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Religion

  • Friends and brothers

    Friends and brothers

    The upcoming 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate – the declaration on the relations of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions – proclaimed by Blessed Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965, comes at a time when in spite of the persecutions still...

  • Quotes and news

    In an interview with conservative US Catholic newspaper the National Catholic Register, Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said: “I am confident there will be no change in doctrine.” Schönborn added that there is “deep continuity”...

  • Visions of God

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19, 4-8; Ephesians 4, 30 - 5,2; John 6, 41-51. In our faith journeys, it is the vision we have of God that darkens or enlightens our paths. Elijah is an outstanding prophet in the Hebrew Bible. Yet the Elijah narrated to...

  • The circle of life

    The circle of life

    Much has already been said and written on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. The dust will not settle fast on an encyclical which has been labelled as being ‘red’ and ‘green’ by different political and lobby groups. Similar to his exhortation...

  • Quotes and news

    Thirty-seven years ago, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger delivered a homily on the occasion of the death of Pope Paul VI who died on the Feast of the Transfiguration, 6-8-1978. It is still relevant today: “Paul VI increasingly let himself be led...

  • Christians by choice

    Today’s readings: Exodus 16, 2-4. 12-15; Ephesians 4, 17. 20-24; John 6, 24-35. Exodus stands for exit. Exit from a condition, from a situation of slavery that may be political as much as social, or cultural as much as one of personal character.

  • Priests and people

    Priests and people

    The exaggerated emphasis on the distinction between priests and people is well past its time. A new scenario is necessary and it demands a change of mentality both on the part of priests and on the part of people. It is time we stop equating the...

  • Quotes and news

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo took a very strong position against the proposal of Philippines Vice-President Jejomar Binay who suggested ending the six-year term limits for presidents. Pabillo said the idea would lead to abuse of...

  • Feeding the Soul

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 4,42-44; Ephesians 4,1-6; John 6,1-15 The soul needs its nourishment. You need not be a religious or devout person to understand that. Today we speak of the soul of the world or of politics or even of religion. Whatever...

  • Adults and gentlemen

    Adults and gentlemen

    Sorry, but I cannot see why pornography and sex for its own sake can be designated as an adult and gentlemen’s activity. I can’t see what responsible adulthood and gentlemanly qualities have to do with the sexploitation of human beings through...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said: “The solutions to global poverty and hunger cannot be left to market forces alone. “To eradicate poverty and hunger, in particular extreme poverty and...

  • Spirit, touch your Church

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 23, 1-6; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34. Hillsong United Band is a worship band formed in 1998 as a youth ministry. Since its formation it has released annual live albums of worship songs. Today’s scriptures remind me...

  • Our inner struggle

    Our inner struggle

    A few years ago I attended a retreat with a group of priests.It was different from other retreats as it was more experiential and we were asked to delve into our spiritual life. After days of reflection we had to share with the group the basic...

  • Quotes and news

    These quotes are from addresses Pope Francis gave during his visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. Fair distribution is a moral obligation Addressing a world meeting of popu­lar movements in Bolivia, he said: “Working for a just distribution of...

  • Changing style

    Today’s readings: Amos 7,12-15; Ephesians 1,3-14; Mark 6,7-13. Today’s gospel text from St Mark starts with the words: “Jesus summoned the Twelve”. There was a reason for this summoning, given that the Twelve had always been there with him. The...

  • Values and rights

    Values and rights

    It has become increasingly obvious that society is going to face very serious problems due to the manner in which values and rights are being reinterpreted to suit all and sundry as political parties jettison principles in a mad scramble for...

  • Quotes and news

    Following the massive referendum victory registered by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Bishop Franghískos Papamanólis, president of the Greek bishops’ conference, described him as “incompetent” as he had brought the nation on the brink of...

  • Return to base

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 2, 2-5; 2 Corinthians 12, 7-10; Mark 6, 1-6. The setting in today’s gospel seems very normal, with Jesus going to his home region and preaching in a synagogue on a Sabbath. So it is difficult to understand why his own...

  • Bridging the gap

    Bridging the gap

    Can Christian transformative spirituality and structured religion co-habit? They were predestined to be one. This oneness was instituted by Christ, the bridegroom, who proclaimed a transformative gospel message for all times, creating a community...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to a UN meeting on climate change, Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, stressed the link Pope Francis made between environmental degradation and world poverty in his encyclical Laudato...

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