Pentecost Novena with Dan Schutte
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Pentecost Novena with Dan Schutte

As the Risen Christ prepared to leave his work in the hands of his followers, he instructed them to gather in the upper room and devote themselves to prayer as they awaited his sending of the Holy Spirit. The nine days between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost is often considered to be the…

Laudato Si’ Week: Four Key Themes
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Laudato Si’ Week: Four Key Themes

As Laudato Si’ celebrates its fifth anniversary this week, its central message in addressing issues of our common home has never been more relevant now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Celia Deane-Drummond, Director of Laudato Si’ Research Institute at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, explains why by highlighting four key themes that have emerged. Source:…

The Ascension: Lessons from the Gospel of Matthew
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The Ascension: Lessons from the Gospel of Matthew

Jesus promises to be with his disciples ‘always, until the end of the age’. Such a presence has been a theme of this gospel. It is only in Matthew that the name Emmanuel is given to Jesus. This was explained as meaning, ‘God with us’ (1:23).  Jesus also referred to his continuing presence in his…

Laudato Si’ Week: ‘Creation is the First Epiphany of God’ – Kenya Nuncio Bert van Megen
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Laudato Si’ Week: ‘Creation is the First Epiphany of God’ – Kenya Nuncio Bert van Megen

“Creation is God’s first and primordial revelation. Creation is, indeed, the very first epiphany of God,” the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert van Megen said Monday, May 18 at the Nairobi ceremony, which was live streamed on Facebook. “Pope Francis continually shows how Laudato Si’ is animated by the spirit of…

Germany’s Colonial Amnesia
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Germany’s Colonial Amnesia

Today many Germans are not even aware that their country once ruled colonies in Africa, Oceania and China. Such public amnesia about Germany’s colonial past does not imply only a lack of knowledge. Rather it manifests in the refusal to acknowledge the practice of German colonialism and countenance the consequences. A prominent case is the genocide of 1904-1908…

Laudato Si’ Week: Fossil Divestment
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Laudato Si’ Week: Fossil Divestment

The global divestment announcement comes at the start of Laudato Si’ Week, a global commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, World Council of Churches deputy general secretary, said: “We reiterate the urgent concerns of Christians around the world in relation to…

Pope Francis: Life after the Pandemic
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Pope Francis: Life after the Pandemic

In the early months of 2020, Pope Francis frequently reflected on the coronavirus pandemic as it took hold of the human family. Collected here are eight significant spoken and written texts dated from 27 March to 22 April. To whom did he speak, and how? What did he say, and why? Beyond their specific occasions,…

Coronavirus Murals
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Coronavirus Murals

Street artists all over the world have ventured out into quiet streets and left behind vibrant, thought-provoking, amusing commentary on the crisis. Many echo the same message as Banksy, that it’s the nurses and front-line healthcare workers that are the real heroes in this crisis. This can be seen in the new work of Amsterdam-based…

Nairobi, Kenya: Mill Hill Missionary Students Produce Short Video
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Nairobi, Kenya: Mill Hill Missionary Students Produce Short Video

Laudato Si’ Week: Daily Meditations on ‘the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor from a Franciscan Perspective
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Laudato Si’ Week: Daily Meditations on ‘the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor from a Franciscan Perspective

To mark the fifth anniversary of his encyclical Laudato Si′: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis has declared May 16–24 “Laudato Si′ Week.” [1] The Daily Meditations this week will focus on how Franciscan spirituality impels us to act in response to “the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.” I must admit…

Pope Francis: Christian Prayer Flows from the Heart
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Pope Francis: Christian Prayer Flows from the Heart

In his catechesis, Pope Francis said prayer involves the most intimate mystery of our being. Christian writers have always said prayer is “born within the secrecy of our beings, in that interior place called the ‘heart’.” Our emotions, intelligence, and body all participate in prayer, though prayer cannot be identified with any one aspect of…

Pietà Re-imagined in Times of Corona
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Pietà Re-imagined in Times of Corona

This is “Good Friday 2020” by Ukrainian Jesuit, Vyacheslav Okun, who is a professor of philosophy at the Jesuit Ignatian University in Krakow and also at the Vatican. This striking new art work is based on Caravaggio’s “The Entombment of Christ”, and is described by artist Diana Muñiz in the following way: “In this Pietà,…