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  • A persistent misunderstanding

    A persistent misunderstanding

    Every now and then, something crops up that brings the relationship between the Labour Party and the Church to the fore. This relationship has not been very good at least since the 1960s. Not many people remember what the quarrel between the...

  • Quotes and news

    The Catholic bishops of Nigeria are asking the President of the country to resign. They said Christians are feeling “abandoned and betrayed” after 19 people, including two priests, were killed in a church. The bishops said: “If the President...

  • Fifth Sunday of Easter: Living boldly

    Acts 9, 26-31; 1 John 3, 18-24; John 15, 1-8. There was a time when the fabric of society and of the communities to which we belonged was likened to a living organism rather than to an  organisation where we are  unknown identities or numbers. In...

  • Towards an engaged faith community

    Towards an engaged faith community

    I strongly believe that growth can only be achieved once we distance ourselves from the greatest adversary to creativity – our comfort zone. Moving beyond it often calls for a process of intuition or spiritual discernment through which new...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily last Sunday Pope Francis said: “Jesus doesn’t speak of an intellective knowledge, no, but of a personal relationship, of predilection, of mutual tenderness, a reflection of the same intimate relationship of love between him and the...

  • Fourth Sunday of Easter: Our God is different

    Today’s readings: Acts 4, 8-12; 1 John 3, 1-2; John 10, 11-18. St John’s gospel uses the imagery of the good shepherd, of a caring that is truly pastoral, to depict the universality of God’s will to save mankind and possibly to restore each and...

  • The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

    The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

    The ‘Apostleship of Prayer’ ori­ginated in France in 1844. Two Jesuits played a key role in the development of the movement. François Xavier Gautrelet, spiritual director at the Jesuit house of studies in Vals, helped the young men there realise...

  • Quotes and news

    The Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II, Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X and Melkite Catholic Patriarch Joseph Absi of Antioch have united in condemnation of the US air strikes on their country. They described the air strike as “brutal...

  • Third Sunday of Easter: God’s real presence

    Acts 3, 13-15.17-19; 1 John 2, 1-5; Luke 24, 35-48. Faith in God who raised Jesus from the dead is faith in God the creator. The resurrection is part and parcel of the ongoing process of creation, which is still work-in-progress. What God did in...

  • Indifference as human emptiness

    Indifference as human emptiness

    We easily find ourselves as spectators at this theatre of the world we are living in today. We resign ourselves in our comfortable seat, feeling numb and helpless as social injustice, corruption and human suffering pass by on this global stage...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are extracts from Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Happy) issued last Monday: Middle class holiness “I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people: in parents who...

  • Second Sunday of Easter: The true risen body

    Acts 4, 32-35; 1 John 5, 1-6; John 20, 19-31. We live in an age and culture that, where belief is concerned, carries multiple contradictions. A few weeks ago, the faith and church attendance survey report published last January gave a snapshot of...

  • ‘I give you a new heart, a new Spirit’

    ‘I give you a new heart, a new Spirit’

    Recently I heard a true story about a lovely girl called Julia. She lived all her life in fear of instant death as she was born with a heart problem and spent her life waiting for a heart transplant. Doctors could not find a heart that matched hers.

  • Quotes and news

    During his ‘urbi et orbi’  Easter blessing, Pope Francis said: “The words heard by the women at the tomb are also addressed to us: ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. “By the power of God’s love” [Jesus’s...

  • Easter Sunday: Only love believes

    Acts 10, 34.37-43; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9. Too much time has elapsed since the Jesus story occurred and since he was proclaimed as risen by those who had first believed in him but then just succumbed at the sight of his violent death.

  • Go get a life…

    Go get a life…

    Thanks for the advice! But 7.6 billion people are trying to do just that right now. The question is: how they are going about it? Some are all out to get most fun out of life. Probably they have the money and time to do it. Others are trying to...

  • Quotes and news

    In an exclusive interview with Zenit, Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna said: “Iraq needs a visit from the Pope. Iraq is a very important country as a ‘biblical’ country. So many prophets, Abraham, and many other prophets came from Iraq. The people of Iraq...

  • Palm Sunday: The real inner circle

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Mark 14, 1 - 15, 47. Isaiah’s portrait in today’s first reading in what is known as one of the canticles of the suffering servant, provides the prophet’s blueprint for the prophetic mission...

  • Rerum Novarum revisited

    Rerum Novarum revisited

    When I was a young man, in the mid-1960s, socialism was the rage and we were told it was the means to liberate the working class. Many years have flown by since then and I have been blessed with a life experience that has enabled me to realise...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Angelus address last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “I can think: How do I look at the crucifix? As a work of art, to see if it’s beautiful or not? Or do I look inside, enter in Jesus’ wounds to his heart? Do I look at the mystery of God...