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…

Rethinking Redemption: A Fresh Creative Approach by Renowned Theologian Elisabeth Johnson
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Rethinking Redemption: A Fresh Creative Approach by Renowned Theologian Elisabeth Johnson

In this fresh creative approach to theology, Elizabeth Johnson asks how we can understand cosmic redemption in a time of advancing ecological devastation. In effect, how can we extend the core Christian belief in salvation to include all created beings? Immediately this question runs into a formidable obstacle: the idea that Jesus’s death on the…

Feast of St Joseph, Patron Saint of the Mill Hill Missionaries
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Feast of St Joseph, Patron Saint of the Mill Hill Missionaries

Devotion to St Joseph is a relatively recent development in the Church and it seems to be gaining ground. Pope Francis included the spikenard, the emblem of St Joseph, on his coat of arms and stipulated in one of his first pontifical acts that Joseph’s name follow that of Mary’s in all the eucharistic prayers,…

Novena to St. Joseph: Reflection – St. Joseph the Spice of Life
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Novena to St. Joseph: Reflection – St. Joseph the Spice of Life

Mission in Ministry 2021:  Spiritual Reflection,  “Saint Joseph the Spice of Life” Knock Shrine-Ireland Living in this age of utilitarian values we are led to view things from a narrow and selfish perspective. This applies not only to our use of the earth’s resources, but sadly it can even apply to our relationship with people….

Pope Video March 2021: Sacrament of Reconciliation
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Pope Video March 2021: Sacrament of Reconciliation

When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul.To leave with greater spiritual health. To pass from misery to mercy.The centre of confession is not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are always in need. The centre of confession is Jesus…

Capture,Torture, Escape: The Heart-rending Testimony of Sr Dianna Ortiz OSU
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Capture,Torture, Escape: The Heart-rending Testimony of Sr Dianna Ortiz OSU

You know that among the pagans the rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you……Mt 20:26 After making her final vows as an Ursuline nun, Sister Dianna Ortiz became a missionary in Guatemala in 1987 and dedicated herself to teaching the Mayan children…

Pope Francis: A Faith without Doubts cannot Advance
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Pope Francis: A Faith without Doubts cannot Advance

“The devil puts doubts in us, then life happens along with its tragedies: ‘Why does God allow this?’ But a faith without doubts cannot advance. (…) The thought of being abandoned by God is an experience of faith which many saints have experienced, along with many people today who feel abandoned by God, but do…

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…

Webinar: Pathways to Christ’s Passion
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Webinar: Pathways to Christ’s Passion

The renowned biblical scholar, Father Henry Wansbrough, a Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, will be giving a series of evening webinars on the Passion narratives, hosted by Holy Innocents’ Church Orpington. The evening will explore the different accounts of The Passion and Death of Jesus according to the Synoptic Gospels, The Passion, Death and Resurrection…

Podcast: Richard Rohr on Pope Francis, Original Sin and Lenten Observance
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Podcast: Richard Rohr on Pope Francis, Original Sin and Lenten Observance

This week’s guest hardly needs an introduction. Father Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, the author of several well-known books on spirituality, including his latest The Universal Christ, and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico. In this wide-ranging interview, we talk to Father Richard about Pope Francis, how we should think…

Mission in Ministry 2021: Towards a Theology of Safeguarding
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Mission in Ministry 2021: Towards a Theology of Safeguarding

Mission in Ministry 2021: (Reflection on the presentation given by Fr Hans Zollner SJ January 2021) “Towards a Theology of Safeguarding” The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) is currently focusing through a series of short videos commissioned from theologians, scripture scholars and ethicists, on exploring a Theology of Safeguarding. The series…