Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

Transfiguration: A Homily
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Transfiguration: A Homily

2nd Sunday of Lent Today’s readings are, as so often, an invitation to contemplative musing. You can look at what is being told here in different ways, marvel at it. Or, perhaps, recoil in horror at the horrific story of what is called in Jewish tradition the “binding of Isaac.” How is it possible that…

Transfiguration
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Transfiguration

Not all the disciples were treated equally. At special times in his life Jesus selected his closest friends to be with him. Here we have Peter, James and John chosen as witnesses to the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration places Jesus with two great figures in Jewish history. Moses the giver of the Law and Elijah the…

Global Healing Session with Laudato Si
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Global Healing Session with Laudato Si

Fascinating exchange on the significant contribution of faith communities to the conversation on environmental change

Forty Days: Tested in the Desert
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Forty Days: Tested in the Desert

Jesus has just been baptised by John the Baptist. On that occasion we witnessed the Spirit descending from heaven, coming down on Jesus. From now on, we see that everything that Jesus does, is guided by the Spirit of God, and is a sign of God’s Spirit. The first thing that the Spirit does with…

Migrants: Where Does Antipathy Come From?
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Migrants: Where Does Antipathy Come From?

Where internal migration is concerned, it is mostly the poor who migrate, and a significant proportion are tribal people, uprooted and displaced from their villages and communities because of climate change and development. The latter is really a form of expropriation and theft. In India, internal migrants mostly come from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh….

First Sunday of Lent
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First Sunday of Lent

Lent – a new liturgical season, and an opportunity to start again.We can give thanks to God for giving us this season of grace. Lent isclosely associated with God’s Covenant and with baptism, and thereadings this Sunday strongly underline this. In the First Reading from Genesis, God makes a Covenant withNoah’s people, saved from the…

Coptic Martyrs ‘Saints of All Christians’ – Pope Francis
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Coptic Martyrs ‘Saints of All Christians’ – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.” In a video message for the “Day of Contemporary Martyrs” Feb. 15, the pope said, “I hold in my heart that baptism of blood, those twenty-one men baptized as Christians with…

Lent: Learning from the Oppressed and Persecuted
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Lent: Learning from the Oppressed and Persecuted

“When I hear the stories of those oppressed and my eyes cannot get any bigger, just listening to them. They tell me: ‘But Marcela, please, when you speak about us, ask them to pray for us. We want to be like you, to be able to read the Bible whenever we want, to go to…

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time
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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

After having called his disciples Jesus started his Messianic work: preaching and healing. Evening came (1:32) and morning came (1:35), a new day. That new day brought new things. Jesus went to other towns to proclaim the Good News (1:38-39). And another aspect of the new day was that his Messianic work had adverse effects…

World Day Against Human Trafficking: Prayer Marathon
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World Day Against Human Trafficking: Prayer Marathon

8 February: Prayer marathon for World Day Against Human Trafficking Christians are invited to join an online Prayer Marathon on 8 February organized and promoted by the Talitha Kum network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons. By Vatican News staff writer Thalita Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life against Trafficking in Persons is…

Sunday Gospel Reflection
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Sunday Gospel Reflection

Like Jesus, we must be ready and willing to leave our prayer for those who seek us out. Like Peter’s mother-in-law, our encounter with God must get us back to normal stuff.