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  • Vatican approves of exorcisms

    Vatican approves of exorcisms

    Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal after the Vatican formally recognised a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons. The Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy has approved the statutes of the...

  • True identity

    Today’s readings: Acts 3, 1-10; Galatians 1, 11-20; John 21, 15-19. The driving force for renewal and reform in the Church of these past decades was the Second Vatican Council, which in turn had its inspiration and roots in a theology that...

  • First Holy Communion. How long before the last?

    First Holy Communion. How long before the last?

    It is the time of year when families celebrate their children’s First Holy Communion – a joyful celebration of innocence, a moment of genuine religiosity and – inevitably? – a grand occasion for social ostentation, family get-togethers or...

  • Quotes and news

    The Vatican’s International Theological Commission has clarified the meaning, purpose and limits of sensus fidei and sensus fidelium – the capacity of individual believers and of the Church as a whole to discern the truth of faith. The theologians...

  • Justice over holiness

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 8, 2-3.14-16; 1 Corinthians 10, 16-17; John 6, 51-58. The assertions of Jesus that he is the bread of heaven and the life-giving bread are basic to the understanding of Christian living and yet they can so easily...

  • Deleted from the dictionary?

    Deleted from the dictionary?

    Dictionaries do not dictate the language: they document it. Languages are there to be spoken. Literature comes at a later stage. Hence, words increase and decrease in every living language, and they are not cast in stone. The more than century-old...

  • Quotes and news

    The Pope has described modern society as a ‘society of orphans’. He lamented of the ‘inhumane’ culture of 90-minute commutes in which parents do not have time to play with their children. The Pope imagined the ‘hectic day’ of a parent: getting up...

  • Object of the heart

    Today’s readings: Exodus 34, 4-6.8-9; 2 Corinthians 13, 11-13; Jn 3, 16-18. The difficulty on the part of Nicodemus highlighted today in John’s gospel is that Nicodemus could not see how Jesus’ teaching meshes with everyday life. Nicodemus was a...

  • The way forward...

    The way forward...

    Young people and adults alike go through difficult times when they come to take decisions about their future. From my experience accompanying young people on their journey to find their place in life, I have learnt that the best way of making...

  • Quotes and news

    According to the Mexico City’s Archdiocese newsletter, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s reforms are endangering the economy. According to the newsletter, they have punished everyone and helped no one. The country’s bishops had already criticised the...

  • A God too small

    The gift of the spirit by Jesus to his Church and to all who believe wherever and whoever they may be was not meant to become a new law. The spirit was sent to bring about something radically new, not a state possessed, always one to be realised.

  • Restoration of freedom

    Restoration of freedom

    At the G.K.Chesterton conference held on May 27 Fr Ian Boyd and Prof. Dermot Quinn made an impassioned plea against the mental fatigue that is sapping the vitality of a society which is in bad shape. Above all, it was an appeal for the restoration...

  • Quotes and news

    In a message to charitable organisations discussing the Syrian crisis, Pope Francis said: “We must accept with great sorrow that the Syrian crisis has not been resolved and there is the risk of growing accustomed to it: of forgetting the victims...

  • Question of style

    Today’s readings: Acts 1, 1-11; Ephesians 1, 17-23; Matthew 28, 16-20. In his first exhortation, Pope Francis speaks of a new “missionary style”, not imposing, not excluding, concentrating on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most...

  • ‘Repair my Church’

    ‘Repair my Church’

    By choosing the name Francis upon being elected Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio communicated the message that simplicity and frugality were his vision for the Church whose shepherd he had become. However, another episode from St Francis’ life may have...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis has confirmed that three bishops are being investigated for sexual abuse and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is being in­vestigated over financial transactions. Bertone denies any wrongdoing. The Pope said: “We must go forward with zero...

  • ‘Celibacy is not a dogma’

    ‘Celibacy is not a dogma’

    Pope Francis said he believed that Roman Catholic priests should be celibate but the rule was not an unchangeable dogma, and “the door is always open” to change. Francis made similar comments when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires but his remarks...

  • Papal retirements ‘could become normal in Church’

    Pope Francis said he would be open to retiring eventually like his predecessor, Benedict XVI, instead of ruling for life, adding that the concept of a ‘pope emeritus’ could someday become normal in the Church. “I will do what the Lord tells me to...

  • Faith regeneration

    Today’s readings: Acts 8, 5-8.14-17; 1 Peter 3, 15-18; John 14, 15-21. The ecclesial landscape that emer­ges from the different reports on the Vatican survey in preparation for the upcoming Synod of Bishops is, to say the least, confusing. Most...

  • Dynamic, vibrant communities

    Dynamic, vibrant communities

    It is a pretty scary thought to realise that the Church is the shop window of Christianity and that precisely you and I, as Christians, are the Church’s shop window. The reality is that Christians have always been strongly scrutinised, tested and...

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