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  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis used very harsh words in his condemnation of abortion which he described it as a “white gloves” equivalent of the Nazis’ eugenics programmes. The Pope was addressing members of the Family Forum who were celebrating their 25th...

  • Eleventh Sunday in ordinary time: Revolutionary patience

    Ezekiel 17, 22-24; 2 Cor. 5, 6-10; Mark 4, 26-34. In the way we normally judge reality, it is easy to become cynical and to believe more in the determinism of the systems and mechanisms of society and politics than in the hope of possible new...

  • They discovered they were naked

    They discovered they were naked

    And God asked: “Who told you that you were naked? Have you been eating from the tree I forbade you to eat?” (Gen 3:9) The loss of innocence! What is innocence? How do we lose it? More than faultlessness, innocence is bliss – the joy of living...

  • Quotes and news

    Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch, appealed to Catholics and other Christians in Iraq to revive all their energies to rebuild the Christian communities in Iraq. Sako will soon be appointed cardinal. In a letter to bishops,...

  • Tenth Sunday in ordinary time: Escape from God

    Today’s readings: Genesis 3, 9-15; 2 Corinthians 4, 13 - 5, 1; Mark 3, 20-35. It is fascinating how, despite being so dated, the Scriptures, particularly texts like today’s, can speak so loudly and clearly to our condition in times so distant from...

  • The power of light

    The power of light

    In 1954, when reflecting on Dante’s Inferno, Dorothy Sayers portrayed a dismal picture of humanity: “That the Inferno is a picture of human society in a state of sin and corruption, everybody will readily agree. “And since we are today fairly well...

  • Quotes and news

    At a press conference in Paris, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, spoke highly of the cooperation between Muslims and Christians in Lebanon. Noting that Lebanon separates religion and State, Rai added that Christians...

  • Corpus Christi: Something radically new

    Exodus 24, 3-8; Heb. 9, 11-15; Mk 14, 12-16.22-26. Why is there such an intimate bond between religion and sacrifice, strengthening the common perception that religion is violent by nature? Many Bible passages seem gratuitous in their depiction of...

  • The writing was on the wall

    The writing was on the wall

    There is ample scientific literature on the links between smoking and cancer. There is also enough em­piri­cal proof that obesity leads to cancer. Similarly, scientists tell us that chronic alcohol abuses lead to cirrhosis. Doctors frequently warn...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing members of the Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice Foundation on the theme ‘New policies and lifestyles in the digital age’, Pope Francis said: “The current difficulties and crises within the global economic system have an undeniable...

  • The Holy Trinity: Believing is a gift

    Deut 4, 32-34.39-40; Rom 8, 14-17; Matt 28, 16-20. We often hesitate to speak of God. We have been taught so many things about God, but to use Thomas Aquinas’ metaphor, that is all ‘straw’ in the light of reality. Much of what we transmit as our...

  • A common Christian call to political action

    A common Christian call to political action

    Earlier this month, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople convened an international forum on modern slavery and human trafficking in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The theme might seem of remote interest since we do not often assume that...

  • Quotes and news

    The Bishops of Nicaragua are taking a very active part in the process of ‘national dialogue’ in their country in an attempt to resolve its socio-political crisis. President Daniel Ortega, entrepreneurs, civil society, university students are all...

  • Pentecost: The liberating Spirit

    Today’s readings: Acts 2, 1-11; 1 Corinthians 12, 3-7.12-13; John 20, 19-23. The context of what actually happened on the first Pentecost as recorded in Acts and in St John’s gospel is the context of an institution in desolation, already showing...

  • To read and change the world

    To read and change the world

    Every year, in these months, many parents hope to get their child into a Church school, putting their child’s name into a ballot. The day of the ballot dashes the hopes of many, especially those who are wholeheartedly dedicated to pastoral work...

  • Quotes and news

    Commenting on the news that suicide bombers had attacked Santa Maria Catholic church, Diponegoro Indonesian Christian church and Surabaya Centre Pentecostal church in Indonesia, Pope Francis said: “I am particularly close to the dear people of...

  • The Ascension of the Lord: Reading God’s signs

    Acts 1, 1-11; Ephesians 1, 17-23; Mark 16, 15-20. In today’s feast of the Ascension, the occurrence of Jesus being taken from the disciples and lifted up to sit with the Father in heaven creates that intermediate state of uncertainty between our...

  • When the saints go marching in...

    When the saints go marching in...

    Last Wednesday, we celebrated the feast of St George Preca. While some people still cherish a personal memory of this priest, most of us never met him since he died in 1962. Maybe we have heard stories about him, came across excerpts of his...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Jozef De Kesel of Malines-Brussels, Belgium, Archbishop of Malines-Brussels, says he is open to reflecting on a ‘prayer ceremony’ to seal relationships between gay couples A spokesman for the Cardinal said that in his effort to answer...

  • Sixth Sunday of Easter: Loving, not judging

    Today’s readings: Acts 10, 25-26.34-35.44-48; 1 John 4, 7-10; John 15, 9-17. The language running through today’s Scripture readings is not the language we learn and speak in the way we are educated in religion. Religion is very often understood...