India: Synodality and its Challenges
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India: Synodality and its Challenges

The word “synodality” is frequently heard across the Catholic world these days, but few are aware of its many implications. One person very conscious of what synodality means in Catholic India today is journalist and activist John Dayal. In a recent piece, he dwelled on the “three most virulent fractures which have beset the Indian Church…

Pope Francis: St Joseph’s Perspective from the Margins
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Pope Francis: St Joseph’s Perspective from the Margins

On 8 December 1870, Blessed Pius IX proclaimed Saint Joseph Patron of the Universal Church. One hundred and fifty years on from that event, we are living a special year dedicated to Saint Joseph, and in the Apostolic Letter Patris corde, I gathered together some reflections on him. Never like before, today, in this time…

Food for Thought: The End of Religion
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Food for Thought: The End of Religion

NIETZSCHE PRONOUNCED GOD DEAD in 1882, a proclamation that has beenn amplified one way or another ever since. The fact that church attendance has declined dramatically in most places is offered as evidence. Though absolute numbers are increasing in some parishes, the fact that attendance is diminishing overall as a percentage of the baptized population…

October Extraordinary Mission Month- World Mission Church!
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October Extraordinary Mission Month- World Mission Church!

Simply put, we are the world’s encounter with God. We are God’s gift to the world. And when we act otherwise, we are betraying our vocation. So, how should we act? Does being the incarnation of God’s mission today mean we should be God’s recruiting agents? No. Jesus did not proselytize. Usually when he healed…

October Mission Month: A personal Reflection
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October Mission Month: A personal Reflection

A DREAM EVER COMING TRUE, EVER TRUE!  Every now and then we go back to the blazing, compelling reason why we left everything or stopped wandering and began to follow Him.  The very reasons that make us now fools or nobodies or ministers or famous; why we chose the road less travelled for adventure or…

Formation Philippines: Holidays Curtailed by Corona Restrictions
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Formation Philippines: Holidays Curtailed by Corona Restrictions

It has been three years now getting to four years ever since I was with my family. I have been working in the Philippines for over two years now and after all this I was looking forward to going home when the opportunity presented itself. I was due for home leave last year, 2020 and…

World Day of Migrants and Refugees: ‘Don’t be Afraid to Dream’ – Pope Francis
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World Day of Migrants and Refugees: ‘Don’t be Afraid to Dream’ – Pope Francis

World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday #26September. In his new video, #PopeFrancis tells us not to be afraid to dream – rather, we should dream together as a single human family – and two Venezuelan #migrants relate how integration has allowed them to fulfill themselves and dream of a better…

Season of Creation: COP26 Praying with Art  Video
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Season of Creation: COP26 Praying with Art Video

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow on 31st October. This is a ‘Praying with Art’ video we did, set to the music of John Denver’s ‘Windsong’. Through paintings by Van Gogh, Michelangelo, etc we look at the Beauty of our world… a world that has been entrusted into our…

Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis
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Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis

Francis, speaking about the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, said: “I was touched by something that Chancellor [Angela] Merkel, who is one of the great figures of world politics, said in Moscow. I hope the wording is correct, but she said: ‘It is necessary to put an end to the irresponsible policy of intervening from outside…

Season of Creation: Dublin Archbishop Pastoral Letter on Climate Change
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Season of Creation: Dublin Archbishop Pastoral Letter on Climate Change

“We are living on the edge of huge historical change. Our common home, indeed our only home – this planet – is under threat. Our lifestyles, and the economies which support them are contributing significantly to climate change, and to the crisis it is causing: the many wildfires raging in these days, the melting of…

The Bread of Life – John 6
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The Bread of Life – John 6

Mass-goers in year B of the lectionary cycle, when Mark is the gospel regularly read on Sundays, might be taken aback on the 17th Sunday of the year when John’s Gospel takes over once the story comes to the feeding of the five thousand. For the following five successive Sundays, we have readings from John…

Pakistan: National Minorities Day Elicits Thought-Provoking Comments
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Pakistan: National Minorities Day Elicits Thought-Provoking Comments

The year was 1997. Bishop John Joseph, Pakistan’s first Punjabi bishop, led a rally of about 10,000 people on Aug. 11 to demand implementation of the historic speech of the nation’s founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah. “You are free, you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or any…