‘Mission of Compassion’ – Pope Francis Message for World Mission Day
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‘Mission of Compassion’ – Pope Francis Message for World Mission Day

Amid this pandemic, underlines the Pope, “when there is a temptation to disguise and justify indifference and apathy in the name of healthy social distancing, there is urgent need for the mission of compassion, which can make that necessary distancing an opportunity for encounter, care and promotion.” In our present circumstances, he continues, “there is…

Do you need some therapy for the soul?
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Do you need some therapy for the soul?

This Lent, BBC Radio 4 will explore aspects of Ignatian spirituality and point listeners to ‘Knowing Jesus’, an online retreat being offered by the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow. This retreat is available to anyone in the world with access to the Internet who wants to immerse themselves in the spirituality of St Ignatius. Source:…

Pope Francis: Mission Is……
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Pope Francis: Mission Is……

Pope Francis has included in his public discourses insistent references to the specific nature of the Church’s mission in the world. For example, the Holy Father has repeated numerous times that evangelization is not “proselytism”, and that the Church grows “by attraction” and by “witness” – a host of expressions all of which are oriented…

Art – The Slow Gaze of the Contemplative Heart
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Art – The Slow Gaze of the Contemplative Heart

Art can speak to our deepest feelings, calling forth our own creative response to the creativity of the artist. Just as we can be moved by a beautiful sunset, or seeing the smile of a child, or hearing a wonderful musical symphony, often without knowing why, so a painting or sculpture can move us beyond…

India: Anti-Christian Campaign Gathers Pace
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India: Anti-Christian Campaign Gathers Pace

On Jan. 11, a mob of Hindus marched in Jhabua city demanding to shut down all the churches in tribal areas. They also handed over a memorandum to the district collector, the top official, to shut down churches within 30 days or face violent agitation “to free the tribal lands” from Christians. The pro-Hindu Bharatiya…

Theme Song World Youth Day Lisbon 2023
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Theme Song World Youth Day Lisbon 2023

The official theme song of World Youth Day (WYD) 2023, scheduled to take place in Lisbon, Portugal, was released on Wednesday, exactly two years since the announcement of the city chosen by Pope Francis to host the next world meeting for young people. Titled “Há Pressa no Ar” (“There’s a rush in the air”), the…

Turda, Philippines: Mobilising Youth
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Turda, Philippines: Mobilising Youth

Give them a little push and they will do wonders . When the youths are alive the parish is alive. Praying always for the youths of Turda to be fervent christians and true Philipino citizens . Maraming marami salamat mga magulang. Their garden project is ongoing. John Paul Bangsi mhm

The Ethics of Global Warming – A Tip from Thomas Aquinas
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The Ethics of Global Warming – A Tip from Thomas Aquinas

In short, we need to resist two opposite temptations.  Both of them create anxiety and frustration and neither of them are effective in practice.  One is to imagine that we are solely responsible for the future of the planet, when in truth that is in the hands of God.  ‘For us there is only the…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 8
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 8

“So that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11) Colossians 1:15-20 In him all things hold together Mark 4:30-32  As small as a mustard seed The hymn to Christ in the epistle to the Colossians invites us to sing the praise of God’s salvation, which encompasses the…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 7
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 7

“I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5a) 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:21-23 Is Christ divided? John 17:20-23 As you and I are one On the eve of his death, Jesus prayed for the unity of those the Father gave him: “that they may all be one … so that the world may believe”….

The Lord’s Prayer Sung in Aramaic
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The Lord’s Prayer Sung in Aramaic

We have learned this prayer sung in Aramaic from a Syrian bishop in Jerusalem. We have recorded the video at St. Mark’s house in the old city of Jerusalem. We use the Western Syriac Aramaic dialect, the one used by Syrians today in their liturgy. Abwoon d’bashmayaNetqaddash shmak Teete malkutah Nehvwey tzevyannach aykanna d’bashmaya aph…

Christians Living in Climate of Fear: World Watch List 2021
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Christians Living in Climate of Fear: World Watch List 2021

Christians in six Asian countries live under extreme persecution where feudal, oligarchic, authoritarian and theocratic governments call the shots, says the latest report by a Christian advocacy group.The 2021 World Watch List, compiled by the US-based Christian advocacy group Open Doors, says North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iran and India are hotbeds of Christian persecution…