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  • Fifth Sunday of Easter: The passion to believe

    Today’s readings: Acts 14, 21-27; Apocalypse 21, 1-5; John 13, 31-35. There are myths about the intersection between belief and politics that need to be dismantled. Belief is not simply concerned with the existence of God or bothered with afterlife.

  • The three gifts of Easter

    The three gifts of Easter

    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, during the time of King Herod, magi from the east came to pay homage to the king of the Jews. Guided by a star, these distinguished foreigners came to the place where the child Jesus was. Upon seeing him with his...

  • Quotes and news - May 19, 2019

    ‘Everything is deeply connected’ In his message for an event entitled ‘Economy of Francesco’ to be held in Assisi, Italy, from March 26 to 28, 2020, Pope Francis said: “In my encyclical letter Laudato Si’, I emphasised that, today more than ever,...

  • Fourth Sunday of Easter: Tapping new ground

    Today’s readings: Acts 13, 14.43-52; Apocalypse 7, 9.14-17; John 10, 27-30. The reading from Acts today portrays a Christianity persecuted in the temple and finding fertile ground in outsiders. It gives the feeling of a déjà vu. It speaks about...

  • If Christ went into politics

    If Christ went into politics

    What if Christ went into politics? What would his electoral programme be like? If he was addressing a mass meeting to launch his candidacy this is what I imagine he would say: “I want to make all things new. For this I came: that you may have life...

  • Quotes and news - May 12, 2019

    The following quotes are taken from Pope Francis’s visit to Bulgaria last Sunday. God of surprises In Knyaz Alexandar I Square, Sofia, he said: “God calls and God surprises, because God loves. Love is His language. That is why He asks Peter, and...

  • Third Sunday of Easter: New perspectives of mission

    Today’s readings: Acts 5, 27-32.40-41; Apocalypse 5, 11-14; John 21, 1-19. The meaning of Easter is that we can never remain stuck in the past. After dying, Jesus was put in a tomb, and as the custom, devout women, went to anoint the body with...

  • Recovering Emmaus

    Recovering Emmaus

    The story of ‘the two’ whom the risen Christ encounters on the jour­ney from Jerusalem to Em­maus is a parable of how Chris­t­ians, always woun­ded and mostly lukewarm, can be touched by a new zeal to fulfil its principle duty: witnessing the...

  • Quotes and news - May 5, 2019

    The Pope approved an International Theological Commission paper entitled ‘Religious freedom for the good of all. A theological approach to contemporary challenges’. The Commission says that democratic States are moving towards a “soft...

  • Second Sunday of Easter: Touching the pain

    Today’s readings: Acts 5, 12-16; Apocalypse 1, 9-13.17-19; John 20, 19-31 For seven long weeks now the Church will continue to celebrate the good news of Christ risen. Yet this will continue to be dampened with so much bad news coming from all...

  • Notre-Dame gutted, the bells rang

    Notre-Dame gutted, the bells rang

    Holy Week in Paris started with the gutting by fire of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. For different reasons, many were those, both on site, around the world, who shed tears at the sight of this architectural wonder, and religious icon, crumpling to ashes.

  • Quotes and news - April 28, 2019

    Over the Holy Week period Pope Francis delivered several homilies with myriad points for pondering and reflections. Some of them follow. Christ is alive “Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world.

  • Easter Sunday: The Easter miracle

    Today’s readings: Acts 10, 34.37-43; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9. It is an intriguing truth that the Easter narrative about Jesus of Nazareth crucified, dead, but who is living has survived for such a long time. There are aspects of Jesus’...

  • The relentlessness of joy

    The relentlessness of joy

    Easter blows us away with its surge of life, enthusiasm and joy. Coming with the shift from winter to spring in the northern hemisphere, what happens with Christ is reflected in nature, in the obstinate quality of all living things to not yield to...

  • Quotes and news - April 21, 2019

    On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Today, by his entrance into Jerusalem, he shows us the way. For in that event, the evil one, the prince of this world, had a card up his sleeve: the card of triumphalism. Yet the Lord responded by holding fast...

  • Passion Sunday: He’s a different God

    Today’s readings; Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Luke 22, 14 - 23, 56. Every time we go through the Passion narrative, questions always surface that remain perplexing. Was it what Judas did that set in train the sequence of events that led...

  • ‘I am about to do a new thing’

    ‘I am about to do a new thing’

    The trees, whose leaves had been stolen, are clothed again with flowers. All the earth is in blossom, proclaiming the greatness of the Creator, because He has adorned her like a spouse. We also shed our wintery heaviness, tasting the meek air and...

  • Quotes and news - April 14, 2019

    Last Sunday – the fifth Sunday of Lent – Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of Jesus’s merciful response to the woman caught in adultery: “Jesus’s interlocutors were closed in by the narrowness of legalism,” the Pope said, “and they...

  • Fifth Sunday of Lent: The brighter future

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 43, 16-21; Philippians 3, 8-14; John 8, 1-11. The important message conveyed to us all today is that as our stories unfold in daily life, there is always the seed of God’s redeeming love that can still shape our future and...

  • Protecting the voiceless

    Protecting the voiceless

    The social acceptance of abortion is a profound moral failure and pretends that such decisions can be relegated to mere individual choice without having negative consequences on society as a whole. The term ‘social order’ normally refers to a set...