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Religion

  • 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...

  • Quotes and news

    In his diary, eminent liturgist Fr Louis Bouyer had harsh words for Annibale Bugnini, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, responsible for implementing the liturgical reform of Vatican II. He described Bugnici as someone “as devoid of...

  • Vatican alters report on gay people

    Vatican alters report on gay people

    The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay people. The alterations pointed to continued...

  • Universal love

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 25, 6-10; Phil. 4, 12-14. 19-20; Matt. 22, 1-14. The gospel parable from Matthew today sounds so fresh because it highlights a situation that to some extent characterises the times we are living also now. It speaks of...

  • Suffering and the economy

    Suffering and the economy

    ‘Poverty and Development: a Catholic Perspective’ was the title of a two-day conference held at the Jesuit University of Fordham in New York at the end of September. It was the second in a series of conferences organised by Centesimus Annus Pro...

  • Quotes and news

    In reaction to a decision of the US Supreme Court to allow gay marriages, Bishop Richard Malone and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said: “The Supreme Court’s decision not to take up any of the cases striking down state laws reflecting the...

  • Cultivating life

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 5, 1-7; Philippians 4, 6-9; Matthew 21, 33-43. There is more general concern today for the spiritual sensibility of the individual which can also be translated in terms of care of the self. Caring for one’s self has...

  • Bridging the gap

    Bridging the gap

    When it comes to marriage, sexuality and family life there is a gulf between what the Church teaches and what Catholics live. The Instrumentum Laboris, the document prepared as a basis for discussion in the first session of the synod on the family...

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