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Religion

  • Life is beautiful

    Today’s readings: 1Kings 17,17-24; Galatians 1,11-19; Luke 7, 11-17. If religion does not enhance life’s beauty and its meaning, then we would be better off without it. Even in religion there are cliches that do not convince. Religion deals with...

  • The eternal flame

    Our way of life outside God’s kingdom can be awfully un­balanced, verging on the comical. It does not entail living like a hermit or much meditation to observe the absurdity of what goes on around us. Let’s take our body. Big multi­national...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking in the House of Lords, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby expressed his opposition to legislation that would recognise same-sex marriage: “It (proposed legislation to recognise same-sex marriage) confuses marriage and weddings. …It...

  • Redeeming presence

    Today’s readings: Genesis 14, 18-20; 1 Corinthians 11, 23-26; Lk 9, 11-17. Christ did not institute the Eucharist for us to keep under lock and key. His presence in the world as projected ‘eucharistically’ in the form of eating, signifies...

  • Still stunning the Church

    It’s not a perfect benchmark. However, since Franklin D Roosevelt, it has been taken to be the test of a government’s commitment for a whole legislature. Faced by the Great Depression in 1930s, in his first 100 days in office, Roosevelt passed 15...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, both from Ireland, took different positions regarding the granting or refusing of Communion to politicians who vote for the proposed abortion legislation. Mgr Martin of Armagh, Primate of All...

  • Pope goes on foot

    Pope Francis has again broken with the practice of his predecessors, walking the full length of an annual 1.6-kilometre procession from one Roman basilica to another. The 76-year-old Pontiff, who walks with a slight limp because of apparent lower...

  • Prophet’s words and acts

    Scholars around the Muslim world were alarmed five years ago by news reports that Turkey planned a new, possibly heretical compilation of the Prophet Mohammad’s sayings that might scrap those it thought were out of date. Turkish religious leaders...

  • Pointing to the mystery

    Today’s readings: Proverbs 8, 22-31; Romans 5, 1-5; John 16, 12-15. The major claims on God made by Christianity in its early centuries provoked controversy and violence, and eventually led to the Council of Nicaea convened by the Roman Emperor...

  • Same-sex marriage and child adoption

    The issue of legalising same-sex marriage has made headline news globally. Same-sex couples are legally recognised in many countries including France, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, New Zealand and...

  • Quotes and news

    It is estimated that about 1,500 Christians had to escape for their lives after their village, Chak 31, in the Pakistani province of Punjab was attacked by residents of the nearby Muslim village of Chak 30. The attack happened after the Christians...

  • Unending story

    Today’s readings: Acts 2, 1-11; 1 Cor. 12, 3-7.12-13; John 20, 19-23. Living behind closed doors was not what the Church was meant to be. The Spirit promised and given was to lead the Church out towards the whole truth, which at different points...

  • Accompaniment by the Lord in our daily life

    Amid the multitude of little things to be done and important decisions to be taken, being aware of what is happening in our deeper self and how the Lord is accompanying us in our daily life is a source of inspiration and strength. This awareness...

  • Quotes and news

    Eight hundred 15th-century martyrs were canonised by Pope Francis last Sunday. The martyrs’ names are not known and they are called the ‘martyrs of Otranto’ in Italy. In 1480 they were beheaded by the forces of the Ottoman empire when they refused...

  • Jesus scholar Vermes dies

    Géza Vermes, a translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and renowned for books exploring the Jewish background of Jesus, has died aged 88. He died on Wednesday, David Ariel, president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, said. Vermes had...

  • Venerating Our Lady at Fatima

    The Catholic faithful gathered at the Shrine of Fatima, Portugal, on Sunday and yesterday, to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima. Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Orani João Tempesta, of St Sebastian of...

  • Things hoped for

    Today’s readings: Acts 1, 1-11; Ephesians 1, 17-23; Luke 24, 46-53. The ascension of our Lord points to the hope his call holds for us and to the rich glories he has promised. Till this is verified, we have to journey a long way and clouds of all...

  • Blast of death

    On his election, Pope Francis said in no uncertain terms that the Church must not forget the poor. He also stressed the responsibility of Christians to protect the natural environment. Both are intimately interlinked. Even a casual or indifferent...

  • Quotes and news

    Ireland’s bishops are strongly oppo­sing proposed legislation aimed at legalising abortion in cases when it was considered that the health of the mother could be at risk. The bishop said the Protection of Life during Pregnancy act was a “dramatic...

  • Pope to visit Brazil slum on first trip

    Pope Francis will visit the poor in a favela and meet young prisoners when he travels to Brazil on his first international trip as pontiff in July, the Vatican said yesterday. Pope Francis, who has said he wants to make concern for the poor a...

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