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  • Mother Church and her LGBT children

    Mother Church and her LGBT children

    The ‘coming out’ of LGBT persons is a complex process that is often considered  long, bumpy, challenging but liberating. More often than not, the process is a positive experience for LGBT persons. Yet, depending on the circumstances and the...

  • Quotes and news

    Fr Giulio Cirignano, a Scripture scholar at the Theological Faculty of Central Italy, wrote an article in L’Osservatore Romano saying that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part...

  • Sixteenth Sunday in ordinary time: Wisdom in judgement

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 12, 13.16-19; Romans 8, 26-27; Matthew 13, 24-43. The God of Jesus Christ is undoubtedly not the God as so often projected in religion and in our churches. If we were to abide faithfully by what the Scriptures say, much of...

  • Contemporary Christian martyrs

    Contemporary Christian martyrs

    On the feast of Palm Sunday, a Fedayeen suicide bomber in Alexandria, Egypt, killed at least 17 who were in church and wounded 48, and another blew himself up in the middle of a church service, killing 29 and wounding 78 at Tanta. A few days...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said the Church should be more concerned about discrimination and intolerance of homosexuals than same sex-marriage. When asked about the legalisation of same-sex marriage he said it was not a concern for the...

  • Phases in our life’s journey

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 55, 10-11; Romans 8, 18-23; Matthew 13, 1-23. Our landscape – social, political, and maybe even religious – is that of post-truth. It means that we live in the midst of organised misinformation that creates and...

  • Hope for the ‘politically homeless’

    Hope for the ‘politically homeless’

    In the online edition of La Croix International on July 10, Massimo Faggioli wrote that the growing global political loneliness of world Catholicism was evident in Pope Francis’s message last week to the G20 summit in Hamburg. Perhaps Christians...

  • Quotes and news

    Canada’s major churches, the Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International Canada are claiming that Canada’s Federal government should abrogate an agreement it has with the US government. According to the agreement, people claiming...

  • Warming our hearts

    Today’s readings: Zechariah 9, 9-10; Romans 8, 9.11-13; Matthew 11, 25-30. We are indeed at a crossroad when it comes to how and when we believers are to speak fearlessly and pronounce judgement on what enhances and what instead distorts our true...

  • A Church in transition

    A Church in transition

    In our country, religion and culture has been very closely intertwined. Our skyline is still a battle between domes, steeples and high-rises, street corners are adorned with saints, and we hang feast decorations in streets. So it is hard to fathom...

  • Quotes and news

    The political crisis in Venezuela could be described as a “government war against the people,” Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said on June 29. “We (the bishops) ask the national government to reconsider, stop that attitude of wanting to...

  • The challenge we face

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 4, 8-11.14-16; Romans 6, 3-4.8-11; Matthew 10, 37-42. A major issue that arises today when we analyse how we live and the meaningfulness of much of what we do, is that we have lost sight of what it really means to be a...

  • Truly changing times

    Truly changing times

    Probably the most severe sin we are committing today is that of indifference, looking away from the dramatic events surrounding us. It is a sin of omission for people who claim to have faith when they are untouched by the misery being brought...

  • Quotes and news

    Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said in a statement that the Holy See has expressed “grave concern” over the situation of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou. The Vatican noted that the bishop, who is recognised by the Vatican...

  • Being resilient

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 20, 10-13; Romans 5, 12-15; Matthew 10, 26-33. The fact that so often in life, evil and adversity prevail puts our faith in God to the test. This is the natural reaction. Yet believing that because the Lord is at my side...

  • An economy for our home

    An economy for our home

    In recent weeks we have heard a lot about the economy. Going back to its Greek roots, the word ‘eco­nomy’ recalls household management. It is about the management of our house and its contents. The space we call ‘home’ is dear to us all because it...

  • Quotes and news

    During a Zenit news agency interview with Sweden’s recently named first cardinal, Cardinal-designate Anders Arborelius said: “We are not just a little minority of second-class foreigners, we belong to society. And I think for many Catholics, and...

  • Corpus Christi: Our lifeline

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 8, 2-3.14-16; 1 Corinthians 10, 16-17; John 6, 51-58. It is imperative today for the Church’s conscience and for a deeper relevance of what we stand for as Christians to situate the Eucharist where it really belongs,...

  • Prayer for a new Parliament

    Prayer for a new Parliament

    On January 23, 1996, Rev. Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate. Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard: “Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek...

  • Quotes and news

    During official visit to Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Pope Francis said: “Stable employment, along with a policy actively committed to favouring the family, the first and primary place in which the person-in-relations is formed, are the...