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Religion

  • Stronger than fear

    Before a spent-out candle, an eaten loaf and an emptied glass of water, what is the right attitude: bemoan their loss or rejoice in the light and life received from them? Self-giving is their very nature. This is what life is all about, because...

  • Quotes and news

    In 2003, a minority of US Catholics supported same-sex marriages. Today, same-sex marriages are approved by most American Catholics. The surveys were conducted by the Public Religion and Research Institute in Washington. In this year’s survey, 58...

  • ‘I’m no superman’ – Pope

    Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a “superman” who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place. The Pope, in an interview...

  • The soul of living

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 49, 14-15; 1 Corinthians 4, 1-5; Matthew 6, 24-34. In today’s post-modern condition, anxiety has become a trademark of our daily living. Many people though, little bother whether God has forgotten them or not. The sense of...

  • Belgian euthanasia law against human dignity

    Last month, the Belgian Parliament, by a majority of 86 to 44, with 12 abstentions, passed a law allowing euthanasia for children. Dutch law allows the ending of life for children above the age of 12. Now Belgium has become the first country to...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis’s preparatory work in the past few months to reform the Vatican has started bearing fruit. The first important reform to be implemented is the new Secretariat for the Economy and the appointment of its first head, Cardinal George Pell...

  • Everyday wisdom

    Today’s readings: Leviticus 19, 1-2.17-18; 1 Cor. 3, 16-23; Mat. 5, 38-48. Many a time, receiving the other is no joke. Jean Vanier claims that forgiveness is the supreme form of love. Because in loving and accepting the other, there are always...

  • Journey to surrender

    Scripture defines life as a journey from slavery to freedom, from darkness to light, from despair to hope, a journey in which growth can happen and reaches its fullness. The gospels project the very life of Jesus as a journey from birth to...

  • Quotes and news

    Westminster Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Vincent Nichols described welfare cuts made by the UK government as a “disgrace” and that “a real, dramatic crisis” has been created. He argued that as a result of the cuts a safety net for the country’s...

  • Adult empowerment

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 15, 15-20; 1 Cor. 2, 6-10; Matt. 5, 17-37. Faithfulness, like obedience, is always double-edged. If it is faithfulness to laws alien to our deepest desires, then it immediately smacks of imposition and it will be...

  • The Catholic politician

    As was to be expected, the stand taken by Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna that it is immoral for parliamentarians to legislate in favour of gay unions being given the equal status of marriage was greeted with a firestorm of protests by the...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to Polish bishops, Pope Francis said: “Nowadays, marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will. Unfortunately, this vision also influences the mentality of...

  • Benedict has no regrets

    A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticised papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who now...

  • Accountability

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 58, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 2, 1-5; Matthew 5, 13-16. The gospel of Matthew was written as a wake-up call for Christian communities to be visible and accountable. The imagery of salt and light used by Jesus highlights the need...

  • Afflicted conscience

    On August 31, 2005, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin ordered the evacuation of the entire city, telling people it would be months before they would be able to return. Hurricane Katrina had struck. It was the deadliest Atlantic tropical cyclone ever,...

  • Quotes and news

    At a meeting with Raymond Yans, president of the Vienna-based International Narcotic Control Board, Pope Francis criticised the move to legalise the use of drugs and strongly condemned drug trafficking. Yans said the Pope told him: “The scourge of...

  • Seeing the unseen

    Today’s readings: Malachi 3,1-4; Hebrews 2,14-18; Luke 2,22-32. What is most remarkable in today’s gospel narrative is how the fragility of the child Jesus being presented in the temple triggers through the eyes of Simeon a very deep revelation of...

  • Church and State

    The relationship between Church and State has always been problematic. Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV did penance in 1077, standing three days bare-headed in the snow, in order to reverse his excommunication by Pope Gregory VII. Nobody wants those...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to judges and other officials of the Roman Rota, which is the highest court of appeal of the Vatican, Pope Francis urged them: “Do not forget that you are pastors.” Describing the judges’ work as “a service peculiar to the God of Love”,...

  • Letting the people grow

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 8, 23-9:3; 1 Cor. 1, 10-13.17; Matthew 4, 12-13. Karl Rahner described the history of the Church in a threefold scheme: the epoch of Jewish Christianity, relatively short but fundamental for the origin of the Church’s...

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