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Religion

  • 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...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia wrote in his weekly diocesan column that President Barack Obama’s administration was “the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers” in generations. Chaput wrote that the Democratic Party felt that...

  • Testing our endurance

    Today’s readings: Exodus 17, 8-13; 2 Timothy 3,14 - 4,2; Luke 18, 1-8. It is not only in our times that we are facing big challenges where religion and faith are concerned. In his letter to Timothy in the second reading, Paul reminds him to stand...

  • Faith talk in a secular age

    Faith talk in a secular age

    As Christians we are tempted to exile our faith to our private or personal sphere, losing its influence in public and political space. But the greatest disservice to Christianity is to confine faith merely to a private matter. Faith in Christ is a...

  • Quotes and news

    According to the Bishop of Antwerp, Mgr Johan Bonny, the Church should come up with a ritual to bless non-marital unions, including those of cohabiting couples and homosexual partners. In his recent book the bishop asks whether the Church can...

  • Venezuelan professor to lead Jesuit order

    Venezuelan professor to lead Jesuit order

    Updated 3.47pm The Jesuits, one of the world's largest and most influential Roman Catholic religious orders which counts Argentine Pope Francis as a member, elected a Venezuelan as their new leader on Friday. After the election of Pope Francis as...

  • Unchained from within

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 5, 14-17; 2 Timothy 2, 8-13; Luke 17, 11-19. Praise and thanksgiving are an integral part of living the faith. According to our logic, one thanks after having received. According to the logic of faith, praise and...

  • What believing is really all about

    What believing is really all about

    How can I not worry in an era where worry and depression are all around us, where the first thing in the morning is anxiety to get to work or school on time and where we pass through experiences where ma tista tafda ’l ħadd (you cannot trust...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking during his visit to Georgia on September 30, Pope Francis said: “You do not know, dear brothers and sisters, how much children suffer when they witness the arguments and the separation of parents. Everything should be done to save a...

  • Capacity for newness

    Today’s readings: Habakkuk 1,2-3; 2,2-4; 2 Timothy 1, 6-8.13-14; Luke 17, 5-10. One of the major issues we face today in a culture which claims that it can do without religion, is the conflict between a private faith and a public religion. Peter...

  • Genuine humanism is the way forward

    Genuine humanism is the way forward

    The Enlightenment ‘discovered’ reason and believed that, through it, the road to happiness could become accessible to all. I put ‘discovered’ within inverted commas because reason had been appreciated and used long before Bacon, Hobbes and their...

  • Quotes and news

    In a recent address to Italy’s National Council of the Order of Journalists, Pope Francis said: “Respecting human dignity is important in any profession … because even behind the simple account of an event there are sentiments, emotions, and...

  • Jesuits in Rome to elect leader and set priorities

    Jesuits in Rome to elect  leader and set priorities

    When in 2014 Fr General Adolfo Nicolás announced that he wished to tender his resignation as Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on turning 80 in 2016, a number of people were surprised at the news as the role had, until recently,...

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