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  • Quotes and news

    During an audience with members of the Italian Theological Association, Pope Francis said: “There is a need for a theology that helps all Christians to announce and to demonstrate, above all, the saving face of God, the merciful God, especially in...

  • The Holy Family - Family: The way forward

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3,2-6.12-14; Colossians 3,12-21; Luke 2,22-40. The family is the natural nucleus to which we all ultimately belong. For centuries this nucleus was very defined culturally and theologically and it constituted an...

  • 2018 – Souls anchored in hope

    2018 – Souls anchored in hope

    In Psalm 31:23-24, the psalmist winds up with a short burst of song, in which on the grounds of his own experience, his heart goes out to others: “Love the Lord all His faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to Him, but the proud...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily during Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, Pope Francis said: “Christmas is a time for turning the power of fear into the power of charity, into power for a new imagination of charity. The charity that does not grow accustomed to...

  • Fourth Sunday of Advent: In the depths of the human heart

    Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 7, 1-5. 8-12. 14.16; Romans 16, 25-27; Luke 1, 26-38. On this Christmas, as it transpires from today’s Scriptures, it is Mary’s obedience of faith that we celebrate as a catalyst of change in the entire history of mankind.

  • Christmas: moving downwards

    Christmas: moving downwards

    Christmas challenges us to move down. As Ron Rolheiser puts it, Christmas invites us to investigate the small, to de­scend. Because this is what God did in the Incarnation. He emptied Himself, taking on the form of a slave. He became small, a...

  • Quotes and news

    During a recent audience with members of the Italian Periodical Press Union and the Italian Federation of Catholic Weeklies, Pope Francis said: “You have a task or rather a mission, among the most important in today’s world: to inform correctly,...

  • Third Sunday of Advent: Letting the light in

    Isaiah 61, 1-2.10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5, 16-24; John 1, 6-8.19-28. The Jesus who was born in Bethlehem belongs to humanity, not to the Church. Christmas has a universal dimension that we cannot nail down to our religious devotions or even to a...

  • Celebrating Christmas

    Celebrating Christmas

    This is the last Sunday but one before Christmas. Christmas is celebrated by everybody, but not everyone celebrates the same reality. Christians celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation, the Word made flesh and born in Bethlehem. Some give this...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Angelus address last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “The mountains and hills that must be lowered are pride, haughtiness and arrogance. Where there is pride, where there is arrogance, where there is haughtiness, the Lord cannot enter because...

  • Second Sunday of Advent: God’s soft voice

    Isaiah 40, 1-5.9-11; 2 Peter 3, 8-14; Mark 1, 1-8. The phrase ‘cry in the wilderness’ is the leitmotif of this Sunday of Advent. In the Scriptures, this cry points to the emptiness of the wasteland that characterised both the situation of God’s...

  • Loving people vs prophetic wrath

    Loving people vs prophetic wrath

    A tension I have often lived with the past few years is how Christians are to respond to evil and sinful structures in the world without becoming bitter and spiteful. I struggled with it when we fought against the proposed development of a...

  • Quotes and news

    The Pope’s letter to the Argentinian bishops confirming their interpretation of Amoris Laetitia and their guidelines should be considered as “authentic magisterium”. This was stated by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin in a note...

  • First Sunday of Advent: It’s not about Christmas

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 63,16-17; 64, 1.3-8; 1 Corinthians 1, 3-9; Mark 13, 33-37. This time every year carries with it a mixture of feelings: a strong desire and sentiment of peace and harmony is weighed down with the feeling of a historical...

  • Advent – a life within

    Advent – a life within

    The pregnant virgin Mother is the icon that gently invites us into Advent:  An expectant woman, waiting for the Word of God to become flesh in her life. She dominates the time of Advent with her silent presence, as she waits with expectant faith...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to Myanmar’s political leaders last Tuesday during his visit to the country, Pope Francis said: “The future of Myanmar must be peace, a peace based on respect for the dignity and rights of each member of society, res­pect for each ethnic...

  • Christ the King: God’s criteria

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 34, 11-12.15-17; 1 Corinthians 15, 20-26.28; Matthew 25, 31-46. Today’s gospel narrative of the judgement scene is a plea to examine our lives both as individuals and as a community. The parable of the sheep and the goats...

  • Hazards of hypocrisy in public life

    Hazards of hypocrisy in public life

    Society is plagued with double standards. In various passages of the gospels of Matthew, Luke and Mark, Jesus appears seriously perturbed by the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. He reserves his greatest condemnation towards these people who seek...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily on the first Day of the Poor last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “In the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor. In their weakness, a saving power is present. And if in the eyes of the world they have little...

  • 33rd Sunday in ordinary time: The middle road

    Today’s readings: Proverbs 31, 10-13.19-20.30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5, 1-6; Matthew 25, 14-30. There were times in the history of Christianity when Christians were persecuted for being Christians. There were also times when they were persecuted for...