Our Common Home: ‘Laudato Si’ in a Nutshell
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Our Common Home: ‘Laudato Si’ in a Nutshell

Cambodia: Celebrating Christian Initiation
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Cambodia: Celebrating Christian Initiation

RCIA step 2 (ទទួលជំហានទី២) in Battambang Prefecture, Cambodia. It was a big celebration and a joyous occasion for all the Christian faithful in the Prefecture of Battambang, especially for the 61 young adults whose names were officially enrolled for baptism in the Catholic Church. They have been prepared and given faith formation in their respective…

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…

Way of the Cross – Journeying with Refugees and Migrants
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Way of the Cross – Journeying with Refugees and Migrants

Pray with the Lord, journey with Refugees and Migrants Download Way of the Cross Source: Jesuit Refugee Service

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…

India: Christians Condemn Communal Violence, Offer Assistance
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India: Christians Condemn Communal Violence, Offer Assistance

Christian leaders from different denominations in New Delhi have condemned the communal violence in the Indian capital and asked churches to open their doors to victims of the riots. The violence that started on Feb. 23 in several areas of northeast Delhi has left 27 people dead and over 200 injured in the deadliest episode of…

Pakistan: Shot for Trying to Build a Church
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Pakistan: Shot for Trying to Build a Church

“It was Sunday. We spent the whole day building the wall and finished at 7pm. We only wanted to secure our property against any forceful occupation. Three hours later, we heard a crowd chanting on our doorstep. As we tried to explain our stance, someone resorted to aerial firing. My brothers were the next targets,”…

Religious Sisters Reflect: New Forms of Religious Life for Our Times
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Religious Sisters Reflect: New Forms of Religious Life for Our Times

Catholic religious are experiencing the crises felt across the world, and it challenges them to redefine their mission and identity, says the Indian head of Assumption nuns. Sister Rekha M. Chennattu, superior general of the Religious of the Assumption congregation, was speaking after concluding a 20-day general plenary of her congregation in Paris. The congregation’s 23…

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…

Asia: Inculturation – What makes Christianity Unique?
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Asia: Inculturation – What makes Christianity Unique?

Now the issue of how Catholicism and other religions engage and interact is back on the agenda in the clearest terms with Querida Amazonia from Pope Francis. The starting point for shaping the future of the Church in the region is to first listen, the pope says, to the rhythms of the people and their sense of…

China: The Face of Catholicism in the 21st Century
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China: The Face of Catholicism in the 21st Century

In the last twenty years, a good number of priests, nuns and laity were sent to abroad for further study, e.g., to the Philippines, the USA, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France and Taiwan. Some even studied for doctoral degrees. It is clear that these returnee priests, nuns and laity have encountered a variety of difficulties and…

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….