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Season of Creation: Poetic Vision

GOD’S CREATION Nature means the flowersThe plants and the treesThe fish and the animalsIncluding ants at their ease. Creation is differentIt is all inclusiveIt comprises of treesAnd plants and animals of every kindAnd last of all arrived humankind. We think we are firstWhen in fact we were lastWe must forget that notionForget the past. What…

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Assisi: Pope Francis Signs ‘Fratelli Tutti’ Encyclical

Pope Francis visited Assisi on Saturday, the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi, where he celebrated Mass before the Saint’s tomb, before signing his new Encyclical: ‘Fratelli tutti.’ The Holy Father traveled to Assisi by car. On the way, he visited the Monastery of Vallegloria in Spello, and called in to the…

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St Francis of Assisi

“Sermon to the birds: ‘Esteemed friends, birds of noble lineage, I have no message to you except this: be what you are: be birds. Thus you will be your own sermon to yourselves!’ Reply: ‘Even this is one sermon too many!’” — Thomas Merton (Day of a Stranger, p.51)   Francis and the Wolf Carlo Carretto (1910–1988)…

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Extraordinary Mission Month: Joint CAFOD and MISSIO Online Event

As Pope Francis prepares to sign his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti: Brothers and Sisters All, we would like to invite you to an online event to share with you the work of CAFOD and Missio over these last few months. CAFOD’s Geoff O’Donoghue, Senior International Programme Leader and Missio’s National Director Fr Anthony Chantry will…

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October: Journey Towards World Mission Day

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – On the first day of the Missionary Month of October, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the International Secretariats of the Pontifical Mission Societies, recall that the pandemic has not stopped the mission of the Church or the journey towards World Mission Day. The proclamation of the Gospel…

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Stories Behind Africa’s Growing Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life

Statistics have indicated a steady increase in the number of people joining the Priesthood and Religious Life in Africa despite an overall global plunge in those choosing to dedicate their lives to service of God as Priests and Religious. According to the latest Vatican Statistics based on the Pontifical Yearbook 2019 and the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae…

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Message of Pope Francis

The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) will be celebrated on Sunday 27th September 2020. With the title “Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee”, Pope Francis urges us this year to discover the reality of internally displaced people more deeply. Every month, a new video of Pope Francis and other multimedia materials delve…

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Getting the Point: The Parable of the Labourers in the Vinyard

One thing we have to realise often about the parables Jesus tells is that he is not necessarily approving of the behaviour of the lead character in the story, far less adopting the political, economic or social policy which the central figure may be shown to be putting into practice. Jesus might identify God with…

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Season of Creation: Hearing Creation’s Song, Cry and Call

‘Sign the Laudato Si Pledge, then live it’. That was the final message from Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, on film at the end of the Global Catholic Climate Movement’s four-hour-long Season of Creation Laudato Si’ virtual interactive Retreat on Saturday 12 September 2020. “To sense each creature singing the hymn of existence is to…