Our Families: Pope’s Prayer Intention for July
| | | | |

Our Families: Pope’s Prayer Intention for July

The family ought to be protected. It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress… Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children. The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties. Let us pray that today’s families may…

Pope Francis on Unity and Prophecy
| | | |

Pope Francis on Unity and Prophecy

On the feast of the two Apostles of this City, I would like to share with you two key words: unity and prophecy. Unity. We celebrate together two very different individuals: Peter, a fisherman who spent his days amid boats and nets, and Paul, a learned Pharisee who taught in synagogues. When they went forth on…

DR Congo – Belgium: The Difficulty of Facing up to the Colonial Past
| |

DR Congo – Belgium: The Difficulty of Facing up to the Colonial Past

The story is painfully well known to the Congolese. Under King Leopold’s rule, murder, mutilation and slavery were the hallmarks of the pursuit of the era’s most valuable new commodity: rubber. This was needed to replace the old “boneshaker” tyres on bicycles and cars with pneumatic tyres, invented by Dunlop, which allowed a much smoother ride….

Slavery: How France Taxed Haiti on its Freedom
| | |

Slavery: How France Taxed Haiti on its Freedom

I’m a specialist on colonialism and slavery, and what France did to the Haitian people after the Haitian Revolution is a particularly notorious examples of colonial theft. France instituted slavery on the island in the 17th century, but, in the late 18th century, the enslaved population rebelled and eventually declared independence. Yet, somehow, in the 19th century,…

Going out into Multiple Deserts: The Pioneering Missionary Life and Practice of Charles de Foucauld, Dorothy Day and Madeleine Delbrêl
| | |

Going out into Multiple Deserts: The Pioneering Missionary Life and Practice of Charles de Foucauld, Dorothy Day and Madeleine Delbrêl

In light of the news that he’s due to be raised to the altars, it’s worth looking again at de Foucauld’s life and ministry. Christopher Lamb has adeptly summarised de Foucauld’s life story, and the lessons he can provide for inter-religious dialogue. An intriguing aspect of de Foucauld’s legacy – and one, in my view, that bears…

‘We Draw Near’ – Music inspired by Catholic Faith
|

‘We Draw Near’ – Music inspired by Catholic Faith

The Catholic music collective Damascus Worship releases a CD of Catholic worship music. Four songs by 20-year-old singer-composer Seph Schlueter are the eye-catchers on Awake My Soul, a new, beautifully published CD with music inspired by the Catholic faith. The compilation album has been available since June 12. It has been listened to over 10,000…

Universalis: Online Daily Readings, Liturgy of the Hours and more
| | | |

Universalis: Online Daily Readings, Liturgy of the Hours and more

We are just coming to the end of the brief but intense “theological season” which began with the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost, and took us through a whole series of highlights: Mary, Mother of the Church, Jesus the Eternal High Priest, the Trinity, the Body and Blood of Christ. These feasts remind us…

Pope Francis: Video  Message to Seafarers
| | | | |

Pope Francis: Video Message to Seafarers

Pope Francis has sent a video message of encouragement to seafarers recognised the difficulties they face as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. He expresses gratitude for their help in feeding humanity despite the risks involved and prays for those who work at sea and for stranded seafarers who have been unable to go ashore…

Pope Francis: Message for World Day of the Poor
| | | |

Pope Francis: Message for World Day of the Poor

“We cannot feel ‘alright’ when any member of the human family is left behind and in the shadows,” he says. The Pope laments a frenetic pace of life that leads people into a “whirlwind of indifference”.  He adds that it is only when something happens that upsets the course of our lives do our eyes…