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  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis said: “The present wave of migration seems to be undermining the foundations of that ‘humanistic spirit’ that Europe has always defended. Yet there should be no...

  • Contagious spirit

    Today’s readings: Is. 40, 1-5. 9-11; Tit. 2, 11-14; 3, 4-7; Lk 3, 15-16. 21-22. The dramatic challenges facing the world call on the Church and on be­lie­vers to wake up and ask how God is at work loving the world in these times. In the wake of...

  • Why go to confession?

    Why go to confession?

    Many Catholics are thankful to be celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy. To rediscover the beauty of God’s rich merciful love is an experience that instils inner peace and deep joy. In the relationship with the Lord of grace, it is always our...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis said: “History does not determine Christ’s birth; rather, his coming into the world enables history to attain its fullness. The birth of the Son of God inaugurates a new era, a new computation of time, the era which witnesses the...

  • ‘A people of many faces’

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 60, 1-6; Ephesians 3, 2-3.5-6; Matthew 2, 1-12. The event whereby God was made man and entered history, which we celebrated on Christmas, would have probably been a fable were it restricted to Bethlehem, to one people and...

  • An identity for the papacy

    An identity for the papacy

    There is no need to get into a complicated search for the identity of a still young papacy. Pope Francis’s major characteristic of directness and candidness simplifies life for many looking for the significance of his message and what he is...

  • Quotes and news

    In a statement, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) said: “The adoption of the framework convention of the UN on climate change (CCNUCC) by 195 countries in Paris on December 12 represents a great forward...

  • The good soil

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3, 3-7.14-17; Colossians 3, 12-21; Luke 2, 41-52. The feast of the Holy Family was instituted by Pope Leo XIII end of 19th century when the family was facing a major transition with the advent of industrialisation.

  • A call from the cave

    A call from the cave

    A look back on 2015 might bring memories of terrorism, the immigration crisis, financial crisis in the EU and corruption galore. All might seem dark and gloomy just as it was in the dirty cave of Bethlehem that night, with the tragedy of a...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are extracts from Pope Francis’s message for the World Day of Peace, January 1. God is not indifferent God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind! God does not abandon us! At the beginning of the New Year, I would like to share...

  • Leap forward

    Today’s readings: Micah 5, 1-4; Hebrews 10, 5-10; Luke 1, 39-44. On the eve of Christmas it is two women who open the door to give us a glimpse of what Christmas really signifies. Of all the prophets of old who boldly and constantly guided God’s...

  • Not a tale of two cities

    Not a tale of two cities

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness.” This is the...

  • Quotes and news

    Opening the Door of Mercy at the Basilica of St John Lateran, Rome, Pope Francis said: “We have opened the Holy Door, here and in all the cathedrals of the world. Even this simple sign is an invitation to joy. It begins a time of great forgiveness.

  • Solace we need

    Today’s readings: Zephaniah 3, 14-18; Philippians 4, 4-7; Luke 3, 10-18. Three Old Testament prophets in this Advent season, Jeremiah, Baruch, and today Zephaniah, have spoken to us of confidence, beauty, and joy respectively. In spite of all that...

  • A candle, a loaf of bread and a glass of water

    A candle, a loaf of bread and a glass of water

    Before a spent out candle, an eaten loaf of bread and an empty glass of water, what is the right attitude: bemoan their loss or rejoice in the light and life received through them? Their disappearance is their very fulfillment because self-giving...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily for the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy last Tuesday, Pope Francis said: “To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them.

  • Rome fights its demons as Holy Year approaches

    Rome fights its demons as Holy Year approaches

    Rome is bracing for the arrival of millions of pilgrims for the Roman Catholic Holy Year which officials had hoped could revitalise the scandal-plagued city, but which threatens to be more of a headache than a help. Pope Francis took Italy by...

  • Saving the world

    Today’s readings: Baruch 5, 1-9; Philippians 1, 3-6. 8-11; Luke 3, 1-6. What we celebrate every Christmas is that God became man, that God entered history definitively, that the Christian religion is basically the religion of the incarnation. In...

  • The face of mercy

    The face of mercy

    Tuesday, feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican Council II, will see the start of the Extra-ordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis last April, on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday,...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking in the Central African Republic, Pope Francis said: “Dignity. This moral value is rightly synonymous with the honesty, loyalty, graciousness and honour which characterise men and women conscious of their rights and duties, and which lead...

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