Lent – Forgiveness and Reconciliation
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Lent – Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Perhaps this is a good time for us to reflect on how we do domestic Church, and how the great liturgical moments in the year or the great theological themes that underpin them permeate our ordinary lives. After all, we all want and need forgiveness in our lives, don’t we? Or do we? It is…

Neighbourly Love in Times of Coronavirus – A Bishop’s Golden Rules
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Neighbourly Love in Times of Coronavirus – A Bishop’s Golden Rules

Think about who may be suffering more than me. For those of us who are healthy there is much less to worry about but the elderly, the housebound and those with chronic health conditions may be very anxious. How about each church undertaking an audit of all the vulnerable people they know and sharing out…

U.K.: Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Journey of Lent – through Art
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U.K.: Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Journey of Lent – through Art

For the beginning of Lent, Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers reflections on this painting in the National Gallery by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano titled ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’. It was commissioned in 1497 for the altar in the Church of San Francesco in northern Venice. During Lent we walk a path…

India: ‘Facing Most Critical Phase in its History’
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India: ‘Facing Most Critical Phase in its History’

The Feb. 12 open letter by Jesuit Father Cedric Prakash was written as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) was about to begin its 34th biennial plenary assembly Feb. 13-19 in Bengaluru. The theme of this year’s assembly is “Dialogue: The Path to Truth and Charity.” “Dear Bishops, your meeting takes place at a time…

Kenya Human Rights: Will the Truth about Fr John Kaiser MHM’s Brutal Killing Finally Come to Light?
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Kenya Human Rights: Will the Truth about Fr John Kaiser MHM’s Brutal Killing Finally Come to Light?

The victims of Moi and the KANU regime have never been given justice. These include those who were assassinated, murdered, tortured, detained without trial, exiled, and those whose lives were destroyed. Neither Moi, not his regime, ever faced justice or paid for these crimes. Only a credible truth commission and effective prosecutions can bring justice…

Austen Ivereigh’s ‘Wounded Sherpherd’  – A Review
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Austen Ivereigh’s ‘Wounded Sherpherd’ – A Review

Wounded Shepherd is the follow-up to Austen Ivereigh’s 2013 biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer. The new book covers Francis’s tumultuous first six years, and begins with the story of Francis telling Ivereigh, in June 2018, that he had only one criticism of what Ivereigh had written about him so far. “I braced myself,” writes Ivereigh….

Timothy Radcliffe OP: On Christian Unity
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Timothy Radcliffe OP: On Christian Unity

Yves Congar OP, the greatest ecumenist of the twentieth century, discovered his theological vocation when he was a young Dominican friar and was overwhelmed by studying John 17, where Jesus prays that the disciples may be one as he and the Father are one. Congar called it ‘the apostolic prayer of Jesus for Christian unity’…

Brazil: Liberation Theology Cause of Decline of Catholicism?
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Brazil: Liberation Theology Cause of Decline of Catholicism?

According to Jung Mo Sung, a Catholic lay theologian and professor at the Methodist University of São Paulo, it’s wrong to blame Liberation Theology for this transformation of the religious landscape. “Decades ago, 90 percent of the Brazilian people professed Catholicism because this was the cultural norm, but actual participation in the Church was very…

Epiphany – How the Gospel Stories Convey the Meaning of the Events we Celebrate at Christmas
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Epiphany – How the Gospel Stories Convey the Meaning of the Events we Celebrate at Christmas

And then there are Matthew’s Magi. What are they about? They are non-Jews, who get Jesus right from the very beginning, just as the establishment (Herod and his religious experts) gets Jesus wrong from the very beginning, at least in the sense that they regard him as so serious a threat to their status quo…