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Second Sunday of Advent: The voice of hope

Baruch 5, 1-9; Philippians 1, 4-6.8-11; Luke 3, 1-6. We are approaching yet another Christmas...

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A family is born

In his homily at Santa Marta last week, Pope Francis insisted that Advent demands three attitudes: purification...

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Quotes and news - December 9, 2018

Candles forpeace in Syria

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First Sunday of Advent: Becoming divine

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 33, 14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3, 12 - 4, 2; Luke 21,...

Advent: The gift of genuine hope

Observe a child these days. Chocolate Advent calendars are opened diligently day by day, with mounting...

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Quotes and news - December 2, 2018

Responding to the sexual abuse crisis

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Christ the King: The two truths

Today’s readings: Daniel 7, 13-14; Apocalypse 1, 5-8; John 18, 33-37. In life, many a time...

A different king

A few days ago, I was at a meeting with five married couples. At one point, the discussion turned on the...

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Quotes and news - November 25, 2018

The cry of the poor

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33rd Sunday in ordinary time: The true apocalypse

Today’s readings: Daniel 12, 1-3; Hebrews 10, 11-14.18; Mark 13, 24-32. The coming of...

Our youth, our future, our hope

Our younger generation will, at some distant point in the future, take over the reigns of society in all its...

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Quotes and news - November 18, 2018

Relevance of the Eucharist

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32nd Sunday in ordinary time: The novelty of Jesus

1 Kings 17, 10-16; Heb 9, 24-28; Mark 12, 38-44. Today’s gospel is the climax of St...

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A new world economic order

Pope Francis was clearly justified to make the economy one of his first priorities in 2013. We were experiencing...

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Quotes and news - November 11, 2018

Loving God and neighbour

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31st Sunday in ordinary time: The essence of religion

Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 6, 2-6; Hebrews 7, 23-28; Mark 12, 28-34. The profession of...

Towards a more inclusive Church

Practically every time I am invited to lunch by a family I am asked to say grace. Each time I decline. In the...

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Quotes and news - November 4, 2018

‘Help the world rise up again’

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30th Sunday in ordinary time: Re-visioning our ministry

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 31, 7-9; Hebrews 5, 1-6; Mark 10, 46-52. Jericho was the last...

A Church for the future

The writing is on the wall. Churches, seminaries and convents are becoming emptier. Respect for the Church in...