18th November 2019

El Salvador: Remembering Iconic Present Day Martyrs

I knew each of them well and worked alongside them in El Salvador for three years. In the Catholic University, where they taught, they did their utmost to make students aware of their Christian duty to promote justice as part of their practice of the faith… But the peace they longed for was not peace at any price. They were one with Archbishop Oscar Romero … Read more

Sunday 17 November: World Day of the Poor

Just recently, I came across in this very Church one of my patients who, he wouldn’t mind my saying, is homeless and has quite a lot of both physical and mental health problems. And it happened that he had lain down to rest on one of the benches in this Church. Little did he know that I was the one who would shortly be saying … Read more

Message of Pope Francis for World Day of the Poor

In this World Day of the Poor message, the Pope mentions two people, who in their lives worked tirelessly for the disadvantaged. Quoting Italian priest Father Primo Mazzolari, he says, “the poor are a constant protest against our injustices; the poor are a powder keg. If it is set on fire, the world will explode”. He also recalls the late Jean Vanier saying that, “thanks … Read more

Cardinal Maurice Czerny SJ : ‘Africans Have Abundant Capacities to Meet their Challenges’

During my 8 years in Africa, I learned about Ubuntu, which comprises many virtues that are entirely consistent with the ideals that Jesus expressed in the Beatitudes and that have become the tradition of works of mercy. I also learned about the living links between ourselves, our ancestors and those who are still waiting to be born. I witnessed the power of these and other remarkable … Read more

November 10 – 17: Third World Day of the Poor

Prior Concert On the eve of the celebration of the 3rd World Day of the Poor, 7,000 needy persons were guests of honor at the third concert “With the Poor and for the Poor,| which took place last Saturday, November 9, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. Maestro Nicola Piovani, winner of an Oscar for the soundtrack of the film “Life is Beautiful,” directed the Italian … Read more

Pope Video November: Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Middle East

In the Middle East, as in the entire world, people need to speak the language of reconciliation, forgiveness, and dialogue. Although sometimes it’s not easy, it’s very worthwhile. This is why Pope Francis encourages us all to become men and women of reconciliation. The Holy Father says in this video: “In the Middle East, concord and dialogue among the three monotheistic religions is based on … Read more

Pope Francis at the Conclusion of the Extraordinary Missionary Month: On Mission as Attraction

At the end of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, we are providing a few extracts from the book-length interview of Gianni Valente from Fides News Agency with Pope Francis, in which the Pope emphasizes that “Either the Church evangelizes or she is not Church”. The book, published by Libreria Edictrice Vaticana and Edizioni San Paolo will be available in bookstores as of November 5th. Rome (Agenzia … Read more

Pope Francis: ‘The Question of Death is really a Question about Life’

“The question of death is really a question about life.” Pope Francis repeated that seemingly-paradoxical idea just to be clear: “It is death that allows life to remain alive!” He said the “end goal” is what allows a story to be written or a painting to be painted. The Holy Father invited the students in Mexico City to pay attention to “each small purpose of … Read more

Jesus and Zaccheus: Imaginative Contemplation

Saint Ignatius believed that God could speak to us just as clearly in our imagination as through our thoughts and our memories. This exercise tries to bring the listener into a closer encounter with Jesus. This imaginative contemplation exercise focuses on the story Zacchaeus from the Gospel of Luke. Listen