor of St Peter, and as such, Pope of the universal Church. Believers know he has been chosen by the Lord to lead the Church at a given time. Every Pope brings to the Church his own gifts, personality and vision of...

  • Quotes and news

    The Pope’s universal prayer intention for November is: “That the countries that take in a great number of displaced people and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity”. His intention for evangelisation is: “That within...

  • Encountering God

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 11,22-12,2; Thessalonians 1,11-2,2; Luke 19,1-10. Life is worth living fully and we cannot afford to play around and ignore our deepest longings. We cannot put up a facade and act as if everything is business as usual,...

  • No alternative to love

    No alternative to love

    Humanity is the most creative species we know. Yet this infinite richness of the human spirit is ultimately driven by one, deep desire: peace and happiness. All roads lead to Rome, but do all human decisions and actions lead to peace and...

  • Quotes and news

    The Catholic bishops’ conference of South Africa harshly criticised the decision the country’s government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The bishops said they “have noted with sadness” this decision. They said South...

  • The truth about us

    Today’s readings: Eccles. 35, 12-14.16-19; 2 Tim. 4, 6-8.16-18; Lk 18, 9-14. The Scriptures today address a problem that has always been a serious source of alienation in religions and even in the life of the Church. Any religious system can...

  • Fighting myths with facts

    Fighting myths with facts

    Bearing False Witness is the provocative title of the most recent book just published this year by Rodney Stark who is a most highly regarded sociologist, a historian of religion and the author of the bestselling 1997 book The Rise of...

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