The Conversion of Paul
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The Conversion of Paul

The Conversion of St Paul is celebrated on 25th January, on the last day of what is now called ‘The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’, a tradition begun one hundred years ago in 1908 by Lewis Thomas Wattson, an American Episcopalian priest, and Spencer Jones, an Anglican priest from Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire.  It was then called…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Showing ‘Unusual Kindness’ to Migrants
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Showing ‘Unusual Kindness’ to Migrants

Leaders of Christian communities throughout the world gather each year in the Vatican for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Pope Francis traditionally concludes the initiative presiding over Vespers at the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls. The theme for 2020, chosen and prepared by a group of representatives from the Christian Churches in…

Echoes of Day of Prayer for Peace in the World
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Echoes of Day of Prayer for Peace in the World

I hear the echoes in my old recorded melodies – “We need healing, we need peace”! I hear the echoes from the sentimental lyrics lamenting wars – “Peace, Salamu, Shalom! I hear the echoes in the best book I read last year by Sr Emmanuel – “Peace will have the Last Word”! I hear the…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Paul’s Handling of Christian Disunity
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Paul’s Handling of Christian Disunity

In this brief article I should like simply to look at one important New Testament test-case for grappling with Church disunity: Paul’s dealings with the fractious Corinthians, who, to his annoyance, were forever picking a fight, both with one another and with him. The place to start here is perhaps with the last surviving line…

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’…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18 – 25 January on Theme: ‘They Showed Us Unusual Kindness’
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18 – 25 January on Theme: ‘They Showed Us Unusual Kindness’

On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer. Hospitality is a much…

Passionate Thought Provoking Oprah Winfrey Interview with Sr Joan Chittister OSB
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Passionate Thought Provoking Oprah Winfrey Interview with Sr Joan Chittister OSB

An all-new SuperSoul Sunday, as Oprah Winfrey chats with Joan Chittister about her new book The Time Is Now: A Call For Uncommon Courage. https://youtu.be/XuZOwtkteWo

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…

‘The Bible is the Book of the Lord’s People’ – Pope Francis Announcing Sunday of the Word of God
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‘The Bible is the Book of the Lord’s People’ – Pope Francis Announcing Sunday of the Word of God

In his letter, Pope Francis wrote, “A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a yearlong event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in…

Holy Land: Visiting and Supporting the Local Christian Communities
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Holy Land: Visiting and Supporting the Local Christian Communities

This annual visit was set up over 20 years ago at the invitation of the Holy See with the aim of visiting and supporting the Holy Land’s local Christian communities as they experience the political and socio-economic realities of living in Israel and Palestine. During their stay, the bishops will be based in Ramallah with…

Vintage Pope Francis: Love Expressed in Significant Small Gestures
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Vintage Pope Francis: Love Expressed in Significant Small Gestures

Pope Francis on Family Life: “Please, Thank You, Forgive Me”. Love rarely requires grand gestures. It is most eloquently expressed in small gestures A commercial with a difference:

Missionaries Killed in 2019
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Missionaries Killed in 2019

In the wake of the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019 lived by Catholic communities at all latitudes, which was also an opportunity to rediscover the figures of many witnesses of the faith of the local Churches who spent their lives for the Gospel in the most diverse contexts and situations, Agenzia Fides continues its…