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Religion

  • Journey to surrender

    Journey to surrender

    Scripture defines life as a journey from slavery to freedom, from darkness to light, from despair to hope, a journey in which growth can happen and reaches its fullness. The gospels project the very life of Jesus as a journey from birth to...

  • Quotes and news

    Westminster Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Vincent Nichols described welfare cuts made by the UK government as a “disgrace” and that “a real, dramatic crisis” has been created. He argued that as a result of the cuts a safety net for the country’s...

  • Adult empowerment

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 15, 15-20; 1 Cor. 2, 6-10; Matt. 5, 17-37. Faithfulness, like obedience, is always double-edged. If it is faithfulness to laws alien to our deepest desires, then it immediately smacks of imposition and it will be...

  • The Catholic politician

    The Catholic politician

    As was to be expected, the stand taken by Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna that it is immoral for parliamentarians to legislate in favour of gay unions being given the equal status of marriage was greeted with a firestorm of protests by the...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to Polish bishops, Pope Francis said: “Nowadays, marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will. Unfortunately, this vision also influences the mentality of...

  • Benedict has no regrets

    Benedict has no regrets

    A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticised papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who now...

  • Accountability

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 58, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 2, 1-5; Matthew 5, 13-16. The gospel of Matthew was written as a wake-up call for Christian communities to be visible and accountable. The imagery of salt and light used by Jesus highlights the need...

  • Afflicted conscience

    Afflicted conscience

    On August 31, 2005, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin ordered the evacuation of the entire city, telling people it would be months before they would be able to return. Hurricane Katrina had struck. It was the deadliest Atlantic tropical cyclone ever,...

  • Quotes and news

    At a meeting with Raymond Yans, president of the Vienna-based International Narcotic Control Board, Pope Francis criticised the move to legalise the use of drugs and strongly condemned drug trafficking. Yans said the Pope told him: “The scourge of...

  • Seeing the unseen

    Today’s readings: Malachi 3,1-4; Hebrews 2,14-18; Luke 2,22-32. What is most remarkable in today’s gospel narrative is how the fragility of the child Jesus being presented in the temple triggers through the eyes of Simeon a very deep revelation of...

  • Church and State

    Church and State

    The relationship between Church and State has always been problematic. Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV did penance in 1077, standing three days bare-headed in the snow, in order to reverse his excommunication by Pope Gregory VII. Nobody wants those...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to judges and other officials of the Roman Rota, which is the highest court of appeal of the Vatican, Pope Francis urged them: “Do not forget that you are pastors.” Describing the judges’ work as “a service peculiar to the God of Love”,...

  • Letting the people grow

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 8, 23-9:3; 1 Cor. 1, 10-13.17; Matthew 4, 12-13. Karl Rahner described the history of the Church in a threefold scheme: the epoch of Jewish Christianity, relatively short but fundamental for the origin of the Church’s...

  • Noah’s contemporaries and the ‘scorpioni’

    Noah’s contemporaries and the ‘scorpioni’

    Most of us must have heard of Noah, his contemporaries and the deluge; fewer have heard about the ‘Scorpioni’. Noah’s contemporaries and the ‘Scorpioni’ had one thing in common: they were too sure of themselves, and hence unable to see a threat,...

  • Quotes and news

    Business leaders meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, have been challenged by Pope Francis to adopt a “re­newed, profound and broadened sense of responsibility” towards the “most frail, weak and vulnerable” of society, such...

  • The true Jesus

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 49, 3.5-6; 1 Corinthians 1, 1-3; John 1, 29-34. The relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist was a lifetime one. Theologically, the gospels take us back even before their birth. John was meant not simply to prepare...

  • The culture of encounter

    The culture of encounter

    The thrust of Pope Francis’ first message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is being celebrated today, is that the reality of migration, given its new dimensions in our age of globalisation, needs to be approached and managed in a...

  • Quotes and news

    In a pastoral letter, the bishops of Panama said: “The Church does not seek any political influence. It simply aims at presenting the truth with all its moral strength and its experience in humanity. Our task is to form consciences, to defend...

  • How much is that halo?

    How much is that halo?

    Even ‘poor’ saints will benefit from Pope Francis’s drive to control costs and introduce a sense of sobriety and accounting transparency in the Vatican. L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, said that the Holy See department that oversees...

  • Becoming who we are

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 42, 1-4.6-7; Acts 10, 34-38; Matthew 3, 13-17. Far from being the usually romanticised celebration of a newborn baby, the baptism of the Lord in the River Jordan is the initiation of a commission to bring true justice on...

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