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Religion

  • Interiority, transparency

    Today’s readings: Acts 8,5-8.14-17; 1 Peter 3,15-18; John 14,15-21. There is something very specific and rich in today’s readings about the true meaning of Christian commitment in the world. This commitment is not simply a presence that translates...

  • Venerating Mary, the new Eve

    Venerating Mary, the new Eve

    A medieval ballad has Mary at the foot of the Cross angrily addressing the Eternal Father with the words: “If I had known that it would end this way, I would not have said yes”. The composer of this irreverent ballad was clearly not conversant...

  • Quotes and news

    During the press conference on the return flight from Fatima, Pope Francis said he has doubts about claims that Our Lady continues to appear in the village of Bosnia-Herzegovina. These apparations allegedly started in 1981 and are said to continue...

  • Lifetime struggle

    Today’s readings: Acts 6, 1-7; 1 Peter 2, 4-9; John 14, 1-12. The Scriptures today narrate how in the aftermath of the resurrection, enthusiasm can easily wane. This fifth week after Easter marks metaphorically how we distance ourselves from what...

  • The Christian billboard

    The Christian billboard

    At the forthcoming election we are called, as Christians, to make a responsible and conscientious choice inspired by evangelical truths, principles of solidarity and social justice and the promotion of the common good. This is the guiding light...

  • Quotes and news

    President Donald Trump’s reform of the health system through his American Health Care Act (AHCA) has been criticised by Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Bishop...

  • Through the lens of Christ

    Today’s readings: Acts 2, 14.36-41; 1 Peter 2, 20-25; John 10, 1-10. In a social and cultural context that is becoming more pluralistic and secular and less religious, it is commonplace to marginalise religion as superfluous and peripheral to...

  • A joyful openness to learning

    A joyful openness to learning

    In today’s world, marked by glo­balisation and a broad array of voices and conflicting promos, we are all facing an ever-increasing challenge of choosing what to learn and which approaches or currents of thought to endorse. It is thus not...

  • Quotes and news

    On the last day of his apostolic journey to Egypt last week, Pope Francis said: “The experience of the disciples on the way to Emmaus teaches us that it is of no use to fill our places of worship if our hearts are empty of the fear of God and of...

  • With hearts distraught

    Today’s readings: Acts 2, 14.22-28; 1 Peter 1, 17-21; Luke 24, 13-35. It makes no sense at all for us who believe, to continue Sunday after Sunday speaking of Christ risen and of his victory over death and evil as if we live in a vacuum.

  • Filling up the churches

    Filling up the churches

    Louis Aliot, vice-president of the extreme right French National Front, criticised the French bishops for speaking up for refugees. He was very irked by the bishops’ pronouncements, and rather than answering their statements he preferred to...

  • Quotes and news

    Last Tuesday, according to reports in the Irish Times, there was no celebration of Mass in the diocese of Limerick, Ireland. Instead of celebrating Mass the priests of the diocese gathered for a “formation gathering” and people gathered in parish...

  • The signs we give

    Today’s readings: Acts 2,42-47; 1 Peter 1,3-9; John 20, 19-31. On this Sunday after Easter, we are being interrogated on the signs we are giving as the Church today in the face of the rampant scepticism and agnosticism of our generations,...

  • Strength to stop corruption

    Strength to stop corruption

    “Corruption stinks” were Pope Francis’ strong words at Scampia, in the Camorra-plagued hinterland of Naples. In Kenya, he described corruption as a  “path to death”, comparing graft with the addiction to sugars. “We like it. It’s easy, then we end...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Easter Sunday homily, Pope Francis said: “The Church never ceases to say, faced with our defeats, our closed and fearful hearts, ‘Stop, the Lord is risen’. Nobody asks us: ‘But, are you happy with all that’s happening in the world?’ Are you...

  • A claim that needs foundation

    Today’s readings: Acts 10, 34.37-43; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9. The early Church, with Peter leading, boldly witnessed to Christ’s resurrection in a credible manner. Entire communities had gone through a rite of passage from being...

  • Easter: called forth from our tombs

    Easter: called forth from our tombs

    The Resurrection stands at the very heart of the Christian faith experience and it never ceases to surprise us. It is the mystery of mysteries and it radiates light, life, and love. It is the light of the Risen Christ that penetrates the darkness...

  • Quotes and news

    During the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass in the cathedral of the capital of Venezuela, Archbishop of Caracas Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino said: “We must defend our rights and the rights of others, without resorting to violence, instead following...

  • Faith, no easy ride

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Matthew 26, 14 - 27, 66. One major blockage in life that, across the board, marks us all, is how to cope with suffering. The text of Isaiah serving as premise today to the passion narrative...

  • Digital economy for Common Good

    Digital economy for Common Good

    The challenge of a fast-changing economy in the social and political sphere only adds to the tremors created by the fast digitisation of the economy. The connectivity of electronic devices, the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics and...

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