Hispanic Catholics Still Unaccommodated in U.S.
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Hispanic Catholics Still Unaccommodated in U.S.

After more than a decade of researching parish life, and after teaching many cohorts of diverse pastoral ministers, something has become disturbingly clear to me: institutionalized racial and ethnic inequality, especially of the anti-Hispanic variety, is endemic in Catholic parishes.  There are statistics that bear this out. From 2011 to 2013, the National Study of…

John Allen Jr on U.S. Bishops’ Vote on Communion Practices
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John Allen Jr on U.S. Bishops’ Vote on Communion Practices

In this episode: U.S. bishops vote on communion practices, Holy See cautions U.S. bishops against denying communion, meeting of Pope Francis and President Biden deferred, U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sides with Catholic adoption agency, three Catholic priests in Umbria leave priesthood to get married. Source: CRUXnow

Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Obituary
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Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Obituary

Your prayers requested for the repose of the soul of Sister Isabel Kelly who died at Franciscan Convent, Blackburn on 28th May 2021 Isabel Kelly was born on 31st January 1934, the eldest of four daughters  of Winifred and William Kelly in Milngarvie, Dumbarton, Scotland.  She is predeceased by her sisters Molly and Helen and…

Feast of the Visitation
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Feast of the Visitation

This painting depicts the scene from Luke 1: 39-56 in which Mary visits her older cousin Elizabeth painted in around 1517. Geoff Wheaton SJ leads us to reflect on this painting.

H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe
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H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe

Fool for Christ – The Story of Dorothy Day
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Fool for Christ – The Story of Dorothy Day

In this one-woman drama, Sarah Melici masterfully plays Dorothy as well as eleven other characters, including Forster Batterham, the father of her daughter. As a costume, she wears a simple replica of the prison uniform from Dorothy’s last arrest, when she was jailed with the farm workers in Delano, California, supporting Cesar Chavez and the…

Arizona: Bishops’ Pro-Life Statement
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Arizona: Bishops’ Pro-Life Statement

Fr John Taylor mhm writes: “I am grateful to be serving in this diocese of Phoenix which has an annual pro-life demonstration in central Phoenix, though this had to be low-key last year because of the pandemic”.

Latin America: Continent-Wide Synodal Process
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Latin America: Continent-Wide Synodal Process

“Did you know that our Latin American church is calling together the 377 million Catholics in 46 countries of the continent to discern a joint pastoral plan?” reads the header of an invitation to the presentation of the initiative in Chile, which took place on Thursday. “The idea is to open ways to respond as…

Easter
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Easter

Sometimes I’m upSometimes I’m down……. Glory Halleluia! He is risen! Wishing all visitors to this website a Gloriously Luminous Easter Day and Season. Fons Eppink mhm

Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew
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Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Some of the most intriguing artistic tributes to faith and religion come from nonbelievers. A Man For All Seasons, the great drama of the life and martyrdom of St. Thomas More, was written for the stage and screen by the non-Christian Robert Bolt. The story of The Song of Bernadette, the Marian visionary of Lourdes, was first…

Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence
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Holy Week: Yearly Spike in Anti-Christian Violence

Although Christians are simply one among a staggering set of vulnerable minority groups around the world exposed to hatred and persecution, there remains a sort of wall of silence around their suffering. In part, that’s because the people who set the tone in global politics and the media generally live in the affluent West, where…

Francesco: A Pope Francis Documentary
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Francesco: A Pope Francis Documentary

“Francesco”, the documentary film directed by Evgeny Afineevsky dedicated to Pope Francis, is to be streamed globally from Sunday, 28 March. Speaking about his experience with the film, Afineevsky says: “What I admire most about the Pope is the way he brings people together”