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  • Three challenges of the Church

    Three challenges of the Church

    In his first visit to the province of Spain, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Father General of the Society of Jesus, highlighted three major challenges for the Church. The first – the need for the Church to become the people of God, a lay Church, a community...

  • Quotes and news

    Vatican criticises ‘fragile agreement’ Giuseppe Fiorentino, deputy editor of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, criticised the agreement reached during the ‘migration’ summit of the leaders of the EU.  In a front-page op-ed in the...

  • 13th Sunday in ordinary time: Healing the real wounds

    Wis 1, 13-15; 2, 23-24; 2 Cor. 8, 7.9.13-15; Mk 5, 21-43. The Jesus narratives in the gospels call for a reading that transcends times and cultures. If we simply repeat the narratives without an in-depth reading, we risk losing the entire...

  • Money must serve, not rule

    Money must serve, not rule

    Money must serve not rule has become Pope Francis’s mantra whenever he addresses the state of society today. The message challenges people in business, politics and all citizens as consumers, self-employed craftsmen and professionals, savers and...

  • Quotes and news

    During an in-flight news conference after a one-day ecumenical journey to Geneva, Pope Francis said the difficulty with the proposal of the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany to publish a policy about the reception of communion by Protestants...

  • Birth of John the Baptist: Interrupting silence

    Isaiah 49, 1-6; Acts 13, 22-26; Luke 1, 57-66.80. John the Baptist’s birth is eventful enough to break the normal cycle of the ordinary Sundays. We may think the Baptist was special because he was the messenger sent to prepare Israel for the...

  • Wanted: a prophetic Church

    Wanted: a prophetic Church

    Many have already commented on the result of the Irish abortion referendum. I think this is the concluding episode of the long process of the secularisation of the West. The Irish were angry at the Church, mostly because the Church, occupying a...

  • 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...