Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew
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Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Some of the most intriguing artistic tributes to faith and religion come from nonbelievers. A Man For All Seasons, the great drama of the life and martyrdom of St. Thomas More, was written for the stage and screen by the non-Christian Robert Bolt. The story of The Song of Bernadette, the Marian visionary of Lourdes, was first…

Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence
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Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence

Although Christians are simply one among a staggering set of vulnerable minority groups around the world exposed to hatred and persecution, there remains a sort of wall of silence around their suffering. In part, that’s because the people who set the tone in global politics and the media generally live in the affluent West, where…

Hosanna to the Son of David
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Hosanna to the Son of David

Luke 19: 29-40 HCSB As Jesus approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples and said, “Go into the village ahead of you.As you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you,…

Celebrating the Passion of the Lord
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Celebrating the Passion of the Lord

The busiest afternoon of the year for Catholic churches is that of Good Friday. People throng to participate in a liturgy entitled,  ‘Celebration of the Passion of the Lord’. The mood for this celebration is set by three readings from Scripture, which invite us to meet the Lord Jesus under three aspects: as Servant, as…

Francesco: A Pope Francis Documentary
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Francesco: A Pope Francis Documentary

“Francesco”, the documentary film directed by Evgeny Afineevsky dedicated to Pope Francis, is to be streamed globally from Sunday, 28 March. Speaking about his experience with the film, Afineevsky says: “What I admire most about the Pope is the way he brings people together”

Foot-Washing on Maundy Thursday: Looking up at Wounded Humanity
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Foot-Washing on Maundy Thursday: Looking up at Wounded Humanity

Yes, doubtless true, but it would do us good to undertake, if only for a moment, the thought-experiment of imagining the Church having made foot-washing, rather than the breaking of bread, our habitual sacrament of communion, our anamnetic mode. Mass would certainly take longer and be messier, with bowls of water risking spillage on our…

Annunciation
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Annunciation

Recap of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Iraq
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Recap of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Iraq

Cameroon: International Community ‘too silent’ – Franciscans International
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Cameroon: International Community ‘too silent’ – Franciscans International

After five years, the international community has been “too silent” about Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis, according to a leading Catholic charity. Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions have been ravaged by violence since the violent suppression of a series of demonstrations against the imposition of French – the majority language in Cameroon – the Anglophone regions’ common law…

Rethinking Redemption: A Fresh Creative Approach by Renowned Theologian Elisabeth Johnson
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Rethinking Redemption: A Fresh Creative Approach by Renowned Theologian Elisabeth Johnson

In this fresh creative approach to theology, Elizabeth Johnson asks how we can understand cosmic redemption in a time of advancing ecological devastation. In effect, how can we extend the core Christian belief in salvation to include all created beings? Immediately this question runs into a formidable obstacle: the idea that Jesus’s death on the…

Joseph’s Song
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Joseph’s Song

Feast of St Joseph, Patron Saint of the Mill Hill Missionaries
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Feast of St Joseph, Patron Saint of the Mill Hill Missionaries

Devotion to St Joseph is a relatively recent development in the Church and it seems to be gaining ground. Pope Francis included the spikenard, the emblem of St Joseph, on his coat of arms and stipulated in one of his first pontifical acts that Joseph’s name follow that of Mary’s in all the eucharistic prayers,…