Japan: August 1945
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Japan: August 1945

“In August 1945, atomic bombs instantaneously reduced our cities to utter ruin and took over 201,000 precious lives. Many of those who survived have since suffered the devastating after-effects of radiation, the never-ending horror of a nuclear weapon. Even today, the full scope of radiation effects is unknown, and survivors still live in dread. Hiroshima…

Asia: The Challenge of Becoming a Church of the Poor
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Asia: The Challenge of Becoming a Church of the Poor

Palatial church buildings and huge institutions in the cities and towns of Asia have become the faces of the Church. Church leaders are often seen hobnobbing with political and business elites. The pastors, still part of a triumphalist church, make sure they do not smell like their sheep. When the rights of their beleaguered communities are violated,…

Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”
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Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly: Papal Message “‘The prayer of the elderly can protect the world, helping it perhaps more effectively than the frenetic activity of many others.’ [Benedict] spoke those words in 2012, towards the end of his pontificate,” Francis said. “There is something beautiful here. Your prayer is a very precious…

Who Cares? – A Reflection on Servitude
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Who Cares? – A Reflection on Servitude

Who cares! Talking to a fellow missionary, I asked him. “What is the greatest problem of the people in the country you serve?”  Little did I expect to hear his immediate response “Slavery”. For the past 12 years, my friend worked as a missionary among farmers and brick kiln workers, whose homes are little mud huts, in…

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today and for the next five weeks, the Lectionary puts Mark aside for awhile and focuses on the sixth chapter of St John’s Gospel. This chapter,which begins with Jesus feeding the 5000, will lead us to reflect on theBread of Life. This same story is also told in the other three Gospels withslight variations. In…

Mary Magdalen
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Mary Magdalen

In 2016, Pope Francis elevated thge memorial of St Mary Magdalen, traditionally observed on 22 July, to the status of a feast day. Over the past 30 years a number of studies have restored the reputation of Mary of Magdala from repentant prostitute to leading women disciple. Her title ‘Apostle of the Apostles’ is founded…

Following Saint Joseph with Teresa of Avila
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Following Saint Joseph with Teresa of Avila

Since Pope Francis declared that the year 2021 would be dedicated to St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, there has been a surge of interest in how this great saint can help us grow in the spiritual life. St Teresa of Avila did much to popularise devotion to St Joseph, for whom she had…

Our Common Home: What Makes Global Climate Change a Spiritual Crisis.
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Our Common Home: What Makes Global Climate Change a Spiritual Crisis.

The fact that so many people have been suffering on a scale that is unimaginable for most affluent citizens of the world, and yet little or nothing is done and most people do not care, represents a clear failure. Francis says in Laudato Si’: “We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human…

Rohr: What the World Would Look Like if Jesus’ Worldview Were in Control
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Rohr: What the World Would Look Like if Jesus’ Worldview Were in Control

Luke 6: 20 – 22 In this chapter of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus has just chosen his twelve disciples on the mountain. These are the very first words recorded that he says to them and to the great crowd that gathered, so they must be important. I think he’s describing what the world would look like…