‘You Cannot Separate Mission from Contemplation’ – Pope Francis to Missionaries
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‘You Cannot Separate Mission from Contemplation’ – Pope Francis to Missionaries

“You are missionaries: if you want your mission to be truly fruitful, you cannot separate your mission from contemplation and a life of intimacy with the Lord. If you want to be witnesses, you cannot cease being adorers,” he said, in a Spanish written text provided by the Holy See press office. The XXVI General…

USA: Breaking the Spell
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USA: Breaking the Spell

As you might imagine, the suggestion that “America Needs Catholicism” was not received enthusiastically by letter writers to the Times. One correspondent asked where the Church had been in the 1920s and 1930s during the advent of European fascism. A fair question, to be sure, but one that ignores how the Church became an outspoken and…

Sunday Reflection: A Life Changing Word
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Sunday Reflection: A Life Changing Word

Have any of you had somebody say either a word or sentence that directly or indirectly, immediately or in retrospect was life changing? It may need a bit of thought, because the power of words affects us all in different ways. This should be of no surprise to any of us as our faith life…

Synodality – A Recipe for Radical Reform
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Synodality – A Recipe for Radical Reform

Synodality sets out to renew the power structures that have characterized the Catholic Church for centuries, but to do so it must achieve a far more ambitious goal: teaching faithful, lay and religious, to come together in dialogue at a time when entrenchment and polarization have turned Pope Francis’ “culture of encounter” into a quasi-utopian…

Pope Video September: An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle
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Pope Video September: An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle

Pope Francis says: We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this. It makes me very happy to see that young people have the courage to undertake projects for environmental and social improvement, since the two go together….

Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis
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Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis

Francis, speaking about the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, said: “I was touched by something that Chancellor [Angela] Merkel, who is one of the great figures of world politics, said in Moscow. I hope the wording is correct, but she said: ‘It is necessary to put an end to the irresponsible policy of intervening from outside…

Season of Creation: A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God.
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Season of Creation: A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God.

During the 2021 Season of Creation, from 1st September through 4th October, thousands of Christians on six continents get together for a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, and to discover radically new ways of living with creation. The theme of this year’s Season of Creation is ‘A home for all?…

Pope Francis: Letter to Priests
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Pope Francis: Letter to Priests

Some time ago, I shared with the Italian bishops my worry that, in more than a few places, our priests feel themselves attacked and blamed for crimes they did not commit. I mentioned that priests need to find in their bishop an older brother and a father who reassures them in these difficult times, encouraging…

Saint Augustine
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Saint Augustine

Augustine’s faith was essentially a thinking faith, endeavouring to bring together the belief of his heart and the abilities of his mind. This is well illustrated by the fact that his favourite verse from scripture was a [mis]quotation from Isaiah 7:9, ‘If you do not believe, then you will not understand.’ Faith seeks understanding: faith…

The Bread of Life – John 6
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The Bread of Life – John 6

Mass-goers in year B of the lectionary cycle, when Mark is the gospel regularly read on Sundays, might be taken aback on the 17th Sunday of the year when John’s Gospel takes over once the story comes to the feeding of the five thousand. For the following five successive Sundays, we have readings from John…

‘Rise and Shine’ – A Tribute to Don Bosco
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‘Rise and Shine’ – A Tribute to Don Bosco

On the occasion of the 206th anniversary of the birth of the popular Italian saint Don Bosco, the song Rise and Shine was launched. The text of the composition makes clear how the saint, after the corona pandemic, is heading with young people towards a future of hope and joy. The song was previously featured…