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Religion

  • Quotes and news

    These quotes are from the Pope’s recent interview in a Jesuit magazine. For the full text visit: www. americamagazine.org/pope-interview. Bergoglio the sinner “‘I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a...

  • The drama of faith

    Today’s readings: Amos 8,4-7; 1Timothy 2,1-8; Luke 16,1-13. There are too many people around in this day and age who are systematically denied justice in all its forms, be it salary-wise, from the law courts, from our Church tribunals, or even in...

  • Find quiet time

    Find quiet time

    “I discover more and more each day my need for times of solitude in which I discover others with more truth and accept in the light of God my own weakness, ignorance, egoism and fear. This solitude does not separate me from others: it helps me...

  • Quotes and news

    In a recent pastoral letter, the bishops of Cuba said: “Cuba is called to be a pluralistic society, the sum of many Cuban realities. Cuba is a nation of all Cubans, with their differences and aspirations. There must be the right to diversity in...

  • The true God

    Today’s readings: Exodus 32,7-11.13-14; 1 Tim.1,12-17; Lk 15,1-32. One of the Church’s major flaws has always been its reluctance to let go of old ways of thinking, to open up, to venture beyond its confines. The universality of Jesus’ behaviour...

  • Harmony or chaos?

    Harmony or chaos?

    The self-immolation of a young Tunisian in December 2010 sparked off a chain reaction of civil protests and unrest against despotic and ruthless regimes in many Arab countries. Almost three years down the line, the initial wave of optimism for...

  • Quotes and news

    During a visit to the Jesuit-run Astalli Centre for refugees in Rome, Pope Francis said: “Dearest men and women religious, empty convents are useless to the Church if they are transformed into hotels and earn money. The empty convents aren’t ours;...

  • Can we still hope?

    Today’s readings: Micah 5,1-4 or Romans 8,28-30; Matthew 1,18-23. Symbolically, Mary was the sacred space that could contain God’s powerful and gentle presence in the world. The world in biblical language is not always the place suitable to...

  • Jesus, democracy and freedom

    Jesus, democracy and freedom

    Among the many champions of human freedom there are few who question the significance of Christ. Yet, were he to be living in the West today he would have easily been accused of being undemocratic. He consulted no one, except his Heavenly Father.

  • Quotes and news

    According to the Vatican’s outgoing Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, “a mix of crows and vipers” was responsible for the campaign of criticism against him. He belives that “on balance” his tenure of office was a good one. Bertone was...

  • The cure of self

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3, 17-20.28-29; Hebrews 12, 18-19.22-24; Luke 14, 1. 7-14. We often complain of a society that has become too competitive, where relationships are too calculating, and where many times our dealings with each other...

  • All are the Church

    All are the Church

    During the past several years the Church has been experiencing a shortage of vocations in the western world. The average age of priests and religious is on the rise and great difficulty is faced when it comes to staffing parishes and to keeping...

  • Quotes and news

    Patriarch Gregory III Laham, the head of the Melkite Catholic Church, said a US attack against Syria would be “a criminal act, which will only reap more victims”. The Patriarch lamented that the US and other Western nations have done nothing to...

  • Reframing our beliefs

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 66,18-21; Hebrews 12,5-7.11-13; Luke 13,22-30. God’s dream is to gather all nations together so they may proclaim His glory and make their offering on His holy mountain in Jerusalem. This is what the prophet Isaiah tells...

  • Christian faith is apologetical

    Christian faith is apologetical

    In today’s society many are asking all sorts of questions. They are responding to their inner desire for truth. Such a quest is justified provided it is enlightened by an honest, truthful and responsible spirit. We Christians, as bearers of a...

  • Quotes and news

    In a statement, the Catholic bishops of Iowa, the US, said: “Many immigrants have been forced to leave their countries in order to provide even for the most basic needs of themselves and their families. The desperation of their circumstances does...

  • The courage of faith

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 38,4-6.8-10; Hebrews 12, 1-4; Luke 12,49-53. Very often we lament that life as we live it today has become devoid of ideals. History is marked by outstanding people who believed in ideals in politics, religion, culture,...

  • Personal prayer insights

    When we pray, we discover the grace of the openness in which God is given to us. It is the Lord who takes the initiative in this divine-human dialogue and relationship, and we tend to become deeply conscious of what happens to us in this...

  • Quotes and news

    The singing nuns of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in the US, have made history by becoming the first group since 2006 to top the chart for a long period of time with a classical album. The album released by the nuns is called Angels...

  • Resisting fear

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 18, 6-9; Hebrews 11, 1-2.8-19; Luke 12, 32-48. One of the greatest revelations of the gospel is in the words of Jesus conveyed to us today: “There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to...

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