Season of Creation: The Four Seagulls
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Season of Creation: The Four Seagulls

THE FOUR SEAGULLS That’s the title of the new dotpainting which I finished yesterday.It depicts four seagulls who are anxiously looking at the people who are discussing how to stop the pollution of the oceans, especially the plastic-soup (the grey areas). The people portrayed by the Aboriginal symbol of the U, are in the green…

Sunday Gospel – To See as Jesus Sees
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Sunday Gospel – To See as Jesus Sees

In the Greek text of Mark, it says ‘That I may look up…’ The word ‘looking up’ had been used before by Mark to describe how Jesus blessed the loaves of the first multiplication of bread (6:41), and again when he healed the deafmute man (7:34). The translation used in the Mass gives ‘Let me…

Mission Sunday: Cardinal Tagle Speaking
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Mission Sunday: Cardinal Tagle Speaking

“Asia is a world of mission, and now they say that Europe is also becoming a mission territory,” he said. “Our experience in Asia is that, though the Holy Spirit is always the major agent in evangelization, we also need living witnesses. Those who through their witness of life, quality of relationship, compassion for the…

Synodality – A Reflection by  Fr Guido Gockel MHM
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Synodality – A Reflection by Fr Guido Gockel MHM

THE ROAD TOGETHER On Oct. 10, 2021, Pope Francis formally opened the “Synod 2021-2023”.Some of you may well wonder what this is all about. What is a synod? The Church’s governing structure is pyramidal, which means that the Pope is the head, followed by the cardinals as the next rank, then the bishops, and priests….

Pakistan: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ – Cardinal Joseph Coutts
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Pakistan: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ – Cardinal Joseph Coutts

Though Cardinal Joseph Coutts retired from his role as Archbishop of Karachi earlier this year, he continues being a strong voice in favor of the Pakistan’s minorities – both Christians and Hindus. But he’s also a man who loves his country, recognizing that in Pakistan one can find “the good, the bad, and the ugly,”…

Himalayan Ladakh: Bone of Contention
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Himalayan Ladakh: Bone of Contention

Ladakh, with much of its Himalayan terrain above 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) and sandwiched between Pakistan-occupied Gilgit Baltistan and China-occupied Aksai Chin, is the most dangerous flashpoint in Asia because two superpowers and their aggressive militaries are trying to nibble away at each other’s territory. Aksai Chin in northern Ladakh is a strategic place to…

‘Unity yes, Uniformity no’ – Pope Francis
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‘Unity yes, Uniformity no’ – Pope Francis

Rome (Agenzia Fides) – The freedom that Christ gave to the baptized is “a novelty” that could encompass “all peoples and cultures” and freed from temptations and errors – which often existed in the history of evangelization – “only one cultural model” or wanting to enforce or dictating to others one’s own life model as…

Pakistan: Sorry Fate of Discriminated Sanitation Workers
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Pakistan: Sorry Fate of Discriminated Sanitation Workers

In a statement issued on Oct. 8, Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi expressed deep sorrow over the tragedy and condemned the loss of precious human lives. “Forcing Nadeem Masih and Faisal Masih to work without any protective measures was criminal negligence. Human life without any distinction of caste, creed and profession is precious and respectable….