400th Anniversary of Canonisation of Saint Francis Xavier
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400th Anniversary of Canonisation of Saint Francis Xavier

From my birth until the age of seven, I was a parishioner at St Francis Xavier, Liverpool, affectionately known as ‘SFX’. I didn’t know much about Xavier then, but I did notice the stained glass windows behind the high altar. Those windows, installed around the time I was born, replaced the original mid-nineteenth century windows…

Pope Video March 2022: For a Christian Response to Bioethical Challenges
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Pope Video March 2022: For a Christian Response to Bioethical Challenges

The progress of bioethics presents us with challenges, and we Christians, Pope Francis tells us, “must respond” with “an even more profound and subtle discernment,” without “hiding our head like an ostrich.” This Christian response has an essential starting point: “Applications of biotechnological must always be used based on respect for human dignity.” It’s no…

Synodal Pathway: Walking together with Women
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Synodal Pathway: Walking together with Women

As the preparatory document for this synod expresses it well in number 7, the last two synods of 2018 and of 2019 have brought out a strong demand to give more space for participation to women in the Church and to involve them more in the decision-making processes by giving them more responsibilities. This is…

Lent -more Space for Prayer: Seeing with the Heart
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Lent -more Space for Prayer: Seeing with the Heart

Seeing with the heart Which path should we take to attain that encounter with the Father which we yearn for? Which of our faculties has he given us for this purpose? Our intelligence, perhaps: our capacity for thought and reasoning? Let us take note of Jesus’s answer: ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and…

The Temptation of Jesus
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The Temptation of Jesus

As we begin our Lenten journey and think about the challenges that we will face during this season, Jack Mahoney encourages us to contemplate the very human challenges that Jesus himself faced during the forty days after his baptism.  The temptations with which the devil taunted Jesus, as recounted by St Luke, represented the questions…

Ash Wednesday: Opening up so as to be Able to Receive
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Ash Wednesday: Opening up so as to be Able to Receive

Lent thus cannot be a time for wallowing in the negative. The English word ‘Lent’ comes from the same root as ‘length’. Lent, the time of spring’s first stirrings, is a time for our being lengthened. We are to grow into the full stature of Christ, to move nearer the kingdom prepared for us before the…

Prayer for Peace in Ukraine
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Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

Heavenly Father, Your will for your people is peace, not war. Pour out on our world, especially in Eastern Europe, your Spirit of compassion and solidarity. Grant all those who believe in you the strength to be close to those who suffer and the courage to resolve their differences and conflicts in truth and without…

Synodal Pathway: Newsletter
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Synodal Pathway: Newsletter

“SOCIAL POETS” is a reproduction of the words of Pope Francis to popular movements that have the ability to create HOPE where only discard and exclusion exist. “THE VISIBLE CHURCH IS THE ONE THAT MAKES THE GOSPEL VISIBLE IN ALL HUMAN AREAS”. Read Newsletter Report from Kakuma Refugee camp Kenya:

The Richness and Limitations of Human Knowing
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The Richness and Limitations of Human Knowing

At a time when the Catholic Church is being invited to greater humility by the Plenary Council and greater synodality by Pope Francis it may be prudent to acknowledge both the richness and limitations of human knowing, especially when it comes to matters concerning ultimate reality. A progressive understanding of the nature of knowledge will…

Maidenhead: Leadership Consultation Meeting
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Maidenhead: Leadership Consultation Meeting

The annual Leadership Consultation Meeting of the Mill Hill Missionaries involving the General Council and the regional leaders of Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, the German Speaking Reason, North America took place at Maidenhead from 16 – 18 February. A Picture to commemorate the event.

Synodal Pathway: Interview with Leading Member of Synod Secretariat
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Synodal Pathway: Interview with Leading Member of Synod Secretariat

Myriam Wijlens: ‘Don’t wait for someone else’s initiative‘ Passionately, church lawyer Myriam Wijlens helps lead the Synod on synodality. Has the hour of women in the Church come? Interview (Extract) – Lieve Wouters Kerknet.be Pope Francis announced a synod involving the broad base of the Church for the first time in history. Every diocese in…