Denis McBride Introduces Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John
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Denis McBride Introduces Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John

In this first video Fr Denis introduces three Lenten narratives from John’s Gospel and compares them to the other Gospels. He’ll introduce the Woman at the Well, the Man Born Blind and the Raising of Lazarus. Source: Redemptorist Publications

Liverpool, U.K. : New Digital Tools Show Mind Boggling Scale of Slave Trade
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Liverpool, U.K. : New Digital Tools Show Mind Boggling Scale of Slave Trade

Liverpool council’s decision in January 2020 to contextualise streets named after slave traders shed important light on the town’s infamous history as one of the world’s largest slave trading ports. Between 1696 and 1807 – when Britain abolished its slave trade – Liverpool merchants forcibly transported a phenomenal 1.3 million enslaved Africans across the Atlantic. Of these men, women,…

Pope Video March 2020 – For Catholics in China
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Pope Video March 2020 – For Catholics in China

Today, the Church in China looks to the future with hope. The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens. They should promote the Gospel, but without engaging in proselytism, and they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community. Let us pray together that the Church in…

Famous Nicaraguan Poet Ernesto Cardenal Dies at 95
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Famous Nicaraguan Poet Ernesto Cardenal Dies at 95

On the Solentiname Islands in Lake Nicaragua, he founded a community of peasants, poets and painters in 1966 that came to symbolize artistic opposition to the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, who was overthrown in 1979 by Sandinista rebels. Cardenal actively supported the revolution and served as culture minister during the first government of former Sandinista…

John Allen’s Light Hearted Take on the Pros and Cons of a Roman Sojourn for Priests
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John Allen’s Light Hearted Take on the Pros and Cons of a Roman Sojourn for Priests

Yet bishops and religious superiors continue to send priests to Rome to study, to work in the Vatican, to teach in a pontifical university, to work at the headquarters of some Catholic institution, and for myriad other reasons. A few become lifers, while most put in a few years and then move on to something…

U.K.: Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Journey of Lent – through Art
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U.K.: Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Journey of Lent – through Art

For the beginning of Lent, Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers reflections on this painting in the National Gallery by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano titled ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’. It was commissioned in 1497 for the altar in the Church of San Francesco in northern Venice. During Lent we walk a path…

Pakistan: Asia Bibi – My Faith has Saved Me
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Pakistan: Asia Bibi – My Faith has Saved Me

ASIA BIBI has given a landmark interview saying that her faith in Christ was what got her through her long ordeal behind bars. In an interview today (Wed, 26 Feb) with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Catholic charity for persecuted Christians, the Christian woman from Pakistan, sensationally acquitted last year, gave a…

Lent: Asceticism Rediscovered
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Lent: Asceticism Rediscovered

At a surface level, asceticism (the constellation of the practices of voluntary self-denial such as fasting from food) does not hold much attraction for us today. In the film version of The Da Vinci Code, the crazy and murderous albino monk, Silas is depicted whipping himself and wearing a chain wrapped around his leg that he…

Brazil: A deficit of Afro-Brazilian Culture in the Church
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Brazil: A deficit of Afro-Brazilian Culture in the Church

Almost 56 percent of Brazil’s population has some African descent. According to a recent survey on religion conducted by the private institute Datafolha, people with African descent make up 55 percent of the total number of Catholics in Brazil. But many black Catholic activists argue that there’s a general deficit of Afro-Brazilian culture in the…

Lent in Black and White – A Reflection
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Lent in Black and White – A Reflection

Two centuries after Nieuw Amsterdam had become New York, a treat still somewhat unique to that city was born, the black and white cookie. It is coated half-and-half with dark and light frosting. Though when I was a kid I gave up eating them during Lent, those cookies are an apt symbol for the season….