Epiphany – A Reflection
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Epiphany – A Reflection

Although foretold in the prophecies, the reality of all people – Jew and Gentile – being welcomed together to worship God and receive his divine favor was earth-shattering. It was a move beyond human expectation. God’s blessings were formerly reserved to Israel, but now they are open to all. Such a shift was the most…

Pope’s Prayer Intention for January: Religious Discrimination and Persecution
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Pope’s Prayer Intention for January: Religious Discrimination and Persecution

How is it possible that many religious minorities currently suffer discrimination or persecution? How can we allow that in this society, which is so civilized, there are people who are persecuted simply because they publicly profess their faith? Not only is it unacceptable; it’s inhuman, it’s insane. Religious freedom is not limited to freedom of…

Christians in the Middle East – a Timid Revival?
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Christians in the Middle East – a Timid Revival?

The plan for the rebirth of Mar Elian envisages the replanting of vineyards and olive groves on the land around the monastery, together with the reconstruction of the surrounding walls and access doors. Fr Jacques says: “We will try to encourage the return to Qaryatayn of the Christians who lived there and who were forced…

55th World Day of Peace – Message Pope Francis
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55th World Day of Peace – Message Pope Francis

In every age, peace is both a gift from on high and the fruit of a shared commitment. Indeed, we can speak of an “architecture” of peace, to which different institutions of society contribute, and an “art” of peace that directly involves each one of us. [3] All can work together to build a more peaceful world,…

Missionaries Killed in 2021
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Missionaries Killed in 2021

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – According to information gathered by Agenzia Fides, in 2021 22 missionaries were killed in the world: 13 priests, 1 religious man, 2 religious women, 6 lay persons. This year the highest number of missionaries killed was registered in Africa, where 11 missionaries (7 priests, 2 religious women, 2 lay persons)…

Christmas: Open Ended Expectation
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Christmas: Open Ended Expectation

There is nothing wrong with enjoying Christmas, or indeed with a little over-indulgence. At any rate, there is nothing Christian about embodiments of Scrooge masquerading as piety. What matters is that we remember why we are enjoying it. We’re not, or not chiefly, remembering a past event. We’re sharpening our hope and expectation of how…

India: Missionaries of Charity Refused Licence to Receive Funding from Abroad
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India: Missionaries of Charity Refused Licence to Receive Funding from Abroad

The Missionaries of Charity was founded in 1950 by the late Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who devoted most of her life to helping the poor in the eastern city of Kolkata. She won the Nobel Peace Prize and was later declared a saint. Her organization runs shelter homes across India. According to the Hindu…

Holy Innocents: A Gospel Story in Contemporary Setting
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Holy Innocents: A Gospel Story in Contemporary Setting

Lest we are tempted just to leave this feast for hazy conjecture, I suggest it does fulfil a contemporary purpose and that is to give us a chilling reminder of how innocent life is always the victim when men’s political and warring excesses get the upper hand in the insecure male adult psyche. When I…

In the Wake of Typhoon Rai – Casay Mission Rebuilds
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In the Wake of Typhoon Rai – Casay Mission Rebuilds

Having personally experienced and been affected by the devastating typhoon Rai (Odette), it took me a week to write something about it. I was in a state of shock for some days and was grieving for the many losses and destructions in the whole area of the missions of Casay, Anini-y. Ironically, I could not…

Christmas Day Prayer
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Christmas Day Prayer

One of the best ways in which we can celebrate Christmas is to give thanks to God for those who are accompanying the poor today – those handing out food to the hungry, those giving shelter to the homeless; those befriending refugees and migrants with no recourse to public funds; those who care for the…