Famed Nigerian Author’s Critical Reflections upon Reading Fratelli Tutti
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Famed Nigerian Author’s Critical Reflections upon Reading Fratelli Tutti

True social friendship is impossible in the absence of dignity, both among the church’s leaders, and between them and the faithful. My family’s experiences during my parents’ funerals served to reaffirm, if not renew, my reservations about the Nigerian church. So much could have been handled with compassion for the grieving but was not. So…

Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”
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Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly: Papal Message “‘The prayer of the elderly can protect the world, helping it perhaps more effectively than the frenetic activity of many others.’ [Benedict] spoke those words in 2012, towards the end of his pontificate,” Francis said. “There is something beautiful here. Your prayer is a very precious…

Who Cares? – A Reflection on Servitude
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Who Cares? – A Reflection on Servitude

Who cares! Talking to a fellow missionary, I asked him. “What is the greatest problem of the people in the country you serve?”  Little did I expect to hear his immediate response “Slavery”. For the past 12 years, my friend worked as a missionary among farmers and brick kiln workers, whose homes are little mud huts, in…

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today and for the next five weeks, the Lectionary puts Mark aside for awhile and focuses on the sixth chapter of St John’s Gospel. This chapter,which begins with Jesus feeding the 5000, will lead us to reflect on theBread of Life. This same story is also told in the other three Gospels withslight variations. In…

Mary Magdalen
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Mary Magdalen

In 2016, Pope Francis elevated thge memorial of St Mary Magdalen, traditionally observed on 22 July, to the status of a feast day. Over the past 30 years a number of studies have restored the reputation of Mary of Magdala from repentant prostitute to leading women disciple. Her title ‘Apostle of the Apostles’ is founded…

Following Saint Joseph with Teresa of Avila
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Following Saint Joseph with Teresa of Avila

Since Pope Francis declared that the year 2021 would be dedicated to St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, there has been a surge of interest in how this great saint can help us grow in the spiritual life. St Teresa of Avila did much to popularise devotion to St Joseph, for whom she had…

Our Common Home: What Makes Global Climate Change a Spiritual Crisis.
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Our Common Home: What Makes Global Climate Change a Spiritual Crisis.

The fact that so many people have been suffering on a scale that is unimaginable for most affluent citizens of the world, and yet little or nothing is done and most people do not care, represents a clear failure. Francis says in Laudato Si’: “We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human…

Rohr: What the World Would Look Like if Jesus’ Worldview Were in Control
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Rohr: What the World Would Look Like if Jesus’ Worldview Were in Control

Luke 6: 20 – 22 In this chapter of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus has just chosen his twelve disciples on the mountain. These are the very first words recorded that he says to them and to the great crowd that gathered, so they must be important. I think he’s describing what the world would look like…

Hispanic Catholics Still Unaccommodated in U.S.
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Hispanic Catholics Still Unaccommodated in U.S.

After more than a decade of researching parish life, and after teaching many cohorts of diverse pastoral ministers, something has become disturbingly clear to me: institutionalized racial and ethnic inequality, especially of the anti-Hispanic variety, is endemic in Catholic parishes.  There are statistics that bear this out. From 2011 to 2013, the National Study of…

Pope Video July 2021: Social Friendship
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Pope Video July 2021: Social Friendship

Friendship is one of the great gifts that life gives us. Being able to count on friends, during good times as well as bad, is a gift from God. Wouldn’t it be stupendous if we could “go beyond (our) groups of friends and build social friendship, which is so necessary for living together well,” as…