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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cafod: The Distinctive Role of the Catholic Church in Development and Humanitarian Response
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Cafod: The Distinctive Role of the Catholic Church in Development and Humanitarian Response

Faith and religious practice are central to most people’s lives in the Global South. Religious institutions are at the heart of society, the cornerstones of the community, with a long reach into even the most remote communities. Religious leaders hold people’s trust and often have authority and influence where state and local officials do not….

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.

End Corporate Impunity
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End Corporate Impunity

Companies today are operating with impunity around the world. Too many of them wreck the environment, abuse workers’ and trade union rights, kick indigenous people off their land or support modern day slavery. The EU is finally ready to consider a new law to hold businesses accountable for their impact on people and the planet….

Pope Video February 2021:
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Pope Video February 2021:

Today, there continue to be women who suffer violence. Psychological violence, verbal violence, physical violence, sexual violence. It’s shocking how many women are beaten, insulted, and raped. The various forms of ill-treatment that many women suffer are acts of cowardice and a degradation of all humanity. Of men and of all humanity. The testimonies of…

‘Mission of Compassion’ – Pope Francis Message for World Mission Day
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‘Mission of Compassion’ – Pope Francis Message for World Mission Day

Amid this pandemic, underlines the Pope, “when there is a temptation to disguise and justify indifference and apathy in the name of healthy social distancing, there is urgent need for the mission of compassion, which can make that necessary distancing an opportunity for encounter, care and promotion.” In our present circumstances, he continues, “there is…