Good Shepherd Sunday
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Good Shepherd Sunday

Today is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, for the Gospel is always taken from St John, where Jesus speaks of himself as the ‘Good Shepherd’. A shepherd leads his flock and Jesus is the shepherd who leads his followers. The sheep know his voice, trust him, and will follow only him. In the same way,…

Psychological Care Guidelines During Lockdown
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Psychological Care Guidelines During Lockdown

In these last few days, we have been facing a situation that, for most of us, is new and involves a major change to our routine, work, schedule, tasks, activity and mission focus. We must adapt to a reality that has been imposed on us in a relatively unexpected way which is not easy to…

Lockdown: The Times are out of Joint
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Lockdown: The Times are out of Joint

One of the reasons I am so interested in this new public awareness of time is that I have spent the last few years working on exactly this theme with a group of people who are experts-by-experience in the philosophies of time, but whose voices are rarely heard in public debate. These voices belong to…

Worldwide Malaria more Fearsome Killer than Covid-19
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Worldwide Malaria more Fearsome Killer than Covid-19

Today, another 1,100 people will die from malaria. The number will be repeated tomorrow, and the day after. As a public health researcher, I embrace the idea that all lives have equal value. That our goal is much more to delay death than to stop death, as the latter is inevitable. Therefore as we mark this year’s…

Cardinal Ouellet: ‘Involve More Women in Formation’
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Cardinal Ouellet: ‘Involve More Women in Formation’

“I believe that for the priest, learning to relate to women in the context of formation is a humanizing factor which promotes the balance of man’s personality and affectivity,” Ouellet said in an interview in the May edition of the Donne Chiesa Mondo magazine also published on the Vatican News site April 24. In the…

‘Perfect for these Coronavirus Times’: Calm me, Lord, as You Calm the Storm
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‘Perfect for these Coronavirus Times’: Calm me, Lord, as You Calm the Storm

Embracing the Saving Logic of the Gospel in ‘Suspended Time’ – Cardinal Czerny SJ
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Embracing the Saving Logic of the Gospel in ‘Suspended Time’ – Cardinal Czerny SJ

Under these exceptional conditions, in this ‘suspended’ time like slow motion that is imposed on us all, we are being forced to slacken our frenetic rhythms, to change our habits, to invent new perspectives, criteria and responses. Quarantine has torn each person’s usual web of relationships asunder. Solitude can be an uncomfortable surprise. The mounting…

Let Him Easter in You
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Let Him Easter in You

We have reached our celebration of Easter, the centre of the Church’s liturgical year and the source of Christian life and faith. Yet Easter often appears as the poor relation of Christmas. Whether you believe or not, there is something about Christmas that manages to touch everyone. But without Easter there would be no Christmas….

The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan and the Battle to Keep Covid-19 at Bay
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The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan and the Battle to Keep Covid-19 at Bay

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan could not come at a worse time in South and Southeast Asia as governments battle to keep the Covid-19 pandemic at bay, presenting multiple potential dangers for Islam’s hundreds of millions of followers and their countrymen. Ramadan is, of course, a landmark event in the Muslim calendar celebrating the…

Lord, Teach us to Pray
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Lord, Teach us to Pray

A few years ago, I wrote, somewhat facetiously, that the Church should close all programs for a year and simply teach people to pray. It seems to me we may unintentionally have just such an opportunity right now, although I sincerely hope it won’t last a year! Richard Rohr CAC Let nothing disturb you. Let…

Nun from DR Congo in Font Line Care for Corona Patients in Bergamo, Italy
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Nun from DR Congo in Font Line Care for Corona Patients in Bergamo, Italy

Sr. Angele Bipendu, a doctor in a hospital in Bergamo for the past two years, joined a health care unit specifically responsible for visiting the homes of COVID-19 patients. “Seeing that there were many doctors who were sick, many doctors who died, there were many patients who had no help and who had no follow-up,”…

Orthodox Easter Celebrations
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Orthodox Easter Celebrations

The world’s Orthodox Christians are celebrating Easter – the most important festival in their calendar, amid a series of restrictions and bans. Officials in Europe, the Middle East and Africa urged people not to attend services, fearing this would lead to a spike in coronavirus infections. However, in Georgia, worshippers are still able to attend…